Many thanks to the teams at Theatre Royal Drury Lane, The Setting Line, HEED! and Marquee Broadcasting for making the Nureyev Legend & Legacy event a success. Broadcast premiere is tonight.
An extraordinary gala presented at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane to honour the dancing and legacy of Rudolf Nureyev. Curated and produced by former Royal Ballet Principal Nehemiah Kish and with an evening of performances from stars of the Royal Ballet, English National Ballet, National Ballet of Canada, Oslo Ballet, Berlin State Ballet, Hamburg Ballet, Kiev Ballet and Dutch National Ballet. The evening was presented by Ralph Fiennes and Monica Mason and has been filmed for later broadcast.
A revival of the play, ’The Realistic Joneses’, by Will Eno is scheduled for later this year for the Dublin Theatre Festival. Directed by Judy Hegarty Lovett, Designed by Molly O’Cathain and Sound Design from Mel Mercier. DTF image from Louis Hegarty Lovett.
How it Is Part 2 was staged earlier this year at the Coronet in Notting Hill. Delayed like many pieces due to the C-19 pandemic, the work finally made its London debut. Directed by Judy Hegarty Lovett, cast, Stephen Dillane and Conor Lovett and score by Mel Mercier. Gamelan Orchestral instruments kindly donated by the Indonesian Embassy. Some images contained in the portfolio section.
Anemoi was awarded the Best Classical Choreography award from Dancing Times Magazine, June 2021. Congratulations to Valentino Zucchetti and also Costume Designer Jean-Marc Puissant.
Images added from Agnus Dei a lockdown project with the Ballet Boyz and Arthur Pita. A new solo created on Royal Ballet dancer Leo Dixon with music by Rufus Wainwright. Sections were recorded with a slow motion camera to create the stunning ascension effect at the end of the work. Many thanks to Mike, Billy and Arthur for a wonderful collaboration and a great dance film.
Scherzo was selected by the Royal Ballet as their piece to be performed at the British Charity Gala. The gala was staged at the Royal Albert Hall and hosted by Darcey Bussell. Organised and filmed by the Ballet Boyz, Michael Nunn and William Trevitt, the evening broadcast in a special event on YouTube. Personal thanks to Lighting Designer Andrew Ellis who recreated the work for the event.
Scherzo won the award for nest new dance piece at the Sky Arts South Bank Awards 2021. Congratulations to Choreographer Valentino Zucchetti and to the Royal Ballet.
The Royal Ballet produced an evening of divertissements, new pieces and a restaging of Within the Golden Hour by Christopher Wheeldon. Lighting was designed and recreated for the whole evening which contained three new works, revivals of Le Corsaire and Dance of the Blessed Spirit, a solo created by Sir Frederick Ashton and a new piece by Valentino Zucchetti Scherzo set to the second movement of Rachmaninov Symphony No2. The evening was broadcast live worldwide, Directed by Peter Jones.
Lighting for a Royal Opera semi-staged version of the Handel opera Ariodante first premiered at the original Covent garden site. Lighting produced for a worldwide live broadcast Produced by Peter Jones and Directed for the stage by Isabelle Kettle. (image courtesy of Tristram Kenton)
Lighting Design completed for a Royal Opera Concert broadcast live worldwide from Covent Garden on the 4th of September. For this event the seating was removed from the stalls and the floor carpeted to create an acoustically decent and socially distanced space for the full orchestra conducted by Antonio Pappano. The event was an online and critical success while also viewed by a select group of observers distanced in the higher tiers of the theatre. Congratulations to Ollie Mears and the ROH Company for bold programming and great thanks to Kit Withnail’s team and Bernie Davies who expertly assisted for camera exposure and broadcast.
The Oslo National Theatre production of Happy Days has been revived as one of the first plays to open in this post-lockdown period. In many ways an ideal distanced play and topical for these times. Wishing the cast and everyone connected to the theatre the best of luck for the new performances.
Happy Days opened in Oslo on February 14th 2020 to great acclaim with the performance of Anne Krigsvoll particularly noted in reviews. Many thanks to Anne-Karen and Milja and all the team at the National Theatre for making the piece such a special event.
Happy Days by Samuel Beckett is presently rehearsing in Oslo for a premiere at the Norwegian National Theatre on February 14th. Directed by Anne-Karen Hytten and Designed by Milja Salovaara.
The Ayad Akhtar play “Disgraced” renamed “Krenket” in Oslo opened to great acclaim on August 31st at the Norwegian National Theatre. Directed by Marit Moum Aune, and designed by Siri Langdalen. Great thanks to all of the exceptional team at the theatre. Some some images have been added to the Works page gallery.
The first part of The Dante Project - Inferno - is currently being made at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles premiering on July 12th 2019. It is a new full length ballet creation of the Divine Comedy with Choreography by Wayne McGregor, music from Composer Thomas Ades and scenery and costumes by the artist Tacita Dean. The lighting for Inferno is a Co-Design with Lucy Carter. Paradise and Purgatory will be created in London and premiered in March 2020 with lighting by Lucy Carter.
Rehearsal have begun for the Norwegian National Theatre production of Disgraced by Ayad Akhtar. A powerful award winning one act play tackling identity and racism against the backdrop of Eastern, Islamic and American politics and traditions. To open in August 2019.
Directed by Marit Moum Aune
Designed by Siri Langdalen
Lighting by Simon Bennison
Costume by Ingrid Nylander
A new production of The Lady from the Sea - Ibsen. Is about to begin rehearsing for a February premiere at The Print Room. The work will be performed in Norwegian and English and is a co-production with the Norwegian Ibsen Company directed by Marit Moum Aune and designed by Erlend Birkeland.
For the Best Ballet section of the Helpman Awards this year, three quarters of the nominations and the winner was work by Lucy Carter and Natasha Katz recreated by Simon Bennison. Congratulations to Australian Ballet winning for their production of Christopher Wheeldon’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.
Congratulations to Headspace Dance Company for all their hard work setting up a new Company curated to the highest standards. Many thanks to Charley, Chris and Clemmie.
The Gare St Lazare production of How It Is Part 1 opened on Friday in London at The Print Room Theatre in Notting Hill. A continuing collaboration after previous productions of Title and Deed, and a Beckett Festival.
Here All Night for Gare St Lazare opened last week at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin prior to a tour of Ireland. The production is using the Brian O’Doherty sculpture from the installation, “Hello Sam”, previously installed in the Irish Museum of Modern Art.
The ballet Baiser de la Fée performed by Scottish Ballet at the Edinburgh Festival Theatre from October 2017, is currently available for the next three weeks on the arts section of BBC iPlayer. There is also the opportunity to see the powerful Christopher Hampson Rite of Spring, also uploaded to view.
The Scottish Ballet Le Baiser de la Fée was recently performed at The Royal Opera House Covent Garden as part of the Kenneth MacMillan National Celebration.
The Balanchine piece Tarantella was recently taken into the repertoire of the Royal Ballet Season 2016-17. Lighting designed by Simon Bennison.