News: Wayne McGregor's Carbon Life

Wednesday 4 April 2012 by Sarah Golding

Wayne McGregor is choreographing a new work, Carbon Life, for the Royal Ballet opening this week (Thursday)l. The production will be created in collaboration with designer Gareth Pugh with music written by Mark Ronson and Miike Snow – and orchestrated by Rufus Wainwright.

Among the confirmed performers are Boy George, Alison Mosshart of the rock band The Kills, Jonathan Pierce of the indie band The Drums, and Wale, the American rapper.”

McGregor explains, “It will be like a little pop concert on stage, but the songs are not dreamy love songs – they are edgy and expressive. It will feel new and fresh, a really raw sound in the Opera House, and Gareth’s designs have certainly presented some physical challenges.”

Read the full article, Roya Nikkhah, Telegraph, 26 Feb.12

Mark Ronson talks to Elisa Bray about what attracted him to the project, “I’d never really watched any modern dance and there was something about the ultra-jagged movements of this girl that was dancing; it was almost like an Edward Gorey flip-book or something. Just the way the movement was, and I don’t know why but I just started crying in this rehearsal room. It was super-powerful, and I didn’t really think too long before I agreed to do it.”
Independent, 30 March 2012

Carbon Life will be one of three ballets in a mixed programme which includes another world premiere by rising choreographic star Liam Scarlett and Christopher Wheeldon’s 2001 ballet Polyphonia . Ticket prices start at £3 with a top price of £42.

Performance dates: 5, 10, 12, 14, 18, 23 April

[orginal post 13 Mar 12]

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