Yugen

Yugen
2018

Company
The Royal Ballet

Choreography
Wayne McGregor

Music
Leonard Bernstein 'Chichester Psalms'

Set Design
Edmund de Waal

Lighting Design
Lucy Carter

Costume Design
Shirin Guild

Originally danced by
Federico Bonelli, William Bracewell, Harry Churches, Melissa Hamilton, Francesca Hayward, Chisato Katsura, Paul Kay, Sarah Lamb, Calvin Richardson, Joseph Sissens, Akane Takada

Premiere date and venue
15 March 2018, Royal Opera House, London, UK

'ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFULLY ACHIEVED DANCES OF [McGREGOR'S] CAREER'

The Guardian

'THE CHOREOGRAPHY, MULTIFACETED, EFFERVESCENT AND ELUSIVE, IS SUFFUSED WITH PASSION — ROMANTIC AND RELIGIOUS, SECULAR AND BIBLICAL — AND DELIVERED WITH AN UNFUSSY EMBRACE OF THE CLASSICAL LANGUAGE.'

The Times

Wayne McGregor and The Royal Ballet celebrate Leonard Bernstein’s centenary with the world premiere of Yugen.

McGregor's Yugen, a new work for The Royal Ballet to music by composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein, with collaborators artist Edmund de Waal, lighting designer Lucy Carter, and fashion designer Shirin Guild.

The Royal Ballet celebrates the centenary of Leonard Bernstein’s birth with an all-Bernstein programme from the Company’s three associate choreographers, Wayne McGregor (Resident Choreographer), Liam Scarlett (Artist in Residence) and Christopher Wheeldon (Artistic Associate).

The Bernstein Centenary programme will be broadcast live in cinemas across the UK and internationally on Tuesday 27 March 2018, with encore screenings to follow.


Co-production between The Royal Ballet and Dutch National Ballet, with generous philanthropic support from Janine Rensch and Nedim Vogt, ROH Young Philanthropists and an anonymous donor.

Images: The Royal Ballet. Andrej Uspenski/ROH

Image of Edmund de Waal and Wayne McGregor: Photo Stephanie Forrest. Courtesy Edmund de Waal.

Wayne rehearses Yugen with The Royal Ballet, March 2018 ROH