Not Your Average Ballet

I am swooning hard over the avant-garde costumes designed by Gareth Pugh for the ballet production Carbon Life.

The ballet premiered last week at the Royal Opera House in London. It was choreographed by Wayne McGregor, resident choreographer of the Royal Ballet, and scored by Mark Ronson.

I really wish I could see this creation. Oh fairy god mother, plane tickets to London please?


  1. Katie* says:


  2. Maggie says:

    Oh, wow! That’s incredible. It seems like modern dance and opera lend themselves well to avant-garde costumes/sets (esp. in Europe), but I feel like I don’t often see that level of ingenuity in ballet costumes– though I admittedly don’t keep tabs on it all as closely as I used to.

    • jacqueline says:

      I agree. Ballet is still a very conservative form on dance. The only other avant-garde ballet costumes I can think of are from the Ballet Russe. If anyone knows of others, please share!

  3. Maggie says:

    I’ve seen a *few* exciting costumes for The Firebird (hope these links work):'s-%3Ci%3EFirebird%3C/i%3E-with-Rudy-Candia-and-Alexsandra-Meijer

    But more often, it’s the classical tutu-and-tights. One thing (among many, heh) that disappointed me about Black Swan was how their production of Swan Lake was supposed to be “experimental” and stripped-down, etc. and then it ended up looking (to me, at least), like most other Swan Lakes.

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