Bernstein Centenary
New McGregor / The Age of Anxiety / New Wheeldon

Royal Opera House (2 x World Premieres)

Tuesday 27 March 2018, 7.15pm

LIVE Ballet

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, 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.

Choreography

Wayne McGregor, Liam Scarlett, Christopher Wheeldon

Music

Leonard Bernstein

Cast

To be confirmed

Cinema Info & Tickets

Production Information

  • Territory Rights: UK ONLY
  • Live Ballet Broadcast
  • Running time: approximately 180 minutes
  • Three ballets, including two intervals
  • Start time: 7.15pm
  • Encore screening Sunday 1 April 2018, 2pm