Wayne McGregor, CBE (born 12 March 1970) is a multi award-winning British choreographer and director, internationally renowned for trailblazing innovations in performance that have radically redefined dance in the modern era. Driven by an insatiable curiosity about movement and its creative potentials, his experiments have led him into collaborative dialogue with an array of artistic forms, scientific disciplines, and technological interventions. The startling and multi-dimensional works resulting from these interactions have ensured McGregor's position at the cutting edge of contemporary arts for over twenty-five years. He is the Artistic Director of Studio Wayne McGregor and Resident Choreographer of The Royal Ballet. McGregor was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) 2011 for Services to Dance.
|Born||12 March 1970 (age 49)|
Founded in 1993 (formerly known as Random Dance Company and Wayne McGregor | Random Dance), Studio Wayne McGregor encompasses McGregor's touring company of dancers, Company Wayne McGregor, which is also Resident Company at Sadler's Wells in London, and all of McGregor's creative work in dance, film, theatre, opera, fashion, technology, and TV. Studio Wayne McGregor also leads extensive learning and engagement projects nationally and internationally, artist development initiatives, and research and development work with science and technology partners. Significant large-scale engagement projects include 'Big Dance' in Trafalgar Square as part of the 2012 London Olympics, and 'LightLens' for Aarhus European City of Culture in 2017. Studio Wayne McGregor's building opened at Here East on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in March 2017.
McGregor has made over 30 works for Company Wayne McGregor (celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2018), and over 15 works for The Royal Ballet. He also regularly creates new work for international companies including La Scala Theatre Ballet, Paris Opera Ballet, NDT1, Bayerisches Staatsballett Munich, American Ballet Theatre, San Francisco Ballet, Stuttgart Ballet, New York City Ballet, The Australian Ballet and the English National Ballet. McGregor also has works in the repertories of companies including Paris Opera Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet, Mariinsky Ballet, and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.
Notable works include Autobiography, Tree of Codes, Atomos, FAR, UNDANCE, Entity, (Company Wayne McGregor); Yugen, Multiverse, Obsidian Tear, Woolf Works, Raven Girl, Carbon Life, Tetractys: The Art of Fugue, Infra, Limen, Chroma, Qualia (The Royal Ballet); +/- Human (Company Wayne McGregor, The Royal Ballet, Random International); AfteRite (American Ballet Theatre); Sunyata (Bayerisches Staatsballett Munich); Alea Sands, Genus (Paris Opera Ballet); Kairos (Ballett Zurich); Borderlands (San Francisco Ballet); Outlier (New York City Ballet); Skindex, Renature (NDT1), Eden | Eden (Stuttgart Ballet), PreSentient (Rambert).
He has worked on numerous feature films, music videos, in fashion and TV, including Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Movement Director), The Legend of Tarzan (Movement Director), Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (Movement Coach), Sing (Choreographer), Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (Choreographer), and Mary Queen of Scots (Choreographer and Movement Coach), Radiohead "Lotus Flower", Atoms for Peace "Ingenue", The Chemical Brothers featuring Beck "Wide Open" (Choreographer), ITV Brit Awards Paloma Faith performance 2015 and 2016 opening sequence, London and New York Fashion weeks with Gareth Pugh.
Collaboration is at the heart of McGregor's work, and he has created work with composers (Jlin, John Tavener, Mark-Anthony Turnage, Kaija Saariaho, Jon Hopkins, Max Richter, Joby Talbot/The White Stripes, Rokia Traore, Steve Reich, Jamie xx, Scanner), visual artists and designers (Lucy Carter, Edmund de Waal, Random International, Olafur Eliasson, Ben Cullen Williams, Mark Wallinger, Vicki Mortimer, Aitor Throup, Shirin Guild) filmmakers (Ravi Deepres, Ruth Hogben) and architects (We Not I, John Pawson), writers (Audrey Niffenegger, Uzma Hameed).
Designed by architects We Not I, Studio Wayne McGregor's creative arts space for making, contains three large dance studios, meeting and collaboration spaces. It also features artwork installations by Tatsuo Miyajima and Haroon Mirza on loan from the Lisson Gallery in London, original artworks by We Not I based on Josef Albers' 'Structural Constellations' and 'Homages to the Square', and Anni Albers' Study for 'Camino Real', with permission from The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation.
Wayne McGregor is internationally renowned for trailblazing innovations in performance that have radically redefined dance in the modern era. Driven by an insatiable curiosity about movement and its creative potentials, his experiments have led him into collaborative dialogue with an array of artistic forms, scientific disciplines, and technological interventions. The startling and multi-dimensional works resulting from these interactions have ensured McGregor's position at the cutting edge of contemporary arts for over twenty-five years.
McGregor was born in Stockport, England, in 1970. He studied dance at Bretton Hall College of the University of Leeds and at the José Limon School in New York. In 1992 he was appointed Choreographer-in-Residence at The Place, London, and in the same year he founded his own company, Random Dance (now Company Wayne McGregor). Company Wayne McGregor was invited to be the first Resident Company at the new Sadler's Wells in 2002. Appointed in 2006, McGregor is the first Resident Choreographer of The Royal Ballet from a contemporary dance background. McGregor is Professor of Choreography at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and holds an Honorary Doctor of Science degree from Plymouth University and an Honorary Doctor of Letters from University of Leeds. He is part of the Circle of Cultural Fellows at King's College London. In 2017 he was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the British Science Association. McGregor topped the list for dance in The Progress 1000 celebration of London's most influential people in 2018.
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|2018||Critics' Circle National Dance Award||Best classical choreography||Yugen (The Royal Ballet, Wayne McGregor)||Nominated|
|2018||The Progress 1000, Evening Standard||Most Influential Person in Dance (London)||Wayne McGregor||Won|
|2018||The Charles and Joan Gross Family Foundation||Gross Family Prize||Autobiography, Wayne McGregor and Jlin (Company Wayne McGregor)||Won|
|2018||D&AD Awards||Yellow Pencil Spatial Design / Set & Stage Design||Autobiography (Ben Cullen Williams, Studio Wayne McGregor)||Won|
|2018||Olivier Awards||Best New Dance Production||Tree of Codes (Wayne McGregor, Olafur Eliasson, Jamie xx for Company Wayne McGregor and Paris Opera Ballet at Sadler's Wells)||Nominated|
|2018||Danza&Danza Awards||Best Contemporary Dance Performance||Autobiography (Company Wayne McGregor)||Won|
|2018||Helpmann Awards||Best Choreography in a Ballet, Dance or Physical Theatre Production||Woolf Works (The Royal Ballet, Wayne McGregor)||Nominated|
|2018||Helpmann Awards||Best Original Score||Woolf Works (The Royal Ballet, Max Richter)||Nominated|
|2018||Helpmann Awards||Best Ballet||Woolf Works (The Royal Ballet, Queensland Performing Arts Centre)||Nominated|
|2018||Helpmann Awards||Best Female Dancer in a Ballet, Dance or Physical Theatre Production||Infra (Vivienne Wong, The Australian Ballet)||Nominated|
|2016||Olivier Awards||Best New Dance Production||Woolf Works (The Royal Ballet, Wayne McGregor)||Won|
|2016||Olivier Awards||Outstanding Achievement in Dance||Woolf Works (Alessandra Ferri, The Royal Ballet)||Won|
|2016||UK Music Video Awards||Best Dance Video||Wide Open (The Chemical Brothers feat. Beck, choreography by Wayne McGregor)||Won|
|2016||Critics' Circle National Dance Award||Best classical choreography||Woolf Works (The Royal Ballet)||Won|
|2015||Manchester Theatre Awards||Best Design||Tree of Codes (Wayne McGregor, Olafur Eliasson, Jamie xx for Company Wayne McGregor and Paris Opera Ballet)||Won|
|2015||Manchester Theatre Awards||Robert Robson Award for Dance||Tree of Codes (Wayne McGregor, Olafur Eliasson, Jamie xx for Company Wayne McGregor and Paris Opera Ballet)||Nominated|
|2015||Sense Awards||Arts Partnership of the Year||Sense Creative Learning Project (Studio Wayne McGregor)||Won|
|2015||Positano Premia la Danza||Leonide Massine Award||Woolf Works (The Royal Ballet)||Won|
|2014||Evening Standard Power 1000 (Most Influential Londoners)||The Arts - Dance||Wayne McGregor||Won|
|2014||Helpmann Award||Best Ballet or Dance Work||Chroma (The Royal Ballet)||Won|
|2014||Dance Magazine Awards||Wayne McGregor||Won|
|2014||Sunday Times||Makers of the 21st Century||Wayne McGregor||Won|
|2014||D&AD Awards||Yellow Pencil for Integrated Graphics||Mind and Movement (Magpie Studio)||Won|
|2014||The One Club Design Awards||Bronze Pencil||Mind and Movement (Magpie Studio)||Won|
|2014||Design Week Awards||Print Communications||Mind and Movement (Magpie Studio)||Won|
|2014||Creative Review Annual||Feature||Mind and Movement (Magpie Studio)||Won|
|2014||Clio Award||Corporate Identity||Mind and Movement (Magpie Studio)||Nominated|
|2014||Taglioni European Ballet Award||Best Production||Raven Girl (The Royal Ballet)||Nominated|
|2013||Huading Award, China||Global Best Dance Actor||Wayne McGregor||Nominated|
|2013||Sky Arts South Bank Show Award||Best Choreography||Atomos (Company Wayne McGregor)||Nominated|
|2013||Evening Standard 1000 Most Influential Londoners||The Arts - Dance||Wayne McGregor||Won|
|2012||Evening Standard 1000 Most Influential Londoners||The Arts - Dance||Wayne McGregor||Won|
|2012||Isadora Duncan Award||Outstanding Achievement in Restaging / Revival / Reconstruction||Chroma (Antoine Vereecken for restaging at San Francisco Ballet)||Won|
|2012||London Award for Art & Performance||Dance||Wayne McGregor||Nominated|
|2012||Dance on Camera, New York||Wayne McGregor - Going Somewhere (director Catherine Maximoff)||Won|
|2012||Dora Mavor Moore Award||Outstanding Choreography||Chroma (National Ballet of Canada)||Nominated|
|2012||Grammy Award||Best Music Video||Lotus Flower (Radiohead, choreography by Wayne McGregor)||Nominated|
|2012||Golden Mask Award||Critics’ Prize||Chroma (Bolshoi Ballet)||Won|
|2012||Golden Mask Award||Best Dancer||Chroma (Svetlana Lunkina, Bolshoi Ballet)||Nominated|
|2012||Hospital Club / Time Out||100 most influential, innovative and interesting people in the creative and media industries||Wayne McGregor||Won|
|2011||Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)||For Services to Dance||Wayne McGregor||Won|
|2011||Dora Mavor Moore Award||Outstanding Sound Design / Composition||Chroma (Joby Talbot)||Won|
|2011||Dora Mavor Moore Award||Outstanding Production||Chroma (National Ballet of Canada)||Nominated|
|2011||Dora Mavor Moore Award||Outstanding Performance||Chroma (National Ballet of Canada)||Nominated|
|2011||Dora Mavor Moore Award||Outstanding Choreography||Chroma (National Ballet of Canada)||Nominated|
|2010||South Bank Show Award||Dance||Limen (The Royal Ballet)||Nominated|
|2010||Globe de Cristal||Musical||Kirikou et Karaba (Maison de la Danse de Lyon)||Nominated|
|2010||Globe de Cristal||Opera or Dance||Genus (Paris Opera Ballet)||Nominated|
|2010||Helpmann Award||Best Choreography||Dyad 1929 (Australian Ballet)||Nominated|
|2010||Helpmann Award||Best Ballet or Dance Work||Dyad 1929 (Australian Ballet)||Nominated|
|2009||Olivier Award||Outstanding Achievement in Dance||Infra (The Royal Ballet)||Nominated|
|2009||Olivier Award||New Dance Production||Infra (The Royal Ballet)||Nominated|
|2009||Critics' Circle Award||Best Classical Choreography||Infra (The Royal Ballet)||Won|
|2009||Movimentos Award||Entity (Company Wayne McGregor)||Won|
|2009||Prix Benois de la Danse||Infra (The Royal Ballet)||Won|
|2009||Ballet Tanz||Choreographer of the Year||Wayne McGregor||Won|
|2009||International Theatre Institute||Excellence in International Dance||Wayne McGregor||Won|
|2009||South Bank Show Award||Dance||Entity (Company Wayne McGregor) and Infra (The Royal Ballet)||Won|
|2008||Green Room Award||Design||Dyad 1929 (Australian Ballet)||Nominated|
|2008||Green Room Award||Betty Pounder Award for Choreography||Dyad 1929 (Australian Ballet)||Nominated|
|2008||Green Room Award||Dance Ensemble||Dyad 1929 (Australian Ballet)||Nominated|
|2008||Dance Week Festival, Zagreb||Audience Award||Entity (Company Wayne McGregor)||Won|
|2007||Olivier Award||Outstanding Achievement in Dance||Chroma (The Royal Ballet)||Nominated|
|2007||Olivier Award||Best New Dance Production||Chroma (The Royal Ballet)||Won|
|2007||Critics' Circle Award||Best Classical Choreography||Chroma (The Royal Ballet)||Won|
|2007||South Bank Show Award||Dance||Royal Ballet triple bill featuring Chroma (The Royal Ballet)||Won|
|2006||Critics' Circle Award||Best Modern Choreography||Amu (Company Wayne McGregor)||Won|
|2005||Critics' Circle Award||Best Modern Choreography||AtaXia (Company Wayne McGregor)||Nominated|
|2005||South Bank Show Award||Dance||AtaXia (Company Wayne McGregor)||Nominated|
|2004||Critics' Circle Award||Outstanding Achievement in Dance||2Human (English National Ballet)||Won|
|2002||IMZ Dance Screen Award||Chrysalis (Company Wayne McGregor)||Won|
|2002||Time Out Award||Outstanding Choreography||PreSentient (Rambert Dance Company)||Won|
|2002||Critics' Circle Award||Best Modern Choreography||Nemesis (Company Wayne McGregor)||Nominated|
|2001||Time Out Award||Outstanding Choreography||Symbiont(s) (The Royal Ballet)||Won|
|2001||Critics' Circle Award||Best Classical Choreography||Symbiont(s) (The Royal Ballet)||Nominated|
|2001||Critics' Circle Award||Best Modern Choreography||The Trilogy (Company Wayne McGregor)||Nominated|
|2001||South Bank Show Award||Dance||Aeon (Company Wayne McGregor)||Nominated|
|2000||Critics' Circle Award||Best Modern Choreography||Aeon (Company Wayne McGregor)||Nominated|
|1996||Olivier Award||Best Theatre Choreographer||A Little Night Music (Wayne McGregor)||Nominated|
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