For 25 years, British choreographer and director Wayne McGregor has made choreography that interrogates life through the experience of the body. Now McGregor turns his attention to the body as archive, with a dance portrait illuminated by the sequencing of his own genome. Autobiography will be presented as part of the 23. International Dance Theatre Meetings in Lublin.
In a continuous reimagining, Autobiography is constantly reinvented; the order of the dance pieces algorithmically-assembled from a collection of 23 choreographic volumes which unfold uniquely at each performance. McGregor is joined by an impressive set of collaborators: electronic musician and producer Jlin (who regularly performs the score live at performances), visual artist Ben Cullen-Williams (winner of 2018 D&AD award for Autobiography’s set design), lighting designer Lucy Carter, artist and designer Aitor Throup (costumes) and dramaturg Uzma Hameed. The Autobiography algorithm which determines the performance order was developed in collaboration with Nick Rothwell.
concept, direction and choreography: Wayne McGregor; choreography (in co-operation with dancers): Rebecca Bassett-Graham, Jordan James Bridge, Travis Clausen-Knight, Louis McMiller, Daniela Neugebauer, Jacob O’Connell, James Pett, Fukiko Takase, Po-Lin Tung, Jessica Wright; music: Jlin; set design, video projections: Ben Cullen Williams; lighting design: Lucy Carter; costumes: Aitor Throup; dramaturgy: Uzma Hameed; premiere: 4 October 2017, Sadler’s Wells; duration: 80 min. (no intermission)
rehearsals director: Odette Hughes; technical director: Christopher Charles; technical manager: Ashley Bolitho; technician/relighter: Genevieve Giron; technician: Niamh Percy; light programmer: Jenny Kershaw; sound technician: Nick Sagar; video animation: Tom Scott; scientific research partners: Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, EMBL-European Bioinformatics Institute, Connecting Science – Wellcome Genome Campus Public Engagement, Wellcome Genome Campus Society and Ethics Research, University Medical Centre Utrecht
production: Studio Wayne McGregor; co-production: Sadler’s Wells (UK); Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg; Edinburgh International Festival (UK); Festspielhaus St Pölten (Austria); Carolina Performing Arts at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (USA); Movimentos Festwochen der Autostadt in Wolfsburg (Niemcy); commissioning partners: West Kowloon Cultural District (Hong Kong); Festival Diaghilev. P.S. (Rosja); Centro Cultural Vila Flor, Guimarăes (Portugalia); Seattle Theatre Group, (USA); Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance (UK).
Music: Jlin in co-operation with Unsound.
Special thanks to A.T. Studio.
“Wayne McGregor turns his life story into dance in a mesmerising, inimitable show based upon his own genetic code.”
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Luke Jennings, “Guardian”
Taniec ma wiele twarzy: może być wzruszający, zniewalający, zabawny – jednak rzadko się zdarza, aby przepełnił widownię dreszczem ekscytacji. „Autobiography” to spektakl, który zdecydowanie to potrafi.
Dance can be multifaceted: it can be touching, captivating, funny – but it is very rare for a dance performance to fill the audience with the thrill of excitement. Autobiography can definitely do that.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Kelly Apter, “The Scotsman”
„Autobiography” simply takes your breath away.
Elizabeth Zimmer, “Village Voice”
A fascinating combination of dance and science (…)
- Yellow Pencil for Stage Design: Ben Cullen Williams for Studio Wayne McGregor, D&AD Awards, 2018
- Best Contemporary Performance: Company Wayne McGregor, Danza&Danza Magazine Awards, Italy, 2018
- Gross Family Prize 2018, Wayne McGregor and Jlin in recognition of an outstanding new collaboration between dance and music, The Charles and Joan Gross Family Foundation
About Wayne McGregor & Company Wayne McGregor:
Wayne McGregor (b. 1970) – British contemporary dance choreographer and director. 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 is also the Artistic Director of Studio Wayne McGregor – the creative engine of his life-long choreographic enquiry into thinking through and with the body. It encompasses also creative collaborations across dance, film, music, visual art, technology and science; and highly specialized learning, engagement and research programmes.
Company Wayne McGregor, founded in 1993, is McGregor’s ensemble of highly skilled dancers, was the original instrument through which McGregor evolved his distinctive visual style, revealing the movement possibilities of the body in ever more precise degrees of articulation.
The work of the company encompasses touring, creative collaborations across dance, film, music, visual art, technology and science, and highly specialized education and research programmes on a world scale.
Since 2006 McGregor has been Resident Choreographer at The Royal Ballet, the first choreographer from a contemporary dance background to be invited into the role. McGregor is regularly commissioned to make new work by and has works in the repertories of the most important ballet companies in the world including Paris Opera Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Bayerisches Staatsballett Munich, New York City Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet, NDT1, Australian Ballet, San Francisco Ballet and the Royal Danish Ballet.
He is in demand as a choreographer for theatre (Old Vic, National Theatre, Royal Court), opera (La Scala/ROH Dido and Aeneas, Acis and Galatea), film (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Tarzan, Fantastic Beasts 1 & 2, Sing, Mary Queen of Scots), music videos (Radiohead, Atoms for Peace, The Chemical Brothers), fashion shows (Gareth Pugh at London Fashion Week 2017), and TV (Brit Awards opening performance 2015, 2016; Paloma Faith’s Brit Awards performance 2015), as well as open-air events (Big Dance Trafalgar Square, 2012).
Some of the long list of artists who have partnered with McGregor through more than twenty years of collaborative multi-disciplinary work include Max Richter, John Tavener, Audrey Niffenegger, Jamie xx, Olafur Eliasson, Kaija Saariaho, Lucy Carter, Ben Frost, Jlin, Thom Yorke, Mark Wallinger, Random International, Jon Hopkins, John Pawson and Mark-Anthony Turnage.
Wayne McGregor is Professor of Choreography at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and has an Honorary Doctor of Science from Plymouth University and an Honorary Doctor of Letters from the University of Leeds.
McGregor’s work has earned him a multitude of awards including four Critics’ Circle Awards, two Time Out Awards, two South Bank Show Awards, two Olivier Awards, a prix Benois de la Danse and two Golden Mask awards. In 2011 McGregor was awarded a CBE for Services to Dance.
McGregor has made over thirty works for the company and today it continues to be his laboratory for ambitious and experimental new choreography, touring his work across the UK and around the world. Company Wayne McGregor is Resident Company at Sadler’s Wells, London.
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