Royal Ballet choreographer, Wayne McGregor, will present in Ukraine a sensational ballet on the verge of technology and science
The iconic ballet company from the UK. For the first time in Ukraine. On March 29 and 30, British choreographer Wayne McGregor will present one of his best creations at the Moscow Center for Contemporary Arts October
“Wayne McGregor transforms his life story into a dance. In a bewitching, unique show based on the author’s genetic code ”- The Guardian
Is a person able to tell another story of his own life? For 25 years of continuous creativity, the British choreographer and director Wayne McGregor has been exploring life and the possibilities of spatial movement through bodily reflection.
Thanks to the innovative approach, the intellectual dancer radically changed the face of modern dance and thereby earned it earned international recognition. In 2006, he became a guest choreographer-resident of the Royal Ballet Covent Garden and the first follower of contemporary among all who have ever headed this post. McGregor choreography for the world's leading ballet companies - Paris Opera, NDT, New York City Ballet, La Scala, The Bolshoi Theater. He experiments with the interweaving of genres and the study of new territories - from productions for drama theater, opera and cinema (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Fantastic Beasts and Where They Live, Tarzan. Legend) to video clips (Radiohead, Thom Yorke, The Chemical Brothers) and mod weeks. In 2011, McGregor became a holder of the Order of the British Empire for his merits in the field of dance.
In 2017, the ballet performance “Autobiography” appeared in the dancer’s achievements - an abstract reflection on life and work outside of time. And, perhaps, the most intimate among all the existing works of McGregor. The choreographer's focus is on the body, which acts as an archive created from choreographic portraits firmly tied together by scientific decoding of the author’s own genome.
Through a natural code, memoirs and personal memories, McGregor translates choreographic thought into physical space. The dancers interpret the author’s appearance and corporate body language, building each movement on the border of broken sharp corners and incorporeal fluidity, as well as inheriting the ability to transform them at maximum speed.
To the extent that the choreographer’s passion for the movement and technical capabilities of the body intensified, McGregor began to increasingly involve representatives of various artistic and scientific fields in an experimental dialogue - thus studying all kinds of processes of cognition and interpretation of creativity. So for the first time in the history of world choreography, among the co-authors of the play are the leading genetics of the world, who deciphered the complete sequence of the McGregor genome.
The scientific component resonates with many creative elements. The author of the music was electronic musician Jlin (Jaylene). Once a worker at a steel plant, now referred to as the Resident Advisor and Rolling Stone (“America's Most Discussed Young Electronic Musician”), she found her vocation in her work by rethinking the genre of footwork. The artist’s debut album “Dark Energy” (2015) not only stepped over its close stylistic framework, but also created a radically new direction within the genre. Jlin's music is similar to sound architecture, dedicated to cognition of rhythm and its many interpretations. A signature sound borders on feelings of euphoria and crushing rage.
The ballet "Autobiography" is constantly updated; the order of the dance numbers is algorithmically assembled from 23 choreographic episodes, which are uniquely revealed at each performance.