The Sedona International Film Festival presents Ballet in Cinema on Sunday, May 13 when it hosts the big screen premiere of “Bernstein Centenary” from the Royal Ballet in London. There will be one show at 4:00 p.m. at the festival’s Mary D. Fisher Theatre.
Three Royal Ballet choreographers honor the creative genius of Leonard Bernstein as part of the special worldwide centennial celebration of works created in response to his music.
Leonard Bernstein was one of the first classical composers in America to achieve both popular and critical acclaim. He was eclectic in his sources — drawing on jazz and modernism, the traditions of Jewish music and the Broadway musical — and many of Bernstein’s scores are remarkably well suited to dance. He was particularly associated with Jerome Robbins, their credits together including Fancy Free and West Side Story.
To celebrate the centenary year of the composer’s birth, The Royal Ballet has united all three of its associate choreographers to celebrate the dynamic range and danceability of Bernstein’s music.
The program includes two world premieres by Resident Choreographer Wayne McGregor and Artistic Associate Christopher Wheeldon, marking each artist’s first foray into Bernstein.
At the heart of the program is the first revival of Artist in Residence Liam Scarlett’s “The Age of Anxiety”, created in 2014 to Bernstein’s soul-searching Second Symphony. Both symphony and ballet are inspired by W.H. Auden’s masterful modernist poem, itself written in response to the atmosphere of disillusionment and uncertainty that followed the end of World War II.
Continuing his distinctive creative collaborations beyond the world of dance, Wayne McGregor’s new ballet incorporates designs by artist Edmund de Waal, and is set to Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms. Christopher Wheeldon collaborates with award-winning fashion designer Erdem Moralioglu to create the costumes for his piece.
“Bernstein Centenary” will be shown at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre one day only: Sunday, May 13 at 4 p.m. Tickets are $15, or $12.50 for Film Festival members. For tickets and more information, please call 928-
282-1177. Both the theatre and film festival office are located at 2030 W. Hwy. 89A, in West Sedona. For more information, visit: www.SedonaFilmFestival.org.