Wayne McGregor

(b. 1970)

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(b Stockport, England, 12 Mar. 1970)

British choreographer and director. He studied dance at University College Bretton Hall and the José Limon School in New York before founding his own London-based company, Random Dance in 1992. A prolific, curious-minded choreographer, he created a distinctive style of edgy, hyper‐articulate dance and early on in his career began exploring developments in digital technology and science in order to find inspiration and material for his work. He was one of the first choreographers in Britain to work with animation, digital imagery, and motion capture and in 2004 was appointed Fellow of the Neuroscience Department at Cambridge, collaborating with scientists on a study of mind-body co-ordination. He has created many works for his own company including Sulphur 16 (1998), Aeon (2000), Nemesis (mus. Scanner 2002), Polar Sequences (2003), AtaXia (2004), Amu (mus. Taverner, 2005), and Entity (mus. Jon Hopkins and Joby Talbot, 2008). He has also created work for many other companies including Rambert (PreSentient, mus. Reich, 2003), English National Ballet (2Human, 2003), Stuttgart Ballet (Eden/Eden, mus. Reich, 2005), New York City Ballet (Outlier, 2010), Paris Opera Ballet (Genus, mus. Mauro Lanza, 2007) and Nederlands Dans Theater (Renature mus. Karen Tanaka, 2008). In 2000 he began his association with the Royal Ballet, creating Symbiont(s)) for the company in 2000, and going on to create Qualia (mus. Scanner, 2003), Chroma (mus. Joby Talbot and Jack White, 2006), Infra (mus. Max Richter, 2008), and Limen (mus. Kajia Saariaho, 2009). In 2006 he became resident choreographer for the company, the first modern-trained choreographer to hold that post. McGregor has also choreographed for musicals, including Kirikou et Karaba (mus. Yousson N'Dour, Paris 2007), for film (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, 2004), and opera including several productions for Scottish National Opera, such as La Boheme, and Dido and Aeneas for La Scala. In 2009 he directed and choreographed a double bill of Dido and Aeneas and Acis and Galatea, working with both the Royal Ballet and Royal Opera companies.

http://www.randomdance.org Website for Wayne McGregor/Random Dance Company

Subjects: Dance.

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