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 (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.
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Wayne McGregor embraces classical lyricism in the first movement of his ballet triptych inspired by the writings of Virginia Woolf.
What did you think of Wayne McGregor's new full-length piece for The Royal Ballet?
Writer Bonnie Greer chairs a discussion of Wayne’s new ballet, which is inspired by the writings of Virginia Woolf.
Wayne McGregor in rehearsals for Raven Girl
Wayne McGregor in rehearsal for Raven Girl
Wayne McGregor and Melissa Hamilton in rehearsals for Raven Girl
Sarah Lamb and Wayne McGregor in rehearsals for Raven Girl
Alessandra Ferri and Wayne McGregor in rehearsal for Woolf Works, The Royal Ballet
George Lamb, Judith Mackrell and Wayne McGregor at Royal Ballet Live
Executive and artistic staff of The Royal Ballet at the 2012/13 Season launch
Audrey Niffenegger and Wayne McGregor discussing Raven Girl
Wayne McGregor, Sarah Lamb and Thiago Soares in rehearsals for Raven Girl
Wayne McGregor in rehearsals
Executive and artistic staff of the Royal Opera House at the 2012/13 Season launch