The curtain rises on a cavernous shell, skinned in black. Two figures exchange a silent round of rapid-fire gestures; a solo violin pierces the atmosphere with a lingering melody.
Much is talked of McGregor's choreographic language. He is the king of creative dissonance and ambiguity. His movement has a rare algebraic quality. Watching Obsidian Tear is like trying to unravel a vast, dense equation of elemental forces. The collaboration between McGregor and Salonen has been aptly described as a "perfect storm". There's a porous membrane between McGregor's professorial physicality and Salonen's gritty score. The chemistry is palpable and their shared creation is spell binding.
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