AIDA @the Royal Opera House
2016 - Aida Revival Madrid Opera House
2013- Aida Revival Valencia Opera House
2013- Aida Revival Oslo Opera House
2012 - Aida Revival The Royal Opera House
2010 - Aida The Royal Opera House
Director: David McVicar
Set design: Jean-Marc Puissant
Costume designs: Moritz Junge
Lighting: Jennifer Tipton
Choreography: Fin Walker
Martial arts: David Greeves
Associate director: Leah Hausman
'David McVicar's darkly primitivist Aida was a necessary antidote to the whole tedious tradition of sub-De Mille spectacle in this piece.
The cleverest thing about his staging - and I cannot for the life of me work out why it was greeted with such derision on its first outing - is that it honours the operatic grandiosity of Verdi's camply picturesque Egypt but feeds big-time on the pagan rituals and inter-ethnic barbarity. The celebrated "Triumphal Scene" is played out under a canopy of mutilated corpses hanging like so many butchered carcasses in an abattoir; the "decorative" ballets (brilliant choreography here from Fin Walker) take on an almost comical eroticism or high-testosterone machismo with still sweaty and bloodied swordsmen grunting through their slice and dice techniques'. Independent Edward Seckerson
Fin Walker was responsible for the choreography throughout the production, including the duet work with the dancers and martial artists. David Greeves was responsible for the martial arts movement.
'Watch the final preparations for the battle dance spectacular for the Triumphal March in Verdi's Aida. Fifteen male martial artists, nine female contemporary dancers go through their paces under the direction of choreographers Fin Walker and David Greeves.'