MAX Richter is indisputably one of the foremost composers and musical artists of his generation, especially in the arena of electro-acoustic work. This year, the Grammy-nominated composer brings his talents to the world of ballet with a new collaboration with the Royal Ballet on Woolf Works.
For this work, Richter teams up again with acclaimed Royal Ballet Resident Choreographer Wayne McGregor on Woolf Works. This ballet, which is Richter’s first evening-length piece, takes inspiration from the life and works of Virginia Woolf, functioning simultaneously as a biographical narrative of her life as well as a walk through three of her novels – Mrs Dalloway, Orlando and The Waves, plus a selection of her autobiographical writings.
Not surprisingly, this collaboration between McGregor and Richter is dynamic, multi-sensory and interdisciplinary, creating a new mode through multiple languages, media, technologies, movement and symphonic music. The pair previously teamed up for Infra in 2008, the short opera Sum, and the ballet Kairos for the Zurich Ballet, which pulled from Richter’s fifth album The Four Seasons Recomposed.
In spite of the eclectic, often experimental nature of his works and his deep interest in a variety of musical styles, particularly punk and electronic music, Richter is classically trained, receiving a degree in composition from the Royal Academy of Music and studying with acclaimed Luciano Berio in Italy. From the beginning, Richter’s output has been steady and prolific with five solo albums he composed and recorded himself, composing for opera, ballet, cinema and stage; and a wide range of collaborations and installations with other artists.
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