A British dance impresario in search of ideas

A leg up for dance

THE Wellcome Genome Campus, the Sanger Institute and the European Bioinformatics Institute are unlikely places to find a choreographer at work. But such research hubs turn out to be a natural habitat for Wayne McGregor. For more than two decades, the British choreographer has been using dancers to explore cognition, mathematics, neuroscience, astronomy, even modernist literature. (“Woolf Works”, a recent award-winning triptych for the Royal Ballet, was based on three novels by Virginia Woolf.)

Mr McGregor’s distinctive work can do grandeur and it can do melancholy. It can do mischief and it can do heartbreak. But he always tackles big ideas head-on. Having his genome sequenced in order to turn the data into dance might sound strange. For Mr McGregor, it is a logical next step.

“Autobiography” will be unveiled at Sadler’s Wells in London later this year. It is a co-production with Les Théâtres de la Ville de…Continue reading

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