The Royal Ballet Season 2014/15
The Royal Ballet 2014/15 season has three world premieres (with only one likely to be classical) including a new full length ballet by Wayne McGregor, a new one act ballet from Liam Scarlett in November alongside Kim Brandstrup’s Ceremony of Innocence, and one by Hofesh Shechter. Carlos Acosta’s Don Quixote returns and it’s the 40th Anniversary revival of Kenneth MacMillan’s Manon. La Fille mal Gardée returns for Spring 2015 and will be part of the live cinema relays programme (with Manon, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Swan Lake). Draft Works returns in February 2015 “with works in various stages of choreographic development being performed without full sets and costume.” Royal Ballet dancer (First Artist) Ludovic Ondiviela will present a new work in the smaller Linbury space with guest dancers, and the Company will tour to Washington, Chicago and New York.
It’s not exactly riveting stuff, with the return of recently seen ballets such as Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Don Quixote.
The highlight is the return of Alessandra Ferri (former Royal Ballet Principal) in the summer of 2015 to dance in Wayne McGregor’s new full length ballet. Entitled Woolf Works, it is based on the writings and life of Virginia Woolf, with a new score by Max Richter, with whom McGregor has previously collaborated (Infra) and Lucy Carter’s lighting and Ravi Deepres’ film design completes the production team.
Also, Kenneth MacMillan’s Song of the Earth returns as part of a triple bill to close the season alonside two ballets by Jerome Robbins (Afternoon of a Faun and In the Night).
Even before their first performances this month, Northern Ballet’s Kenneth Tindall has been commissioned to return to the Linbury Theatre with The Architect in 2015, and the Company will also perform The Elves and the Shoemaker.