Outlier

Outlier
2010

Company
New York City Ballet 

Concept and Choreography
Wayne McGregor

Duration
22 mins

Music
Thomas Adès

Set Design
Wayne McGregor & Lucy Carter

Lighting Design
Lucy Carter

Costume Design
Moritz Junge

Originally danced by
Ashley Bouder, Sterling Hyltin, Maria Kowroski, Tiler Peck, Wendy Whelan, Adrian Danchig-Waring, Joaquin De Luz, Robert Fairchild, Gonzalo Garcia, Craig Hall, Amar Ramasar

Premiere date and venue
14 May 2010, David H. Koch Theater, Lincoln Centre for the Performing Arts, New York

'THIS ENERGETIC, SEXY BALLET IS EVERYTHING A CONTEMPORARY BALLET CAN BE. IT TAKES FROM THE PAST AND ROCKETS TO THE FUTURE.'

The Huffington Post​

Set to composer Thomas Adès' 2005 violin concerto Concentric Paths, Outlier was created for New York City Ballet's Architecture of Dance Festival, and was McGregor's first original work for an American dance company.

Speaking of the creation of Outlier, McGregor stated:

'In 2010 I was asked to create a new work for the New York City Ballet in their architecture and dance series. The Philip Johnson building that houses the David H. Koch Theatre and is home to the New York City Ballet felt like a natural place to look for inspiration. Johnson was not only a great friend of George Balanchine and an influential architect, he championed the architects of the Bauhaus, like Walter Gropius and Mies van der Rohe, in the U.S.

I am fascinated by that Bauhaus art period and by abstract minimalist painters like Josef Albers and Barnett Newman. The visual context for the piece has been greatly informed by the minimalist's notion of simplicity and colour theory.'

'COMPLETELY ABSORBING IN ITS RELENTLESS PHYSICAL INVENTIVENESS'

The Arts Desk

Outlier has since been remounted by Company Wayne McGregor in collaboration with Sadler's Wells, as part of their See the Music, Hear the Dance composer series featuring Thomas Adès. For the Sadler's Wells premiere, Adès conducted his own piece, which was played by Thomas Gould of the Britten Sinfonia. Outlier will once again be performed by Company Wayne McGregor as part of Sadler's Wells Sampled, showcasing a range of diverse dance works and styles. 

Images of original production by Paul Kolnick. Trailer of Company Wayne McGregor production for Sadler's Wells. 

Trailer of Outlier by Company Wayne McGregor

Interview with Company Wayne McGregor dancers about rehearsing and performing Outlier