Wayne McGregor rehearses Obsidian Tear (The Royal Ballet)

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Royal Ballet Resident Choreographer Wayne McGregor rehearses and introduces his latest work for The Royal Ballet, with dancers Matthew Ball, Calvin Richardson and Edward Watson, and composer and conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen. Find out more at www.roh.org.uk/productions/obsidian-tear­-by-wayne-mcgregor

Obsidian Tear is the latest work from The Royal Ballet’s award-winning Resident Choreographer Wayne McGregor. McGregor has won renown for exploring the limits of what the body can do, through a unique language of movement. One-act works such as Infra, Chroma and Live Fire Exercise and the magnificent full-length ballet Woolf Works combine this virtuoso style with an insatiable curiosity about the role of dance today and its interaction with arts and science in the wider world.

In Obsidian Tear McGregor collaborates with Finnish conductor and composer Esa-Pekka Salonen, crafting the solitary despair of Salonen’s Lachen verlernt for solo violin and the nihilistic grandeur of his 2011 symphonic poem Nyx into a visceral exploration of myth and modernity.