Next month our students will perform exciting new choreography by several School alumni at our summer season at the Royal Opera House from 2 to 5 July in the Linbury Studio Theatre and on 12 July on the main stage.
This year the performances will include an exclusive new piece created especially for the School by alumnus and Royal Ballet Artist-in-Residence Liam Scarlett. Set to Profokiev’s Classical Symphony, his ballet has been created as a tribute to former Director of The Royal Ballet School, Gailene Stock CBE AM, who died this year and who taught Liam during his time at School.
‘I want to express how truly grateful I am for everything Gailene did for me over the years. Without her support and the opportunities she gave me I wouldn’t be where I am today. With this new work I wanted to do something that would make her proud.’
Following recent success with his first commission for The Royal Ballet, alumnus David Dawson, will present two of the students in his evocative pas de deux, A Sweet Spell of Oblivion.
Three further alumni, Martin Joyce, Kristen McNally and Alexander Whitley have collaborated to create a work incorporating all three years of the Upper School while White Lodge students will perform a new character piece by Tania Fairbairn and traditional heritage repertory, contemporary and national dances.
A further highlight of the main stage performance will be Nureyev’s spirited staging of Act III of Petipa’s Raymonda and it will close with the exuberant annual Grand Défilé bringing together all students of the School.
Jay Jolley, Acting Director of The Royal Ballet School said:
‘This year we have a very special line-up of new work by some of the most exciting choreographers working today.
‘It is a huge privilege to have some of our most illustrious alumni returning to School to work with our current students, showcasing the incredible skill and virtuosity of our young dancers.’
Summer performances at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden: