The prestigious international Royal Ballet will co-produce “Obsidian Tear” with the Boston Ballet as part of their 2017-2018 season. Royal Ballet Resident Choreographer Wayne McGregor will choreograph the production, which will have its World Premiere in late May in London with New York Philharmonic composer-in-residence Esa-Pekka Salonen. The Boston Ballet's performance of the production will serve as its U.S. premiere.
Boston Ballet’s artistic director Mikko Nissinen says of the collaboration, "Wayne McGregor is one of the most dynamic, exhilarating choreographers today, and his creation of a world premiere to a score by one of my national heroes, Esa-Pekka Salonen, is one of the most exciting things imaginable.”
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Also exciting: Katie Shillingford, fashion editor for AnOther and Dazed & Confused magazines, will work with the production as its fashion director, meaning we can anticipate a seriously chic world created by she and McGregor. And as for the work, the Boston Ballet offers this explanation:
"Obsidian Tear crafts the solitary despair of Salonen’s Lachen Verlernt and the nihilistic symphonic grandeur of Nyx (inspired by the elusive Ancient Greek goddess of night) into a visceral exploration of myth and modernity.”
Titillated yet? You’ll have to wait until 2017 to find out.