Still Life At The Penguin Cafe

A Ballet performance with the Royal Ballet
A Portobello Production in association with Monarda Arts / RM Arts and Thames Television PLX


The idiosyncratic music and imaginary world of Simon Jeffes, founder of the Penguin Cafe Orchestra, prompted David Bintley to create this ballet, set in a café where penguins resemble people and people resemble penguins. Here, an exuberant cabaret is presented by a succession of exotic creatures. The inventive and amusing choreography, enlivened by Hayden Griffi n‘s ingenious sets and costumes, also highlights the plight of the world‘s endangered species. It was recorded in the studio.

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Available at Arthaus Musik (Hi-Res Audio Blu ray)



Executive Producer: Eric Abraham, Ian Martin, Tam Fry
Directed for Screen by: David Bintley, Keith Beckett
Cameras: John Chapman
Sound: Peter Ball, Peter Stoddart
Editor: Graham Hutchings
Running Time: 39 min
Picture Format: 4:3
Year of production: 1989


Creative Team


Composer: Simon Jeffes, Geoffrey Richardson
Designer: Hayden Griffin
Conductor: Isaiah Jackson
Light: John B. Read
Choreography: David Bintley
Soloists: Deborah Bull, Guy Niblett, Bruce Sansom, Fiona Brockhead
Singer: Margarette Williams
Ensemble: Ballet and Orchestra of the Lyon National Opera
Orchestra: The Royal Opera House Orchestra