The Royal Ballet
Steve Reich 'It's Gonna Rain' and 'Runner'
Set Concept and Design
Originally danced by
Matthew Ball, Federico Bonelli, Olivia Cowley, Lauren Cuthbertson, Francesca Hayward, Paul Kay, Sarah Lamb, Mayara Magri, Steven McRae, Marianela Nuñez, Anna Rose O’Sullivan, Calvin Richardson, Eric Underwood and Edward Watson
Premiere date and venue
10 November 2016, Royal Opera House, London, UK
'A DECADE ON, WAYNE McGREGOR CONTINUES TO ENERGISE THE ROYAL BALLET'
- Roslyn Sulcas, The New York Times
Premiering as part of an all-McGregor triple bill celebrating his 10th anniversary as Resident Choreographer of The Royal Ballet, Multiverse features a commissioned score from celebrated composer Steve Reich.
With the commissioned score juxtaposing Reich’s famous 1965 looped tape work It’s Gonna Rain with Runner, Multiverse takes inspiration from the self-reproducing journeys within Reich’s music to explore ideas of genesis, repeating histories and possible futures. Featuring designs by acclaimed Pakistani artist Rashid Rana, Multiverse is a landmark collaboration between leading innovators from three disciplines of contemporary art.
In the lead up to the world premiere, McGregor presented an insight event which was live-streamed for free via the Royal Opera House YouTube channel on 20 October 2016. McGregor was joined by dramaturg Uzma Hameed, along with Music Director of The Royal Ballet, Koen Kessels, to discuss the score and some of the ideas underlying Multiverse. The event also offered an exclusive glimpse of rehearsals, featuring principal dancers Steven McRae and Francesca Hayward as well as soloist Paul Kay.
'IF EVER A PROGRAMME SHOWED HOW ASTUTE WAYNE McGREGOR IS IN CHOOSING HIS CREATIVE PARTNERS, THIS IS IT'
- Debra Craine, The Times
Co-commissioned by The Royal Ballet and The Australian Ballet with generous philanthropic support from Janine Rensch and Nedim Peter Vogt, the Friends of Covent Garden and the New McGregor Production Syndicate and an anonymous donor.
Image: Rashid Rana, courtesy of Lisson Gallery.