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White Stripes ballet comes to Canada

February 8th, 2010


The National Ballet of Canada will feature Chroma, a ballet set to the music of The White Stripes during their 2010/2011 season. The ballet, choreographed by Britain’s Wayne McGregor, is a piece for five couples outfitted in flesh tone dance wear. The ballet was a hit when it was staged at Covent Gardens by England’s Royal Ballet.

The orchestral arrangements for Chroma were commissioned in 2005 by Richard Russell, head of the record label XL, as a gift to the White Stripes’ Jack and Meg White. Three of their songs, “The Hardest Button To Button”, “Aluminium” and “Blue Orchid”, were re-arranged and first played to the band as a surprise in Cincinnati Music Hall, Ohio.

The Canadian staging will run from Nov 24 to 28, 2010 at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts in Toronto.

Jack White has been invited to see the premiere of the ballet.

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