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Program

10 and 11 April - 20:00 h (Local Time)
Kraftwerk 
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Photo: Andrej Uspenski

COMPANY WAYNE MCGREGOR

10 & 11 April 2018, 20:00h, KraftWerk
Introduction with Bernd Kauffmann and Jürgen Wilcke on 10 April at 19:15h in the KraftWerk.

PROGRAMME

Autobiography (coproduction | German premiere)
Concept and direction: Wayne McGregor
Choreography: Wayne McGregor in collaboration with the dancers
Music: Jlin
Set design and visual concept: Ben Cullen Williams
Lighting design: Lucy Carter
Costume design: Aitor Throup
Dramaturgy: Uzma Hameed

Duration: approx. 80 minutes, without intermission
World premiere: 4 October 2017, London

A coproduction with the Movimentos Festival at the Autostadt in Wolfsburg; Studio Wayne McGregor; Sadler's Wells, London; Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg; Edinburgh International Festival; Festspielhaus St. Pölten; Carolina Performing Arts at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Co-commissioned by West Kowloon Cultural District, Hong Kong; Festival Diaghilev. P.S., St Petersburg; Centro Cultural Vila Flor, Guimarães; Seattle Theatre Group (music); Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, London.

The music by Jlin was created in cooperation with Unsound.

Autobiographies generally lay down a strictly linear narrative in order to reassure and stabilize – if not indeed construct – the self. But choreographer Wayne McGregor is interested rather in the present as a multiple variable, where each moment of decision opens the door to a different possible future. Together with the ten dancers of his company and drawing on his personal formative impressions and influences – seminal memories – he developed choreographic material and grouped it into 23 "books", or scenes. The result is a library of his life containing as many volumes as there are chromosome pairs in a human cell. McGregor sees the genome as the narrative of human life. Our DNA archives the heritage of our ancestors in every cell of the body – and contains a blueprint for the future, which evolves through the confluence of physical, environmental and cultural circumstances.

The choreography Autobiography uses an algorithm to reference the moment of chance in the development of an individual: Wayne McGregor had his genetic code sequenced and, based on this, the algorithm determines before each performance which part, in which order, of the 23 "volumes" or scenes from his "life library" will be performed. Just as DNA creates incredible complexity from pure simplicity, encoded with all possible combinations of the four bases A-T-C-G, Autobiography is constantly reinventing itself anew. The danced meanings and sensations vary according to the emerging combination of scenes, overlaying choreographic imprint over personal memoir and genetic code – as if alternate lives were being revealed.

COMPANY
Company Wayne McGregor is the natural instrument for the realization of the choreographic visions of its founder. Since 1992, the ensemble – formerly under the name Wayne McGregor | Random Dance – has been exploring the many different ways in which the human body can move and articulate itself. A distinctive style emerged, combining physically demanding choreographies, a breathtaking dance vocabulary and powerful images. The company has now developed more than 30 choreographies in cooperation with scientists, composers and visual artists. As the most innovative representative of contemporary dance in the UK, the ensemble was resident company in 2001 at Sadler's Wells Theatre in London.

Today, the company is at the heart of the Wayne McGregor studio in London, which opened in 2017. The studio is a laboratory for research and development where dancers, authors, composers, software programmers and scientists work side by side. Their subject: the human body, its movements, biomechanics, genetics and neurobiological aspects, all the way to artificial intelligence. This gives rise to remarkable interconnections between dance, visual arts, film, music, technology and science.

The Wayne McGregor Company – under its old name Wayne McGregor I Random Dance – performed the choreography Entity at the Movimentos Festival in 2008, Dyad 1909 (in the programme In the Spirit of Diaghilev presented by Sadler's Wells, London) in 2010 and Atomos in 2014.

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR AND CHOREOGRAPHER
British choreographer Wayne McGregor is known for his groundbreaking choreographies exploring the way the body moves in time and space. McGregor, who studied semiotics as well as dance, is not only inspired by the latest research in the fields of technology, genetics and neuroscience – he is actively involved in these disciplines. This follows not least from his notion of dance as both a physical and a mental act, a kind of physical thinking.

It is here, at the intersection of science and the arts, that he develops complex choreographies for his own company and for renowned dance companies around the world as well as for musicals and film productions. He has been resident choreographer at the London Royal Ballet since 2006 – the first contemporary choreographer ever appointed to this position. He is Professor of Choreography at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and holds an honorary Doctor of Science degree from Plymouth University.

McGregor's numerous distinctions include the Movimentos Dance Award, which he received in 2009 for Entity in the Best Choreography category.