Company Wayne McGregor
Wayne McGregor, in collaboration with the dancers
Sir John Tavener 'Laila'
Music originally performed by Southbank Sinfonia, conducted by Paul Goodwin, with Patricia Rozario and Rufus Müller
End recorded sound
Wayne McGregor and Lucy Carter
Mark Hatchard of HotBox Studios
Dr. Sonya Babu-Narayan and Dr. Philip Kilner
Originally danced by
Neil Fleming Brown, Cécile Feza Bushidi, Claire Cunningham, Khamlane Halsackda, Ngoc Anh Nguyen, Ino Riga, Matthias Sperling, Hilary Stainsby and Antoine Vereecken
Premiere date and venue
15 September 2005, Sadler's Wells, London, UK
'EXTRAORDINARY COLLABORATION… TAVENER AND McGREGOR HAVE TAPPED INTO SOMETHING HUGE AND MADE A WORK IMPOSSIBLE TO CATEGORISE.'
- Judith Mackrell, The Guardian
In 2005, Amu (of the heart) was Company Wayne McGregor's most ambitious, emotive and provocative collaboration to date.
McGregor questions 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.
'ITS GRIPPING ENCHANTMENT BUILDS LIKE A WHIRLING DERVISH AND SOARS WITH A TRANSCENDENT ECSTASY THAT BLURS THE PASSIONS OF RELIGION AND ROMANCE.'
- Debra Craine, The Times
Sir John Tavener created his first commissioned original score for dance, where the heart is the centre of an inspiring musical dialogue of feeling, devotion and spirituality.
Co-commissioned by Sadler's Wells and The Wellcome Trust.
Supported by Arts Council England, Quercus Trust, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and the PRS Foundation.
Images: Ravi Deepres