WORLD PREMIERE – Company Wayne McGregor
Sadler’s Wells, EC1R
Wednesday 4 – Saturday 7 October 2017
Performances: Wed – Sat at 7:30pm
Tickets: £12 – £32
Ticket Office: 020 7863 8000 or www.sadlerswells.com
“Extraordinary. Sometimes, five stars is not enough” The Independent on Tree of Codes
Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist Wayne McGregor is a multi-award winning British choreographer and director, internationally renowned for trailblazing innovations in performance that have radically redefined dance in the modern era.
The visionary contemporary choreographer leads his own Sadler’s Wells Resident Company, Company Wayne McGregor onto new radical and challenging innovations with the world premiere of Autobiography at Sadler’s Wells from 4 – 7 October 2017 prior to commencing a UK and world tour.
In this highly personal work McGregor embarks on his boldest and most intimate collaboration to date. Autobiography has genetic sequencing at the heart of its choreographic research, as McGregor allows world-leading geneticists to sequence his entire genome. His personal biological archaeology laid bare will dramatically alter McGregor’s viewpoint on his own life-story, tracing patterns back into the ancestral past of our species and illuminating what creates our individuality. Combining memoir, documentary, and a re-processing of nature’s code through an act of human imagination, the work charts McGregor’s adventure into his autobiography, and asks how to understand a life.
Autobiography marks the first piece McGregor creates in his own world class arts space, Studio Wayne McGregor which opened in March 2017. The first and so far only arts organisation on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, it is located in the heart of technology and media centre Here East. This creative space embodies McGregor’s life-long interest in and collaboration with science and technology research, and will be his centre for experimental creative projects in biology and genetics, AI, VR and new technologies.
For Autobiography, McGregor’s creative team includes set design by Hackney-based artist and designer Ben Cullen Williams whose clients include Calvin Klein, Erdem and The Serpentine Gallery. Music is by electronic musician Jlin, a former steel mill worker from Gary, Indiana, credited with bringing a unique sound to the Chicago-born footwork genre. She began producing music in 2008, and her track Erotic Heat featured on the 2011 Planet Mu compilation Bangs and Works Vol. 2. The song was later used to accompany a 2014 Rick Owens fashion show, and her debut album, Dark Energy, was released in 2015 to critical acclaim. Her long-awaited second album was released in May 2017. Lighting is by long-standing collaborator and award-winning lighting designer Lucy Carter. She won the Knight of Illumination Award for Dance for Chroma (2008) and Woolf Works (2015), McGregor’s works for The Royal Ballet, where he serves as Resident Choreographer. Most recently Carter designed the lighting for McGregor’s immersive art installation and dance performances +/- Human at the Roundhouse. Costumes have been created by artist and designer Aitor Throup, renowned for his work exploring the human anatomy through rich conceptual narratives. His debut runway show in 2016 for his own clothing label New Object Research received critical acclaim for breaking the boundaries of the standard catwalk format featuring life-size articulated puppets instead of models. In addition to running his own multi-disciplinary design house A.T. Studio, Throup is the executive creative director of G-Star RAW.
Beyond the dance stage, McGregor has been in demand as a choreographer for theatre, opera, TV and film including Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, The Legend of Tarzan, Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, Sing, music videos (Radiohead, Atoms for Peace, The Chemical Brothers) campaigns (Selfridges, Boots No.7), fashion shows (Gareth Pugh, New York Fashion Week 2014) TV (Brit Awards opening sequence 2016, Paloma Faith performance 2015) and site-specific performances (Big Dance, Trafalgar Square 2012). In over 20 years of collaborative multi-disciplinary works he has partnered with artists such as John Tavener, Audrey Niffenegger, Jamie xx, Max Richter, Olafur Eliasson, Thom Yorke, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Jon Hopkins, John Pawson and Mark-Anthony Turnage. In August 2017, McGregor curated the 2017 Bloomberg Summer at the Roundhouse, +/- Human, a unique immersive art installation by Random International with dance performed by Company Wayne McGregor and dancers from The Royal Ballet.
Wayne McGregor is a Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist
Company Wayne McGregor is a Sadler’s Wells Resident Company
Autobiography is a Sadler’s Wells co-production
Supported by The Monument Trust
Studio Wayne McGregor is partnering with Wellcome Genomics Campus, Wellcome Sanger Institute and the European Bioinformatics Institute for Autobiography. Wellcome Genomics Campus is the largest hub for genomics research, bioinformatics, and associated commercial and engagement activities, in the world.
Co-produced by Studio Wayne McGregor; Sadler’s Wells, London, UK; Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg; Edinburgh International Festival, UK; Festspielhaus St Pölten, Austria.
Co-commissioned by West Kowloon Cultural District, Hong Kong; Festival Diaghilev. P.S., St Petersburg, Russia; Centro Cultural Vila Flor, Guimarães, Portugal; Seattle Theatre Group, USA (music); Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, London, UK.
Music by Jlin in partnership with UnSound.
Press night: Wednesday 4 October at 7:30pm