Royal Ballet presents Lynne Page and Nadine Shah film

Published: 29 May 2021
Reporter: Vera Liber

Lyssa, The Royal Ballet Credit: Asya Verzhbinsky

Choreographer Lynne Page's Lyssa will feature 17 Royal Ballet female dancers, celebrated British recording artist Nadine Shah and the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House. It is released on Friday 4 June and free to view unit 3 July at the Royal Opera House web site and YouTube

The film is set to Nadine Shah’s song "Trad" from her new album Kitchen Sink, re-orchestrated by co-composer Ben Hillier.

In Greek mythology Lyssa is the goddess of anger and rage, and this film celebrates that collective energy as a force for positive change. The piece also shines a light on the need for live performance at this time and reveals the inner workings of The Opera House.

Page said, "Lyssa is my response to a turbulent year, a period that has only strengthened my belief that female voices need to be heard more than ever. Nadine Shah is a great artist and I find her music lends itself to theatricality, with warmth, depth and wit.

"Reflecting on this, I wanted to work with The Royal Ballet in a way that was grounded, visceral and raw, and showed the enormous strength these dancers have. I believe The Royal Ballet has responded positively to this past year with a desire to address intersectionality and to continue extending its reach to new audiences."

Lyssa was produced and recorded by the Royal Opera House broadcast team and directed for the screen by Anthoula Syndica-Drummond and Head of Production Anja Zoll-Khan.