And Who Shall Go To The Ball?

And Who Shall Go To The Ball? by Rafael Bonachela, Photography by Hugo Glendinning 2007

In May 2011 And Who Shall Go To The Ball has been added to the GCSE dance specification to study in schools and colleges. To find out more on how to study or teach this work please visit our dedicated Schools and Colleges page.

With composer Scott Walker setting the scene for a sinister and primal ball, Rafael Bonachela’s choreography cuts through the space, pushing the dancers into extreme connections, entangled in each others bodies, throwing their partners into flight, only to catch and grab and throw again and again and again.

There is no doubting Bonachela’s talent for movement material. The range of his vocabulary is impressive, with an acute feeling for dynamic variation
- Dance Europe, 2005

Thank the Lord for Rafael Bonachela
- Metro, 2004

Production Details

  • Year: 2007
  • Choreography & Direction: Rafael Bonachela
  • Lighting Design: Guy Hoare
  • Costume Design: Torsten Neeland
  • Orchestra: London Sinfonietta
  • Music Composer and Original Concept: Scott Walker


Music commissioned by Southbank Centre with support from the London Sinfonietta Produced by Scott Walker Co-Produced by Peter Walsh Orchestrated by Scott Walker & Mark Warman Orchestra conducted by Mark Warman Sound manipulation & Programming by Peter Walsh & Mark Warman Percussion: Alasdair Malloy Cello solo: Philip Sheppard Soprano Sax & Flute: Andy Findon Alto Sax & Flute: Bradley Grant Music recorded at Metropolis Studios, London Assistant Engineer: Matt Paul Orchestra recorded at Angel Recording Studios, London by Steve Price Music mixed at Air-Edel Studios, London Assistant Engineer: Nick Taylor Many thanks to Alison Hussey at Metropolis Studios, Lucy Jones at Angel Studios &Trevor Best at Air-Edel Studios Scott Walker management: Negus-Fancey Company