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Royal Ballet Company BERNSTEIN CENTENARY
May 12 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
One event on May 12, 2018 at 7:00pm
One event on May 13, 2018 at 7:00pm
One event on May 12, 2018 at 2:00pm
One event on May 13, 2018 at 2:00pm
RST Stage2Screen presents
The Royal Ballet of London
A tribute in honor of Leonard Bernstein’s 100th Birthday
2018 – Ballet/Dance/Music – 3hrs 5min includes 2 intermissions
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. 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. McGregor sets his ballet to Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms and Wheeldon to Serenade (after Plato’s Symposium). 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.