Company Wayne McGregor
Concept and Direction
Wayne McGregor, in collaboration with the dancers
Michael Gordon 'Trance'
Performed and recorded by I C E B R E A K E R
Wayne McGregor and Lucy Carter
Graphic Design and Film
John Warwicker at tomato
Dr. Philip Barnard, Dr. Alan F. Blackwell, Dr. Kristen Hollands, Dr. James Leach, Dr. Anthony J. Marcel, Dr. Rosaleen McCarthy and Professor Alan Wing
Originally danced by
Claire Cunningham, Laila Diallo, Khamlane Halsackda, Odette Hughes, Leo Lerus, Anh Ngoc Nguyen, Matthias Sperling, Hilary Stainsby, Antoine Veerecken and Amanda Weaver
Premiere date and venue
3 June 2004, Sadler's Wells, London
'AN UNSETTLING PIECE ABOUT STRUGGLE AND TENACITY, ABOUT PAIN, ISOLATION, SADNESS'
- Debra Craine, The Times
Ataxia is 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.
Drawing its name from a condition which interferes with the body's sophisticated ability to coordinate muscular movement, AtaXia explores human physicality and a dislocating loss of control.
'McGREGOR AT HIS INVENTIVE AND EXPRESSIVE BEST'
- Clement Crisp, Financial Times
AtaXia was informed by a joint research project, Choreography and Cognition, initiated by McGregor and arts researcher Scott deLahunta. This project engaged cognitive science practitioners seeking connections between creativity, choreography and the scientific study of movement and the mind. Further information on Choreography and Cognition can be found here.
AtaXia was co-commissioned by Sadler's Wells, London, and PACT Zollverein Choreographic Centre, Essen, Germany.
Images: Ravi Deepres.