Three Worlds: Music from Woolf Works is drawn from the music composed for frequent collaborator Wayne McGregor’s award-winning Royal Ballet production Woolf Works – inspired by the works of Virginia Woolf. The ballet was performed to sold-out crowds over two seasons from 2015-2017. As in the ballet, the album has a three-part structure, built around themes from three of Woolf’s novels: Mrs Dalloway, Orlando and The Waves. Fragments from her letters, diaries and other writings are woven into the work, with spoken words from Gillian Anderson, Sarah Sutcliffe and even Virginia Woolf’s own voice, reading the essay ‘Craftsmanship’ from a 1937 BBC recording.
Woolf Works was met with outstanding critical acclaim on its premiere in 2015, winning the Critics’ Circle Award for Best Classical Choreography and the Olivier Award for Best New Dance Production.
‘… a timeless nod to the past, and yet an inventive ode to Woolf’s modernism.’
-Drowned in Sound
‘… as a contemporary meditation on Woolf and her work, it seems just right.’
-Wall Street Journal