The Royal Ballet will present the new short film LYSSA
The Royal Ballet continues its commitment to create engaging digital content with a new cinematic collaboration with the choreographer Lynne Page, his first job for the company. Using the main stage of the Royal Opera House as a dazzling backdrop and the artists and staff who bring the magic of the theater to life, Lyssa features 17 dancers from the Royal Ballet, acclaimed British artist Nadine Shah and the orchestra of the Royal Opera House . Lyssa was recorded during the lockdown and has two themes at her heart: a celebration of female power and live performances.
Released on Friday June 4 at 7 p.m. and free to view via www.roh.org.uk and www.youtube.com/royaloperahouse the film takes place on the song Trad by Nadine Shah, re-orchestrated especially for this project by the collaborator and co-composer of Nadine Ben Hillier. Trad is taken from Nadine Kitchen Sink’s new album, the sequel to her 2017 Mercury Award nominated album Holiday Destination, which received critical acclaim including AIM Awards Independent Album of the Year and the BBC 6 Music’s # 7 Album of the Year.
In Greek mythology, Lyssa is the goddess of anger and rage, and this film celebrates this collective energy as a force for positive change. The play also highlights the palpable need for live performances at this time and is seamless in revealing the inner workings of the Opera House, demonstrating the complex ecology and level of expertise required to bring a live event to the stage. This breathtaking film intricately combines live performances, emotional dancing, and powerful vocals and music in a unique digital celebration.
Lyssa was produced and recorded by the Royal Opera House broadcast crew, directed for screen by Anthoula Syndica-Drummond and production manager Anja Zoll-Khan.
Lynne Page comments “Lyssa is my response to a turbulent year, a time that has only reinforced my belief that female voices must be heard more than ever. Nadine Shah is a great artist and I find that her music lends itself to theatricality, with warmth, depth and spirit.
Thinking about this, I wanted to work with the Royal Ballet in a way that was grounded, visceral and raw, and that showed the enormous strength of these dancers. I believe the Royal Ballet has responded positively to this past year with a desire to tackle intersectionality and continue to expand its reach to new audiences.
Kevin O’Hare, director of the Royal Ballet adds: “ It was wonderful for the dancers to work with Lynne Page and to see them respond to his energy and dynamism during a period of absence from the performing arts. This collaboration with Lynne, Nadine and the dancers, with our director Anthoula, was an inspiring moment of positivity for women in the creative industry.
Lyssa is available to watch for free starting Friday June 4 at 7 p.m. on You Tube and is on demand until July 3.