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Virginia Woolf defied narrative conventions to depict a heightened, startling and poignant reality. Wayne McGregor’s ballet triptych Woolf Works was inspired by the writings of Virginia Woolf and has an original score by Max Richter.
It was created for The Royal Ballet in 2015 and met with outstanding critical acclaim, going on to win McGregor the Critics’ Circle Award for Best Classical Choreography and the Olivier Award for Best New Dance Production. The Observer described it as ‘a compellingly moving experience’; for The Independent it ‘glows with ambition… a brave, thoughtful work’; The Guardian concluded that ‘it takes both McGregor – and the concept of the three-act ballet – to a brave and entirely exhilarating new place’.
Woolf Works re-creates the emotions, themes and fluid style of three of Woolf’s novels: Mrs Dalloway, Orlando and The Waves. These inspirations are also enmeshed with elements from her letters, essays and diaries such that Woolf Works expresses the heart of an artistic life driven to discover a freer, uniquely modern realism. It brings to life Woolf’s world of ‘granite and rainbow’, where human beings are at once both physical body and uncontained essence.
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Internationally renowned classical ballet company based at the world-famous Royal Opera House in Covent Garden. One of the world’s greatest ballet companies, the Company unites tradition and innovation in world-class performances at their Covent Garden home. Their extensive repertory embraces 19th-century classics, the singular legacy of works by Founder Choreographer Frederick Ashton and Principal Choreographer Kenneth MacMillan and a compelling new canon by Resident Choreographer Wayne McGregor, Artistic Associate Christopher Wheeldon and Artist in Residence Liam Scarlett. The Royal Ballet is committed to enriching people’s lives through ballet.
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