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Dawid Trzensimiech in Chroma © ROH / Bill Cooper 2010

Samantha Raine and Rupert Pennefather in Chroma. © ROH / Bill Cooper 2010

Sarah Lamb in Chroma © ROH / Bill Cooper 2010

Brian Maloney and Melissa Hamilton in Chroma

Edward Watson and Mara Galeazzi in Chroma © ROH / Bill Cooper 2010

Marianela Nuñez and Federico Bonelli in The Human Seasons © ROH / Bill Cooper, 2013

Marianela Nuñez in The Human Seasons © ROH / Bill Cooper, 2013

Lauren Cuthbertson and Edward Watson in The Human Seasons © ROH / Bill Cooper, 2013

Edward Watson in The Human Seasons © ROH / Bill Cooper, 2013

Sarah Lamb and Steven McRae in The Human Seasons © ROH / Bill Cooper, 2013

Dancers of The Royal Ballet in The Human Seasons © ROH / Bill Cooper, 2013

Steven McRae in The Human Seasons © ROH / Bill Cooper, 2013

Zenaida Yanowsky as The Chosen One in The Rite of Spring © ROH / Bill Cooper, 2013

Members of The Royal Ballet in The Rite of Spring. © ROH/Johan Persson 2011

Members of The Royal Ballet in The Rite of Spring. © ROH/Johan Persson 2011

Members of The Royal Ballet in The Rite of Spring © Dee Conway/ROH 2011

Members of The Royal Ballet in The Rite of Spring © Dee Conway/ROH 2011

Members of The Royal Ballet in The Rite of Spring. © ROH/Johan Persson 2011

Members of The Royal Ballet in The Rite of Spring. © ROH/Johan Persson 2011

Members of The Royal Ballet in The Rite of Spring © Dee Conway/ROH 2011

Zenaida Yanowsky as The Chosen One in The Rite of Spring © ROH / Bill Cooper, 2013

Members of The Royal Ballet in The Rite of Spring. © ROH/Johan Persson 2011

Chroma / The Human Seasons / The Rite of Spring

One hundred years of visionary ballet – from Stravinsky’s 20th-century masterpiece to innovative choreography by Wayne McGregor and David Dawson.

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Background

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.