- By Cynthia Lum
- Photo By Alice Pennefather
Passion, scandal, madness, obsession, seduction , after a 24-year absence from Los Angeles, Great Britain’s most prestigious ballet company The Royal Ballet returns to The Music Center performing its masterpiece Mayerling. The three-act work depicting the drama of dangerous desires, family secrets and political intrigue is based on the true story of the 1889 deaths of the Austro-Hungarian Crown Prince and his teenage mistress. The two gunshots that rang out at Mayerling in the Vienna Woods still echo in Kenneth’s MacMillan’s vivid dramatization today.
Set in the stunning and brilliant backdrop of the Viennese palace and the Mayerling hunting lodge, the performance brings to life the vividly absorbing incident that shook the royal courts of the 19th century with a fatal attraction and the mysterious death of Crown Prince Rudolf and Baroness Mary Vetsera.
Mayerling will be performed on two back-to-back weekends, at the Music Center ’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, July 5-7, 2019, and the following weekend, July 12-13 2019. On the second weekend in addition to Mayerling, The Royal Ballet and Company Wayne McGregor will dance in Adès & McGregor an evening of three works including two dance world premieres
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