AtaXia

AtaXia
2004

Company
Company Wayne McGregor

Duration
60 minutes

Choreography
Wayne McGregor

Music
Michael Gordon
Performed and recorded by Icebreaker

Stage Design
Wayne McGregor and Lucy Carter

Costume Design
Ursula Bombshell

Lighting Design
Lucy Carter

Graphic Design & Film
John Warwicker at Tomato

Premiere date and venue
3 June 2004, Sadler's Wells, London

'AN UNSETTLING PIECE ABOUT STRUGGLE AND TENACITY, ABOUT PAIN, ISOLATION, SADNESS'

The Times

Ataxia was a dynamic work involving neuroscience, psychology, virtual design, and spatial architecture, redrawing the traditional hierarchies of dance to generate a fresh and radical look at human physicality and explore a dislocating loss of control.

Drawing its name from a condition which interferes with the body's sophisticated ability to coordinate muscular movement, AtaXia explored human physicality and a dislocating loss of control.

'McGREGOR AT HIS INVENTIVE AND EXPRESSIVE BEST'

The Financial Times

AtaXia was informed by a joint research project, Choreography and Cognition, initiated by McGregor and arts researcher Scott deLahunta. This project engaged cognitive science practitioners seeking connections between creativity, choreography and the scientific study of movement and the mind. Further information on Choreography and Cognition can be found here.

AtaXia was co-commissioned by Sadler's Wells, London, and PACT Zollverein Choreographic Centre, Essen, Germany.

Images by Ravi Deepres.