Company Wayne McGregor | Feb 27, 2019 | Wed 7:30pm | Touhill Performing Arts Center
Dance St. Louis presents the very best of London dance—the prestigious British dance company Company Wayne McGregor—for one night only
Founded in 1993 by multi-award-winning British choreographer/director Wayne McGregor, Company Wayne McGregor is lauded for its “signature elasticity” (The New York Times), hyper-flexibility, glorious execution and extreme athleticism.
The London-based company is composed of 10 highly skilled international dancers who tour across the UK and the world performing McGregor’s distinctive, masterful works.
Dance St. Louis’ presentation of Company Wayne McGregor marks its Midwest premiere.
Tickets are $69, $55, $45, $35, and currently on sale through the Box Office at the Touhill Performing Arts Center.
Autobiography is one of McGregor’s latest works. Inspired by his DNA, McGregor fuses science and the human form to create a cycle of 23 choreographic portraits informed by the sequencing of his own genome. Before each performance a computer algorithm selects from and determines the order of the 23 sections, making each performance different and as unique as DNA itself.
Autobiography is multilayered, mysteriously beautiful, and showcases technical sophistication. It features an original electronic score by former Indiana steel mill worker turned critically acclaimed electronic musician Jlin, noted as one of the most prominent female producers of the current generation. It also features a sharp, dramatic set design and large-scale projections by Ben Cullen Williams, which includes a metal grid that hangs and moves above the dancers; powerful lighting synced to Jlin’s electronic score by award-winning designer Lucy Carter; costume design by Aitor Throup; and dramaturgy by writer Uzma Hameed. The Autobiography algorithm, which determines the performance order, was developed in collaboration with Nick Rothwell.
The Guardian gives Autobiography five stars, calling it a “mesmerising, inimitable show” and “miracles of poise and expertise.” “A hyper-flexible tribe, able to stretch splay and bend every which way,” says The New York Times. “The conviction and grace of the performers made the movement (and the piece, as a whole) intriguing,” said dance critic Alison Roberts-Tse.
Photos by Andrej Uspenski
Wayne McGregor and Company Wayne McGregor
Wayne McGregor is internationally renowned for trailblazing innovations in performance that have radically redefined dance in the modern era. For the past 25 years, he has been at the cutting edge of contemporary arts with an extensive portfolio of multi-disciplinary works and creative collaborations across dance, film, music, visual art, technology and science.
McGregor is in high demand for choreographing for some of the most important ballet companies in the world (Paris Opera Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet), film (Mary Queen of Scots, Sing, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Tarzan, Fantastic Beasts 1 &2), theatre (Old Vic, National Theatre, Royal Court), music videos (Radiohead, The Chemical Brothers) as well as opera, fashion shows, advertising campaigns and TV.
In 2012 McGregor delivered a TED talk on the choreographic process and how choreography is about thinking with the body. McGregor’s work has earned him a multitude of awards. In 2011 he was awarded a CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) for Services to Dance.
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. He has made 16 works for The Royal Ballet, and his productions are acclaimed for their daring reconfiguring of classical language, such as “Chroma” (2006) set to music by The White Stripes and winner of the Olivier Award for Best New Dance Production.
Company Wayne McGregor is McGregor’s ensemble of world-class dancers. It was the original instrument through which he evolved his distinctive visual style, and remains his laboratory for ambitious and experimental new choreography. He has made more than 30 works for the company. Company Wayne McGregor celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2018.
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