Philip Glass at 80: Les Enfants Terribles

The Royal Ballet

27 - 29 January 2017 / 19:45, 16:00

The Royal Ballet shares the stage with singers from the Royal Opera’s Jette Parker Young Artists Programme in a new production devised for the Barbican as part of our weekend celebrating Philip Glass’s 80th birthday.

This radical dance-opera conjures up the strange tale of siblings Paul and Lise who live together in an isolated room. As they grow up, they become so immersed in each other and the dark fantasies of their imaginations they lose all sense of reality.  

Composed in 1996 as the last in a trilogy of works that Glass based on the writings of Jean Cocteau, Les Enfants Terribles is directed and choreographed by Javier De Frutos. The risk-taking, Venezuelan-born dance maker, who himself has often found inspiration in Cocteau, collaborates with leading lights of the contemporary and classical dance scene on the surrealist tragedy, which features Royal Ballet Principals Edward Watson and Zenaida Yanowsky.

Approximately 2 hours/including an interval

Age guidance 14+ (contains adult themes)

Performed in English and French with English surtitles

28 Jan
Post-show talk

Free to same-day ticket holders

This event is part of:
Philip Glass at 80
Classical Music 2016–17
Theatre & Dance
Classical Music 2016–17
Reich, Glass, Adams: The Sounds that Changed America
Barbican Dance

Produced by the Royal Ballet

Presented by the Barbican


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