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Triple Bill at the Coliseum

Posted on December 4, 2019

costume drawing for McGregor Mugler piece performed by Edward Watson and Olga Smirnova ©ManfredThierryMugler

A triple bill at the London Coliseum on December 7–8 marks the UK premiere of Edward Clug’s Radio & Juliet set to the music of Radiohead and performed by English National Ballet first soloist Katja Khaniukova and principal of the Mariinsky Ballet Denis Matvienko. Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui’s Faun, a re-making of Nijinsky’s classic L’après Midi d’un Faune, is the second work on the bill, performed by the Bolshoi’s Anastasia Stashkevich and Vaycheslav Lopatin, with the world premiere of McGregor + Mugler completing the trio. The new contemporary ballet by resident choreographer at The Royal Ballet, Wayne McGregor, will be art directed and designed by Manfred Thierry Mugler and performed by Bolshoi Ballet prima ballerina Olga Smirnova and Royal Ballet principal Edward Watson.

Wayne McGregor says: “Manfred Thierry Mugler is not only a true fashion icon, but an incredible collaborator. It has been a pleasure to share energy, passion and trust throughout this new creative adventure. The process has offered new perspectives for both of us. The resulting work is unexpected, extreme and transformative.”

Manfred Thierry Mugler adds: “This ballet will be an explosion of true beauty, freedom and wildness with a meaning about what is to celebrate the most beautiful animal on earth: the human being. We play with the frontiers between real and unreal, masculine and feminine, past and future, nature and cosmos.”

For more information or to book tickets, click here.

Costume drawing for McGregor + Mugler, performed by Edward Watson and Olga Smirnova © Manfred Thierry Mugler

Nicola Rayner was editor of Dance Today from 2010 to 2015. She has written for a number of publications including The Guardian, The Independent and Time Out Buenos Aires, where she cut her teeth as a dance journalist working on the tango section. Today she continues to dance everything from ballroom to breakdance, with varying degrees of success. Her debut novel, The Girl Before You, was published last year in paperback, ebook and audiobook.

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