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Wayne McGregor



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 Woolf Works (for which he also designed the third movement, ‘The Waves’), Tetractys, Raven Girl, Ambar, ‘Machina’ (Metamorphosis: Titian 2012), Carbon Life, Live Fire Exercise, Limen, Infra, Nimbus, Chroma, Engram, Qualia and Symbiont(s). He directed and choreographed Dido and Aeneas and Acis and Galatea 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, English National Ballet, NDT1 and Rambert, among others. His works are also in the repertories of such leading companies as 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 McGregor delivered 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.


News and features

Watch: World Ballet Day 2015 on demand

Watch: World Ballet Day 2015 on demand

2 October 2015

Five hours of rehearsals, interviews and behind the scenes insights from The Royal Ballet.

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.

Wayne McGregor launches London Curriculum dance module to get the capital dancing

Wayne McGregor launches London Curriculum dance module to get the capital dancing

10 July 2015

The choreographer backs new module as part of wider curriculum for London schools.