A Ballet - A Legend

Ballet tells stories: fairy tales and dreams, drama and fantasy, love and legend.

BLUE WILLOW is at last bringing to life a 250 year old Legend that tells the beautiful story of the secret Love of the High Mandarin's daughter for his low-born clerk, and his for her.

Waiting to be noticed on the familiar blue-and-white Willow Pattern tableware design that is recognisable worldwide, the story that it shows has nevertheless remained hidden in open sight for centuries, unseen by the largest number of those looking. Until now. 

Set to a suite of music composed especially to present it, BLUE WILLOW brings the Legend out of its patient shadows, tells its story of hidden Love, betrayal, escape and a new life, discovery, and ultimately the release of two beautiful souls to be together for all of eternity.


The Ballet the world has been waiting for,

it just hasn't known it. 

"extremely professional and attractive ... good ‘story’ music!"

Sir David Bintley - Choreographer

Artistic Director Birmingham Royal Ballet 1995-2019

"I am sure it will be a great piece."

Jonathan Watkins - Choreographer

2016 Best Classical Choreography Award winner

'1984' - Northern Ballet

"Lovely, and a nice tasteful guitar."

  Of Movement #7, a viola/guitar conversation

Brian May CBE - Guitarist, Theatremaker

"Make it happen!"

Matthew Bugg - Theatre Composer, Choreographer, Director

"An exciting new project, looking forward to seeing it."

Tobias Oliver - Producer, Director, Theatremaker