Royal Ballet: Bernstein Centenary
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Three Royal Ballet choreographers honor the creative genius of Leonard Bernstein as part of the special worldwide centennial celebration of works created in response to his music. Featuring two world premieres by Wayne McGregor and Christopher Wheeldon, as well as the first revival of Liam Scarlett’s The Age of Anxiety set to Bernstein’s Symphony No 2.

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 Bernstein’s 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 composer’s birth, The Royal Ballet has united all three of its associate choreographers to celebrate the dynamic range and danceability of Bernstein’s music.

The programme includes two world premieres by Resident Choreographer Wayne McGregor and Artistic Associate Christopher Wheeldon, marking each artist’s first foray into Bernstein. At the heart of the programme is the first revival of Artist in Residence Liam Scarlett’s The Age of Anxiety, created in 2014 to Bernstein’s soul-searching Second Symphony. Both symphony and ballet are inspired by W.H. Auden’s 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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American dancer Tristan Dyer is a Soloist of The Royal Ballet and appears in this performance of Age of Anxiety and Yugen  

Royal Ballet soloist and Newport born, Tristan Dyer, began his dance career at the age of four with Miki Ohlsen’s Newport Dance Academy. After studying in Canada and Australia and England he joined the Royal Ballet in 2010 where he has danced major roles in both classical and contemporary ballets. Based in London with annual world tours Tristan comes home to his family in Newport every summer.




Royal Ballet soloist and Newport born, Tristan Dyer


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