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Royal Ballet: Bernstein Centenary
April 1 @ 14:00pm - 17:00pm£8 – £13
Satellite Screening from The Royal Opera House
★★★★“A revelatory tribute to Leonard Bernstein features designs by Erdem and a set by Edmund de Waal, with the music of Chichester Psalms and Serenade” The Guardian
Leonard Bernstein was one of the first classical composers in America to achieve both popular and critical acclaim. He was eclectic in his sources – drawing on jazz and modernism, the traditions of Jewish music and the Broadway musical – and many of Bernstein’s scores are remarkably well suited to dance. He was particularly associated with Jerome Robbins, their credits together including Fancy Free and West Side Story.
★★★★ Three ballet works inspired by Bernstein’s music, in all its varied glory .Leonard Bernstein drew on intriguingly diverse inspirations for his extraordinary musical legacy. This triple bill of dance works, part of the worldwide Bernstein centenary celebrations, gave a good taster, with the music chosen for each in turn inspired by the ‘Book of Psalms’, a WH Auden poem and Plato’s ‘Symposium’. Time Out
★★★”Has the Royal Ballet ever looked better? The company’s latest mixed bill may pay homage to Leonard Bernstein, but it’s those incredible dancers – from the exceptional corps through to the big-name stars – who prove the real draw.” Go London
To celebrate the centenary year of the composer’s birth, The Royal Ballet has united all three of its associate choreographers to celebrate the dynamic range and danceability of Bernstein’s music.
The programme includes two world premieres by Resident Choreographer Wayne McGregor and Artistic Associate Christopher Wheeldon, marking each artist’s first foray into Bernstein. At the heart of the programme is the first revival of Artist in Residence Liam Scarlett’s The Age of Anxiety, created in 2014 to Bernstein’s soul-searching Second Symphony. Both symphony and ballet are inspired by W.H. Auden’s masterful modernist poem, itself written in response to the atmosphere of disillusionment and uncertainty that followed the end of World War II.
APPROXIMATE RUNNING TIME:
3 HOURS, INCLUDING TWO INTERVALS