Canadian choreographer Crystal Pite has been acclaimed as ‘one of the most talented and intriguing choreographers working today’ (New York Times). Flight Pattern, created in 2017 in response to the refugee crisis, is her first work for The Royal Ballet. It remains powerfully resonant – a poignant reminder of the frailty of the human condition and the tension between despair and hope.

Flight Pattern (2019) by Crystal Pite @Royal Opera House

This special stream of Flight Pattern is presented in support of Ukraine. We ask for a minimum donation of £7 to watch, but you are welcome to offer a larger donation. All net proceeds will go to the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal.

This large-scale ensemble work, which takes a powerful and sombre look at ongoing refugee crises, is set to music from Górecki’s ‘Symphony of Sorrowful Songs’. Górecki’s music, often associated with the Holocaust, explores themes of motherhood and the separation of families. Pite gives these themes new meaning in a work that moves from the big picture of displaced communities to focus on the emotions of individuals: the large ensemble cast moves as one body, packed together in tight rows, until one distraught couple are marked out from the crowd through a poignant pas de deux.

With thanks to Vimeo for reducing their fees for this stream.

The invasion of Ukraine is a tragedy which particularly resonates with the Royal Opera House given our long history of working with Ukrainian and Russian artists who continue to make an incredible contribution to the artistic excellence of our resident companies.

The performance will last about 30 minutes.