Royal Ballet: Bernstein Centenary/ Yugen/corybantic Games/the Age Of Anxiety
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Leonard Bernstein was one of the first classical composers in America to achieve both popular and critical acclaim. He was eclectic in his sources drawing on jazz and modernism, the traditions of Jewish music and the Broadway musical and many of Bernsteins scores are remarkably well suited to dance. He was particularly associated with Jerome Robbins, their credits together including Fancy Free and West Side Story. To celebrate the centenary year of the composers birth, The Royal Ballet has united all three of its associate choreographers to celebrate the dynamic range and danceability of Bernsteins music.The programme includes two world premieres by Resident Choreographer Wayne McGregor and Artistic Associate Christopher Wheeldon, marking each artists first foray into Bernstein. At the heart of the programme is the first revival of Artist in Residence Liam Scarletts The Age of Anxiety, created in 2014 to Bernsteins soul-searching Second Symphony. Both symphony and ballet are inspired by W.H. Audens masterful modernist poem, itself written in response to the atmosphere of disillusionment and uncertainty that followed the end of World War II.
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