Studio Wayne McGregor
- Original design
- wenotI, 2017
The 2017 programme is now past. We will be launching the 2018 programme in July.
Studio Wayne McGregor has opened a creative arts space for making. It is the new home for multi-award winning choreographer Wayne McGregor CBE and his company of dancers, Company Wayne McGregor, and will be a unique resource for artists and communities. Studio Wayne McGregor encompasses all of our creative output including creative collaborations across dance, film, music, visual art, technology and science; and highly specialised Learning and Engagement and Research programmes.
Based at Here East in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and designed by architectural practice We Not I, Studio Wayne McGregor comprises three dance studios, including two of the largest in London, and a series of playful spaces in which to collaborate, make and create. The first arts organisation to be based on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, it is a place for making, developing creative practice, and collaboration across arts, science, technology and research.
Wayne McGregor CBE is a multi-award-winning British choreographer and director. He is Artistic Director of Studio Wayne McGregor, the creative engine of his life-long choreographic enquiry into thinking through and with the body.
Wayne McGregor is also Resident Choreographer at The Royal Ballet, where his productions are acclaimed for their daring reconfiguring of classical language. He is Professor of Choreography at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and has an Honorary Doctorate of Science from Plymouth University and an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from University of Leeds. He is part of the Circle of Cultural Fellows at King’s College London.
McGregor is regularly commissioned by and has works in the repertories of the most important ballet companies around the world, including Paris Opera Ballet, New York City Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet, Royal Danish Ballet and San Francisco Ballet. He has choreographed for theatre, opera, film (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, The Legend of Tarzan, and most recently Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them and Sing), music videos (Radiohead, Thom Yorke, The Chemical Brothers), fashion (Gareth Pugh at New York Fashion Week, 2014), campaigns (Selfridges), TV (Brit Awards, 2015 and 2016), and site specific performances (Big Dance Trafalgar Square, 2012).
McGregor's work has earned him four Critics' Circle National Dance Awards, two Time Out Awards, two South Bank Show Awards, two Olivier Awards, a prix Benois de la Danse and two Golden Mask Awards. In 2011 McGregor was awarded a CBE for Services to Dance.
A cornerstone programme for Studio Wayne McGregor is FreeSpace, a major new artist development and community engagement programme which will support artists to explore innovation in new directions, form an artists’ incubation and innovation community, and provide inspiring learning opportunities led by professional practising artists to thousands of participants each year.
PEER is Studio Wayne McGregor's mentoring programme for final year vocational dance students and recent graduates. Six PEER participants will have a year-long programme of tailored interactions with Studio Wayne McGregor, including taking part in company class and creative labs, professional development sessions by office staff, and mentoring by Company Wayne McGregor dancers, to gain exposure to life as a professional dancer and develop a peer network.
Alongside the creative work of choreographers, Studio Wayne McGregor hosts a number of unique visual art pieces, including works by Tatsuo Miyajima and Haroon Mirza on loan from Lisson Gallery, original artworks by We Not I, and a bespoke floor based on a work by Bauhaus artist Anni Albers with kind permission from The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation. The works are installed in the unique hanging and presentation opportunities of the We Not I designed space.