Genus to open in Toronto

Wayne McGregor's Genus, for which Joby collaborated on an electro-acoustic score with Los Angeles-based composer and producer Deru, is to open as part of a triple bill at the National Ballet of Canada this Wednesday, March 29, running until April 2.

Commissioned by the Paris Opera Ballet Genus, a ballet for 24 dancers, was inspired by Charles Darwin's book On the Origin of Species which was published in 1859.

Booking information and tickets can be found here.

'Alice' announced as part of The Australian Ballet's 2017 season

The Australian Ballet has announced its 2017 season, which includes Alice's Adventures in Wonderland's southern hemisphere debut. The company will perform the work in 21 shows at Melbourne's Arts Centre, from 12-30 September, and 20 shows at Sydney's Capitol Theatre, from 5-22 December 2017, with the score performed by Orchestra Victoria and the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra in each location respectively.

For more information, visit the Australian Ballet website.

Alice goes to Sweden

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Christopher Wheeldon's 2011 ballet adaptation of the classic tale with an original score by Joby, will have its first performance by a house other than its two originating companies — The Royal Ballet and National Ballet of Canada — when it premieres with the Royal Swedish Ballet on 6 May 2016, for 12 performances throughout the month. The company is launching the production in partnership with the Royal Danish Ballet. For performance dates and more information, visit the Royal Swedish Opera website.

The Winter's Tale returns to The Royal Ballet

The Winter's Tale, Christopher Wheeldon's 2014 full-length adaptation of Shakespeare's play with an original score by Joby, will return to The Royal Ballet from 12 April 2016. This revival by the originating company follows the work's highly successful North American premiere with co-commissioners the National Ballet of Canada in November 2015.

Joby's score includes an onstage band composed of instruments from a variety of global folk traditions, creating a sound that is both new and timeless. First cast features Lauren Cuthbertson as Hermione, Ed Watson as Leontes, Federico Bonelli as Polixenes, Zenaida Yanowsky as Paulina, Sarah Lamb as Perdita and Steven McRae as Florizel. For more production information, to view performance dates and purchase tickets, visit the Royal Opera House website.

The Winter's Tale opens at Washington DC's Kennedy Center

Following its acclaimed North American premiere by the National Ballet of Canada in November, Christopher Wheeldon's The Winter's Tale has opened to positive reviews on a tour production by the company at Washington DC's Kennedy Center, with five remaining performances until Sunday 24 January. The principal cast includes NBC stars Piotr Stanczyk, Hannah Fischer, Jillian Vanstone, Naoya Ebe, Harrison James and Xiao Nan Yu.

One critic describes Joby's score — his second to be jointly commissioned for Wheeldon ballets by The Royal Ballet and National Ballet of Canada — as "rich and varied... both like an ancient discovery from a yet to be uncovered new tribe but absolutely modern" (Lisa Traiger, D.C. Metro Theater Arts); while The New York Times' Alastair Macaulay deems it "attractive".

Everest premieres in Dallas and Chamber returns to The Hague

This week sees the premiere of Joby's first opera by the Dallas Opera, as well as the return to The Hague of Chamber, his 2012 collaboration with choreographer Medhi Walerski.

Everest, a one-act work, relates events surrounding the tragic deaths of several climbers on the mountain in 1996 and stars Kevin Burdette, Sasha Cooke, Andrew Bidlack and Craig Verm. Joby worked in close collaboration with librettist Gene Scheer and conductor Nicole Paiement; the production is directed by Leonard Foglia with set design by Robert Brill, costumes by David C. Woolard, lighting by Christopher Akerlind and projections by Elaine J. McCarthy. Following the premiere at the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House on 30 January will be a further four performances on 2, 4 and 7 February.

Chamber, commissioned by Nederlands Dans Theater and the Norwegian National Ballet, returns to The Hague for four performances for the first time since its 2012 premiere. The work is choreographed to Joby's Chamber Symphony and was commissioned as part of worldwide celebrations for the 100th anniversary of Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring. It has been toured by NDT and will here be presented in a programme alongside works by Marco Goecke and Sol Léon and Paul Lightfoot. There are four performances from 28-31 January.