The Royal Ballet
Wayne McGregor and Kim Brandstrup
Premiere date and venue
14 July 2012, The Royal Opera House, London
'THE VERY BEST OF WHEN BALLET BLENDS WITH ART'
Machina was one of three works for The Royal Ballet created in 2012 in response to the Titan paintings Diana and Actaeon, The Death of Actaeon, and Diana and Callisto.
The paintings, inspired by scenes from Ovid's Metamorphoses, were displayed together in a special exhibition at the National Gallery. This also featured new works, again in response to the paintings, by contemporary artists Chris Ofili, Conrad Shawcross and Mark Wallinger, who also designed the sets for the ballets.
Wayne McGregor collaborated with choreographer Kim Brandstrup and composer Nico Muhly to create a piece inspired by Conrad Shawcross's robotic metal sculpture of Diana.
Two other works – one by Christopher Wheeldon, Alastair Marriott, Mark Wallinger and Mark-Anthony Turnage, and another by Will Tuckett, Liam Scarlett, Jonathan Watkins, Chris Ofili, Jonathan Dove and Alasdair Middleton – completed the triple bill.
Images by Chris Nash & Johan Persson, © ROH 2012.