Sunyata

Sunyata
2018

Company
Bayerisches Staatsballett

Choreography
Wayne McGregor

Music
Kaija Saariaho

Set Design
Wayne McGregor, Catherine Smith

Lighting Design
Lucy Carter

Costume Design
Moritz Junge

Premiere date and venue
14 April 2018, Nationaltheater, Munich

Sunyata is Wayne McGregor's first work for Bayerisches Staatsballett.

Germany's Ballet Festival Week 2018 opens with the world premiere of Sunyata by Wayne McGregor for Bayerisches Staatsballett, the first time he has created with the company. The set design is by McGregor in collaboration with Catherine Smith, with music by Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho, lighting by long-time collaborator Lucy Carter, and costume design by Moritz Junge. Sunyata is based on six poems by Persian Sufi mystic Rumi.

Sunyata is presented in Portrait Wayne McGregor, an all-McGregor programme with the first re-stagings of Borderlands (San Francisco Ballet, 2013) and Kairos (Ballett Zürich, 2014).

“It's interesting to work with dancers who are working on new interpretations of existing pieces and to see how they make the material their own and how they present it to the audience. And at the same time I've got the opportunity to create something completely new with the dancers. I'm looking forward to working on a new piece with the dancers at the Staatsballett,” - Wayne McGregor

Images: Wilfied Hösl, Bayerisches Staatsballett

Wayne McGregor rehearses Sunyata with Bayerisches Staatsballett for world premiere in Munich, April 2018

Wayne McGregor and Igor Zelensky, Director of Bayerisches Staatsballett, on the all-McGregor programme and the creation of Sunyata on the company for the May 2018 world premiere