The Royal Ballet
Concept, Direction, Choreography and Set Design
Originally danced by
Christina Arestis, Leanne Benjamin, Helen Crawford, Lauren Cuthbertson, Cindy Jourdain, Laura Morera, Sian Murphy, Samantha Raine, Christina Elida Salerno, Jaimie Tapper, Ricardo Cervera, Paul Kay, Adam Linder, Tim Matiakis, Ernst Meisner, Ludovic Ondiviela, Ivan Putrov, Edward Watson, Thomas Whitehead
Premiere date and venue
3 December 2003, Royal Opera House, London, UK
'McGREGOR SEEMS TO PUT HIS DANCERS IN TOUCH WITH A FUTURE THE REST OF US HAVEN'T REALLY GLIMPSED.'
Qualia, meaning a raw and sensory experience, marked Wayne McGregor's debut on The Royal Opera House stage. Featuring a sensorial pas de deux that was originally created for Edward Watson and Leanne Benjamin, Qualia was most recently performed by Melissa Hamilton and Eric Underwood as part of the Youth America Grand Prix 2015 "Stars of Today Meet Stars of Tomorrow" Gala at the Koch Theater, Lincoln Center, New York City.
Images of original production (top) by Bill Cooper © ROH, images of YAGP Gala © VAM/Visual Arts Masters.