The French composer Maurice Ravel remains a source of inspiration for any choreographer. Artistic director and star choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and rising talent Jeroen Verbruggen take their vision of Ravel’s music to the stage. Jeroen Verbruggen, who as a young student dancer at the Royal Ballet School won the Prix de Lausanne, has drawn his inspiration from Ravel‘s Pavane pour une Infante défunte and from Ma mère l‘oye.
Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui also translates Ravel into dance, opting for Pictures at an Exhibition, which was originally composed by Modest Mussorgsky, but which was later orchestrated by Ravel to become the most widely performed orchestration of this work: It has thus become truly canonical.
It is a programme full of surprises with which the Royal Ballet Flanders/ Ballet Vlaanderen might just write a page of dance history.
Music by Modest Mussorgsky y Maurice Ravel
Choreographies by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Jeroen Verbruggen
Symfonisch Orkest Opera Vlaanderen
Choreographer (Exhibition) | Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui
Choreographer (Ma mère, l'oye) | Jeroen Verbruggen
Conductor | Yannis Pouspourikas
Set and costume designer | Tim van Steenbergen
Lighting designer | Fabiana Piccioli
Assistant choreographer (Exhibition) | Jason Kittelberger
Dramaturg (Exhibition) | Koen Bollen
Choreographer | Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui
Long dress lady | Drew Jacoby
Man on a chair | Yevgeniy Kolesnyk
The painter | Acacia Schachte
Girl of the frame | Nancy Osbaldeston
Mirror man | Alexander Burton
Visitors | Fiona McGee, Philipe Lens
Caretaker | Sébastien Tassin
Berezka Ladies | Cristina Casa, Nini de Vet, Lara Fransen, Virginia Hendricksen, Anastasia Paschali, Emmi Pennanen, Nicola Wills
Huzaren men | Tom de Jager, Georgios Kotsifakis, Raymond Pinto, Teun von Roosmalen, James Vu Ahn Pham
Piano player | Albina Skvirskaya
Ma Mère l’Oye
Choreographer | Jeroen Verbruggen
Queen| Nancy Osbaldeston
King | Alexander Burton
Alma | Drew Jacoby
Queenies | Joelle Auspert, Cristina Casa, Lara Fransen, Klaudia Görözdös, Virginia Hendricksen, Fiona McGee, Ana Carolina Quaresma, Aiko Tanaka,
Kingies | Brent Daneels, Philipe Lens, Alexander Kleef, Glen Lambrecht, Gary Lecoutre, David Jonathan, Ilya Manayenkov, Arne Vandervelde
The iconic ballet, reimagined. Following its sensational 2016 world premiere and UK tour, Akram Khan’s Giselle returns to London by popular demand, and is performed in Liverpool and Dublin for the first time. One of the greatest romantic ballets of all time, Giselle is the first full length ballet choreographed by Akram Khan.
The classic story of love, betrayal and redemption has been reimagined in this stunning new version, with sets and costumes by Academy-Award winning designer Tim Yip (Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon), an ‘ominous, gothic’ (The Observer) adaptation of Adolphe Adam’s original score by composer Vincenzo Lamagna and performed by English National Ballet Philharmonic, dramaturgy from Ruth Little and lighting design from Tony Award-winner Mark Henderson.
Christopher Wheeldon, Artistic Associate of The Royal Ballet, created his adaptation of Shakespeare’s late great romance The Winter’s Tale for The Royal Ballet in 2014. Building on the success of Wheeldon’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, The Winter’s Tale received ecstatic praise at its premiere, acclaimed by critics and audiences alike for its intelligent, distinctive and emotionally powerful story, told through exquisite dance. It is now widely judged to be a modern ballet classic.
The story follows the destruction of a marriage through consuming jealousy, the abandonment of a child and a seemingly hopeless love. Yet, through remorse and regret – and after a seemingly miraculous return to life – the ending is one of forgiveness and reconciliation. With powerful designs by Bob Crowley and atmospheric music by Joby Talbot, The Winter’s Tale is a masterful modern narrative ballet.
Con la colaboración de Naxos
Alexander Ekman's exceptional ballet A Midsummer Night's Dream was created for the Royal Swedish Ballet with a score by award winning Mikael Karlsson. At the premiere the piece immediately established itself as a front representative of the new generation of dance – energetic, skilled and filled with humor.
This contemporary ballet explores the energy and the mysteries of the summer solstice night in Scandinavian tradition. In addition to the dancers from the Royal Swedish Ballet, nine musicians participate on stage, including experimental pop singer Anna von Hausswolff, acclaimed percussionist Niklas Brommare and the classical string Quartet Dahlkvistkvartetten.
Christopher Wheeldon has magically captured the twists and turns of Lewis Carroll's classic story, The Adventures of Alice in Wonderland, in his 2011 ballet. Bob Crowley's vivid outfits and costumes take us down the rabbit hole in a world full of color, curious creatures, and captivating characters.
Joby Talbot's original score is full of radical melodies and contemporary sounds. Lauren Cuthbertson stars as the inquisitive Alice, with Federico Bonelli as the charming Jack of Hearts, Steven McRae as the Mad Hatter dancing tap dance, and Laura Morera as the formidable Queen of Hearts. This lush and attractive ballet is spectacular entertainment for the whole family.
With the collaboration of Naxos