Bernstein at the Ballet
Katie Derham talks to choreographer Wayne McGregor as he prepares a new ballet to Bernstein's Chichester Psalms and explores just why Bernstein's music is so well suited to dance.
Katie Derham looks at the music of Bernstein and explores just why it's so well suited to dance. And ahead of the Royal Ballet's Bernstein centenary celebrations, Katie talks to choreographer Wayne McGregor as he prepares a new ballet to Bernstein's Chichester Psalms. They discuss the creative process, and why even a choral setting of psalms is inviting to a choreographer if the music is by Bernstein.
From the music specifically written for dance, such as West Side Story and Fancy Free with their iconic Jerome Robbins choreography, to the symphonies and choral works, Bernstein's music lends itself to dance. As Robbins himself said, "There was a power in the rhythms of his work which had a need for it to be demonstrated by dance".