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Within the Golden Hour / Medusa / Flight Pattern (The Royal Ballet)
Beatriz Stix-Brunell (Within the Golden Hour); Francesca Hayward (Within the Golden Hour); Sarah Lamb (Within the Golden Hour); Vadim Muntagirov (Within the Golden Hour); Valentino Zucchetti (Within the Golden Hour); Alexander Campbell (Within the Golden Hour); Natalia Osipova (Medusa); Olivia Cowley (Athena (Medusa)); Matthew Ball (Perseus (Medusa)); Ryoichi Hirano (Poseidon (Medusa)); Kristen McNally (Flight Pattern); Marcelino Sambé (Flight Pattern);
The contemporary face of The Royal Ballet is shown in works from three of today's leading choreographers.
Christopher Wheeldon's Within the Golden Hour is based around seven couples separating and intermingling, to music by Vivaldi and Ezio Bosso and lit with the rich colours suggested by sunset.
In Flight Pattern, Crystal Pite combines Górecki's haunting “Symphony of Sorrowful Songs” with a large dance ensemble to create a poignant and passionate reflection on migration.
Between them, Medusa is new work inspired by the Greek myth, created for The Royal Ballet by the acclaimed choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, which juxtaposes Purcell arias with an electronic score by Olga Wojciechowska.
"A special word for the endlessly inventive, musical Golden Hour – pretty much a perfect ballet, danced with energy, brio and wit by all." (The Guardian ★★★★)
"[Flight Pattern is] Crystal Pite's heartrending response to the refugee crisis, beautifully led by Marcelino Sambé and Kristen McNally." (Evening Standard)
"C h e r k a o u i is an endlessly inventive, voraciously curious choreographer" (Culture Whistper)
Christopher Wheeldon and Jasper Conran on Within the Golden Hour; 'Sibi Larbi Cherkaoui on Medusa; Crystal Pite on Flight Pattern