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
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