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The Royal Ballet: New Wayne McGregor/The Invitation/Within the Golden Hour at the Royal Opera House

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Time 20:00
Date 28/05/16
Price £5

Three ballets from three very different choreographers, all closely associated with The Royal Ballet; a world premiere from McGregor, dark drama from MacMillan & acclaimed ensemble work from Wheeldon.

Discover ballet’s breathtaking range in this mixed programme; the world premiere of a new ballet by Wayne McGregor, set to Esa-Pekka Salonen’s acclaimed 2011 orchestral work Nyx. Within the Golden Hour is Christopher Wheeldon’s one-act ballet to music by Ezio Bosso. It has been acclaimed as one of his finest works. The Invitation-Kenneth MacMillan’s ballet- is gripping dance theatre, with its complex exploration of innocence and moral corruption.

Since his appointment as The Royal Ballet’s Resident Choreographer in 2006, Wayne McGregor has created an array of works that showcase his highly individualistic language of dance. Works such as Infra, Chroma and Raven Girl show him exploring the links between ballet and the wider world of arts and science. His new work is inspired by Esa-Pekka Salonen’s orchestral work Nyx, itself inspired by the elusive Ancient Greek goddess of night.

Kenneth MacMillan changed the course of ballet in his 1960 work The Invitation. Inspired by the New Wave of French cinema and the ‘kitchen sink realism’ of British theatre, he sought to depict on the ballet stage ‘something [people] can recognize’. The result is a harrowing work of tremendous psychological depth, set to an original score by Hungarian-British composer Mátyás Seiber.

Christopher Wheeldon, Artistic Associate of The Royal Ballet, created Within the Golden Hour for San Francisco Ballet in 2008. This intricate ballet for seven couples has since been acclaimed as one of Wheeldon’s finest works. Three strongly characterized pas de deux form the ballet’s core, while the framing sections displays Wheeldon’s beautifully complex handling of ensembles.

Tickets are available at varying times of 12:30, 13:30, 19:00 and 19:30.

General booking opens 12 April 2016.

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