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The Seven Deadly Sins / Carmen / DGV: Danse A Grande Vitesse

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A mixed bill of vivacity and variety featuring two first revivals of Royal Ballet hits. Read More >

Vivacity and variety mark this chance to see two recent works in their first revivals in a Royal Ballet programme with a contemporary slant.

The first revival of Will Tuckett’s interpretation of Kurt Weill’s Seven Deadly Sins, which was new in 2007, sees Martha Wainwright return to sing. Two demanding star roles, one each for a dancer and a singer, portray Anna’s journey through the visceral temptations of American cities, with the dramatic tensions in Tuckett’s interpretation set to music by Weill from the symphonic to 1930s popular.

In contrast, Mats Ek’s witty and subversive Carmen draws on the story of the carefree gypsy who brings turmoil to the life of her lover Don José. Suggestions of the story are set to Rodion Shchedrin’s inventive distillation of Bizet’s tune-packed opera score, while the roles of Carmen, José and the mysterious ‘M’ give fine opportunities for strong character performances from Royal Ballet soloists.

The programme finishes with the first revival of Christopher Wheeldon’s pulsing, energetic DGV: Danse A Grande Vitesse, an immediate hit when it was premiered in 2006. Michael Nyman’s music was written to celebrate the French high-speed train the TGV, and here the large number of dancers involved make the ballet a thrilling conclusion to the programme through sheer energy and the thrill of vibrant dance.

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Important Dates & Timing

Opening Night: 31/01/2009

Closing Night: 21/02/2009

Running time: 3h

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Cast & Creative


Seven Deadly Sins: Martha Wainwright, Zenaida Yanowsky. Carmen: tbc. DGV: Lauren Cuthbertson, Seven McRae, Laura Morera, Rupert Pennefather, Leanne Benjamin, Sarah Lamb, Zenaida Yanowsky, Marianela Nunez, Edward Watson, Gary Avis, Eric Underwood, Federico Bonelli


Producer - Royal Ballet

Choreographer - Sins: Will Tuckett. Carmen: Mats Ek. DGV: Christopher Wheeldon

Conductor - Daniel Capps, Martin Yates

About Royal Opera House

Covent Garden, London, United Kingdom WC2E 9DD

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