Performance

VenueRoyal Opera House
Other spaces at this venue include: Linbury Studio, Ballet Studio, Clore Studio,Floral Hall
TownWest End
CountyGreater London
From15th March 2018
To13th April 2018
WhenMar 15,17,23,27, Apr 3,6,9,13 at 19:30
What is currently on at Royal Opera House (V377)

The Royal Ballet

The Royal BalletT901486601


Archive :: production:T901486601, dance or ballet:S909, venue:V377

New Christopher Wheeldon/The Age of Anxiety/New Christopher Wheeldon

In a New York bar in wartime four lonely strangers attempt to find spiritual meaning in an industrialized world. The Royal Ballet's Artist in Residence Liam Scarlett created The Age of Anxiety on the Company in 2014. After his dark, probing narrative works Sweet Violets and Hansel and Gretel he turned to Leonard Bernstein's Second Symphony and the epic poem by W.H. Auden that inspired it. As the Evening Standard wrote at the ballet's premiere, 'Scarlett's bitter-sweet take on American modernism... brilliantly conveys the sadness beneath the skin'. Bernstein had an intense emotional response to Auden's poem, which explores the atmosphere of disillusionment and uncertainty that followed World War II; he later wrote that '00000When I first read the book I was breathless'. In the symphony this deep personal resonance is married with Bernstein's instinctive sense of rhythm, which has made his music so ideal for dance. John Macfarlane, who has collaborated with Scarlett on all his main-stage works for The Royal Ballet, provides designs 'superb in detail and atmosphere' (The Guardian)

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