Machina

Machina
2012

Company
The Royal Ballet

Choreography
Wayne McGregor and Kim Brandstrup

Music
Nico Muhly

Set Design
Conrad Shawcross

Lighting Design
Lucy Carter

Premiere date and venue
14 July 2012, The Royal Opera House, London

*****
'THE VERY BEST OF WHEN BALLET BLENDS WITH ART'

Evening Standard

Machina was one of three works for The Royal Ballet created in 2012 in response to the Titan paintings Diana and ActaeonThe 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.

Rehearsal footage and interview with collaborators involved in Metamorphosis: Titian 2012, featuring McGregor in addition to Chris Ofili, Mark-Antony Turnage and Conrad Shawcross.