On Thursday 21 April, Wayne McGregor – Professor of Choreography at Trinity Laban – addressed a large group of Trinity Laban students on the subject of his research-based artistic practice.
Music and dance students enjoyed an informative, wide-ranging and entertaining conversation with Trinity Laban Head of Research Jonathan Clark, in which Professor McGregor opened up on topics as diverse as what we can learn from fighter pilots, how future performances might be influenced by live biometric data, how we can collaborate effectively, what we learn when we (literally) see the world upside-down, how to “prime” audiences and performers, and how to cope with the fast-changing relationship between the arts, science and technology.
The only time he declined to answer a question was when he was asked what advice he would give to young creative artists. “The only advice I would offer is: don’t take advice from people like me! You have to find your own path.”
In coming months there will be more opportunities for Trinity Laban students and audiences to engage with Wayne McGregor’s work. On 9 and 10 June, BA2 undergraduate dance students will present extracts from his 2010 work FAR as part of their Historical Project performance. Then in October, Company Wayne McGregor will be presenting the seminal 2008 piece Entity in the Laban Theatre.
We are currently accepting applications for Trinity Laban’s masters programmes and research degree programme. For more information on Trinity Laban’s masters programmes visit the Trinity Laban website.
Photo credit: Nick Mead