Join us with The Royal Ballet for these three ballets, self-contained works that together display the diversity and richness of dance.
The programme includes an established classic, a recent work and a world premiere.
The acclaimed ballet is After the Rain by Christopher Wheeldon, an incredibly touching work from the core repertoire of the Royal Ballet. Some of our members saw it earlier this year and were 'blown away'.
Selected before they go on general sale, our group has a number of slip seats, great value at £5 - what you might pay to tour a venue of this stature with the bonus of a full performance as well.
AFTER THE RAIN
Wheeldon created 'After the Rain' in 2005 for New York City Ballet. 'After the Rain' is in two parts. The first is choreographed for three couples; the second is a haunting pas de deux. This work has found an extraordinary resonance with audiences around the world.
Wheeldon described how ‘it wasn’t until after having an audience see it that I realised people were very moved by it. Some people think that they see this idea of loss, or some of love. That’s the wonderful thing about making abstract dance, that you all get to decide the story that you see’.
What our members said in 2016:
'Most uplifting and wonderful',
'Great performances, really beautiful music'
'My first ballet, I totally enjoyed it.'
THE HUMAN SEASONS
David Dawson created 'The Human Seasons', his first work for The Royal Ballet, in 2013. The title comes from a poem by John Keats. As Dawson explains, Keats ‘wrote this very simple poem about the ages of man, and the ballet represents the same cycle – from the young of spring all the way through to the death/rebirth of winter, and the continuation of this cycle’.
Dawson is a leading figure in European ballet and in 2005 became the first British choreographer to create a new work for the Mariinsky Ballet.
NEW CRYSTAL PITE
Pite is one of the hottest names in dance today. Her many awards include an Olivier and a Critics’ Circle Award for Polaris at Sadler’s Wells. She has been acclaimed by the New York Times as ‘one of the most talented and intriguing choreographers working today’.
Pite is perhaps best known in the UK for her work as an associate artist with Sadler’s Wells, which includes the multi-award-winning Polaris (see photo). In this new work for The Royal Ballet she creates a further large-scale ensemble work, to powerful music from Górecki.
Side slip seats are high and near the stage. Reserving before the seats go on public sale, we obtain better sight lines than are generally available.
A restricted view of the stage BUT all the atmosphere of the venue and an incredible way to sample an Opera House performance for just five pounds.
These tickets are subsidised by the Arts Council to allow access to all and thus offer incredible value.
From The Guardian on the Opera House side slip experience: "I pick up on the hidden advantages of this high spot where, if I stood up and stretched, I could almost touch the ceiling. From up here, the epic scale of the building is revealed in all its multi-tiered, maroon-and-gold glory…. "
Ticket value: £5
Cost to join this event: £7 including booking / paypal fee
30 places only
Running time: around 2 hours 30 minutes
ROYAL OPERA HOUSE
The Royal Opera, under the direction of Antonio Pappano, is one of the world’s leading opera companies. Based in the iconic Covent Garden theatre, it is renowned both for its outstanding performances of traditional opera and for commissioning new works by today’s leading opera composers, such as Harrison Birtwistle, Mark-Anthony Turnage and Thomas Adès.
The theatre is also home to The Royal Ballet, one of the great ballet companies of the world. Under the leadership of Director Kevin O’Hare, grand balletic tradition and an illustrious heritage are united with innovation, daring and exceptional standards of artistry, creativity and stagecraft to produce supreme theatre.
The extensive repertory of The Royal Ballet follows a unique trajectory from 19th-century classics to the singular legacy of works by Frederick Ashton and the compelling new canon of work by Resident Choreographer Wayne McGregor.
Refunds are not offered for this Meetup.