Promo Cherkaoui



Modest Mussorgsky, Maurice Ravel

1h 15m
Sin subtítulos

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


Artistic team

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


English National Ballet
Akram Khan
Akram Khan, Tamara Rojo

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.


Royal Opera House
Joby Talbot
Christopher Wheeldon, The Royal Ballet

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

Kungliga Operan
Mikael Karlsson
Alexander Ekman, Royal Swedish Ballet

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.

Royal Opera House
Joby Talbot
Christopher Wheeldon, The Royal Ballet

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