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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 Multiverse, Obsidian Tear, Woolf Works, 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 Studio Wayne McGregor, a resident company of Sadler’s Wells and now based in Here East in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. 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, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and Sing, and music videos, including the Grammy-nominated Lotus Flower for Radiohead.

In 2012 McGregor delivered a TED talk on the choreographic process and in 2013 presented the exhibition Thinking with the Body at the Wellcome Collection. He was appointed a CBE in 2011.

Videos

News and features

Ballet Essentials: Woolf Works

Ballet Essentials: Woolf Works

12 November 2016

Our quick guide to Wayne McGregor's first full-length ballet for The Royal Ballet, inspired by the writings of Virginia Woolf.

<em>Woolf Works</em> Dance Highlight: <em>Pas de deux</em> of reminiscence in ‘I Now, I Then’

Woolf Works Dance Highlight: Pas de deux of reminiscence in ‘I Now, I Then’

10 November 2016

Wayne McGregor embraces classical lyricism in the first movement of his ballet triptych inspired by the writings of Virginia Woolf.

‘A rare and incredible gift’ – Young choreographers on being mentored by Wayne McGregor

‘A rare and incredible gift’ – Young choreographers on being mentored by Wayne McGregor

10 November 2016

Four up-and-coming artists speak about McGregor’s championing of the next generation of dancemakers.

Photos

Wayne McGregor, Tristan Dyer and Edward Watson in rehearsal for Woolf Works, The Royal Ballet

Wayne McGregor in rehearsal for Obsidian Tear, The Royal Ballet

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

Wayne McGregor

Alessandra Ferri and Wayne McGregor in rehearsal for Woolf Works, The Royal Ballet

Wayne McGregor, Edward Watson, Calvin Richardson and Matthew Ball in rehearsal for Obsidian Tea, The Royal Ballet

Wayne McGregor, Edward Watson, Matthew Ball and Calvin Richardson in rehearsal for Obsidian Tear, The Royal Ballet

Calvin Richardson, Edward Watson and Wayne McGregor in rehearsal for Obsidian Tear, The Royal Ballet

Calvin Richardson, Edward Watson, Matthew Ball and Wayne McGregor in rehearsal for Obsidian Tear, The Royal Ballet

Calvin Richardson, Edward Watson, Wayne McGregor and Matthew Ball in rehearsal for Obsidian Tear, The Royal Ballet

Wayne McGregor in rehearsal for Obsidian Tear, The Royal Ballet

Wayne McGregor and dancers of The Royal Ballet in rehearsal for Obsidian Tear, The Royal Ballet

Lukas Bjørneboe Brændsrød, Matthew Ball, Edward Watson, Calvin Richardson and Wayne McGregor in rehearsal for Obsidian Tear, The Royal Ballet

Wayne McGregor, Akane Takada and Federico Bonelli in rehearsal for Tetractys, The Royal Ballet

Wayne McGregor

Executive and artistic staff of The Royal Ballet at the 2012/13 Season launch

Audrey Niffenegger and Wayne McGregor discussing Raven Girl

George Lamb, Judith Mackrell and Wayne McGregor at Royal Ballet Live

Edward Watson, Calvin Richardson and Wayne McGregor in rehearsal for Obsidian Tear, The Royal Ballet

Wayne McGregor, Calvin Richardson, Matthew Ball and Edward Watson in rehearsal for Obsidian Tear, The Royal Ballet

Wayne McGregor and Melissa Hamilton in rehearsals for Raven Girl

Sarah Lamb and Wayne McGregor in rehearsals for Raven Girl

Lukas Bjørneboe Brændsrød, Nicol Edmonds, Calvin Richardson, Wayne McGregor, Edward Watson and Matthew Ball in rehearsal for Obsidian Tear, The Royal Ballet

Wayne McGregor, Calvin Richardson, Matthew Ball, Edward Watson and Lukas Bjørneboe Brændsrød in rehearsal for Obsidian Tear, The Royal Ballet

Edward Watson, Lukas Bjørneboe Brændsrød and Wayne McGregor in rehearsal for Obsidian Tear, The Royal Ballet

Calvin Richardson, Wayne McGregor and Matthew Ball in rehearsal for Obsidian Tear, The Royal Ballet

Wayne McGregor and Koen Kessels in rehearsal for Woolf Works, The Royal Ballet

Wayne McGregor in rehearsals for Raven Girl

Wayne McGregor in rehearsal for Raven Girl