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The Royal Ballet announces 2014-15 season

Posted on April 1, 2014


The Royal Ballet has announced the repertoire for its 2014–15 season, from new classic revivals of Ashton and MacMillan to new works by Hofesh Shechter, Liam Scarlett and Wayne McGregor.


Over the summer of 2014, the company will make a guest appearance at the celebrated Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen, dancing Kim Brandstrup’s Ceremony of Innocence, divertissements and Jerome Robbins’ In The Night.

Back home at The Royal Opera House, the main stage season opens on September 26 with Kenneth MacMillan’s Manon. The production runs until October 29, with a live cinema screening on October 16, and marks the 40th anniversary of its first performance in 1974.

An all-Frederick Ashton mixed bill of Scènes de ballet, Five Brahms Waltzes in the Manner of Isadora Duncan, Symphonic Variations and A Month in the Country runs from October 18 to November 12.

The first new work of the season has its premiere on November 7. Liam Scarlett’s new ballet is danced to Leonard Bernstein’s symphony The Age of Anxiety. It’s paired with Brandstrup’s Ceremony of Innocence and Christopher Wheeldon’s Aeternum in a programme that runs until November 17.

The company dance two big productions over the Christmas period. Carlos Acosta’s production of Don Quixote runs from November 25 to January 22, 2015. Wheeldon’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland runs from December 6 to January 16, with a live cinema screening on December 16. While Alice is being performed on the main stage, ZooNation will dance a new production, The Mad Hatters T Party, in the Linbury Studio Theatre – see the Linbury season announcement for further details.

John Cranko’s Onegin returns to the repertoire on January 24, running until February 27. It’s followed by Anthony Dowell’s production of Swan Lake, from February 10 to April 9, with a live cinema screening on March 17.

Hofesh Shechter’s first work for The Royal Ballet has its world premiere on March 27, part of a triple bill with George Balanchine’s The Four Temperaments and MacMillan’s Song of the Earth, in repertory until April 14.

Ashton’s La Fille mal gardée is back from April 16 to May 5, with a live cinema screening of the final performance.

Woolf Works, Wayne McGregor’s first full-length ballet, has its world premiere on May 11. Inspired by the life and writings of Virginia Woolf, namely Orlando, The Waves and Mrs Dalloway, it is danced to a score by Max Richter, who composed the music for McGregor’s Infra.

The season ends with a triple bill of Robbins’ Afternoon of a Faun and In the Night, paired with MacMillan’s Song of the Earth.

At the press conference held at the Royal Opera House on March 31, Kevin O’Hare also announced the commencement of The Aud Jebsen Young Dancer Programme, which will be an opportunity for between four to six dancers who have just graduated to receive a year’s contract to work alongside the corps de ballet of The Royal Ballet. In addition, the dancers will be offered mentoring and coaching, and will have the opportunity to perform with the company as and when required. The company will look first to The Royal Ballet School to recruit suitable candidates for the programme and thereafter to other vocational schools. The programme will commence at the start of the 2014–15 season.

Kevin O’Hare speaks exclusively about the new season here.


Pictured: Lauren Cuthbertson and Edward Watson in Symphonic Variations. Photograph  by Dee Conway, courtesy of the Royal Opera House.

Zoë was born in Edinburgh, and saw her first dance performances at the Festival there. She is the dance critic of The Independent, and has also written for The Independent on Sunday, The Scotsman and Dancing Times. In 2002, she received her doctorate from the University of York for a thesis on “Nationhood and epic romance: Ariosto, Sidney, Spenser”. She is the author of The Royal Ballet: 75 Years and The Ballet Lover’s Companion.

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