News: Christopher Wheeldon - on new work Strapless

Monday 8 February 2016 by Carmel Smith

Christopher Wheeldon’s latest work for the Royal Ballet, a one act story ballet, opens this Friday. Strapless is inspired by a portrait by John Singer Sargent of Virginie Amélie Avegno Gautreau, that he saw in New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art.

“For years, I’ve toyed with the idea of making a ballet about Amélie. Then Kevin O’Hare offered me a slot at the Royal Ballet and I thought this would be a perfect role for Natalia Osipova. She’s such a compelling artist: when she’s concentrating in rehearsals, she has this focused, almost regal look. I knew she could evoke Amelie’s charisma, her haughtiness.” Read the full interview in the Guardian, 8 February 2016

After the Rain / Strapless / Within the Golden Hour
12 February – 11 March 2016

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