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Wayne McGregor CBE named Director of Dance for Venice Biennale

Tue 3 November 2020

The TL Professor of Choreography will hold the coveted position for four years.

Italian arts festival La Biennale Di Venezia has announced that multi-award-winning British choreographer Wayne McGregor CBE will succeed Canadian choreographer Marie Chouinard as its Director of Dance from 2021.

Wayne, who is Resident Choreographer at The Royal Ballet and Artistic Director of Studio Wayne McGregor, will take over the dance strand of the annual international festival, beginning with a 10-day celebration next summer (23 July – 1 August).

Known for pushing the frontiers of physical intelligence through dance and technology, the choreographer hopes to bring a fresh perspective to the Biennale during his tenure. He tells Lyndsey Winship of the Guardian that his plans include showcasing contemporary dance from the African continent and South America, and using the festival as an opportunity to explore “high-touch experiences that we’ve been deprived of” showcasing “the joy of the physical moving body”.

In the festival’s press release, Wayne commented –

“A dream challenge ahead… Honoured to be appointed the new Director of Dance for La Biennale Di Venezia. A chance to use a different part of the creative brain and an unrivalled opportunity to invite artists I respect and admire to share their brilliance.”

In addition to this new position, Wayne Professor of Choreography at Trinity Laban, choreographs internationally, works in music direction for film (Harry Potter, The Legend of Tarzan) and is currently working on a major production for Dutch National Opera.

Find out more about studying at Trinity Laban on our Dance pages.

Image: Courtesy La Biennale di Venezia/photo by Andrea Avezzù