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contemporary /kənˈtɛmp(ə)r(ər)i/ - belonging to or occurring in the present
Isn’t it wonderful to leave the ballet with a smile rather than a tear-streaked face (thank you for that, Manon)? If your answer is yes, spend this Christmas watching the Royal Ballet tackle an old-favourite. Coppélia makes a welcome return to the Royal Opera House stage after a 13-year absence.
A heritage work and a celebration of classical dance, The Sleeping Beauty remains close to the heart of the Royal Ballet. Tchaikovsky’s score, expertly conducted by Simon Hewett, tugs at the child within. Many recognise this music from Disney’s acclaimed 1959 animated film of the same name.
The Royal Ballet’s first mixed bill of the season pays tribute to the wide repertoire the company continues to boast. The bill's plethora of solo roles are a treat for rising and established dancers.
The Royal Ballet’s 2019/20 season is up and running with Manon, Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s 1974 ballet based on Abbé Prévost’s 1731 novel, Manon Lescaut. Manon is lured into a world where she is the centre of attention—and while her choices are her own, they are also not, forced onto her by many influencers.
An apprenticeship in judgement, Judy, Hollywood’s latest biopic, follows the troubled Judy Garland during her final year, but this latest silver-screen-addition proves to be more than just a reimagining of Garland’s life out of Oz.