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Woolf Works

North American Premiere

April 11, 2024 at 7:30 pm

Segerstrom Center for the Arts
Costa Mesa, California

The Royal Ballet in Wayne McGregor’s Woolf Works. Photo: Asya Verzhbinsky.
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Woolf WorksNorth American Premiere

Concept, Direction, and Choreography by Wayne McGregor
Music by Max Richter
Design by Ciguë ("I now, I then"), We Not I (“Becomings”), and Wayne McGregor (“Tuesday”)
Costume Design by Moritz Junge
Lighting Design by Lucy Carter
Film Design by Ravi Deepres
Make-Up Design by Kabuki
Dramaturg: Uzma Hameed
Sound Associate: Chris Ekers
Associate Lighting Designer: Simon Bennison
Staged by Amanda Eyles, Mikaela Polley, and Antoine Vereecken

Wayne McGregor’s award-winning ballet triptych Woolf Works re-creates the emotions, themes, and fluid style of three of Virginia Woolf’s novels: Mrs. Dalloway, Orlando, and The Waves. With inspiration 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. It brings to life Woolf’s world of “granite and rainbow”, where human beings are at once both physical body and uncontained essence. Created for The Royal Ballet in 2015, Woolf Works is an ambitious, brave, and thoughtful ballet set to challenge our expectations and take us to exhilarating new places.

Woolf Works has received notable recognition and outstanding critical acclaim. The full-length contemporary ballet won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Dance Production, and McGregor was awarded the Critics Circle National Dance Award for Best Classical Choreography for the work.