In honour of the hugely influential Kenneth MacMillan, a choreographer who was way ahead of his time, the legendary ballerina Viviana Durante directs a programme from his enthralling earliest works.
You can watch the performance on the Royal Opera House’s live-stream of Viviana Durante Company on Thursday 19 April at 7.45pm BST.
The event will be broadcast live via the Royal Opera House YouTube channel, which you can view from the video on this blog. The performance will star a number of Royal Ballet dancers including Lauren Cuthbertson, Francesca Hayward, Thiago Soares and Akane Takada as well as performers from Ballet Black and Scottish Ballet.
It will feature three of the choreographer’s lesser-known early works – House of Birds, Laiderette and a pas de deux from Danses Concertantes – celebrating MacMillan‘s considerable legacy and mark 25 since his death.
House of Birds is based on a macabre fairytale by the Brothers Grimm in which a witch ensnares young children and transforms them into birds; Laiderette explores themes of rejection and exclusion, which recurred in the choreographer’s later works, and tells the story of a young member of a clown troupe who is abandoned by her admirer; and Danses Concertantes is a plotless work which blends jazz and carnival influences, set to a Stravinsky score.
Kenneth MacMillan: Steps Back in Time by Viviana Durante Company takes place in The Pit on 18–21 April.