Chroma

Chroma
2006

Company
The Royal Ballet

Duration
25 minutes

Choreography
Wayne McGregor

Music
Joby Talbot
Jack White III

Set Design
John Pawson

Costume design
Moritz Junge

Lighting Design
Lucy Carter

Originally danced by
Federico Bonelli, Alina Cojocaru, Lauren Cuthbertson, Sarah Lamb, Steven McRae, Ludovic Ondiviela, Tamara Rojo, Eric Underwood, Jonathan Watkins, Edward Watson 

Premiere date and venue
16 November 2006, The Royal Opera House, London

'CHROMA IS RAVISHING ON ALL FRONTS, CHOREOGRAPHY, MUSIC AND DESIGN'

The Times

Chroma explores the drama of the human body and its ability to communicate extremes of thought and emotion.

The score, drawn from original music by Joby Talbot and his arrangements of music by American rock band The White Stripes, is combined with stark, minimalist designs by architect John Pawson.

Against this backdrop is set the inventive and energy-driven choreography of McGregor. Chroma had its premiere in 2006 at The Royal Opera House and in 2007 received an Olivier Award for Best New Dance Production. 

'THE TENSION BETWEEN CHAOS AND MINIMALISM, ANARCHY AND CLASSICISM, RATCHETS UP TO THRILLING EXTREMES'

The Guardian

Since The Royal Ballet premiere of Chroma, it has since been staged by San Francisco Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet, Royal Danish Ballet, National Ballet of Canada, Boston Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, The Australian Ballet, Dutch National Ballet, and Pennsylvania Ballet.

In November 2016, Chroma will be included as part of a triple bill celebrating Wayne McGregor's ten years as Resident Choreographer at The Royal Ballet. In a first, Chroma will be performed by dancers from Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and The Royal Ballet, alongside Carbon Life and a new work by McGregor with a commissioned score by Steve Reich. Further information on the triple bill can be found here.

Images by Johan Persson © ROH.

Trailer for Chroma, as re-staged by The Royal Ballet in 2013.

Interview with Wayne McGregor and Joby Talbot on the creation of Chroma.