Rushes - fragments of a lost story

Production Photos

Rushes, Royal Ballet
Rushes Rehearsal Tamara Rojo and Tom Whitehead @Johan Persson
hanging cords over stage

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April 23, 2008 The Royal Ballet at the Royal Opera House, London

(as part of triple-bill which also included Serenade by George Balanchine and Homage to the Queen by Frederick Ashton)


April 23 – May 14, 2008 (6 performances)


February 19 – March 4, 2010 by The Royal Ballet (as part of a triple-bill with As One by Jonathan Watkins and Infra by Wayne McGregor)

Creative Team


The Royal Ballet


Kim Brandstrup


Sergei Prokofiev
arranged and elaborated by Michael Berkeley


Richard Hudson

Lighting design

Jean Kalman

Video design

Dick Straker


Barry Wordsworth


Alina Cojocaru
(Leanne Benjamin*)
Laura Morero
(Tamara Rojo*)
Carlos Acosta
(Thomas Whitehead*)
*alternate cast

Deidre Chapman
Cindy Jourdain
Isabel McMeekan
Kevin Emerton
Eric Underwood
Johannes Stepanek

Sian Murphy
Romany Pajdak
Sabina Westcombe
Sergei Polunin
Paul Kay
Ludovic Ondiviela

Rushes - fragments of a lost story

The Royal Ballet
The Royal Opera House, 23 April 2008

Review Extracts
The Production

“One of the richest and most dramatic new ballets seen on the stage of the Royal Opera House for a good long time. A sensual, fluid creation.”

- Sarah Crompton, Daily Telegraph

“Rushes, sub-titled Fragments of a Lost Story, is layered, compulsively grown-up dance.”

- David Jays, Sunday Times

“Kim Brandstrup is a dance-maker whose time has come. That was the unequivocal message of the roar that greeted Rushes: Fragments of a Lost Story, his first commission for the main stage of Covent Garden and performed by the Royal Ballet. But like all his dances, its qualities don't shout at you. Rather, they creep up on you, like a shadow on a wall."

“Subtlety is key.”

- Jenny Gilbert, Independent on Sunday

“Kim Brandstrup’s new Ballet Rushes, Fragments of a Lost Story, is a major addition to the repertoire, and possibly the most significant work created on The Royal Ballet in several years. “I would be more than happy to encounter the work again – and soon please, Monica Mason!”

- Jonathan Gray, Dancing Times

“Brandstrup picks his collaborators with an unerring eye and ear, and his ballets have a sense of completeness which is quite rare.”

- Jane Simpson, Dance Now

Programme Note

Through questions and answers, Kim Brandstrup explains the background to Rushes – Fragments of a Lost Story.

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