Britten Dances


The Royal Ballet Flanders celebrates the centenary of the great 20th century British composer Benjamin Britten with Britten Dances, a very special programme that not only pays tribute to this very British of composers, but also unveils the dances that Britten’s music continues to inspire. The Chambre Orchestra and Symfonieorkest Vlaanderen conducted by Benjamin Pope will accompany these performances.


Choreography: Jiří Kylián
Music: Benjamin Britten, Sinfonia da Requiem
Set and costume design: John MacFarlane
Lighting Design: Kees Tjebbes

Choreographer Jiří Kylián has taken Benjamin Britten’s widely acclaimed Sinfonia da Requiem for Forgotten Land. For this work Kylián was inspired by a painting by Edvard Munch, depicting three women in different stages of their lives. Another inspiration was the coastline of East Anglia, where Britten was born. Disappearing slowly but surely under the sea level, it changes constantly, just like human relations reflected in John MacFarlane’s evocative set.


New Creation McMillan
Choreography: Cameron McMillan
Music: Benjamin Britten, Larry Goves
Designs: Jean Marc Puissant
Lighting Design: Jordan Tuinman

New Zealand-born, Cameron McMillan is a London-based freelance dancer and independent choreographer.  He has danced the work of some of the world’s most celebrated choreographers and danced leading and featured roles for international dance companies, including Rambert Dance Company, Sydney Dance Company, Bonachela Dance Company, English National Ballet, and The Royal New Zealand Ballet. With a passion for visceral and resonant physicality, he is constantly striving to challenge himself as a performer and creator.  Cameron has created large scale new works for Pecsi Balett, Hungary, The Royal New Zealand Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet and Brisbane International Festival. He is also an Associate Artist of DanceEast. In 2012 Cameron received a New Generation Award in recognition of his talents by The New Zealand Arts Foundation.



Choreography: Ashley Page
Music Benjamin Britten
Design: Emma Ryott
Lighting Design: Jordan Tuinman

Ashley Page is a British choreographer who was for many years a principal dancers with The Royal Ballet. With that same company he obtained high praise for his choreography and he went on from 2002 till 2012 to be the Artistic Director of the Scottish Ballet, taking the company to new heights and reproducing his own productions of Cinderella, The Sleeping Beauty and the Nutcracker. As a freelance choreographer he is travelling the globe creating works for The Polish National Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Rambert Dance Company, Joffrey Ballet and now; the Royal Ballet Flanders. Page’s own creations are usually taut, athletic and demanding on the ballet dancer.