Dances at a Gathering & The Cellist (Blu-ray) | Opus Arte OABD7277D

Dances at a Gathering & The Cellist (Blu-ray)

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Label: Opus Arte

Cat No: OABD7277D

Format: Blu-ray

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Ballet

Release Date: 26th February 2021

Contents

Artists

Marianela Nunez
Francesca Hayward
Yasmine Naghdi
Laura Morera
Fumi Kaneko
Alexander Campbell
Federico Bonelli
William Bracewell
Luca Acri
Valentino Zucchetti
Lauren Cuthbertson
Marcelino Sambe
Matthew Ball
Emma Lucano
Lauren Godfrey
Kristen McNally
Thomas Whitehead
Anna Rose O’Sullivan
Gary Avis
Nicol Edmonds
Benjamin Ella
Luca Acri
Paul Kay
Joseph Sissens
The Royal Ballet
Robert Clark (piano)
Hetty Snell (cello)
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

Conductor

Andrea Molino

Works

Chopin, Frederic

Dances at a Gathering (Jerome Robbins ballet)

Feeney, Philip

The Cellist (ballet)

Artists

Marianela Nunez
Francesca Hayward
Yasmine Naghdi
Laura Morera
Fumi Kaneko
Alexander Campbell
Federico Bonelli
William Bracewell
Luca Acri
Valentino Zucchetti
Lauren Cuthbertson
Marcelino Sambe
Matthew Ball
Emma Lucano
Lauren Godfrey
Kristen McNally
Thomas Whitehead
Anna Rose O’Sullivan
Gary Avis
Nicol Edmonds
Benjamin Ella
Luca Acri
Paul Kay
Joseph Sissens
The Royal Ballet
Robert Clark (piano)
Hetty Snell (cello)
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

Conductor

Andrea Molino

About

A double-bill combining the emotional world premiere of a new narrative ballet and an abstract revival.

Internationally acclaimed choreographer Cathy Marston, previously Associate Artist of The Royal Ballet and Director of Bern Ballett, created The Cellist for The Royal Ballet in 2020. The inspiration for her first work for the Royal Opera House Main Stage is the momentous life and career of cellist Jacqueline du Pré – from her discovery of the cello and her celebrity as one of its most extraordinary players, to her pain, frustration and struggle with multiple sclerosis. Composer Philip Feeney incorporates some of the most moving and powerful music for cello by Elgar, Beethoven, Fauré, Mendelssohn, Piatti, Rachmaninov and Schubert into an exquisite score that is itself an homage to the cello.

Jerome Robbins’s elegant and elegiac classic, Dances at a Gathering, is the other work in the programme. Pure dance for five couples, set to music by Chopin, is a masterpiece of subtlety and invention.

“A hugely anticipated world premiere… There is much to admire… This piece truly shines…” – Sunday Express ★★★★ (The Cellist)

“…Francesca Hayward, Laura Morera and a drop-dead-magnificent Alexander Campbell the first among excellent equals in this first-rate work.” – The Telegraph ★★★★★ (Dances at a Gathering)

“Jacqueline du Pré’s life story is translated into a powerfully affecting ballet by Cathy Marston”
 – The Guardian ★★★★ (The Cellist)

“Robbins’ choreography, unforced, flowing, at times like the finest lace, as fleet-footed dancers cross each other’s paths creating dazzling patterns, is a delight. Watching it you feel, in a mysterious way, truly blessed.” – Culture Whisper ★★★★★ (Dances at a Gathering)

“The relationship between a great musician and her instrument, vividly imagined in dance.” – The Arts Desk ★★★★ (The Cellist)

Extra features:
- Why The Royal Ballet love performing The Cellist
- Why The Royal Ballet love performing Dances at a Gathering
- Cast Galleries

Casts:

Dances at a Gathering
- Marianela Nuñez
- Francesca Hayward
- Yasmine Naghdi
- Laura Morera
- Fumi Kaneko
- Alexander Campbell
- Federico Bonelli
- William Bracewell
- Luca Acri
- Valentino Zucchetti

The Cellist
- The Cellist: Lauren Cuthbertson
- The Instrument: Marcelino Sambé
- The Conductor: Matthew Ball
- The Cellist (as a Young Girl): Emma Lucano
- Her Sister (as a Young Girl): Lauren Godfrey
- Her Mother: Kristen McNally
- Her Father: Thomas Whitehead
- Her Sister: Anna Rose O’Sullivan
- Her Cello Teachers: Gary Avis, Nicol Edmonds, Benjamin Ella
- Her Musical Friends: Luca Acri, Paul Kay, Joseph Sissens
- A Chorus of Narrators: Artists of The Royal Ballet

Duration: approx. 138 minutes
Audio: LPCM 2.0 + Surround 5.1 DTS Master Audio
Subtitles (extra features only): EN, FR, DE, JP, KO

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