Wayne McGregor | Random Dance

Friday, February 26, 2010

Set to a torrent of sound by Massive Attack and Coldplay collaborator Jon Hopkins and composer Joby Talbot (The Divine Comedy, White Stripes), Wayne McGregor's ENTITY is a work of exacting and sensual movement for nine dancers, framed by multiple moving screens. Ongoing collaborations with research scientists in neurology and psychology informed the creation of this stunning performance, which interrogates the relation of the working mind and the dancing body.With its fierce kinetic intelligence, large-scale video projections, and propulsive music, ENTITY further establishes Wayne McGregor | Random Dance at the forefront of contemporary dance.

Wayne McGregor | Random Dance will be performing ENTITY at the end of a two-week residency at EMPAC, during which they will investigate tools, ideas, and visual design concepts for their current work-in-progress, the sequel to ENTITY. Panel discussions and talks by leading collaborators, research partners, and Artistic Director Wayne McGregor will take place throughout the residency period.

ENTITY features set design by Patrick Burnier with film/video by Ravi Deepres, and lighting by Lucy Carter.

Hélène Lesterlin

Wayne McGregor | Random Dance, founded in 1992, is the instrument upon which McGregor evolved his drastically fast and articulate choreographic style. The company has become a byword for its radical approach to new technology, incorporating animation, digital film, 3D architecture, electronic sound, and virtual dancers into its live choreography. Collaborations with leading multi-disciplinary artists have enriched the company's futurist aesthetic and dramatically enlarged the possibilities of dance. In 2002, Wayne McGregor | Random Dance became Resident Company at Sadler's Wells.

Technology has also been crucial to WM|RD's aim of delivering dance to the public in new ways. Among the company's groundbreaking projects have been webcasting live performances and exploring broadband (ATM) bi-directional performance wherein two companies perform simultaneously in different parts of the world. It has also incorporated technology into its outreach work, which is high on the creative agenda.

In 2003, McGregor was appointed Artist-in-Residence at the Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Cambridge. From this unique position, and aided by a select group of scientists, he conducted the background research into the relationship between dance and the mind that resulted in the performances AtaXia (2004), Amu (2005), and Entity (2008) . These art and science collaborations are now consolidated under R-Research.

Wayne McGregor is a multi award-winning British choreographer, renowned for his physically testing choreography and ground-breaking collaborations across dance, film, music, visual art, technology and science. He is the Artistic Director of Wayne McGregor | Random Dance, Resident Company at Sadler's Wells Theater in London; Resident Choreographer of The Royal Ballet, and the first Youth Dance Champion of the United Kingdom. McGregor is also a frequent creator of new work for La Scala, Milan, Paris Opera Ballet, Nederlands Dans Theater, San Francisco Ballet, Stuttgart Ballet and English National Ballet. His honors include two Laurence Olivier Awards, an International Theater Institute award, and the Prix Benois de la Danse, Moscow. In 2009 Ballet Tanz named McGregor Choreographer of the Year.

February 26, 2010, 8PM
February 27, 2010, 8PM

ENTITY: Concept, Direction & Choreography: Wayne McGregor. Music: Joby Talbot & Jon Hopkins. Set & Costume Design: Patrick Burnier. Lighting Design: Lucy Carter. Video Design: Ravi Deepres

Co-commissioned by: Het Muziektheater, (Amsterdam); Sadler's Wells, (London); Biennale de la Danse (Lyon); DanceEast (Ipswich) and Swindon Dance / Bath University ICIA / Wyvern (HST) (Swindon/Bath) and supported by The Linbury Biennial Prize for Stage Design, The Estate of Sir John Drummond, The Quercus Trust, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, University of California San Diego and PRSFoundation for new music.


“A terrific work… a great sexy beast of a piece – it's like being licked by a panther's juicy, rasping tongue while you're revising maths.”
The Sunday Times

“There is no other dance vocabulary like this… its riches of invention will hold you riveted."
The Guardian

“Wayne McGregor is doing some of the most exciting work in ballet on the planet."
The New York Times

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