performance & dance

The Mother

A powerful narrative dance production based on Hans Christian Andersen's dark tale, choreographed by Arthur Pita and starring Natalia Osipova.

International dance superstar Osipova, principal of the Royal Ballet, stars alongside multi-award winning dancer Jonathan Goddard. The Mother is set to original live music by Frank Moon and Dave Price and is choreographed by Arthur Pita, the choreographer of critically acclaimed productions The Metamorphosis and The Glass Menagerie.

As a young single mother sets out to save her child, she must face fantastic creatures, impossible trials and cross the line between life and death itself. Will she succumb to the forces of evil, or will the power of motherhood prevail?

With an original score by Frank Moon and Dave Price, design by Yann Seabra, lighting by David Plater and dramaturgy by Anna Rulevskaya. Produced by Alexandrina Markvo.

Presented by Bird & Carrot.

one of the most profoundly moving and emotionally compelling dance performances you are ever likely to see. ★★★★★
The Herald
Osipova gives a fittingly intense performance. Not only is her dancing almost effortless, whether she is writhing in the throes of a nightmare or performing flighty classical ballet steps, she never loses sight of the emotional heart of her character. ★★★★
The Stage
'Natalia Osipova, one of the ballet’s biggest stars... dazzling audiences with her superlative technique, athleticism and bravura.'
Financial Times on Natalia Osipova

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Queen Elizabeth Hall


£30 - £70
Booking fee: £3.50 (Members £0.00)
£30 - £70


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Content warning
Contains themes and imagery relating to infant death that some might find upsetting.

The Mother


The Royal Ballet’s principal dancer Natalia Osipova discusses her performance in The Mother