What We Learned at Speaking of Dance

A child of the ’70s, Wayne McGregor’s inspiration to become a dancer/choreographer came from the films of the day. Such high-brow offerings as Grease and Saturday Night Fever.

Wayne McGregor’s mum disputes this. She thinks putting him in English country dancing at age four may have had something to do with it.

His first proper job as resident choreographer? They would not let him teach classes, as they feared he was too “weird”.

Wayne McGregor was working on a piece with music by Sir John Taverner, who suffered from heart disease, so naturally, he had to observe open-heart surgery. He fainted.

He is absolutely serious and rigorous about the scientific and intellectual reasoning behind his choreographic process. (Watch this space for extensive notes to Entity.)

If you watch a series of excerpts of Wayne McGregor’s ballets, then watch the video for Radiohead’s  Lotus Flower, it is hilarious, terrifying, and awe-inspiring to observe just how his signature movement vocabulary is instantly recognizable. Go ahead! Try it:

Wayne McGregor has an island off the coast of Kenya where he goes for downtime. Of course, for him, downtime involves inviting lots of other artists an thinking about art.

Clearly, Wayne McGregor missed his calling as a supervillain. The world of dance is grateful.



~ by DanceHouse on February 2, 2012.

2 Responses to “What We Learned at Speaking of Dance”

  1. … and we learned even more at Dances for a Small Stage last night where Ballet BC Artistic Director Emily Molnar told the sold out audience about Wayne McGregor’s role as movement director for the film Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

    • Oh, oh, oh! And the kids he used in Harry Potter? His condition was that they be non-professional, untrained kids from the East End of London. So maybe he’s not a supervillain.

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