News: Covent Garden in Wonderland

Monday 28 February 2011

Christopher Wheeldon’s long awaited full length work for the Royal Ballet opens with a gala evening on Monday 28 February and a further five performances in March.

Lauren Cuthbertson, the Royal Ballet’s only British principal dancer takes the title role
“From the bottom of my heart, it’s the biggest gift that a dancer can receive from anyone… I know that quite easily this could never happen again,” she tells the Independent on Sunday, 27 Feb 2011

It will be one of the last major works commissioned by Dame Monica Mason, who is due to retire as Director of the Royal Ballet in 2012.

“His [Wheeldon’s] age and his experience were right. During his time in New York he came back and did several pieces for us, and somewhere between DGV and Electric Counterpoint I asked him: ‘Do you think, in a year or two’s time, you might want to do a full-length ballet?’ But then he went to set up his own company, Morphoses, and I thought it wouldn’t happen.” Monica Mason tells the Financial Times, 26 Feb 2011

And it’s seen as a homecoming for 38 year old Wheeldon, who left the Royal Ballet for New York City Ballet some 16 years ago:
“The last 17 years have been the very best possible thing that could ever have happened to me and I don’t regret leaving [New York City Ballet] for one second,” he says. “But New York has become quite conservative in a sense. For me now, London is, without question, the dance capital of the world.” Christopher Wheeldon tells Sarah Crompton in the Telegraph, 26 Feb 2011

*Performances in this seaon continue on 2, 3, 9, 10, 15 March and are sold out. More info: www.roh.org.uk

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