Company Wayne McGregor
Concept and Direction
Wayne McGregor, in collaboration with the dancers
Hildur Gudnadottir, Zelienople, Arcangelo Corelli, Max Richter, and Carsten Nicolai and Ryoichi Sakamoto
Set Design and Projection
Ben Cullen Williams
Originally danced by
Rebecca Bassett-Graham, Jordan James Bridge, Travis Clausen-Knight, Louis McMiller, Daniela Neugebauer, Jacob O’Connell, James Pett, Fukiko Takase, Po-Lin Tung and Jessica Wright
Premiere date and venue
4 October 2017, Sadler's Wells, London, UK
'WAYNE McGREGOR TURNS HIS LIFE STORY INTO DANCE IN A MESMERISING, INIMITABLE SHOW BASED UPON HIS OWN GENETIC CODE'
- Luke Jennings, The Observer
For 25 years, British choreographer and director Wayne McGregor has made choreography that interrogates life through the experience of the body. Now McGregor turns his attention to the body as archive, with a dance portrait illuminated by the sequencing of his own genome. In a continuous reimagining, Autobiography is constantly reinvented; the order of the dance pieces algorithmically-assembled from a collection of 23 choreographic volumes which unfold uniquely at each performance.
McGregor is joined by an impressive set of collaborators: electronic musician and producer Jlin (who regularly performs the score live at performances), visual artist Ben Cullen-Williams (winner of 2018 D&AD award for Autobiography's set design) , lighting designer Lucy Carter, artist and designer Aitor Throup (costumes) and dramaturg Uzma Hameed. The Autobiography algorithm which determines the performance order was developed in collaboration with Nick Rothwell.
Yellow Pencil for Stage Design
Ben Cullen Williams for Studio Wayne McGregor
D&AD Awards, 2018
Best Contemporary Performance
Danza&Danza Magazine Awards, Italy, 2018
Gross Family Prize 2018
Wayne McGregor and Jlin in recognition of an outstanding new collaboration between dance and music
The Charles and Joan Gross Family Foundation
Produced by Studio Wayne McGregor.
Co-produced by Sadler’s Wells, London, UK; Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg; Edinburgh International Festival, UK; Festspielhaus St Pölten, Austria; Carolina Performing Arts at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA; Movimentos Festwochen der Autostadt in Wolfsburg, Germany.
Co-commissioned by West Kowloon Cultural District, Hong Kong; Festival Diaghilev. P.S., St Petersburg, Russia; Centro Cultural Vila Flor, Guimarães, Portugal; Seattle Theatre Group, USA (music); Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, London, UK.
Music by Jlin in partnership with Unsound.
With thanks to AT Studio.
Images: Ben Cullen Williams, Richard Davies, Andrej Uspenski.