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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 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.

Videos

News and features

<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’

26 May 2015

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

Your Reaction: <em>Woolf Works</em> 2015

Your Reaction: Woolf Works 2015

12 May 2015

What did you think of Wayne McGregor's new full-length piece for The Royal Ballet?

Watch: Choreographer Wayne McGregor, dramaturg Uzma Hameed and Royal Ballet dancers on <em>Woolf Works</em>

Watch: Choreographer Wayne McGregor, dramaturg Uzma Hameed and Royal Ballet dancers on Woolf Works

8 May 2015

Writer Bonnie Greer chairs a discussion of Wayne’s new ballet, which is inspired by the writings of Virginia Woolf.

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