Ceremony of Innocence Triple Bill
Royal Opera House
A powerful mixed programme of work from The Royal Ballet on themes of loss and identity. Ceremony Of Innocence , by leading Danish dance maker Kim Brandstrup, is a poignant and elegiac work inspired by Death In Venice, exploring a favourite Britten theme- the loss of innocence. Liam Scarlett's new work takes its name from his chosen score, Bernstein's Symphony no.2 "The Age Of Anxiety", inspired by WH Auden's poem about four disparate characters in a wartime New York bar trying to make sense of their shifting world's. Such as a varied score offersan exciting range of possibilities for Scarlett's burgeoning talent, and the results are eagerly awaited. In contrast is the Olivier Award Winning Aeternum - Royal Ballet Artistic Associate Christopher Wheeldon's stark and poetic response to Britten's harrowing symphony of shattered hopes, the Sinfonia da Requiem. Conducted by Music Director of The Royal Ballet, Barry Wordsworth, this promises to be an extraordinary evening for all ballet aficionados.