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Roh Ballet Like Water For Chocolate

ROH Ballet Like Water for Chocolate

19 Jan 2023


A co-production between The Royal Ballet and American Ballet Theatre 
Christopher Wheeldon’s new full-length ballet brings the magic realism of this famous modern Mexican novel to The Royal Ballet. Long summary A modern Mexican classic of magic realism provides the basis for The Royal Ballet’s new full-length work, reuniting Artistic Associate Christopher Wheeldon with the creative team who transformed Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and The Winter’s Tale into dance, composer Joby Talbot and designer Bob Crowley. The ballet is inspired by Laura Esquivel’s novel – a captivating family saga where the central character’s emotions spill out through cooking to influence everyone around her in startling and dramatic ways. In this co-production with American Ballet Theatre, Mexican conductor Alondra de la Parra also acts as musical consultant for Talbot’s newly commissioned score, and Wheeldon has worked closely with Esquivel to reshape her richly layered story into an entertaining and engrossing new ballet.

Running time: 3 hours and 10 minutes (including one interval) 
Filmed in: June 2022

Tickets £12

Choreography: Christopher Wheeldon 
Music: Joby Talbot 
Designer: Bob Crowley 
Lighting designer: Natasha Katz 
Video designer: Luke Halls 
Music consultant: Alondra de la Parra 
Inspired by the book by: Laura Esquivel 
Associate set designer: Jaimie Todd 
Associate costume designer: Lynette Mauro 
Conducted by: Alondra de la Parra 
Tita: Francesca Hayward 
Pedro: Marcelino Sambé 
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House 


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