Miles underground, in the Earth’s mantle, Obsidian rock and Wayne McGregor’s “Obsidian Tear” begins. Originally commissioned by the Royal Ballet and Boston Ballet, premiering at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, in 2016, it is now time for the volcano to erupt for its Australian premiere season at the State Theatre in Melbourne. Six years deep, all that heat and pressure, it has melted to form magma. Slowly rising from the cracks underground in the Earth’s crust, it collects in a holding chamber, but it can only do so for so long.
Samara Merrick and Adam Elmes in “Annealing” by Alice Topp for the Australian Ballet. Photograph by Jeff Busby