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Wayne McGregor

Choreographer

Biography

Wayne McGregor in action.
Wayne McGregor in rehearsal for Raven Girl © ROH/Johan Persson, 2013

English choreographer Wayne McGregor was appointed Resident Choreographer of The Royal Ballet in 2006, becoming the first contemporary choreographer to hold the post. His many works for The Royal Ballet include Raven Girl (2013), Ambar (2012), ‘Machina’ (part of Metamorphosis: Titian 2012), Carbon Life (2012), Live Fire Exercise (2011), Limen (2009), Infra (2008), Nimbus (2007), Chroma (2006), Engram (2005), Qualia (2003) and Symbiont(s) (2001). He directed and choreographed Dido and Aeneas and Acis and Galatea (2009) for The Royal Ballet and The Royal Opera. He curated Deloitte Ignite 2008 and directs Draft Works, an annual celebration of developing choreographic talent within the Company.

McGregor was born in Stockport and studied at Bretton Hall, West Yorkshire, and the José Limón School, New York. In 1992 he founded Wayne McGregor | Random Dance, now a resident company of Sadler's Wells. His interest in cross-discipline collaboration has seen him work across dance, film, music, visual art, technology and science. McGregor has created works for Paris Opera Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Stuttgart Ballet, New York City Ballet, Australian Ballet, ENB, NDT1 and Rambert, among others. His works are also in the repertories of leading companies including the Bolshoi, Royal Danish Ballet, Boston Ballet and Joffrey Ballet. He has directed movement for theatre and film, including Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, and music videos, including the Grammy-nominated Lotus Flower for Radiohead.

In 2012 McGregordelivered a TED talk on the choreographic process and in 2014 presented the exhibition Thinking with the Body at the Wellcome Collection. He was appointed a CBE in 2011.

Videos

News and features

Wayne McGregor to join judging panel for BBC’s Young Dancer 2015 competition

Wayne McGregor to join judging panel for BBC’s Young Dancer 2015 competition

3 October 2014

Royal Ballet Resident Choreographer to join Tamara Rojo and Matthew Bourne on panel, with Carlos Acosta as contest ambassador.

World Ballet Day programme: What's in store during the day-long live-stream on 1 October 2014

World Ballet Day programme: What's in store during the day-long live-stream on 1 October 2014

24 September 2014

The Royal Ballet will join forces with four other world-class companies, offering glimpses into morning class and rehearsals, with exclusive interviews.

Ballet and myth: A fascination that goes back centuries

Ballet and myth: A fascination that goes back centuries

1 September 2014

How ancient mythological stories continue to inspire choreographers and dancers.

The Feeling’s Mutual: Why classical and electronic music aren’t the polar opposites you might expect

The Feeling’s Mutual: Why classical and electronic music aren’t the polar opposites you might expect

27 May 2014

Luca Francesconi's opera Quartett follows in the footsteps of Björk, Max Richter and Aphex Twin.

With a slip of the foot: How rehearsal mishaps and improvisation can leave a lasting legacy in ballet choreography

With a slip of the foot: How rehearsal mishaps and improvisation can leave a lasting legacy in ballet choreography

19 May 2014

George Balanchine isn't the only choreographer to be influenced by the environment of the rehearsal studio.

Watch: Tetractys - The Art of Fugue in rehearsal

Watch: Tetractys - The Art of Fugue in rehearsal

13 February 2014

Watch Wayne McGregor rehearse with Lauren Cuthbertson, Natalia Osipova, Eric Underwood and Edward Watson.

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