Amu

Amu
2005

Company
Company Wayne McGregor

Duration
60 minutes

Choreography
Wayne McGregor

Music
Sir John Tavener

Costume Design
Shelley Fox

Visual Artist
Shirazeh Houshiary

Animation
Mark Hatchard with HotBox

Lighting Design
Lucy Carter

Originally performed by
Southbank Sinfonia, conducted by Paul Goodwin, with Patricia Rozario (soprano), Rufus Müller (tenor) and nine dancers

Premiere date and venue
15 September 2005, Sadler's Wells, London

'EXTRAORDINARY COLLABORATION… TAVENER AND McGREGOR HAVE TAPPED INTO SOMETHING HUGE AND MADE A WORK IMPOSSIBLE TO CATEGORISE.'

The Guardian

Amu (of the heart) was Company Wayne McGregor's most ambitious, emotive and provocative collaboration to date

McGregor questioned both the physical functions and symbolic resonances of the human heart, working in collaboration with heart-imaging specialists Dr Philip Kilner and Dr Sonya Babu-Narayan.

'ITS GRIPPING ENCHANTMENT BUILDS LIKE A WHIRLING DERVISH AND SOARS WITH A TRANSCENDENT ECSTASY THAT BLURS THE PASSIONS OF RELIGION AND ROMANCE.'

The Times

Sir John Tavener created his first commissioned original score for dance, where the heart is the centre of an inspiring musical dialogue of feeling, devotion and spirituality.

Co-commissioned by Sadler's Wells and The Wellcome Trust.

Supported by Arts Council England, Quercus Trust, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and the PRS Foundation.