Royal Ballet – premiere November 2017 Royal Opera House
Direction/choreography ARTHUR PITA
Composer FRANK MOON
Orchestration CHRISTOPHER AUSTIN
Set Designer JEREMY HERBERT
Wind Machine designer JEREMY HERBERT
Costume design YANN SEABRA
Lighting design ADAM SILVERMAN
It’s full-throttle stuff, full of drama, and certainly an exhilarating breath of fresh air for the Royal Ballet. "
Pita is a terrific choreographer, and in many respects this is a terrific ballet.” “Soares’s taciturn cowboy is subtly drawn, Whitehead is terrifying, and Osipova is mesmerising as Letty, stamping out neurotic little bourrées on pointe as her hold on reality unravel "
Pita and his designers set the scene with glee. Wind machines send currents of air tearing across the stage; ragged bits of plastic flutter desolately from barbed wire; the cowboys among whom Letty comes to live make a stunning first entrance, dressed in boots, chaps and hats, and silhouetted against a sulphurous sky. "
Ms. Osipova runs thrillingly on point, hurls herself into desperate jumps with that javelin-like front leg (a signature of her Bolshoi training), and never seems confined by polite ballet protocol. "
New York Times
He gives us the wild, wild, windy west. "