Dancers of the Royal Ballet of London performSven Creutzmann/Mambo Photo/Getty Images

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.


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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.​