BALLETBOYZ to Present theTalent 2014 at Linbury Studio Theatre 9/16-27
BalletBoyz are to present theTalent 2014 in a brand new triple bill at the Linbury Studio Theatre September 16-27 as part of Deloitte Ignite 2014, the contemporary arts festival curated by The Royal Ballet and Minna Moore Ede of the National Gallery.
Former Royal Ballet dancers Michael Nunn and William Trevitt, co-founders and artistic directors of BalletBoyz will present works by Christopher Wheeldon (Artistic Associate of The Royal Ballet), Kristen McNally (Royal Ballet Soloist) and Alexander Whitley (New Wave Associate artist at Sadler's Wells). The triple bill is the company's first chance to perform new work since their final performances of the award-winning double bill - Liam Scarlett's 'Serpent' and Russell Maliphant's 'Fallen' - at the Roundhouse in July.
Up to ten dancers from BalletBoyz theTalent 2014 will perform at the Linbury in the following programme:
Mesmerics by Christopher Wheeldon
Untitled by Kristen McNally
The Murmuring by Alexander Whitley
Mesmerics is a piece Nunn and Trevitt created with Christopher Wheeldon in 2004 for three men and two women; Christopher has now re-worked it and re-created it for eight of theTalent's dancers. "We've always loved the piece," says Trevitt. "The music, a gorgeous score is by Philip Glass. We knew it wouldn't work in the old format because there's a lot of pointe work and traditional partnering, so Chris has re-invented it and we've worked with him in tiny moments through his busy schedule." The costumes have been re-designed by Amanda Barrow and William Trevitt.
Kristen McNally: Soloist with the Royal Ballet is a fast rising choreographer and recently made the fresh, indie-ballet 'Mad Women' for New English Ballet Theatre at the Peacock. "Along with Kevin O'Hare, we're very keen to encourage the development of new artists and that's why we asked Kristen to make a new work for us at the Linbury," comments Michael Nunn. "In working with us she's been finding new ways to work with boys that she hasn't experienced before; we're really looking forward to the result."
Alexander Whitley has chosen the subject/title of The Murmuring for his new piece; as well as a low, distinctive and continuous sound, murmurings is also the extraordinary undulating flight pattern of flocks of birds, particularly starlings. "We've known Alex as a dancer for a long time," says Billy Trevitt. "Last October we invited a few choreographers to spend the day with dancers at our studio in Kingston and then asked Alex to make a piece for the company. The Murmuring is a really interesting piece with a very well crafted, meticulous and moving structure to it; abstract, yet not." Alexander is working with costume stylist Fabrice Serafino and lighting designer Jackie Shemesh.
The Deloitte partnership with the Royal Opera House brings together both organisations in their appetite for innovation and commitment to widening access to the arts. This relationship, was initially for five years and has been extended for a further five years which allows the Royal Opera House to continue to stage a broad range of ground-breaking work each year with a new vision from the chosen curator. Deloitte Ignite builds upon the continuing projects that the Royal Opera House has developed to engage and stimulate new audiences and communities across the UK including its innovative contemporary programme in the Linbury Studio Theatre, free BP Big Screens of opera and ballet each summer, family performances, cinema screenings, schools matinees, reduced ticket pricing on main stage performances and free daytime events.