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About Ceremony of Innocence
The corruption of innocence is at the heart of Kim Brandstrup's Ceremony of Innocence – a major theme in the work of composer Benjamin Britten. The ballet was created as part of the celebrations of the composer's centenary. Brandstrup chose Britten's Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge (1937), a brilliant early work that shows the young composer just on the cusp of his maturity. Britten wrote the work a few months after the sudden death of his mother, and dedicated it to his old teacher, Bridge. From this context of loss and reminiscence Brandstrup creates a haunting narrative work on age and memories of youth.