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New work from Wayne McGregor to feature in Royal Ballet season

Wayne McGregor. Photo: Anne Deniau Wayne McGregor. Photo: Anne Deniau
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A new full-length ballet from Wayne McGregor is among five world premieres to feature in the Royal Ballet’s new season.

Featuring a score by Thomas Ades and design by Tacita Dean, the two-part production by McGregor will span over two years, with the first part to premiere as part of the Royal Ballet 2019 summer tour to Los Angeles.

In 2020 the ballet will be premiered as a full-length work at the Royal Opera House in London with the addition of a second part.

The season also features The Unknown Soldier, a new one-act ballet by Alastair Marriott in collaboration with designer Es Devlin, with a score by Dario Marianelli.

Other world premieres include new work by Aletta Collins set to a commissioned score by David Sawer as part of the new Royal Ballet Linbury Theatre season, and one-act ballets from Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Liam Scarlett. The Linbury Theatre closed for refurbishment in January 2016, and is due to reopen later this year, with more details of its re-opening season to be announced this summer.

The season also features revivals of 19th century classics, including Natalia Makarova’s La Bayadere, Carlos Acosta’s Don Quixote and Peter Wright’s The Nutcracker.

Nine revivals from the 20th century will feature, including Frederick Aston’s Les Patineurs, receiving its first revival since 2010, and Kenneth MacMillan’s Winter Dreams, Mayerling, and Romeo and Juliet.

Royal Ballet associate choreographers McGregor, Christopher Wheeldon and Scarlett are celebrated in the season with with revivals of some of their recent works.

These include McGregor’s 2008 ballet Infra, Wheeldon’s Within the Golden Hour, and Scarlett’s Asphodel Meadows as well as his adaptation of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.

Crystal Pite’s Olivier award-nominated Flight Pattern is to receive its first revival as part of the season.

Additionally, the Royal Ballet has announced six cinema screenings as part of a ROH live cinema season, including Mayerling on October 8 and La Bayadere on November 13.

Meanwhile, the Royal Opera House has announced a production of Wagner’s Ring cycle, conducted by Antonio Pappano, as part of its new season.

Also included in the ROH season are productions of Christof Loy’s La forza del destino and Stefan Herheim’s The Queen of Spades.

Carmen, Così fan tutte, Boris Godunov and Andrea Chénier will return for their first revivals, while Richard Eyre’s production of La traviata celebrates 25 years in the repertory, during which time more than 193 performances of it have been given. The 200th performance will fall on 26 January 2019.

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