Woolf Works DVD (The Royal Ballet)

  • Woolf Works recreates the synaesthetic collision of form and substance in Virginia Woolf's writings. Each of the three acts springs from one of Woolf's landmark novels: Mrs Dalloway, Orlando and The Waves - but these inspirations are also enmeshed with elements from her 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. Woolf Works (2015) was Wayne McGregor's first full-length work for The Royal Ballet and saw the return to the Covent Garden Main Stage of former Royal Ballet Principal dancer Alessandra Ferri.

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    Dancers: Alessandra Ferri, Gary Avis, Matthew Ball, Federico Bonelli, Francesca Hayward, Paul Kay, Sarah Lamb, Steven McRae, Natalia Osipova, Calvin Richardson, Beatriz Stix-Brunell, Akane Takada, Eric Underwood, Edward Watson

    Soprano: Anush Hovhannisyan
    Speaker: Gillian Anderson
    Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
    Conductor: Koen Kessels
    Choreographer: Wayne McGregor
    Designers: CiguëWe Not I and Wayne McGregor
    Costume Designer: Moritz Junge
    Lighting Designer: Lucy Carter
    Film Designer: Ravi Deepres
    Composer: Max Richter

    Extras: An Introduction; Maggie Smith reading extracts from The Waves; On the music

    Sounds: PCM Stereo 2.0 / DTS Surround 5.1
    Format: NTSC
    Region Code: All Regions
    Running Time: 118 mins
    Year: 2015

  • Reviews

    "[Woolf Works] takes both McGregor – and the concept of the three-act ballet – to a brave and entirely exhilarating new place." The Guardian

    "a compellingly moving experience" The Observer

    "McGregor sticks to a restrained classical vocabulary, creating tender, lyrical dances that evoke the giddiness of youthful love, and, later, the anguish of mental pain" New York Times

    "Ferri is a commanding presence. With dark eyes and a pliant body, she flows through McGregor’s steps, winding and folding into soft lines. Looking at Beatriz Stix-Brunell, who plays her past self, Ferri manages to show emotion both felt and remembered." The Independent


    Olivier Awards 2016: Winner - Best New Dance Production

    Olivier Awards 2016: Winner - Outstanding Achievement in Dance (Alessandra Ferri, for her role as Woolf)

    Critics’ Circle Awards 2015: Winner - Best Classical Choreography

    Critics’ Circle Awards 2015: Winner - Best Female Classical Dancer (Alessandra Ferri, for her role as Woolf)