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The Illustrated 'Farewell' / The Wind / Untouchable

Twyla Tharp and Arthur Pita create new works for The Royal Ballet, in a programme that includes the first revival of Hofesh Shechter’s 2015 work for the Company.

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There are currently no scheduled performances of The Illustrated 'Farewell' / The Wind / Untouchable. It was last on stage 6–17 November 2017 as part of the Autumn 2017/18 season.


New work is as central to the repertory of The Royal Ballet as revivals of the classics are. For Director of The Royal Ballet Kevin O’Hare, contemporary choreographers and dancers are ‘creating the classics of the 21st century’. In this mixed programme, O’Hare invites two choreographers to create new works for the Company – one making her long-overdue return, the other making his main-stage debut – while reviving one of O’Hare’s earliest Royal Ballet commissions, first performed in 2015.

Trailblazer Twyla Tharp is one of the most prolific choreographers of our time. In The Illustrated ‘Farewell’ she expands her 1973 classic As Time Goes By into a new work for The Royal Ballet. Arthur Pita is a major force in British dance, best known at the Royal Opera House for his Metamorphosis based on Kafka’s short story. He now creates a new work, The Wind, for the Company. Hofesh Shechter’s Untouchable showed ballet taking an exciting new direction, pitting classical bodies against Shechter’s signature gravity-bound physicality.

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