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Wayne McGregor

Wayne McGregor, CBE (born 12 March 1970) is a multi award-winning British choreographer and director. He is the Artistic Director of Studio Wayne McGregor and Resident Choreographer of The Royal Ballet. McGregor was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) 2011 for Services to Dance.

Founded in 1993 (formerly known as Random Dance Company and Wayne McGregor | Random Dance), Studio Wayne McGregor encompasses McGregor's touring company of dancers, Company Wayne McGregor, which is also Resident Company at Sadler's Wells in London, and all of McGregor's creative work in dance, film, theatre, opera, fashion, technology, and TV. Studio Wayne McGregor also leads extensive learning and engagement projects nationally and internationally, artist development initiatives, and research and development work with science and technology partners. Significant large-scale engagement projects include 'Big Dance' in Trafalgar Square as part of the 2012 London Olympics, and 'LightLens' for Aarhus European City of Culture in 2017. Studio Wayne McGregor's building opened at Here East on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in March 2017.

McGregor has made over 30 works for Company Wayne McGregor (celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2018), and over 15 works for The Royal Ballet. He also regularly creates new work for international companies including La Scala Theatre Ballet, Paris Opera Ballet, NDT1, Bayerisches Staatsballett Munich, American Ballet Theatre, San Francisco Ballet, Stuttgart Ballet, New York City Ballet, The Australian Ballet and the English National Ballet. McGregor also has works in the repertories of companies including Paris Opera Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet, Mariinsky Ballet, and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.

Notable works include Autobiography, Tree of Codes, Atomos, FAR, UNDANCE, Entity, (Company Wayne McGregor); Yugen, Multiverse, Obsidian Tear, Woolf Works, Raven Girl, Carbon Life, Tetractys: The Art of Fugue, Infra, Limen, Chroma, Qualia (The Royal Ballet); +/- Human (Company Wayne McGregor, The Royal Ballet, Random International); AfteRite (American Ballet Theatre); Sunyata (Bayerisches Staatsballett Munich); Alea Sands, Genus (Paris Opera Ballet); Kairos (Ballett Zurich); Borderlands (San Francisco Ballet); Outlier (New York City Ballet); Skindex, Renature (NDT1), Eden | Eden (Stuttgart Ballet), PreSentient (Rambert).

He has worked on numerous feature films, music videos, in fashion and TV, including Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Movement Director), The Legend of Tarzan (Movement Director), Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (Movement Coach), Sing (Choreographer), Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (Choreographer), and Mary Queen of Scots (Choreographer and Movement Coach), Radiohead "Lotus Flower", Atoms for Peace "Ingenue", The Chemical Brothers featuring Beck "Wide Open" (Choreographer), ITV Brit Awards Paloma Faith performance 2015 and 2016 opening sequence, London and New York Fashion weeks with Gareth Pugh.

He has directed opera (Dido and Aeneas, Acis and Galatea for La Scala/Royal Opera), and choreographed for theatre (productions at ENO, Old Vic, National Theatre and Royal Court).

McGregor has collaborated with composers such as (Jlin, John Tavener, Mark-Anthony Turnage, Kaija Saariaho, Jon Hopkins, Max Richter, Joby Talbot/The White Stripes, Rokia Traore, Steve Reich, Jamie xx, Scanner), visual artists and designers (Lucy Carter, Edmund de Waal, Random International, Olafur Eliasson, Ben Cullen Williams, Mark Wallinger, Vicki Mortimer, Aitor Throup, Shirin Guild) filmmakers (Ravi Deepres, Ruth Hogben) and architects (We Not I, John Pawson), writers (Audrey Niffenegger, Uzma Hameed).

Designed by architects We Not I, Studio Wayne McGregor's creative arts space for making, contains three large dance studios, meeting and collaboration spaces. It also features artwork installations by Tatsuo Miyajima and Haroon Mirza on loan from the Lisson Gallery in London, original artworks by We Not I based on Josef Albers' 'Structural Constellations' and 'Homages to the Square', and Anni Albers' Study for 'Camino Real', with permission from The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation.

Biography

Wayne McGregor is internationally renowned for trailblazing innovations in performance that have radically redefined dance in the modern era. Driven by an insatiable curiosity about movement and its creative potentials, his experiments have led him into collaborative dialogue with an array of artistic forms, scientific disciplines, and technological interventions. The startling and multi-dimensional works resulting from these interactions have ensured McGregor's position at the cutting edge of contemporary arts for over twenty-five years.

McGregor was born in Stockport, England, in 1970. He studied dance at Bretton Hall College of the University of Leeds and at the José Limon School in New York. In 1992 he was appointed Choreographer-in-Residence at The Place, London, and in the same year he founded his own company, Random Dance (now Company Wayne McGregor). Company Wayne McGregor was invited to be the first Resident Company at the new Sadler's Wells in 2002. Appointed in 2006, McGregor is the first Resident Choreographer of The Royal Ballet from a contemporary dance background. McGregor is Professor of Choreography at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and holds an Honorary Doctor of Science degree from Plymouth University and an Honorary Doctor of Letters from University of Leeds. He is part of the Circle of Cultural Fellows at King's College London. In 2017 he was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the British Science Association. McGregor topped the list for dance in The Progress 1000 celebration of London's most influential people in 2018. He and his partner, Antoine Vereecken, have restored a modernist house in southwest England. .

Credits





Dance

  • AFTERITE for American Ballet Theatre (2018)
  • Sunyata for Bayerisches Staatsballett, Munich (2018)
  • Yugen for The Royal Ballet (2018)
  • Autobiography Edits for Company Wayne McGregor and Jlin (2017)
  • Autobiography for Company Wayne McGregor (2017)
  • +/- Human for Company Wayne McGregor and The Royal Ballet (2016)
  • Multiverse for The Royal Ballet (2016)
  • Obsidian Tear for The Royal Ballet (2016)
  • Alea Sands for Paris Opera Ballet (2015)
  • Tree of Codes for Company Wayne McGregor and Paris Opera Ballet (2015)
  • Woolf Works for The Royal Ballet (2015)
  • Kairos for Ballet Zürich (2014)
  • Tetractys – The Art of Fugue for The Royal Ballet (2014)
  • Atomos for Company Wayne McGregor (2013)
  • Raven Girl for The Royal Ballet (2013)
  • Borderlands for San Francisco Ballet (2013)
  • Machina for Metamorphosis: Titian 2012 for The Royal Ballet (2012)
  • Big Dance Trafalgar Square 2012 for Big Dance (2012)
  • Carbon Life for The Royal Ballet (2012)
  • UNDANCE for Company Wayne McGregor (2011)
  • Live Fire Exercise for The Royal Ballet (2011)
  • L'Anatomie de la Sensation, pour Francis Bacon for Paris Opera Ballet (2011)
  • FAR for Company Wayne McGregor (2010)
  • Outlier for New York City Ballet (2010)
  • Yantra for Stuttgart Ballet (2010)
  • Limen for The Royal Ballet (2009)
  • Dyad 1909 for Company Wayne McGregor (2009)
  • Dyad 1929 for The Australian Ballet (2009)
  • Infra for The Royal Ballet (2008)
  • Renature for Nederlands Dans Theater (NDT1) (2008)
  • Entity for Company Wayne McGregor (2008)
  • Nimbus for The Royal Ballet (2008)
  • Genus for Paris Opera Ballet (2007)
  • [meməri] for D.A.N.C.E. (2007)
  • Chroma for The Royal Ballet (2006)
  • Skindex for Nederlands Dans Theater (NDT1) (2006)
  • Erazor for Company Wayne McGregor (2006)
  • Ossein for Company Wayne McGregor (2006)
  • Amu@Durham for Company Wayne McGregor at Durham Cathedral (2006)
  • Engram for the Royal Ballet (2005)
  • Amu for Company Wayne McGregor (2005)
  • Eden|Eden for Stuttgart Ballet (2005)
  • AtaXia for Company Wayne McGregor (2004)
  • Series for Company Wayne McGregore at Houses of Parliament, London (2004)
  • Dragonfly for National Glass Centre, Sunderland (2004)
  • Qualia for The Royal Ballet (2003)
  • Xenathra for Wayne McGregor, Dance Umbrella (2003)
  • Binocular for Adam Cooper Dance Company (2003)
  • Polar Sequences for Company Wayne McGregor (2003)
  • Nautilus for Stuttgart Ballet (2003)
  • Bio-logical for BodyCraze, Selfridges London/Manchester (2003)
  • 2 Human for English National Ballet (2003)
  • Alpha for Company Wayne McGregor (2003)
  • PreSentient for Rambert Dance Company(2002)
  • Game of Halves for National Youth Dance Wales (2002)
  • BodyScript for Connect with Sadler's Wells (2002)
  • Phase Space for the Gothenburg Ballet/Random Dance (2002)
  • L.O.V.E for Imagination Frankfurt (2002)
  • Nemesis for Company Wayne McGregor (2002)
  • digit01 for Company Wayne McGregor (2001)
  • HIVE for National Youth Dance Wales (2001)
  • 11 Digital Mantras for The Roundhouse London (2001)
  • Castlescape for East London Dance (2001)
  • Codex for First Class Air Male - Dance East (2001)
  • detritus for Rambert Dance Company (2001)
  • brainstate for Company Wayne McGregor and The Royal Ballet (2001)
  • Velociraptor for Dance East/Bury Festival (2001)
  • Symbiont(s) for The Royal Ballet (2001)
  • Aeon for Company Wayne McGregor (2000)
  • Fleur de Peux for Vivianna Durante, Royal Ballet (2000)
  • Telenoia for Canary Wharf (2000)
  • The Field for East London Dance/Greenwich+Docklands International Festival (2000)
  • net/work Narrative(s) for South East Dance Agency/Brighton International Festival (2000)
  • Equation for the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (1999)
  • Zero Hertz for Cork Opera House, Ireland (1999)
  • In:terplay (Bruce Nauman) for the Hayward Gallery, London (1998)
  • Sulphur 16 for Company Wayne McGregor (1998)
  • Intertense for Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company (1998)
  • Medusa for Olympic Ballet Company, Milan (1998)
  • Trial By Jury for Melbourne International Festival (1998)
  • Angel for the Natural History Museum, London (1998)
  • Scottish Opera/Random Collaboration for the Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow (1998)
  • Pointe for the Saatchi Gallery, London (1997)
  • Dance Of The Broadband for Le Groupe de la Place Royale, Ottawa (1997)
  • The Millennarium for Company Wayne McGregor (1997)
  • Skinned Prey for 4D (London Contemporary Dance School) (1997)
  • x2 for the Royal Museum, Edinburgh (1997)
  • Chameleon for the Barbican Centre, London (1997)
  • Black on White for the South Bank Centre Ballroom, London (1997)
  • S.I.N. for Shed O, London Docklands (1997)
  • Neurotransmission for Snape Maltings Concert Hall, Aldeburgh (1997)
  • Encoder for Shobana Jeyasingh's Away Game (1996)
  • Bach Suite for Crusaid Gala (Olivier Theatre, RNT) (1996)
  • Ventolin for West Yorkshire Playhouse (1996)
  • Esc...otherspace for Birmingham Hippodrome (1996)
  • 8 Legs of the Devil for Company Wayne McGregor (1996)
  • Urban Savage for Ricochet Dance Company (1996)
  • Vulture (Reverse Effect) commissioned by Cultural Industry (1996)
  • Cybergeneration for the Belfast International Festival at Queens (1996)
  • Installation over 4 for Selfridges’ Gallery Window
  • World Disabled Games (opening) for Birmingham International Stadium
  • Match Half for Nottingham Forrest Stadium
  • Slam for The Arches, Glasgow (1996)
  • Dragonfly for the Alternative Hair Show, Drury Lane (1995)
  • CeBit Dances for Imagination/Ericsson, Hanover (1995)
  • Cyborg for Company Wayne McGregor (1995)
  • Jacob’s Membrane for Company Wayne McGregor (1995)
  • For Bruising Archangel for Company Wayne McGregor (1995)
  • AnArkos for Company Wayne McGregor (1995)
  • Sever for Company Wayne McGregor (1995)
  • 9.7 recurring 2%Black for National Youth Dance Company (1994)
  • Artificial Intelligence for National Youth Dance Company (1994)
  • Cyberdream for The Boys Project, The Place (1994)
  • White Out for The Boys Project, The Place (1994)
  • Vulcan for Swindon Youth Dance Company (1994)
  • Labrax for Company Wayne McGregor (1994)
  • GCSE National Set Study for Northern Examinations & Assessment Board (1994)
  • Xeno 1 2 3 for Company Wayne McGregor (1993)

    Film/TV

  • Mary Queen of Scots, Universal Pictures (2018)
  • Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, Warner Brothers (2018)
  • Winged Bull in the Elephant Case with Robin Friend and Rhodri Huw, BBC Two (2018)
  • The Brit Awards opening ceremony(2016)
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Warner Brothers (2016)
  • The Legend of Tarzan, Warner Brothers (2016)
  • Boots no.7 advert with Alessandra Ferri (2016)
  • Wide Open for the Chemical Brothers feat. Beck, music video (2016)
  • Paloma Faith, Only Love Can Hurt Like This for The Brit Awards (2015)
  • MOVEment with Gareth Pugh and Ruth Hogben, for AnOther magazine (2015)
  • Ingenue for Atoms For Peace, music video (2013)
  • Big Dance 2012, Channel 4 (2012)
  • Wayne McGregor: Going Somewhere directed by Catherine Maximoff, Arte (2011)
  • Lotus Flower for Radiohead, music video (2011)
  • La Danse directed by Frederick Wiseman, Zipporah Films (2009)
  • In The Spirit of Diaghilev for BBC4 (2009)
  • The South Bank Show, Wayne McGregor:Across The Threshold for ITV1 (2009)
  • Infra for BBC2 (2008)
  • Entity for Arte (2008)
  • Tremor for Channel 4 (2005)
  • Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire for Warner Bros (Dir. Mike Newell) (2004)
  • Dance USA for BBC 4 (2004)
  • Dice Life for Channel 4 (2004)
  • Chrysalis for Arte (2002)
  • The Dancers Body for BBC 2 (2002)
  • Nemesis for BBC4 (2002)
  • Physical Dysfunctional for BBC Knowledge (2001)
  • Symbiont(s) for BBC2 (2001)
  • Horizone for Dance for the Camera (BBC & ACE) (2001)
  • Medusa for RaiUno International, Italy
  • Bent for Channel Four Films, Sarah Radclyffe Prod. (1996)
  • Tomorrows World Live commissioned for NESTA
  • Broadband Documentary for Discovery Channel, USA
  • The Last Siren commissioned by RaiUno International
  • Redoxon Commercial for Arden Sutherland Dodd
  • Eurostar Commercial for Arden Sutherland Dodd (1998)

    Theatre

  • Closer for Donmar Warehouse (2015)
  • Breakfast at Tiffany's for Theatre Royal Haymarket (2009)
  • Fram for the National Theatre (2008)
  • Ring Around The Moon for Playhouse Theatre, West End (2007)
  • Kirikou & Karaba for Casino de Paris (2007)
  • Much Ado About Nothing for the Peter Hall Company (2006)
  • You Can Never Tell for the Peter Hall Company (2005)
  • Aladdin for the Old Vic (2004/5)
  • Cloaca for the Old Vic (2004)
  • Woman in White for The Palace Theatre (2004/5)
  • A Little Night Music for the National Theatre (1995)
  • Cleansed for the Royal Court Theatre
  • Antony and Cleopatra for the National Theatre

    Opera

  • SUM for Royal Opera (2012)
  • Twice Through the Heart for Sadler's Wells (2011)
  • Dido and Aeneas for Royal Opera (2009)
  • Acis and Galatea for Royal Opera (2009)
  • Dido and Aeneas for La Scala (2006)
  • The Midsummer Marriage for Chicago Lyric Opera (2005)
  • La Bohème for Scottish National Opera
  • Manon for English Touring Opera
  • Hansel and Gretel for Scottish National Opera
  • Rinaldo for Grange Park Opera
  • The Mikado for Grange Park Opera
  • Salome for English National Opera
  • The Marriage of Figaro for Scottish Opera
  • Orpheus et Eurydice for Scottish Opera
  • Orpheus et Eurydice for Scottish Opera Go Round

    Fashion

  • Gareth Pugh S/S 18 for London Fashion Week (2017)
  • Gareth Pugh for New York Fashion Week (2016
  • everyBODY for Selfridges (2016)

    Art/Architecture

  • Studio Wayne McGregor designed with We Not I (2017)
  • Warren House, Dartington, restoration of Bauhaus house with We Not I (2012)

    Awards