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Wayne McGregor’s ballet triptych Woolf Works, inspired by the writings of Virginia Woolf, met with outstanding critical acclaim on its premiere in 2015, and went on to win McGregor the Critics’ Circle Award for Best Classical Choreography and the Olivier Award for Best New Dance Production. The Independent described it as, ‘it glows with ambition … a brave, thoughtful work’; The Guardian concluded that ‘it takes both McGregor – and the concept of the three-act ballet – to a brave and entirely exhilarating new place’.
Each of the three acts springs from one of Woolf’s landmark novels: Mrs Dalloway, Orlando and The Waves – enmeshed with elements from her letters, essays and diaries.
Part 1: I Now, I Then depicts an uncertain middle-aged woman, Clarissa Dalloway, dancing with her husband, while gazing at her younger self. Similarly, shell-shocked war veteran Septimus Smith dances with his spouse, while reaching back to memories of his adored soldier buddy, Evans.
Part 2: Becomings is a high-tech, time-bending fantasy featuring several versions of Orlando of different genders travelling through time.
Part 3: Opening with a recording of Woolf’s suicide note, Tuesday features a central female character beset by wave upon wave of dancers, representing Woolf’s life flashing past as she drowns.
Woolf Works expresses the heart of an artistic life driven to discover a freer, uniquely modern realism, and brings to life Woolf’s world of ‘granite and rainbow’, where human beings are at once both physical body and uncontained essence. Woolf Works was McGregor’s first full-length work for The Royal Ballet, and saw him reunited with regular collaborator Max Richter, who provides a commissioned score incorporating electronic and orchestral music.
Platinum tickets have now sold out for Woolf Works but great seats still remain across the season.
Music performed by Queensland Symphony Orchestra
Conducted by Koen Kessels
“A compellingly moving experience.” The Observer
Concept and direction Wayne McGregor
Choreography Wayne McGregor
Music composition Max Richter
Designers Ciguë, We Not I and Wayne McGregor
Costume designer Moritz Junge
Lighting designer Lucy Carter
Film designer Ravi Deepres
Sound designer Chris Ekers
Make-up designer Kabuki
Dramaturg Uzma Hameed
Download the full cast list [PDF 1.20MB]
Note – due to injury, Sarah Lamb will not be performing with the Company in Brisbane.
Winner: Olivier Award for Best New Dance Production
Winner: Critics’ Circle Award for Best Classical Choreography
MAX RICHTER – THREE WORLDS: MUSIC FROM WOOLF WORKS
German-British composer, Max Richter, has written the lush score to accompany this award-winning production. Listen to the album, Three Worlds: Music from Woolf Works online or find it in-stores here.
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