News: Royal Ballet 2007/8

Friday 13 April 2007

The Royal Ballet has announced its new 2007/8 season. Highlights include a new production of George Balanchine’s Jewels, further performances of Wayne McGregor’s award winning *Chroma* _and new work by Kim Brandstrup, Christopher Wheeldon and Wayne McGregor – alongside six full length ballets during the season, including _La Bayadere and Romeo and Juliet.

Jewels was composed in 1967 for the new York City Ballet and consists of three separate ballets: Emeralds – set to music by Faure, Rubies – to Stravinsky and Diamonds – to Tchaikovsky. The original costume designs by Barbara Karinska will be used – with new sets designed at the Royal Opera House.

Wayne McGregor’s Chroma had just six sell out perfomances last November, alongside Christopher Wheeldons’ new work DGV. In February 2008 it will be revived for another 5 performances, in a programme with two works by Kenneth Macmillan – Different Drummer and *The Rite of Spring.*

A new work by Wheeldon will appear in February/March 2008 and Kim Brandstrup’s first work for the Royal Ballet will be performed in April 2008.

Royal Ballet Director Monica Mason also confirmed that Sylvie Guillem would not be dancing with the company again. She had been invited to appear in this season but wasn’t available: “I understand that now she wants to give herself completely to contemporary work. I also invited her to give a farewell performance. But I can understand that as she is still appearing she did not wish to say farewell. Her audiences will follow her wherever she still performs.”

Guillem’s last performances with the Royal Ballet were in June 2006.

Darcey Bussell is due to give her final performance with the company on 8 June this year.

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