The Royal Ballet - Mixed programme: Apollo/New Wheeldon/New Ratmansky
From: Friday, 22nd February 2013
To: Thursday, 14 March 2013
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26 February 2013
Unveiling a world premiere ballet at the same time as one of your equally-as-lauded contemporaries would be tough on any choreographer, let alone showing alongside George Balanchine's 1928 masterwork Apollo. Nay, immediately succeeding Balanchine. To quote my theatre neighbour, “What was the Royal Ballet thinking?”
But choreographers Christopher Wheeldon and Alexei Ratmansky have both achieved what many thought was implausible: they have created works that complement Balanchine’s game-changing Apollo and, dare I say, vivify it, while carving out their own niches in the increasingly crowded contemporary classical ballet realm.
Apollo kicks off the evening, and what a faithful reinterpretation it is. A barefoot Leto in blue (Christina Arestis) gives birth to a radiant Apollo (Carlos Acosta) amidst a misty backdrop that glows a stark white as Apollo is literally unravelled into the world by two handmaidens. Sun ...
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George Balanchine (Apollo) (Choreographer)
Igor Stravinsky (Apollo) (Music)
Christopher Wheeldon (New Wheeldon) (Choreographer)
Benjamin Britten (New Wheeldon) (Music)
Jean-Marc Puissant (New Wheeldon) (Design)
Adam Silverman (New Wheeldon) (Lighting)
Alexei Ratmansky (New Ratmansky) (Choreographer)
Fryderyk Chopin (New Ratmansky) (Music)
Neil Austin (New Ratmansky) (Lighting)
Colleen Atwood (New Ratmansky) (Costume)