ROYAL BALLET: CONCERTO / ENIGMA VARIATIONS / RAYMONDA ACT III

Date Time
Tues 5 November 7.15pm

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Doors 6.15pm

Approximate running time: about 3 hours

From The Royal Ballet’s classical origins in the works of Petipa, to the home-grown choreographers who put British ballet on the world stage, this mixed programme highlights the versatility of the Company. Petipa’s Raymonda Act III is Russian classical ballet summarized in one act, full of sparkle and precise technique, while Ashton’s Enigma Variations is quintessentially British in every way – from its score by Elgar and period designs by Julia Trevelyan Oman, to Ashton’s signature style, the essence of British ballet. Concerto, MacMillan’s fusion of classical technique with a contemporary mind, completes a programme that shows the breadth of the Company’s heritage.

These works are performed together:

Concerto
Youthful energy and technical precision are combined in Kenneth MacMillan’s virtuoso ballet, set to Shostakovich’s Second Piano Concerto.

Credits
Choreography Kenneth MacMillan
Music Dmitry Shostakovich
Designer Jürgen Rose
Lighting designer John B. Read

Enigma Variations
The essence of British ballet, with music by Elgar, period designs by Julia Trevelyan Oman and Ashton’s signature choreographic style.

Credits
Choreography Frederick Ashton
Music Edward Elgar
Designs Julia Trevelyan Oman
Lighting design John B. Read

Raymonda Act III
The final act of Petipa’s grand ballet classic, which contains some of the greatest choreography in Russian ballet, was adapted by Rudolf Nureyev.

Credits
Choreography Rudolf Nureyev
Music Alexander Glazunov
Designs Barry Kay
Lighting design John B. Read
Staging Christopher Carr

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