And Who Shall Go To The Ball?

By Rafaela Bonachela
Rafael Bonachela's demanding choreography pushes the dancers to an extreme.

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.

And Who Shall Go To The Ball was added to the GCSE Dance syllabus in May 2011.

A blast of red-hot physicality powered by a phenomenal score
The Independent on Sunday, September 2007
Bonachela trademark duets, in which limbs are violently pinioned and bodies precariously balanced, are forced to new limits.
The Guardian, September 2007
Thank the Lord for Rafael Bonachela
Metro, 2004

Production details

Choreography & Direction

Rafaela Bonachela

Lighting Design

Guy Hoare

Costume Design

Torsten Neeland


London Sinfonietta

Music Composer and Original Concept

Scott Walker


Bettina Carpi, Marc Brew, Nadia Adame, Zoë Brown, Freddie Opoku-Addaie, Natalie Ayton, Jorge Crecis

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



Running Time

35 minutes


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