Royal Swedish Opera Ballet Season 2018/19 Paving the way for pioneering alliance

By on November 19, 2017
Carl Thorborg

Nicolas Le Riche, the newly appointed Director of the Swedish Royal Ballet, today announced the 2018/19 season featuring classics and new works by international talents and dance icons such as Jiří Kylián, Serge Lifar and Angelin Preljocaj. The full-blown season spares no expense with over 60 performances, 4 of which are with the Royal Orchestra, 4 new choreographers to the company, 9 ballets, 6 different programs and 3 creations!

Le Riche introduces a season that ultimately reflects his vision of classical ballet and contemporary dance as facets of the same art form; dance.

The season opens with Marcia Haydée’s (BR) version of the classic fairy tale Sleeping Beauty. After thata unique evening composed of three international choreographers will unravel. First off is the renowned choreographer Angelin Preljocaj (FR) who has been commissioned to re-create the piece Annonciation. Followed by the promising newcomer Lukas Timulak (SK) who will set up an innovative visual number exclusively for the Royal Swedish Ballet. Finally, the legendary choreographer Jiří Kylián (CZ) will bring life to Wings of Wax.
“This epic triple bill will mark the first of many pioneering alliances and singular masterpieces to come,” exclaims Nicolas Le Riche.

The festive season will be a sweet-tempered family affair and an occasion for audiences to follow the adventures of “Petter” and “Lotta” in the Swedish acclaimed Nutcracker by Pär Isberg (SE).

Later on, Serge Lifar’s (UA) famous Suite en blanc will appear alongside sensational choreographer Jérémie Bélingard (FR), who will produce a piece solely for the company. This commissioned work, just like Lifar’s ballet, will embrace the skills of the company’s dancers and magically unfold during the creative process alongside the orchestra.

Wim Vandekeybus’ (BE) mythological piece PUUR is set to return to the stage in April 2019. The piece will embody the antagonistic theme of genocide with savage energy, gruesome violence and pulsating human flesh.

The season will round off with a new full-length ballet created by choreographer Jiří Bubeníček (PL). This new classic, narrative piece will draw inspiration from Kafka’s dystopian themes and eloquent techniques that encompass the entire ensemble and orchestra.

The upcoming season will incorporate works of both established and promising choreographers for all audiences, both national and international. “I believe in a repertoire that reflects the diversity in dance today besides solacing the unequivocal potential of the company. There has never been a time when dance has been so many-faceted and our company has a pivotal role to play in shaping today’s dance. The Royal Swedish Ballet will not only celebrate its vigorous heritage but also new works and choreography,” says Ballet Director Nicolas Le Riche.

During the entire season audiences will even be able to get a glimpse behind the scenes and dancers at work in A day in a dancer’s life and at numerous open rehearsals. The new programme will also include in depth meetings and talks with choreographers to give insight into the dynamic creative processes and distinctive techniques of each piece.

New season 2018/19

Sleeping Beauty Marcia Haydée / September 2018

A timeless elegant interpretation of a classic fairy tale.

Annonciation Angelin Preljocaj / Lukas Timulak (CREATION)/ Wings of Wax Jiří Kylián / November 2018

Triple bill featuring new pieces.

The Nutcracker / Pär Isberg / December 2018

A personal interpretation of the classic tale – with a Swedish twist.

Suite en blanc Serge Lifar / Jérémie Bélingard (CREATION)/ February 2019Double bill spanning from Lifar’s classical piece from 1943 to today by transforming into a cutting edge modern piece by Bélingard.

PUUR Wim Vandekeybus / April 2019

A relentless and universal story of genocide.
Jiří Bubeníček / May 2019

A new full-length ballet commissioned exclusively for the Royal Swedish Ballet.

Helena Olofsson, Culture & Music | Stockholm