Royal Ballet director Monica Mason has announced her final season with the company, which will put new choreography alongside established productions from the repertoire.
Mason, who was a dancer for the Royal Ballet before becoming part of the creative team, will retire next summer after more than 50 years with the company.
As part of the London 2012 Festival seven choreographers, including Wayne McGregor and Liam Scarlett, will team up to create an evening of new work in response to three Titian paintings.
British composers are being commissioned to provide a score for the new work and the settings will be created by “leading contemporary artists”. The show will run for four performances beginning on July 14, 2012, under the title Metamorphosis – Titian 2012.
McGregor and Scarlett will also have new works premiered in one of the season’s mixed bills next April alongside Christopher Wheeldon’s Polyphonia.
Last season’s sell-out Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Wheeldon is set to return, with 11 performances beginning on March 17, 2012. Meanwhile, the company will revive Kenneth MacMillan’s The Prince of the Pagodas for the first time in more than 15 years, which uses Benjamin Britten’s only ballet score. It runs from June 2.
In honour of Mason, an exhibition – Monica Mason – A Life with the Royal Ballet – will open at the Royal Opera House from February to July, 2012.