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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 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 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, 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.

Videos

News and features

Promotions and joiners at The Royal Ballet for 2016/17

Promotions and joiners at The Royal Ballet for 2016/17

10 June 2016

Promotions and joiners have been announced for The Royal Ballet's 2016/17 Season.

Listen: ‘Ballet is a form which is always looking for new adventures’ – Wayne McGregor on working with The Royal Ballet

Listen: ‘Ballet is a form which is always looking for new adventures’ – Wayne McGregor on working with The Royal Ballet

10 June 2016

The Company’s Resident Choreographer talks about the modern dancer and confounding expectations.

Watch: What it's like being a Young Choreographer with The Royal Ballet

Watch: What it's like being a Young Choreographer with The Royal Ballet

26 May 2016

Charlotte Edmonds talks about the power of dance, working with Wayne McGregor and a changing landscape for choreographers.

Photos

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 rehearsal for Raven Girl

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

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

Wayne McGregor, Sarah Lamb and Thiago Soares in rehearsals for Raven Girl

Wayne McGregor in rehearsals

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

Executive and artistic staff of the Royal Opera House at the 2012/13 Season launch

Wayne McGregor