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Audrey Niffenegger

Dramaturg

Biography

American visual artist and writer Audrey Niffenegger made her Royal Ballet debut in 2013 with Wayne McGregor’s Raven Girl, for which she wrote the original story. Niffenegger’s novella of Raven Girl was published in the UK by Jonathan Cape, illustrated by Niffenegger.

Niffenegger began making prints in 1978 with William Wimmer. She trained at the School of the Art Institute, Chicago and at Northwestern University. As an illustrator she makes drawings, prints, photographs and paintings for books that she writes, illustrates, prints and binds herself. Her artwork has been exhibited at Printworks Gallery, Chicago, and the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington D.C., and features in the collections of the Newberry Library, Chicago, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, the Houghton Library, Harvard, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Library of Congress, Northwestern Universty, and the Rijksmuseum Meermanno, the Hague. Her graphic novels include The Three Incestuous Sisters (2005), The Adventuress (2006) and The Night Bookmobile (2008). Her debut novel The Time Traveler’s Wife (2003) was a New York Times bestseller and received a 2005 British Book Award, and was adapted for cinema in 2009. Her second novel Her Fearful Symmetry (2009) was also an international bestseller.

Niffenegger is a founding member of the Columbia College Chicago Center for Book and Paper Arts. She was Professor of Creative Writing in Columbia College Chicago until 2015 and is a Distinguished Fellow of the Ragdale Foundation. She has also been a resident artist at the artists’ community Yaddo, New York.

Videos

News and features

Ballet Essentials: <em>Connectome</em> and <em>Raven Girl</em>

Ballet Essentials: Connectome and Raven Girl

21 September 2015

Our quick introduction to this double programme of ballets by Wayne McGregor and Alastair Marriott – one inspired by science, the other by literature.

The myths behind the ballets: A quick guide to Sampling the Myth

The myths behind the ballets: A quick guide to Sampling the Myth

28 August 2014

Dance has long been inspired by myths and folk tales, with Deloitte Ignite offering extracts of classics and new works on one bill.

Quit horsing around: The Royal Ballet in costume

Quit horsing around: The Royal Ballet in costume

12 December 2013

Choreographers and designers have had a field day animalizing their dancers. We share some of our favourite examples.

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