Obsidian Tear

2016

The Royal Ballet

Obsidian Tear, 
McGregor's first piece created on an all-male cast, premiered at the Royal Opera House in May 2016.

Alea Sands

2015

Paris Opera Ballet

Set to the score of Anthèmes II, composed by Pierre Boulez in 1997, and conceived in conjunction with visual artist Haroon Mirza, Alea Sands is Wayne McGregor's third piece for Paris Opera Ballet.

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Tree of Codes

2015

Company Wayne McGregor

Inspired by Jonathan Safran Foer's Tree of Codes, Wayne McGregor collaborated with visual artist Olafur Eliasson and Mercury Prize-winning producer/composer Jamie xx to create an evening length contemporary ballet, performed by Company Wayne McGregor dancers with soloists from the Paris Opera Ballet.

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Woolf Works

2015

The Royal Ballet

Enmeshing themes from three of Virgina Woolf's landmark novels, with elements of her letters, essays and diaries, Woolf Works expresses the heart of an artistic life driven to discover a freer, uniquely modern realism, bringing to life Woolf's world of 'granite and rainbow' where human beings are at once both physical body and uncontained essence.

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Kairos

2014

Ballett Zürich

Wayne McGregor's first piece for Ballett Zürich, Kairos was performed to Max Richter's with set by Idris Khan.

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Atomos

2013

Company Wayne McGregor

Atomising bodies, movement, film, sound and light into miniature shards of intense sensation, Atomos is performed in McGregor's unique style - sculptural, rigorous, jarring and hauntingly beautiful. With lighting by Lucy Carter, film by Ravi Deepres costumes by Studio XO, and music by A Winged Victory For The Sullen.

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Raven Girl

2013

The Royal Ballet

Raven Girl by the award-winning author of The Time Traveler's Wife, Audrey Niffenegger, was adapted by McGregor into a dark modern fairytale, scored by film composer Gabriel Yared.

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Borderlands

2013

San Francisco Ballet

Inspired by the work of Josef Albers, Borderlands was McGregor's first commission for the San Francisco Ballet, a fierce, driving study in movement. 

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Machina

2012

The Royal Ballet

Machina was one of three works for The Royal Ballet created in response to the Titan paintings Diana and Actaeon, The Death of Actaeon and Diana and Callisto.

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Carbon Life

2012

The Royal Ballet

McGregor created choreography combining popular dance forms with classical ballet, while music producers Mark Ronson and Andrew Wyatt created the score and assembled a supergroup of musicians, including Boy George, Hero Fisher and Alison Mosshart, to perform live on stage for the 2012 premiere. Leading fashion designer Gareth Pugh reinvented traditional ballet dress to create bold, angular costumes.

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UNDANCE

2011

Company Wayne McGregor

With a visual world created by Turner Prize-winning Wallinger, UNDANCE was performed by the 10 dancers of Company Wayne McGregor and set to Turnage's original score. Inspiration came from American sculptor Richard Serra's and the work of photographer Eadweard J. Muybridge.

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Live Fire Exercise

2011

The Royal Ballet

Inspired by the balletic beauty in John Gerrard's frozen images of soldiers engaged in military exercises and the instinctive physicality of their movement, McGregor's choreography is counterpointed by Michael Tippett's . Gerrard's set comprises sculptural projections appearing both real and artificial, static and dynamic.

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L'Anatomie de la Sensation

2011

Paris Opera Ballet

L'Anatomie de la Sensation (Pour Francis Bacon)
was inspired by the paintings of Francis Bacon, an artist fascinated with the human condition and the body's physicality. Mark-Anthony Turnage's 1994 jazz composition Blood on the Floor provides the score.

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FAR

2010

Company Wayne McGregor

Inspired by the controversial Age of Enlightenment, FAR mines an era that first placed 'a body in question'. Ten incredible dancers confront the distortions, sensuality and feeling of the 18th Century's searing contemporary sensibility to a haunting score by the critically-acclaimed composer Ben Frost.

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Outlier

2010

New York City Ballet

Created for New York City Ballet's Architecture of Dance Festival, Outlier was McGregor's first original work for an American dance company. Set to composer Thomas Adès' 2005 violin concerto Concentric Paths, Outlier was informed by the minimalist notions of simplicity and colour theory.

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Yantra

2010

Stuttgart Ballet

Yantra was McGregor's third piece for Stuttgart Ballet, set to Esa-Pekka Salonen's Foreign Bodies, with set and costume design by Vicki Mortimer.

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Limen

2009

The Royal Ballet

In Limen, McGregor explored the idea of liminality - thresholds of darkness and light, presence and absence, life and death. It was set to Finnish composer Kaija Saariahoâ's cello concerto , centered around a solar eclipse, and was accompanied by a light installation by Tatsuo Miyajima.

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Dyad 1909

2009

Company Wayne McGregor

In 2009, McGregor created a diptych of works to celebrate the centenary of the magnificent Ballets Russes - Dyad 1909 in London and Dyad 1929 in Melbourne. For Dyad 1909 Ólafur Arnalds provides the score, with design by Jane and Louise Wilson, lighting by Lucy Carter, costume design by Moritz Junge and make-up and mask design by Kabuki.

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Dyad 1929

2009

The Australian Ballet

In 2009, McGregor created a diptych of works to celebrate the centenary of the magnificent Ballets Russes - Dyad 1909 in London and Dyad 1929 in Melbourne. Dyad 1929 was performed to Steve Reich's Double Sextet, with stage concept by McGregor and Lucy Carter, and costumes by Moritz Junge.

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Infra

2008

The Royal Ballet

Named after the Latin word meaning 'below', Infra presented a portrait of life beneath the surface of the city, with set design by Julian Opie and music by Max Richter.

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Entity

2008

Company Wayne McGregor

Award-winning Entity is a blend of bodies, lights, technology and film, with a soundscape created by Coldplay and Massive Attack collaborator Jon Hopkins and award-winning composer Joby Talbot.

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Nimbus

2007

Nimbus was McGregor's first work as Resident Choreographer for The Royal Ballet following his appointment in 2006.

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Genus

2007

Paris Opera Ballet

Genus, a ballet for 24 dancers, was inspired by Charles Darwin's book On the Origin of Species, published in 1859.

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Chroma

2006

The Royal Ballet

Chroma explores the drama of the human body and its ability to communicate extremes of thought and emotion. 

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Erazor

2006

Company Wayne McGregor

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Amu

2005

Company Wayne McGregor

In Amu, 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, and original music composed by Sir John Tavener.

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Engram

2005

The Royal Ballet

A duet created for the celebration of Frederick Ashton, 'Inspired by Ashton', set to music by Godspeed You! Black Emperor.

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EDEN | EDEN

2005

Stuttgart Ballet

Eden|Eden addressed the role of technology in the ethics surrounding the human body, and was set to Dolly, Steve Reich's spoken libretto/musical score for the third act of his filmic opera, Three Tales.

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Qualia

2004

The Royal Ballet

Qualia, a duet McGregor created commissioned by The Royal Ballet in 2004.

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AtaXia

2004

Company Wayne McGregor

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.

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Polar Sequences

2003

Company Wayne McGregor

Polar Sequences was set to music by Henry Purcell, Merzbow, Amon Tobin, Rioji Ikeda and Marilyn Manson in a sound collage created by Scanner. Costume was designed by Ursula Bombshell and lighting by Lucy Carter.

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2Human

2003

English National Ballet

2Human was a duet set to Bach's Partita No.2 in D minor for solo violin, inspired by illustrated descriptions of the human body.

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Nemesis

2002

Company Wayne McGregor

The result of collaborations with artists working at the height of their fields, Nemesis explored the relationship between body, screen and machine.

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PreSentient

2002

Rambert

The twelve Rambert dancers performed to Steve Reich's Triple Quartet, with lighting by Lucy Carter and set design by Ursula Bombshell.

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