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Wayne McGregor: Three Ballets - Chroma, Infra, Limen [DVD]

Album Summary

>Talbot, Joby : Chroma, ballet
>Richter, Max : Infra, ballet
>Saariaho, Kaija : Notes on Light, for cello & orchestra
Performers Conductors Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

The diversity of Wayne McGregor's astonishing talent is demonstrated through Chroma, Infra and Limen, each created for the Royal Ballet, for whom he is resident choreographer. Intimate yet universal, light yet dark, frenetic yet lyrical, McGregor pursues his passion for exploring the inner workings of the human body and mind, his many-layered and beautiful dances providing visual, sensual and kinesthetic stimulus for the viewer. Filmed in high definition and recorded in true surround sound.

Notes & Reviews:

Run Time: 98 min.
Region: All
Picture Format: NTSC, 16:9, Color
Sound Format(s): LPCM Stereo, DTS 5.0 Surround
Subtitles: French, German, Spanish


Contemporary at Its Best
Wayne McGregor's Triple Bill for the Royal Ballet is an exciting, intriguing, and intellectual sampling of the best of contemporary ballet. Enjoyable to both newcomers and ballet fans alike, the three works are something of the extraordinary. At first glance, these ballets are little more than hyperactive and seemingly random movement. However, the way the ballet reflects the music is alone something to marvel at.
Chroma, the first ballet in the program, is by far the most well-known. Winning several awards in 2007, the ballet, McGregor says, represents "a freedom from white." The set itself is a work of genius, a minimalistic white box that covers the Royal Opera House stage and features an ever-changing aperture in the back, from which dancers enter and exit. The music is very diverse, featuring Joby Talbot and orchestrations of the band, The White Stripes. The choreography and dancers are phenomenal, representing hypersexuality, homosexuality, and interracial love, all on the backdrop of our modern, monochrome world.
Infra, also having won several awards, is (to paraphrase McGregor) 'the idea of inferences of the human condition.' With tearful and touching choreography, Infra sheds light on the range of emotions individuals can procure. After displaying their emotion, they walk back into the pedestrian-esque march of people. The backdrop for this ballet is also especially unique, a strip of projectors that omit small white lights that draw pedestrians in various speeds, showing the monotony of our world.
Limen, the final ballet, 'explores the thresholds of dancers in relationship to light and music.' Omnipresent throughout the ballet are timers ticking randomly, with a beautiful and diverse cello concerto.
All of the dancers, the music, backdrops, and choreography are remarkable. Although watching the DVD in one sitting without knowing exactly what to expect and make the entire three ballets somewhat dry, separately, they are even more appreciable. After having seen this DVD several times, I still find new nuances in the dancers and choreography that I hadn't previously noticed. Also available on this DVD are introductions to each ballet, which prove useful for the choreographer's initial setting of each. I recommend this ballet to both newcomers and lovers of contemporary ballet.
Submitted on 10/08/11 by danrubin06 
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Works Details

>Talbot, Joby : Chroma, ballet
  • Performers: Ricardo Cervera (Dancer); Federico Bonelli (Dancer)
  • Conductor: Daniel Capps
  • Ensemble: Royal Ballet
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 2007

>Richter, Max : Infra, ballet
  • Performers: Robert Clark (Piano); Ricardo Cervera (Dancer); Leanne Benjamin (Dancer)
  • Ensemble: Max Richter Quintet
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 2010

>Saariaho, Kaija : Notes on Light, for cello & orchestra
  • Performers: Anssi Karttunen (Cello); Yuhui Choe (Dancer); Leanne Benjamin (Dancer)
  • Conductor: Barry Wordsworth
  • Ensemble: Royal Opera House Orchestra
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2006