Summer performances 2014

Brian Slater

In 2014 our students performed an exciting new choreography by several School alumni at our 2014 Summer Season at the Royal Opera House.

World-renowned choreographer and School alumnus, Liam Scarlett created a new ballet especially for The Royal Ballet School’s summer performances. Entitled Classical Symphony, the work is set to Profokiev’s music of the same name and honours former Director of The Royal Ballet School, Gailene Stock CBE AM, who died this year and who taught Liam during his time at School.

Following from the success of his first commission for The Royal Ballet, alumnus David Dawson, is presenting two of the students in his evocative pas de deux, A Sweet Spell of Oblivion.

Three other alumni; Martin Joyce, Kristen McNally and Alexander Whitley, collaborated to create a work which incorporated all three years of the Upper School, while White Lodge students performed a new character piece by Tania Fairbairn and traditional heritage repertory, contemporary and national dances.

A further highlight of the 2014 Matinée performance was Rudolf Nureyev’s spirited staging of Act III of Petipa’s Raymonda and it closed with the exuberant annual Grand Défilé, which brought together all students of the School.

Rehearsals July 2014 – click to enlarge

Performances July 2014 – click to enlarge