The Cellist / Dances at a Gathering Blu-ray (The Royal Ballet)


  • The Cellist is Cathy Marston's first ballet for the Covent Garden Main Stage and was inspired by the momentous life and career of the extraordinary cellist Jacqueline du Pré. Lauren Cuthbertson stars as du Pré alongside Matthew Ball as the conductor (and her lover) Daniel Barenboim, but Marcelino Sambé plays second fiddle to neither as the cello come to life.

    Jerome Robbins' elegant and elegiac Dances at a Gathering is one of his masterworks. An exercise in pure dance for five couples set to music by Chopin, this recording features an outstanding cast of Royal Ballet dancers, including Marianela Nuñez, Francesca Hayward, Fumi Kaneko, Alexander Campbell and William Bracewell. It's truly a wonder of subtlety and invention.

    Also available on DVD

    The Cellist
    The Cellist:
     Lauren Cuthbertson

    The Instrument: Marcelino Sambe
    The Conductor: Matthew Ball
    The (Young) Cellist: Emma Lucano
    Her (Young) Sister: Lauren Godfrey
    Her Mother: Kristen McNally
    Her Father: Thomas Whitehead
    Her Sister: Anna Rose O’Sullivan
    Her Cello Teachers: Gary Avis, Nicol Edmonds, Benjamin Ella
    Her Musical Friends: Luca Acri, Paul Kay, Joseph Sissens
    Artists of the Royal Ballet

    Dances at a Gathering
    Dancers: Marianela Nuñez, Francesca Hayward, Yasmine Naghdi, Laura Morera, Fumi Kaneko, Alexander Campbell, Federico Bonelli, William Bracewell, Luca Acri, Valentino Zucchetti

    Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
    Conductor: Andrea Molino
    Solo Piano: Robert Clark
    Solo Cello: Hetty Snell
    Choreographers: Cathy Marston / Jerome Robbins
    Composers: Philip Feeney / Frédérick Chopin 

    Bonus: Why The Royal Ballet love performing The Cellist & Dances at a Gathering; Cast Gallery

    Picture: 16:9
    Sound: LPCM 2.0 / DTS 5.1 Master Audio
    Fomat: NTSC
    Region code: 0 (All Regions)
    Duration: 138 mins
    Year: 2020

  • The Cellist

    "...a powerfully affecting ballet" The Guardian

    "Lauren Cuthbertson takes the role of Jacqueline du Pré, and, as you would expect from one of the finest dancers of her generation, gives a wonderfully nuanced and intelligent performance." BBC

    "Marston is one of Britain’s most interesting dance narrators... Her decision to make Du Pré’s cello a living, breathing character in its own right is fascinating" Evening Standard

    Dances at a Gathering

    "...Francesca Hayward, Laura Morera and a drop-dead-magnificent Alexander Campbell the first among excellent equals in this first-rate work." The Telegraph

    "...a showcase for the Royal’s very different stars – an elegant Marianela Nuñez, musical Francesca Hayward, playful Alexander Campbell and witty Laura Morera. Sublime." Evening Standard

    "...beautifully performed by the entire cast" The Guardian