The Illustrated 'Farewell'

The Illustrated Farewell
World premiere date
Premiere location place
London, United Kingdom
Commissioner

The Royal Ballet

Dance sections

I. Allegro Assai: Lamb, McRae

II. Adagio: Lamb, McRae

(In Silence): Margi

III. Menuet. Allegretto: Margi, Ball, Donnelly, Heap, Naghdi, Richardson

IV, Finale. Presto - Adagio: Lamb, McRae, Sissens, Margi, Ball, Donnelly, Heap, Naghdi, Richardson, Braendsrød, Ella, Emerton, Hinkis, Katsura, Mock, O'Sullivan, Stock, Storm-Jensen, Yudes

Principals

Sarah Lamb, Steven McRae

Soloists

Mayara Margi, Joseph Sissens

Ensemble

Matthew Ball, David Donnelly, Tieney Heap, Yasmine Naghdi, Calvin Richardson

Lukas Bjørneboe Braendsrød, Benjamin Ella, Kevin Emerton, Meaghan Grace, Hinkis, Chisato Katsura, Tomas Mock, Anna Rose O'Sullivan, Leticia Stock, Gina Storm-Jensen, David Yudes

Total number of dancers
19
Runtime
:28:27
Other program information

This work was made possible by generous philanthropic support from Jay Franke and Davis Herro

Additional support by The Ballet Association

Staging: Richard Colton

Ballet Master: Ricardo Cervera

Principal Coaching: Jonathan Cope, Brian Maloney

Costume Supervisor: Ilaria Martello

Assistant Costume Supervisor: Giusy Coviello

Costumes: Royal Opera House Production Costume Department and The Costume Centre Thurrock

Additional Costumes: Phil Reynolds, Belts: Village Leathers

Dyeing: Royal Opera House Production Costume Department

THE ILLUSTRATED ‘FAREWELL’ is an extended pas de deux for a principal couple set to the first two movements of Haydn’s 45th Symphony. Joined to a large ensemble work, originally premiered in 1973, the last two movements of the symphony were titled AS TIME GOES BY and featured a gender/diversity respectful cast in which the first passage, a very aggressive, percussive 45’ solo was performed in silence by a single female and then the ballet tapered down to a long fluid adagio danced by a single male with the symphony's conclusion.  In between, the company were treated all as individuals, no hierarchy, women sometimes partnering the men.  An equality and balance of a different sort to that delivered in the first two movements by the symmetrically even principal couple who were ever but half of a more traditional classical whole. THE ILLUSTRATED 'FAREWELL’ questions whether what  ‘classical’ could be stretched to in 1973 was still valid decades later.

  • The Illustrated Farewell
    McRae and Lamb in performance ©ROH, 2017. Photo by Tristram Kenton.
  • The Illustrated Farewell
    Lamb and McRae in performance ©ROH, 2017. Photo by Tristram Kenton.
  • The Illustrated Farewell
    Magri in performance ©ROH, 2017. Photo by Tristram Kenton
  • The Illustrated Farewell
      Sissens and O'Sullivan in performance ©ROH, 2017. Photo by Tristram Kenton
Video Description

Company in performance.

Full music program

Symphony No.45 in F-Sharp Minor "Farewell" Symphony

Composed by Franz Joseph Haydn - 1772

Parts/Movements

I. Allegro assai

II. Adagio

III. Menuet. Allegretto

IV, Finale. Presto - Adagio

The Illustrated Farewell | The Royal Ballet
Royal Opera House
London, UK
The Illustrated Farewell | The Royal Ballet
Royal Opera House
London, UK
The Illustrated Farewell | The Royal Ballet
Royal Opera House
London, UK
The Illustrated Farewell | The Royal Ballet
Royal Opera House
London, UK
The Illustrated Farewell | The Royal Ballet
Royal Opera House
London, UK