Most recent performance
There are currently no scheduled performances of Chroma. It was last on stage 10–19 November 2016 as part of the Autumn 2016/17 season.
Wayne McGregor’s Chroma explores the drama of the human body and its ability to communicate extremes of thought and emotion. The score is drawn from original music by Joby Talbot and his arrangements of music by American rock band The White Stripes, while acclaimed architect John Pawson provides stark, minimalist designs. Against this backdrop, McGregor’s highly inventive choreography unfurls with ferocious energy.
Chroma had its premiere in 2006 at the Royal Opera House and in 2007 received an Olivier Award for Best New Dance Production. Its success paved the way for McGregor’s appointment as Resident Choreographer of The Royal Ballet. A popular favourite with audiences and critics, Chroma is a classic of contemporary ballet.
News and features
11 November 2016
Wayne McGregor’s stellar programme celebrates his tenth anniversary as Resident Choreographer of The Royal Ballet
7 November 2016
Our quick introduction to this mixed programme celebrating Wayne McGregor's ten years as Resident Choreographer of The Royal Ballet.
25 October 2016
In 2006, the future Resident Choreographer of The Royal Ballet made history by ripping up the rulebook of classical dance with a piece set to music by The White Stripes.
20 July 2016
Move over, opera and ballet – pop is no stranger to the Covent Garden stage.
Listen: ‘Ballet is a form which is always looking for new adventures’ – Wayne McGregor on working with The Royal Ballet10 June 2016
The Company’s Resident Choreographer talks about the modern dancer and confounding expectations.
11 November 2013
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Chroma is a one-act contemporary ballet created by Wayne McGregor for the Royal Ballet. The work received its premiere at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden on 17 November 2006. The ballet is performed to a combination of original music by Joby Talbot and arrangements of music by Jack White of the White Stripes, with orchestrations by Christopher Austin. The ballet was a great success, achieving a number of notable award nominations.