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Joby Talbot

Publisher: Chester Music

Chroma (2007)
Publisher
Chester Music Ltd
Category
Dance
Sub Category
Ballet
Year Composed
2007
Duration
25 Minutes
Programme Note
Joby Talbot Chroma (2007)
Chroma comprises seven pieces of music by British composer Joby Talbot. Four of the works are Talbot's original music, including the high octane Hovercraft. The remaining three pieces are Talbot's own orchestral arrangements of three tracks originally by The White Stripes. The work was requested by Wayne McGregor, resident choreographer for the Royal Ballet in London, whose energy driven choreography alongside designs by architect John Pawson make for a thrilling piece of music and dance.


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Performances
Date
Title
  • 12 JUN 2014
    New York, NY
    Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation Inc.

    Other Dates:
    14,18 June - New York, NY
  • 29 APR 2014
    Sydney Opera House
    Wayne McGregor, choreographer; Nicolette Fraillon, conductor

    Other Dates:
    1,3,5,7,9,10,13,15,17 May - Sydney Opera House
  • 29 JAN 2014
    Liverpool, UK
    Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
    Christopher Austin, conductor
  • 09 NOV 2013
    Main Stage, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London
    Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
    Barry Wordsworth, conductor

    Other Dates:
    13,19,20,23 November - Main Stage, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London
  • 23 AUG 2013
    Bedford Corn Exchange, Bedford
    Hertfordshire Schools Symphony Orchestra
  • 02 MAY 2013
    Boston, MA
    Boston Ballet
    Wayne MacGregor, choreographer; Jonathan Mcphee, conductor

    Other Dates:
    3,5,4,6-12 May - Boston, MA
  • 07 MAR 2013
    Boston, MA
    Boston Ballet
    Jonathan Mcphee, conductor

    Other Dates:
    8-10,14-16 March - Boston, MA
  • 13 JUN 2012
    Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, Toronto, Canada
    National Ballet of Canada

    Other Dates:
    14-17 June - Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, Toronto, Canada
  • 13 JUN 2012
    Toronto, ON, Canada
    National Ballet of Canada

    Other Dates:
    14-17 June - Toronto, ON, Canada
  • 29 MAY 2012
    Royal Danish Playhouse, Copenhagen, Denmark
    Royal Danish Ballet

    Other Dates:
    30,31 May; 1,5,2,4 June - Royal Danish Playhouse, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • 14 FEB 2012
    War Memorial Opera House, San Francisco, USA
    San Francisco Ballet

    Other Dates:
    15,17,19,23 February - War Memorial Opera House, San Francisco, USA
    25 February - War Memorial Opera House, San Francisco, USA (2 performances)
  • 21 JAN 2012
    Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow, Russia
    Bolshoi Ballet

    Other Dates:
    22 January - Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow, Russia
  • 22 OCT 2011
    Bolshoi Theatre Moscow, RUSSIA
    Bolshoi Theatre of Russia

    Other Dates:
    23 October - Bolshoi Theatre Moscow, RUSSIA
  • 30 JUN 2011
    National Chiamng Kai-shek Cultural Centre, Tapei, Taiwan
    Royal Opera House Orchestra
    Daniel Capps, conductor

    Other Dates:
    1 July - National Chiamng Kai-shek Cultural Centre, Tapei, Taiwan
  • 25 JUN 2011
    Bolshoi Theatre Moscow, RUSSIA
    Bolshoi Theatre of Russia

    Other Dates:
    21-24 July - Bolshoi Theatre Moscow, RUSSIA
  • 07 APR 2011
    San Francisco, CA
    San Francisco Ballet
    Martin West, conductor

    Other Dates:
    9,12,15,17,20 April - San Francisco, CA
  • 25 NOV 2010
    Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, Toronto, Canada
    National Ballet of Canada
  • 25 NOV 2010
    Toronto, ON, Canada
    Natnional Ballet of Canada

    Other Dates:
    26-30 November; 1 December - Toronto, ON, Canada
  • 24 NOV 2010
    England
    National Ballet of Canada

    Other Dates:
    28 November - England
  • 22 MAY 2010
    Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London
    Royal Opera House Orchestra
    Daniel Capps, conductor

    Other Dates:
    23,28 May; 2,11,10 June - Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London
  • 02 FEB 2008
    Royal Opera House, London
    Royal Ballet

    Other Dates:
    15,18,20,23 February - Royal Opera House, London
  • 12 JAN 2008
    Hovercraft Country Premiere
    Chroma
    Canberra Girls Grammar, Canberra, Australia
    Australian Youth Orchestra / Canberra School of Music

Reviews
The score, by Joby Talbot and the White Stripes, is a rollercoaster ride through near-cinematic soundscapes; action-movie capers, romantic piano tinklings, gladiatorial fanfares, Hitchcockian strings.
Sanjoy Roy, The Guardian,11/12/2013
The score is superb – louche, rasping arrangements by Toby Jalbot of tunes by both him and latter-day rockers the White Stripes – and it inspired what remains McGregor's most electrifying choreography to date.
Mark Monahan, The Telegraph,5/28/2010
Mason’s lack of choreographic ambition has been balanced by her radical appointment in 2006 of Wayne McGregor as resident choreographer. The night his Chroma played alongside Christopher Wheeldon’s DGV made the company look thrillingly modern and relevant. His work behind the scenes, encouraging a young generation of dancers to believe that new work matters, may be his most important contribution in the long run.
Sarah Crompton, The Telegraph,12/15/2009
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