Wayne McGregor Random Dance

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Wayne McGregor | Random Dance was founded in 1992, then Random Dance, and became the instrument upon which Wayne McGregor evolved his drastically fast and articulate choreographic style. It was during his major trilogy "The Millennarium" (1997), "Sulphur 16" (1998) and "Aeon" (2000) that the company became a byword for its radical approach to new technology – incorporating animation, digital film, 3D architecture, electronic sound and virtual dancers into the live choreography. Collaborations with leading multi-disciplinary artists enriched Random’s futurist aesthetic and dramatically enlarged the possibilities of dance.

One such collaboration was with a group of students from the National Centre for Computer Animation (NCCA) at Bournemouth University in 2001. The students spent six months working on an animation sequence for Random Dance's 10th anniversary production "Nemesis", which toured through 40 countries internationally. In 2002, Wayne McGregor | Random Dance was invited to become Resident Company at Sadler's Wells Theatre. The theatre had recently been rebuilt as the UK’s leading dance house and the invitation acknowledged Random’s own status as one of Britain’s most important modern dance companies.

Technology has also been crucial in Wayne McGregor | Random Dance’s project to deliver dance to the public in new ways. Among the company’s groundbreaking projects have been webcasting live performances, and exploring broadband (ATM) bi-directional performance where two companies perform simultaneously in different parts of the world. The results are experienced by both live and on-line audiences. It has also incorporated technology into its outreach work, which is high on the creative agenda. The company’s creative learning team engages thousands of young people each year in school and community projects that focus on the creation of new work.

Regularly supported by the British Council, Wayne McGregor | Random Dance tours frequently to some of the most prestigious world theatres, including Het Muziektheater, Amsterdam; Lyon Opera; Tel Aviv Opera; Lincoln Center, New York and Dansens Hus, Stockholm. The company’s European tours have ranged from Ireland, France, Germany, Belgium and Holland to Poland, Hungary, Cyprus and Turkey. Wayne McGregor | Random Dance has also performed in Russia, Israel, Japan, China, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Colombia, North America and Australia. In 2002 it became the first British dance company ever to tour central Asia and the Caucasus. The company has also made several television appearances including "Nemesis" (BBC4 2002), "Dice Life" (Channel 4, 2004), "Dyad 1909" (BBC4 2009), "Wayne McGregor - Going Somewhere" (Les Films Du Present) and "Wayne McGregor - A Moment In Time", a documentary by Catherine Maximoff for Arte France.

In 2003 McGregor was appointed Research Fellow of the Department of Neuroscience at the University of Cambridge. AtaXia (2004), arose from the six months he worked with the department exploring the interface between mind and body. "Amu" (2005), "Entity" (2008) and, "Dyad 1909" (2009), "FAR" (2010), "UNDANCE" (2011), and now "Atomos" (2013), have continued the company’s association with art and science collaborations.

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