Kathleen Dixon Donnelly of the Such Friends blog has reviewed the Royal Ballet’s current production of Woolf Works. Since we aren’t located across the Pond and haven’t had the opportunity to attend, we are reblogging Kathleen’s review here. Thanks, Kathleen!
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Woolf Works, the first revival of Wayne McGregor’s critically acclaimed ballet triptych to music inspired by the works of Virginia Woolf, is playing at London’s Royal Opera House from Jan. 21 to Feb. 14.
With music by Max Richter and starring Alessandra Ferri and Mara Galeazzi, the ballet focuses on thee Woolf novels, Mrs. Dalloway, Orlando and The Waves. For each, Richter found a unique musical language, with each individual piece connecting with the others for a unifying whole.
The Mrs. Dalloway section opens with the unique 1937 BBC recording of Woolf’s own voice reading her essay “On Craftmanship.” Her radio appearance was part of a BBC series called “Words Fail Me.”
What a brilliant, creative human being Virginia Woolf was. It’s been extraordinary once again to have the chance to be engaged in the matters that troubled her, the questions she wrestled with and the visionary quality of the answers she discovered. – Max Richter on how he composed the score for Woolf Works
Below is a comment from Elisa Kay Sparks and a link to her review of Woolf Works.
I’ve finished my review/ explication of Woolf Works, the new Wayne MacGregor ballet I was lucky enough to get to see in London. All the time I was watching it, I was wishing all of you were in the audience with me; this is the best I could do to make that so. At the end I’ve added links to a lot of the reviews which have photographs of the performance and to a series of videos that show the dancers in rehearsal as well as conversations among the choreographers, dancers, and dramaturg.
Woolf Works, a ballet based on the life and writings of Virginia Woolf, will be presented by the Royal Ballet May 11-26 at the Royal Opera House in London, and organizers are asking readers of Woolf to share their personal experiences of Woolf by posting comments on the website.
The full-length eight-performance production interweaves themes from Mrs. Dalloway, Orlando and The Waves, along with Woolf’s letters, essays and diaries.
“Woolf Works expresses the heart of an artistic life driven to discover a freer, uniquely modern realism, and brings to life Woolf’s world of ‘granite and rainbow’ where human beings are at once both physical body and uncontained essence,” according to the Royal Opera House website.
The coreography is by Royal Ballet Resident Choreographer Wayne McGregor. The score is by Max Richter.
Tickets are available from the Royal Opera House.
In preparation for the ballet and in honor of her birthday this year, organizers are collecting comments from readers of Woolf regarding their personal experiences. The questions include: How did you discover her? What was the first thing you read? What struck you about it? What did (and does) her work mean to you? A selection of comments will be included in the show’s program book.
‘the ‘book itself’ is not form which you see, but emotion which you feel’ – Virginia Woolf, On Re-reading Novels
If you live in Singapore, you can rent a space at Woolf Works, the city’s first women-only co-working space, inspired by Virginia Woolf.
The three-week-old space is the brainchild of New Zealand-born Michaela Anchan. She set it up after a fruitless search for an office of her own. It provides “mumtrepreneurs” with a quiet space away from home and kids to work on personal projects, according to a July 26 story in Today.
Monthly rates range from S$200 to S$600, with a drop-in rate of S$50 a day.