Obsidian Tear / The Invitation / Within the Golden Hour, 28 MAY—11 JUNE 2016
Three ballets from three very different choreographers, all closely associated with The Royal Ballet: a world premiere from McGregor, dark drama from MacMillan and acclaimed ensemble work from Wheeldon.
Kevin O’Hare, Director of the Royal Ballet: "Welcome our final mixed programme of the Season contrasts the radical spirit of Kenneth MacMillan in the 1960s with that of Resident Choreographer Wayne McGregor in an exciting world premiere, alongside the return of a ballet by Artistic Associate Christopher Wheeldon presented earlier this Season. The physicality of dance finds riveting expression in Obsidian Tear with the powerful combination of Wayne McGregor's unique vocabulary and the muscular, epic soundscape of Finnish composer and conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen two exceptional and acclaimed artists in their fields. Wayne's selection of an all-male cast reflects the raw energy of the music and we are honoured that Maestro Salonen himself guest-conducts three performances for this collaboration. We are also delighted to welcome Katie Shillingford to the creative team as fashion director, joining Wayne's regular collaborator, lighting designer Lucy Carter. Fierce dance-making of another kind follows with The Invitation, created by Kenneth MacMillan half a century ago. This groundbreaking work broke taboos in ballet with controversially explicit content that still has the power to shock today. We move from dark drama to the glow of Christopher Wheeldon's rippling ensemble piece Within the Golden Hour to complete the programme. I would like to extend my grateful thanks to Linda and Philip Harley, Victoria Robey and an anonymous donor for their generous philanthropic support of Obsidian Tear to Richard and Delia Baker and The Friends of Covent Garden who have generously supported The Invitation, and to Kenneth and Susan Green for their most generous support of Within the Golden Hour Obsidian Tear, a co-production with Boston Ballet, is also made possible by the Boston Ballet Commissioners circle: the Stephanie L. Brown Foundation, Andrea and Frederick Hoff and Ruth and John Littlechild."