The Royal Ballet
Direction and Choreography
Author of Raven Girl and Collaborator
Set and Costume Design
Premiere date and venue
24 May 2013, Royal Opera House, London, UK
- Judith Mackrell, The Guardian
Raven Girl, an illustrated novella by Audrey Niffenegger, was adapted by Wayne McGregor into a ballet, scored by film composer Gabriel Yared.
McGregor collaborated with visual artist and award-winning writer Audrey Niffenegger, author of The Time Traveller's Wife, to create a fairytale ballet that looked back to ballet classics but was told with a distinctly modern sensibility. McGregor explained, 'I wanted a story that in some way connected with the ballet stories of the past… and that involves something surreal, something that delves into consciousness'. The result is a unique piece of visual theatre. Niffenegger's accompanying novella with her aquatint illustrations is published by Jonathan Cape.
McGregor approached acclaimed film composer Gabriel Yared (The English Patient, The Talented Mr. Ripley, The Lives of Others) to create the original score. Yared produced a score for orchestra and electronics that McGregor describes as 'very filmic but [which] gets right inside your body and really helps with the emotional territory of the work'. Ravi Deepres created the immersive video designs.
Raven Girl was McGregor's seventh work for the main stage at The Royal Opera House and his first full length narrative work for The Royal Ballet.
Images: © ROH / JOHAN PERSSON, 2013.