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Seven Deadly Sins at Wilton's Music Hall

Melissa Hamilton from Dee McCourt (Borkowski Arts)

Casting news

FULL casting has been announced for Viviana Durante’s Seven Deadly Sins. A brand-new restaging of Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht’s ballet chanté choreographed by Kenneth MacMillan, it runs at Wilton’s Music Hall from May 8 to May 18, 2019.

Joining Royal Ballet Principal Laura Morera as ‘dancing Anna’ and provocative performer Meow Meow as ‘singing Anna’ will be First Soloist of The Royal Ballet Melissa Hamilton (pictured top), playing the Female Deportee.

Hamilton is the winner of numerous awards over her career including Outstanding Female Performance (Classical) at the 2009 Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards and gold medal in the International Seoul Ballet Competition in 2011.

Principal of The Royal Ballet Nehemiah Kish (pictured below) will also join the cast as the Male Deportee. Having trained at the National Ballet of Canada, the American moved to the Royal Danish Ballet in 2008 and has been Principal Dancer at The Royal Ballet since 2010.

Brazilian Jose Alves, recipient of the 2018 Critics’ Circle National Dance Award for Outstanding Male Classical Dancer, will also join them as the Older Client. His career has spanned over a decade, seeing him rise to Senior Artist in Ballet Black, with whom he performed in Viviana Durante Company’s Kenneth MacMillan: Steps Back in Time in 2018.

Nehemiah Kish from Dee McCourt (Borkowski Arts)

Fusing ballet with satirical song, Seven Deadly Sins tells the story of Anna, an only daughter who is sent out to make her family’s fortune, dancing her way through seven American cities and encountering a sin in each one that stands in the way of her success. She faces an internal struggle with every encounter as her two opposing personalities clash; Morera will play ‘dancing Anna’, the open-hearted, creative beauty, whilst Meow Meow portrays ‘singing Anna’, the sensible bourgeois girl so at odds with her other side.

This powerful new restaging of Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s extraordinary version of Seven Deadly Sins will include scenes only seen before in a 1984 televised performance. Set in an immigration facility, these include a poignant and beautiful MacMillan pas de deux for two deportees, performed by Hamilton and Kish and set to music from The Threepenny Opera.

Four singers (Stephen Brown, Tim Dawkins, Peter Van Hulle and Charles Johnston), three musicians (Robert Clark, Robert Bridge and Joe Richards), an actress (Kim Ismay), and ten young dancers (Christina Cecchini, Marina Fraser, Camino Llonch de Prado, Simona Marsibilio, Casey Pereira, Flavio Altieri, Ted Blackburn, Orlando Bond, Laurie McSherry-Gray and Renan Alves Manhães) will complete the full cast to bring this spectacular work to life.

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