ARTS & ROH CINEMA SEASON 2020

BALLET

The Royal Ballet Encore Cinema Screening

MARSTON: The Cellist WORLD PREMIERE & ROBBINS: Dances at a Gathering

Sunday 1 March

Pamoja Hall   2.00pm   Book Tickets

Choreographer Cathy Marston is previously an Associate Artist of the Royal Opera House and Director of Bern Ballett, and much in demand internationally. The inspiration for her first work for The Royal Ballet Main Stage is the momentous life and career of the cellist Jacqueline du Pré. The scheduled premiere and live relay of Liam Scarlett’s new work has sadly been postponed to a later date in a subsequent season. Dances at a Gathering by Jerome Robbins replaces Scarlett’s ballet as part of the double bill and will be performed alongside the world premiere of Cathy Marston’s The Cellist. Jerome Robbins’s elegant and elegiac classic forms the second part of the programme. This exercise in pure dance for five couples, set to music by Chopin, is a masterpiece of subtlety and invention.

Approximate running time:2 hours 30 minutes, including one interval.


 

OPERA

Royal Opera Encore Cinema Screening

FIDELIO (NEW PRODUCTION)

Sunday 22 March
Pamoja Hall   2.00pm   Book Tickets

Beethoven’s only opera is a masterpiece, an uplifting story of risk and triumph. In this new production, conducted by Antonio Pappano, Jonas Kaufmann plays the political prisoner Florestan, and Lise Davidsen his wife Leonore (disguised as ‘Fidelio’) who daringly sets out to rescue him. Set in strong counterpoint are the ingredients of domestic intrigue, determined love and the cruelty of an oppressive regime. The music is transcendent throughout and includes the famous Act I Quartet, the Prisoners’ Chorus and Florestan’s impassioned Act II cry in the darkness and vision of hope. Tobias Kratzer’s new staging brings together the dark reality of the French Revolutionary ‘Terror’ and our own time to illuminate Fidelio’s inspiring message of shared humanity.

Leonore (Fidelio) Lise Davidsen Florestan Jonas Kaufmann Rocco Georg Zeppenfeld Don Pizarro Simon Neal Marzelline Amanda Forsythe

Sung in German with English subtitles  Approximate running time: 2 hours 30 minutes.


 

BALLET

The Royal Ballet LIVE Cinema Screening

SWAN LAKE

Wednesday 1 April
Pamoja Hall   7.15pm   Book Tickets

Liam Scarlett’s glorious production of Swan Lake, new in 2018, returns for its first revival. While remaining faithful to the Marius Petipa/Lev Ivanov text, Scarlett’s additional choreography and John Macfarlane’s magnificent designs breathe new life into what is arguably the best-known and most-loved classical ballet. The entire Company shines in this eternal tale of doomed love, a masterpiece filled with iconic moments.

Tchaikovsky’s first score for ballet soars with its symphonic sweep and combines perfectly with exquisite choreography from the grand pas de deux of Prince Siegfried and Odile to the swans at the lakeside. An intoxicating mix of spectacle and intimate passion, the overall effect is irresistible.

Choreography Liam Scarlett after Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov Music Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky Additional choreography Frederick Ashton

Approximate running time: 3 hours.


 

OPERA

The Royal Opera Encore Cinema Season

CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA & PAGLIACCI

Sunday 26 April
Pamoja Hall   2.00pm   Book Tickets

Two opera classics are drawn together in this wonderfully observed re-creation of life

in a south Italian village as a travelling theatre visits and emotions erupt. The award-winning production by Damiano Michieletto presents vividly the fast-moving, shocking events brought about by secret love and uncontrollable jealousy. The music is full of Italianate melody in the great choruses that bring the villagers together in celebration and revelry, alongside the solo arias and tense confrontations that provoke violence and tragedy. With thrilling singing and intense drama, ‘Cav and Pag’ distils into one wonderful night out, the enduring appeal of Italian opera in its most familiar form.

CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA

Turiddu Yonghoon Lee Santuzza Liudmyla Monastyrska Alfio Dimitri Platanias Lola Josè Maria Lo Monaco

PAGLIACCI

Canio Roberto Alagna Tonio Dimitri Platanias Nedda Aleksandra Kurzak Silvio Bogdan Baciu Beppe Mikeldi Atxalandabaso

Co-production with Opera Australia, La Monnaie, Brussels, and the Göteborg Opera

Sung in Italian with English subtitles.   Approximate running time: 3 hours.


 

BALLET

The Royal Ballet Encore Cinema Screening

THE DANTE PROJECT (WORLD PREMIERE)

Sunday 31 May
Pamoja Hall   2.00pm   Book Tickets

Dante’s Divine Comedy is an epic journey through the afterlife: it encompasses the horrifying drama of Inferno and its damned, the lyrical mysticism of pilgrims on mount Purgatorio and the dazzling spheres of Paradiso with their endless configurations of light. The poem was inspired by the agony of Dante’s own exile, and traces his path from crisis to revelation guided by his literary hero Virgil and his lost love Beatrice. In this new work, The Royal Ballet’s trailblazing Resident Choreographer Wayne McGregor collaborates with an award-winning team – contemporary composer Thomas Adès, artist Tacita Dean, lighting designer Lucy Carter and dramaturg Uzma Hameed – to bring us closer to Dante and his extraordinary vision.

A collaboration between Wayne McGregor, Thomas Adès, Tacita Dean, Lucy Carter and Uzma Hameed

Approximate running time: 3 hours.


 

OPERA

The Royal Opera Encore Cinema Screening

ELEKTRA (NEW PRODUCTION)

Sunday 21 June
Pamoja Hall   2.00pm   Book Tickets

Strauss’s thrilling and audacious adaptation of Greek tragedy receives a new staging by the award- winning director Christof Loy. This uncompromising opera, about a daughter intent on bloody revenge and a mother driven to madness, has provoked critics to lively debate and both shocked and excited audiences since its 1909 premiere. Antonio Pappano conducts music that combines violence with moments of exquisite tenderness in his first Strauss interpretation for The Royal Opera since 2002. The outstanding cast includes Nina Stemme (Brünnhilde in last Season’s Der Ring des Nibelungen) in the title role, and Karita Mattila in her role debut as the haunted queen Klytämnestra.

Elektra Nina Stemme Chrysothemis Sara Jakubiak Klytämnestra Karita Mattila Orest Christof Fischesser Ägisth Joseph Kaiser

Sung in German with English subtitles.   Approximate running time: 2 hours.