Laura Morera (Dancer), Marianela Nunez (Dancer), Federico Bonelli (Dancer), Francesca Hayward (Dancer), Alexander Campbell (Dancer), Valentino Zucchetti (Dancer)
Jerome Robbins (Choreographer), Cathy Marston (Choreographer)
The Royal Ballet
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
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, Rachmaninoff and Schubert into an exquisite score that is itself an homage to the cello.
Jerome Robbins’ 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.