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Royal Opera House Live in HD Presents: Bernstein Centenary


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Thursday, May 17, 2018
Tickets: $10.50 Student, $12.50 Senior, $14.50 Adult
Live Broadcast - Three ballets, two new productions!

The Royal Ballet celebrates the centenary of Leonard Bernstein’s birth with an all-Bernstein program from choreographers Wayne McGregor, Liam Scarlett, and Christopher Wheeldon

Choreography by Wayne McGregor, Liam Scarlett, and Christopher Wheeldon
Music by Leonard Bernstein
Run Time: 3 hours, including two intermissions
Encore Broadcast. Original performance March 27, 2018

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 program 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 program 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.

Royal Opera House Live in HD Season
The Royal Opera House Live Cinema Season 2017-18 is set to thrill audiences in more than 1500 cinemas in over 40 countries. Including some of The Royal Ballet’s much-loved classical repertory, the world’s top ballet, and four new productions, cinemas all over the globe will show the performances live from Covent Garden.