Obsidian Tear

Obsidian Tear
2016

Company
The Royal Ballet

Choreography & Set Design
Wayne McGregor

Music
Esa-Pekka Salonen

Lighting Design
Lucy Carter

Fashion Director
Katie Shillingford

Originally danced by
Edward Watson, Ryoichi Hirano, Alexander Campbell, Luca Acri, Tristan Dyer, Paul Kay, Eric Underwood, Matthew Ball, Calvin Richardson 
Nicol Edmonds, Reece Clarke, James Hay, Sander Blommaert, Fernando Montaño, Marcelino Sambé, David Donnelly, Benjamin Ella, Lukas Bjørneboe Brændsrød

Premiere date and venue
28 May 2016, Royal Opera House, London

'A CHOREOGRAPHIC BREAKTHROUGH FOR WAYNE MCGREGOR'

The New York Times

Obsidian Tear is McGregor's first work for The Royal Ballet created on an all-male cast, bringing together two works for violin by renowned Finnish composer Esa-Pekka Salonen.

Obsidian Tear is a choreographic response to the mythic grandeur of Esa Pekka Salonen’s symphonic poem Nyx. The ballet’s title takes inspiration from the epic geological journey of the volcanic rock, obsidian, as metaphor for the potent emotional and social forces exerted on human life. Katie Shillingford (Fashion Editor for Dazed and Confused Magazine and Fashion Director with AnOther Magazine) collaborated on the work as Fashion director, with Lucy Carter providing lighting design.

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'ONE OF [MCGREGOR'S] STRONGEST WORKS TO DATE'

The Guardian

On 11 May, McGregor held an insight event, rehearsing with dancers Edward WatsonMatthew Ball and Calvin Richardson and talking about the creation of Obsidian Tear with composer and conductor Salonen. The insight event, which was streamed live, can be watched below. 

Image: Ancient astronomical instrument, Jantar Mantar Observatory, Jaipur, photographed by Wayne McGregor