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Wayne McGregor "UniVerse: A Dark Crystal Odyssey"


Latvian National Opera


27-11-2024 | 17:00



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Director and Choreographer: Wayne McGregor Music: Joel Cadbury Film Design: Ravi Deepres Lighting Design: Lucy Carter Costume and Head Pieces: Philip Delamore and Dr. Alex Box Spoken Word Artist: Isaiah Hull Dramaturg: Uzma Hameed Originally danced by Winnie Asawakanjanakit, Rebecca Bassett-Graham, Jordan James Bridge, Salvatore De Simone, Chia-Yu Hsu, Hannah Joseph, Chien-Shun Liao, Jasiah Marshall, Salomé Pressac and Mariano Zamora Gonzalez

State-of-the-art immersive technology envelops super-human choreography in this contemporary ode to change. 

UniVerse: A Dark Crystal Odyssey is a moving and startling meditation on the climate crisis. Inspired by the Jim Henson cult classic The Dark Crystal about an ailing planet and a divided race, UniVerse depicts an earth riven by extremes and urgently in need of healing. 

Breathtaking digital environments and cutting-edge costumes create a stunning blend of fantasy and documentary, while high tensile choreography in dialogue with spoken word, powerfully evokes the inseparability of humanity and nature. Performed by the extraordinary dancers of Company Wayne McGregor, this is a modern eco-myth that asks how we can come together to be whole again. 

A team of world-class creatives led by choreographer and director Wayne McGregor, includes composer Joel Cadbury, film designer Ravi Deepres, lighting designer Lucy Carter, spoken word artist Isaiah Hull, dramaturg Uzma Hameed, costume designer Philip Delamore and face-and-body artist Alex Box, with special thanks to Brian and Wendy Froud. 

A co-production between Studio Wayne McGregor and The Royal Ballet in association with The Jim Henson Company.