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Royal Ballet Resident Choreographer Wayne McGregor to open world-class studios in 2016

Studio Wayne McGregor will be part of a new educational and cultural hub in East London.

By Lottie Butler (Former Assistant Content Producer (News and Social Media))

27 February 2015 at 11.56am | Comment on this article

Royal Ballet Resident Choreographer Wayne McGregor will open a new world-class arts space in 2016 as part of the redevelopment of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford.

Wayne, who is also Artistic Director of Wayne McGregor | Random Dance, is currently creating his first full-length work for The Royal Ballet. Woolf Works, which will have its world premiere on 11 May, explores themes from the writings of Virginia Woolf, and features a specially-commissioned score by Max Richter.

Known for his collaborations across genres, he has worked with music artists including RadioHead, and as Movement Director on the Harry Potter films. Paloma Faith’s performance this week at the Brit Awards was choreographed by Wayne and featured dancers by Wayne McGregor | Random Dance.

Studio Wayne McGregor - which will comprise three extraordinary dance studios - will provide a base for Wayne and his company’s creative work, as well as providing a major new arts resource for communities in East London.

The Studio will follow a FreeSpace / Free2Create programme: artists will be able to access the world-class studios through FreeSpace, reserving blocks of studio time for research, creation and rehearsals, in exchange for contributing to Free2Create, working creatively with local schools and communities.

‘Studio Wayne McGregor will be a shared space for making, where artists can exchange knowledge and invent together’, says Wayne. ‘It will be a base from which we can work with local communities and young people to share experiences and nurture creativity.’

The studios will be built within Here East, formerly the International Press and Broadcast Centre of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Envisaged as a centre of innovation and enterprise, the Park will combine education, culture, business, technology and media. Other organizations involved include the Victoria and Albert Museum, Sadler's Wells Theatre and University College London. As the first cultural organization at Here East, Studio Wayne McGregor will be a trailblazer for the new development.

‘It is clear that dance, choreographic processes and creativity have a part to play in the fast-changing technological and digitally motivated landscape we find ourselves in, where thinking through and with our bodies challenges and re-calibrates what the artform can really achieve’, says Wayne. ‘This vision excites and motivates us, and we are ambitious for dance and adventurous for its wider application. Here East with its unique and diverse maker ecology, makes manifest this aspiration.’

Woolf Works runs from 11 to 26 May 2015. Booking opens for Friends of Covent Garden on 3 March 2015. General Booking opens on 31 March 2015.

The production is staged with generous philanthropic support from David Hancock, Randa Khoury, Linda and Philip Harley, Victoria Robey and an anonymous donor.

By Lottie Butler (Former Assistant Content Producer (News and Social Media))

27 February 2015 at 11.56am

This article has been categorised Off stage and tagged arts, culture, dance studio, Education, Free2Create, FreeSpace, Here East, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Random Dance, Stratford, studio, Studio Wayne McGregor, Wayne McGregor

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