Obsidian Tear

2016

The Royal Ballet

Obsidian Tear, 
McGregor's first piece created on an all-male cast, premiered at the Royal Opera House in May 2016.

Woolf Works

2015

The Royal Ballet

Enmeshing themes from three of Virgina Woolf's landmark novels, with elements of her letters, essays and diaries, Woolf Works expresses the heart of an artistic life driven to discover a freer, uniquely modern realism, bringing to life Woolf's world of 'granite and rainbow' where human beings are at once both physical body and uncontained essence.

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Tetractys

2014

The Royal Ballet

Set to orchestrated extracts of J.S. Bach's enigmatic final musical work, The Art of Fugue, the geometry of the music inspired both McGregor's movement and designs by visual artist Tauba Auerbach.

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Raven Girl

2013

The Royal Ballet

Raven Girl by the award-winning author of The Time Traveler's Wife, Audrey Niffenegger, was adapted by McGregor into a dark modern fairytale, scored by film composer Gabriel Yared.

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Machina

2012

The Royal Ballet

Machina was one of three works for The Royal Ballet created in response to the Titan paintings Diana and Actaeon, The Death of Actaeon and Diana and Callisto.

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Carbon Life

2012

The Royal Ballet

McGregor created choreography combining popular dance forms with classical ballet, while music producers Mark Ronson and Andrew Wyatt created the score and assembled a supergroup of musicians, including Boy George, Hero Fisher and Alison Mosshart, to perform live on stage for the 2012 premiere. Leading fashion designer Gareth Pugh reinvented traditional ballet dress to create bold, angular costumes.

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Live Fire Exercise

2011

The Royal Ballet

Inspired by the balletic beauty in John Gerrard's frozen images of soldiers engaged in military exercises and the instinctive physicality of their movement, McGregor's choreography is counterpointed by Michael Tippett's . Gerrard's set comprises sculptural projections appearing both real and artificial, static and dynamic.

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Limen

2009

The Royal Ballet

In Limen, McGregor explored the idea of liminality - thresholds of darkness and light, presence and absence, life and death. It was set to Finnish composer Kaija Saariahoâ's cello concerto , centered around a solar eclipse, and was accompanied by a light installation by Tatsuo Miyajima.

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Dido and Aeneas

2007

Teatro alla Scala

McGregor's production of Purcell's interpretation of the classical tale Dido and Aeneas.

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Infra

2008

The Royal Ballet

Named after the Latin word meaning 'below', Infra presented a portrait of life beneath the surface of the city, with set design by Julian Opie and music by Max Richter.

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Nimbus

2007

Nimbus was McGregor's first work as Resident Choreographer for The Royal Ballet following his appointment in 2006.

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Chroma

2006

The Royal Ballet

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

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Engram

2005

The Royal Ballet

A duet created for the celebration of Frederick Ashton, 'Inspired by Ashton', set to music by Godspeed You! Black Emperor.

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Qualia

2004

The Royal Ballet

Qualia, a duet McGregor created commissioned by The Royal Ballet in 2004.

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