Autobiography

Autobiography
2017

Company
Company Wayne McGregor

Duration
80 minutes

Concept and Direction
Wayne McGregor

Choreography
Wayne McGregor in collaboration with the dancers

Music
Jlin

Set Design and Projection
Ben Cullen Williams

Lighting Design
Lucy Carter

Costume Design
Aitor Throup

Dramaturgy
Uzma Hameed

Originally danced by
Rebecca Bassett-Graham, Jordan James Bridge, Travis Clausen-Knight, Louis McMiller, Daniela Neugebauer, Jacob O’Connell, James Pett, Fukiko Takase, Po-Lin Tung, Jessica Wright

Premiere date and venue
4 October 2017, Sadler's Wells, London

*****
'WAYNE McGREGOR TURNS HIS LIFE STORY INTO DANCE IN A MESMERISING, INIMITABLE SHOW BASED UPON HIS OWN GENETIC CODE'

Guardian

For 25 years, British choreographer and director Wayne McGregor has made choreography that interrogates life through the experience of the body. Now McGregor turns his attention to the body as archive, with a dance portrait illuminated by the sequencing of his own genome. In a continuous reimagining, Autobiography is constantly reinvented; the order of the dance pieces algorithmically-assembled from a collection of 23 choreographic volumes which unfold uniquely at each performance. 

McGregor is joined by an impressive set of collaborators: electronic musician and producer Jlin (who regularly performs the score live at performances), visual artist Ben Cullen-Williams (winner of 2018 D&AD award for Autobiography's set design) , lighting designer Lucy Carter, artist and designer Aitor Throup (costumes) and dramaturg Uzma Hameed.

WINNER
Yellow Pencil for Stage Design
Ben Cullen Williams for Studio Wayne McGregor

D&AD Awards, 2018

WINNER
Best Contemporary Performance

Danza&Danza Magazine Awards, Italy, 2018

Produced by Studio Wayne McGregor.

Co-produced by Sadler’s Wells, London, UK; Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg; Edinburgh International Festival, UK; Festspielhaus St Pölten, Austria; Carolina Performing Arts at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA; Movimentos Festwochen der Autostadt in Wolfsburg, Germany. 

Co-commissioned by West Kowloon Cultural District, Hong Kong; Festival Diaghilev. P.S., St Petersburg, Russia; Centro Cultural Vila Flor, Guimarães, Portugal; Seattle Theatre Group, USA (music); Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, London, UK.

Music by Jlin in partnership with Unsound.
With thanks to AT Studio.


Additional music
“Elevation”
Written & performed by Hildur Gudnadottir 
Published by Touch Music/Fairwood Music UK Ltd.

"Aging" by Zelienople.
Performed by Matt Christensen (Guitar & vocals), Brian Harding (Bass clarinet & synth), & Mike Weis (Percussion)

"Concerto grosso Op.6 no1 in D major (II. Largo)"
Written by Arcangelo Corelli
Performed by Ensemble 415, Chiara Banchini & Jesper Christensen
Courtesy of Harmonia Mundi / [PIAS]

"ATTACK / TRANSITION"
Written by: Carsten Nicolai, Ryuichi Sakamoto
© Edition Carsten Nicolai
With kind permission of Budde Music UK, KAB America Inc & Sony/ATV Music Publishing Limited

"Space 21 (petrichor)” 
Written and performed by Max Richter
Published by Mute Song Limited
Courtesy of Deutsche Gramophone GmbH. "Guantanamo" by Jlin.
Appears courtesy of Planet Mu Records.
Composed by Jerrilynn Patton.

Images: Ben Cullen Williams, Richard Davies, Andrej Uspenski.

Autobiography returns to Sadler's Wells July 2018. Trailer by Ravi Deepres, Luke Unsworth and Sadler's Wells.

Autobiography, Company Wayne McGregor. Music by Jlin. Video by Ben Cullen Williams & Andrej Uspenski

Autobiography, music by Jlin, photography and video by Ben Cullen Williams

Wayne and Company Wayne McGregor in rehearsal for Autobiography. David Stock/Sam Wong/New Scientist