Reviewed by Paula Citron
Chroma, Serenade, Emergence
Choreography by Wayne McGregor, George Balanchine and Crystal Pite
National Ballet of Canada
Four Seasons Centre
Nov. 25 to 28, 2010
The National Ballet’s debut of Chroma by English choreographer Wayne McGregor was greeted by rapturous applause. The superhot choreographer created the piece for the Royal Ballet in 2006, and simply put, Chroma is a stunner.
Chroma means absence of white, and McGregor has determined that the only colour in the set will be the skin tones of the dancers. With the costumes matching skin, the bodies are brought into stark relief.
The key to McGregor is over-extension. The dancers’ elastic, supple bodies seem to have no bones. The ten dancers make their bodies do the impossible, both alone and in partners. It is a delirious frenzy of movement.
Chroma is not to be missed, particularly since the other two works on this mixed program have their own claim to greatness. Gilding the lily are George Balanchine’s poignant neoclassical Serenade, and Crystal Pite’s Emergence with its magnificent insect imagery.
The National Ballet mixed program continues at the Four Seasons Centre until Nov. 28.