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Building a Ballet

Katie Derham explores the process of creating a brand new ballet with choreographer Aletta Collins and composer David Sawer, from initial concept to final performance.

Katie Derham explores the process of creating a brand new ballet, from commissioning the music and the initial concept, through rehearsals, to the final performance. In February the Linbury Theatre re-opened with Blue Moon - a new ballet for seven female dancers, choreographed by Aletta Collins to a new score by David Sawer. Katie talks to them, along with principal dancers Beatriz Stix-Brunell and Hannah Grennell at all stages of the process about how the whole production comes together.

Producer - Ellie Mant

59 minutes

Last on

Sat 27 Apr 2019 15:00

Music Played

  • David Sawer

    April/March (extract)

    Orchestra: London Sinfonietta. Conductor: Andrew Gourlay.
  • Kurt Weill

    The Seven Deadly Sins (Prolog)

    Performer: Lotte Lenya. Librettist: Bertolt Brecht. Orchestra: Studio Orchestra. Conductor: Wilhelm Brückner-Rüggeberg.
    • Sony Classical.
  • John Cage


    Performer: Margaret Leng Tan.
    • New Albion.
  • Hector Berlioz

    Romeo and Juliette (Romeo at the Tomb of the Capulets)

    Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic. Conductor: Colin Davis.
    • Philips.
  • Igor Stravinsky

    Orpheus (Scene 2)

    Orchestra: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Conductor: Neeme Järvi.
    • CHANDOS : CHAN 9014.
    • CHANDOS.
    • 22.
  • Béla Bartók

    The Miraculous Mandarin (Introduction)

    Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Pierre Boulez.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.


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