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THE ROYAL BALLET CELEBRATES WAYNE MCGREGOR’S 10th ANNIVERSAY AS RESIDENT CHOREOGRAPHER WITH REVIVALS AND A WORLD PREMIERE

 

FEATURING STEVE REICH, JOHN PAWSON, GARETH PUGH, MARK RONSON AND AILVIN AILEY AMERICAN DANCE THEATER

 

Thursday 10 – Saturday 19 November

The Royal Ballet celebrates Wayne McGregor’s tenth anniversary as Resident Choreographer with a triple bill featuring revivals of Chroma and Carbon life and the world premiere of McGregor’s new balletMultiverse set to a new score by contemporary music legend 

Steve Reich.

 

Wayne McGregor is regarded as one of the world’s leading choreographers. Appointed as Royal Ballet Resident Choreographer in 2006, McGregor’s dynamic and visceral work has challenged the conventions of classical dance and created a new balletic style through his unique movement language.  This triple bill of one act ballets celebrates McGregor’s experimental spirit.

 

Multiverse is McGregor’s 15th work for the Company and is set to two scores by Steve Reich.  It's Gonna Rain, written in 1965 was Reich’s first major work and uses a looped tape recording of a Pentecostal minister, preaching on the story of Noah. It's Gonna Rain is juxtaposed with Reich’s newest score Runner, commissioned especially for Multiverse and bringing together past and present in Reich’s 80th birthday year.  With Set and concept design is by acclaimed Pakistani artist Rashid Rana this production is a landmark collaboration between leading innovators from three disciplines of contemporary art. Lighting design is by Lucy Carter, costumes by Moritz Junge and Dramaturg by Uzma Hamid

 

Chroma was created in 2006 and took the ballet world by storm. The score, drawn from original music by Joby Talbot and his arrangements of music by American rock band The White Stripes, is combined with stark, minimalist designs by architect John Pawson. Chroma won the Olivier Award for Best New Dance Production and led to McGregor’s appointment as Royal Ballet Resident Choreographer. Since its premiere the ballet has been staged around the world by some of the world’s leading dance companies and for this revival Royal Ballet dancers will be joined on stage by dancers from Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, the first time these two companies have danced together.

  The triple bill also features the first revival of Carbon Life which premiered in 2012. Fashion and pop collide in Carbon Life with music by Mark Ronson and Andrew Wyatt and fashion designs by Gareth Pugh. Ronson and Wyatt have assembled a group of musician’s to perform live on stage to McGregor’s choreography which references jazz, disco and hip-hop creating a bold work unlike anything else ever staged by The Royal Ballet.   Wayne McGregor’s 10th anniversary celebrations at The Royal Ballet continue in January with the first revival of Olivier Award winning ballet Woolf Works inspired by the writings of Virginia Woolf.

 

Ends

  Generous philanthropic support from Janine Rensch and Nedim Peter Vogt, The Friends of Covent Garden and the New McGregor Production Syndicate. Wayne McGregor is generously supported by Linda and Philip Harley.

 

NOTES TO EDITORS:

 

Wayne McGregor Triple Bill

Chroma, Multiverse, Carbon Life

Thursday 10 November – Saturday 19 November

 

Thursday 10, Monday 14, Wednesday 16, Thursday 17 and Saturday 19 November all at 7.30pm

 

BOX OFFICE:

0207 304 4000

www.roh.org.uk

Tickets £3 - £50

The Royal Opera House, London WC2E 9D

 

 

 

CREATIVE TEAM:

 

Chroma

 

Choreography                                                 Wayne McGregor

 

Music                                                               Joby Talbot and Jack White III

 

Orchestration                                                  Christopher Austin

 

Set                                                                   Design John Pawson

 

Costume Design                                              Moritz Junge

 

Lighting Design                                              Lucy Carter 

 

 

Multiverse

 

Choreography                                                 Wayne McGregor

 

Music - Its Gonna Rain / Runner                    Steve Reich

 

Set and Concept Design                                 Rashid Rana

 

Lighting Design                                              Lucy Carter

 

Dramaturg                                                      Uzma Hameed

 

 

Carbon Life

 

Choreography                                                 Wayne McGregor

 

Music                                                              Mark Ronson and Andrew Wyatt

 

Artists                                                              Brody Dalle

                                                                        Rose Elinor Doughall

                                                                        Jonathan Pierce

                                                                        Sam Sparrow   

                                                                        Zanna Van Vorstenbosch

Santan Dave

 

Musicians                                                        Adam Chetwood

                                                                        Bryan Senti

                                                                        Jason Silver                                                     

 

Designer                                                          Gareth Pugh

 

Lighting Design                                              Lucy Carter

 

Conducted by Koen Kessels with the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

 

CASTING

           

Chroma

10 / 14 / 16 / 17 / 19 November

Lauren Cuthbertson, Sarah Lamb, Federico Bonelli, Steven McRae, Calvin Richardson*

Dancers from Alvin Ailey Jamar Roberts, Yannick Lebrun, Rachel McLaren, Jacqueline Green, Jereboam Bozeman      

 

Multiverse

10 / 16 / 19 November                                   

Lauren Cuthbertson*, Sarah Lamb*, Marianela Nunez*, Francesca Hayward,* Olivia Cowley*, Mayara Magri*, Anna Rose O’Sullivan*,

Federico Bonelli*, Steven McRae*, Edward Watson*, Paul Kay*, Eric Underwood*, Matthew Ball*,

Calvin Richardson* 

 

14 / 17 November

Tierney Heap*, Akane Takada*,

Beatriz Stix-Brunell*, Itziar Mendizabal*,

Leticia Stock*, Yasmine Naghdi*, Hannah Grennell, Tristan Dyer*, Luca Acri*, Edward Watson, Marcelino Sambe*, Ryoichi Hirano*, Benjamin Ella*, James Hay*

Carbon Life

10 / 16 / 19 November                       

Marianel Nunez, Francesca Hayward*,

Akane Takada*, Olivia Cowley, Beatriz Stix-Brunel*l, Edward Watson, Ryoichi Hirano, Tristen Dyer*, Paul Kay, Eric Underwood

14 / 17 November

Claire Calvert*, Anna Rose O’Sullivan*, Leticia Stock*, Yuhui Choe*, Mayara Magri*, Matthew Ball*, Reece Clarke*, Alexander Campbell*, Fernando Montano*, Lucas BjØrneboe BræaendsrØd*

 

*Role Debut

  The Steve Reich at 80 celebrations The Steve Reich at 80 celebrations during 2016 include over 400 performances in over 20 countries around the globe. New Reich works touring internationally from autumn 2016 onwards. For full information visit boosey.com/reich80

 

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