Christopher Wheeldon, Artistic Associate of The Royal Ballet, created his adaptation of Shakespeare’s late great romance The Winter’s Tale for The Royal Ballet. The Winter’s Tale received ecstatic praise at its 2014 premiere, acclaimed by critics and audiences alike for its intelligent, distinctive and emotionally powerful story, told through exquisite dance. It is now widely judged to be a modern ballet classic. An ambitious work combining elements of fairy tale, comedy and fantasy woven together into a complex and deeply meditation on love, loss, redemption, and the nature of family. The story follows the destruction of a marriage through consuming jealousy, the abandonment of a child and a seemingly hopeless love. Yet, through remorse and regret – and after a seemingly miraculous return to life – the ending is one of forgiveness and reconciliation. Twist contributes stunning silk effects and takes on the classic stage direction of this play, creating an impressionistic and haunting Bear. Twist’s contributions underscore the bold expressionism and lavish imagination of Wheeldon’s choreography.

Update: The Royal Ballet to perform Winter’s Tale in Brisbane in 2017
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production Credits

Choreography - Christopher Wheeldon, Scenario - Christopher Wheeldon and Joby Talbot, Music -Joby Talbot, Designer Bob Crowley, Lighting designer- Natasha Katz, Projection designer - Daniel Brodie, Silk effects designer Basil Twist.