Company Wayne McGregor with Jlin
Concept and Direction
Wayne McGregor, in collaboration with the dancers
Lucy Carter (for Autobiography)
Aitor Throup (for Autobiography)
Uzma Hameed (for Autobiography)
Originally performed by
Rebecca Bassett-Graham, Jordan James Bridge, Travis Clausen-Knight, Louis McMiller, Daniela Neugebauer, Jacob O'Connell, James Pett, Fukiko Takase, Po-Lin Tung, Jessica Wright and Jlin
Premiere date and venue
27 October 2017, Luminato Festival, Unsound Festival, St Lawrence Centre for the Arts, Toronto, Canada
'THE FESTIVAL'S CROWNING MOMENT'
- Aaron Coultate, Resident Advisor (Unsound Festival, Krakow 2018)
Autobiography Edits is a compact and stripped back version of Autobiography, performed by dancers from Company Wayne McGregor with a live score by Jlin on stage. Performed without a set, Autobiography Edits underlines Unsound's role in bringing Jlin and Wayne McGregor together.
In 2018, McGregor and Jlin were awarded the biennial Gross Family Prize for their collaboration on Autobiography, an award which celebrates a choreographer and composer's 'risk-taking, vision, originality and technical mastery'.
'NO TWO MOVES THE SAME; CHOREOGRAPHER, DANCERS AND MUSICIAN ALIKE ASSERTING THEMSELVES IN DIFFERENT GESTICULATIONS...A PARKOUR OF THE LIFE-WORKS AND A RADICAL ILLUSTRATION OF THE IMPLICIT FREEDOM OF HUMAN EXPRESSION'
- Tom Beedham, Exclaim (Unsound Festival, Toronto 2017)
Hailed by Rolling Stone as 'America’s most acclaimed new electronic composer', Jlin created the music for Autobiography in collaboration with McGregor, the first time she has scored for dance. Now released as an album to critical acclaim, 'Autobiography' 'confirms Jlin's status as a visionary artist' (All Music).
The album, released through Planet Mu, is now available to buy on CD, vinyl and digital platforms including Apple Music. 'The Abyss of Doubt' music video of the first track released from 'Autobiography' features the dancers from Company Wayne McGregor performing during the premiere run of Autobiography at Sadler's Wells, London.
Vogue Polska produced a short video on Unsound Krakow 2018 at which Autobiography Edits was called 'the crowning moment of the festival'.
'JLIN'S FRANTIC POST-FOOTWORK BEATS SYNC TO THE RAPID, SOMETIMES SLICK, SOMETIMES JARRINGLY CASUAL MOVEMENT OF THE DANCERS SO EERILY THAT THE CYBORG ART AGE FEELS IMMINENT'
- Kristel Jax, Now Toronto (Unsound Festival, Toronto 2017)
Images: Ravi Deepres and Alicia Clarke