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Rhapsody / Sensorium / ‘Still Life’ At The Penguin Café

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A ballet mixed bill which is a great combination of virtuosity, contrasting moods and beautiful images. Read More >

The variety in Rhapsody / Sensorium / ‘Still Life’ At The Penguin Café makes it enticing as much for anyone just discovering the thrill of world class dance as for Royal Ballet regulars. It is a great combination of virtuosity, contrasting moods and beautiful images, with music to match.

Rhapsody was created by Frederick Ashton for Mikhail Baryshnikov and Lesley Collier, with choreography to suit their star reputations. It is a fabulous work for today’s Royal Ballet virtuoso dancers, contrasting lyrical pas de deux with astounding solos.

Alastair Marriott’s Sensorium – in its first revival – is a response to the evolving atmospheres of Debussy Préludes, within warm and spacious designs and with undercurrents of intimacy.

David Bintley’s ‘Still Life’ At The Penguin Café is a famously popular ballet, not seen in full at the Royal Opera House since 1993. With a timely theme of protection and preservation of the natural world, it is joyful, amusing, exuberant and provocative as endangered species take to the stage in dancing styles from ballroom to morris, introduced by penguin waiters. A riot of dance and colour, it brings the whole programme to a poignant and perfect end.

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Important Dates & Timing

Opening Night: 16/03/2011

Closing Night: 28/03/2011

Running time: 2h45

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Cast & Creative


Rhapsody: Laura Morera, ALina Cojocaru, Sergei Polunin, Steven McRae. Sensorium: Mara Galeazzi, Leanne Benjamin, Melissa Hamilton, Marianela Nunez, Bennett Gartside, Thomas Whitehead, Rupert Pennefather, Gavin Avis. Penguin Cafe: Francesca Filpi, Kristen McNally, Ryoichi Hirano, Liam Scarlett, Nehemiah Kish, James Hay, Eric Underwood, Paul Kay, Edward Watson, Steven McRae, Sarah Lamb, Zenaida Yanowsky, Bennet Gartside, Gary Avis


Producer - Royal Ballet

Designer - Rhapsody: Jessica Curtis. Sensorium: Adam Wiltshire. Penguin Cafe: Hayden Griffin.

Choreographer - Rhapsody: Frederick Ashton. Sensorium: Alastair Marriott. Penguin Cafe: David Bintley.

Conductor - Barry Wordsworth

Lighting Designer - Rhapsody: Neil Austin. Sensorium/Penguin Cafe: John B Read

Music By - Rhapsody: Rachmaninoff. Sensorium: Debussy. Penguin Cafe: Simon Jeffes

About Royal Opera House

Covent Garden, London, United Kingdom WC2E 9DD

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