World class choreographer Wayne McGregor has been appointed Professor of Choreography at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.
Wayne joined the staff of Trinity Laban in September 2013 as a development of the partnership with Wayne McGregor | Random Dance. The Academic Board has now conferred the title of Professor in recognition of his status as an eminent artist researcher of international distinction.
Wayne McGregor is known for his physically testing choreography and ground-breaking collaborations. Since 2000, Wayne McGregor | Random Dance has been collaborating with artists and researchers from fields such as cognitive and social science, seeking new understanding of choreographic practice and thinking. Projects including the development of software tools to support creativity, observations of unique phenomena that arise during a shared creative process, and the study of the relationship between mind and movement, are now housed in the R-Research department of the company, bringing Wayne together with a group of individuals with a shared passion and curiosity for what might be discovered at the intersections between dance, technology and science. The 2013 exhibition at Wellcome Collection,Thinking with the Body: Mind and Movement in the work of Wayne McGregor | Random Dance, was a culmination of this decade of collaborative research. In 2013 the company also createdMind and Movement, a unique Creative Learning resource for dance teachers and practitioners to support students' imagination skills, based on the Choreographic Thinking Tools developed through collaboration with cognitive scientists.
Trinity Laban Principal, Professor Anthony Bowne, said:
"The appointment of Wayne McGregor significantly enhances our research activity where practice as research - creative practice and high level artistic outputs - is the primary focus. We are delighted to welcome Wayne to our research department where he joins other distinguished music and dance colleagues. We know also that his contribution to teaching will be greatly appreciated by staff and by students at all levels.
"Our partnership with Wayne McGregor | Random Dance continues to flourish. The connection between imagery and creativity in dance making has been a significant focus of our research partnership with Random. Our recent co-hosting of an interdisciplinary seminar on imagery and creativity placed the artistic process in the spotlight and drew on approaches in clinical psychology, sports psychology, cognitive and neuroscience to interrogate the practice.
"Alongside collaboration in the academic realm, Trinity Laban has also become a second home for the performance activity of Wayne McGregor | Random Dance. Atomos, co-commissioned by Trinity Laban and the company's fourth production to be developed in our theatre, was premiered at Sadler's Wells to acclaim in October 2013, and now returns to the Bonnie Bird Theatre in the Laban Building this week.
"We look forward to the inspiring and thought-provoking dialogue and creative activity that I know Wayne's appointment will stimulate".
Wayne McGregor said: "The Random team's ongoing research into the science of making dances continues to fascinate and present fresh challenges both creatively and cognitively. I am delighted and honoured to accept the Professorship at Trinity Laban and look forward to our evolving collaboration".
In addition to a major focus on research activity, the appointment will also offer opportunities for students and staff from across the institution to engage in a range of activities with Wayne McGregor | Random Dance, with students focusing on repertoire, research and creativity.
Photographer credit - Nick Mead
Wayne McGregor is a multi-award-winning British choreographer and director, internationally renowned for his physically testing choreography and groundbreaking collaborations across dance, film, music, visual art, technology and science. He is Artistic Director of Wayne McGregor | Random Dance, Resident Company at Sadlerʼs Wells, and Resident Choreographer of The Royal Ballet.
McGregor has created new works for Paris Opera Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Stuttgart Ballet, New York City Ballet, Australian Ballet, English National Ballet, NDT1, Rambert Dance Company among others. His works are also in the repertories of the leading ballet companies in the world including the Bolshoi, Royal Danish Ballet, National Ballet of Canada, Boston Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and the Mariinsky Ballet. He has directed movement for theatre and film including Harry Potter And The Goblet of Fire, and has choreographed music videos including the Grammy-nominated Lotus Flower video for Radiohead, and Ingenue for Atoms for Peace. He has also directed opera for La Scala, Milan and the Royal Opera House, London, and choreographed for plays, musicals, fashion shows and art galleries including site specific installations at the Hayward Gallery, Saatchi Gallery, National Gallery, Canary Wharf, Glastonbury, the Pompidou Centre and for Secret Cinema. In July 2012 he created a large-scale public dance work with 1000 performers, Big Dance Trafalgar Square, part of London 2012 Festival in celebration of the London Olympic Games
Most recently he premiered Tetractys - The Art of Fugue for The Royal Ballet,Atomos for Wayne McGregor | Random Dance, and presented Thinking with the Body at Wellcome Collection, an exhibition exploring his collaborative enquiry into choreographic thinking.
McGregor's work has earned him three Critics' Circle Awards, two Time Out Awards, two South Bank Show Awards, two Olivier Awards, two prix Benois de la Danse and a Critics' Prize at the Golden Mask Awards. In January 2011 McGregor was awarded a CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) for Services to Dance.