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Wayne McGregor on Desert Island Discs: Dance is as important as maths

The Royal Ballet's celebrated choreographer chooses his music, book and luxury item on the iconic BBC Radio 4 programme.

By Mel Spencer (Senior Editor (Social Media))

30 January 2017 at 10.52am | Comment on this article

Wayne McGregor, The Royal Ballet's Resident Choreographer, spoke to Kirsty Young on BBC Radio 4's Desert Island Discs earlier this month.

First broadcast 70 years ago this month, the programme asks guests to choose the eight records they would take with them to a desert island, along with one luxury item and one book. Castaways are also given the Bible and complete works of Shakespeare.

MozartVerdi and Puccini are among the most-requested 'artists' on the programme, but McGregor's choices, listed below, are somewhat more eclectic.

As well as sharing his thoughts on Strictly Come Dancing and John Travolta, McGregor explained why he was campaigning for more money for arts education in schools.

'We've always done ourselves a bit of a disservice in the arts to say that arts is supplementary to maths and English, and I think it's really important that actually dance is as important,' he says.

'One of the reasons that some people go to school is actually to have experiences in drama, or experiences in dance. But also that knowledge transfer, the brilliant things that dance has to offer education generally; your physical education, yes, but also your mental, creative, innovation education.'

Wayne McGregor's Desert Island Discs

  • Jim Reeves
    Have I Told You Lately That I Love You
  • Steve Reich
    Electric Counterpoint, III. Fast
    Performer: Jonny Greenwood
  • Jlin
    Unknown Tongues
  • Book: Diderot’s Encyclopedia
  • Luxury item: Tatsuo Miyajima’s digital art work, Life

Listen to the full interview with Wayne McGregor on the BBC Radio 4 website

The Royal Opera House and the BBC are partners.

By Mel Spencer (Senior Editor (Social Media))

30 January 2017 at 10.52am

This article has been categorised Ballet and tagged Arts Education, BBC, Desert Island Discs, Music, Wayne McGregor

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