Chroma provides the sensational opening for this Royal Ballet mixed programme. With its stark white set, designed by architect John Pawson, and costumes that outline the body’s contours as the dancers explore their physical limits, Wayne McGregor’s Chroma looks as groundbreaking today as it did at its 2006 premiere.
Former Royal Ballet School pupil David Dawson is much admired in Europe for his boldly imaginative choreography. His first work for The Royal Ballet is eagerly awaited. Dawson has chosen music by electronic artist Greg Haines and will work with designers Eno Henze and Yumiko Takeshima to bring his distinctive vision to the stage.
Kenneth MacMillan’s The Rite of Spring brings the programme to a cathartic close. One hundred years after its premiere, Stravinsky’s propulsive music still has the power to shock. MacMillan’s choreography demands attention too, not least through the stunning use of the corps de ballet. Sets and costumes in sunbaked yellows and reds by Sidney Nolan intensify the increasingly frenzied atmosphere.