Company Wayne McGregor

60 minutes

Concept and Direction
Wayne McGregor

Wayne McGregor, in collaboration with the dancers

Original Music
Ben Frost
Field recordings by Chris Watson and Lawrence English with Borgar Magnason (bass), Nadia Sirota (viola) and Paul Corley (prepared pianos)

Set Design
Random International

Lighting Design 
Lucy Carter

Film and Set Photography 
Ravi Deepres

Costume Design 
Moritz Junge

Audio text
Texts inspired by and adapted from Roy Porter's book 'Flesh in the Age of Reason', performed by Helgi Hrafn Jónson

Originally danced by
Catarina Carvalho, Davide Di Pretoro, Michael-John Harper, Agnès López Rio, Louis McMiller, Paolo Mangiola, Daniela Neugebauer, Anna Nowak, Alexander Whitley and Jessica Wright 

Premiere date and venue
17 November 2010, Sadler's Wells, London, UK


- Luke Jennings, The Observer

Since its premiere in 2010 FAR has toured the world, picking up accolades for McGregor's ever-insightful vision, performed by ten dancers from Company Wayne McGregor.

A superb score by Brian Eno collaborator Ben Frost and jaw-dropping visuals by Random International, including a computerized pin board of 3,200 LED lights, make this an absolute must-see. With FAR, McGregor takes a fascinating creative journey, drawing on a radical cognitive research process.

Inspired by the controversial Age of Enlightenment and by the 18th-century French philosopher Diderot's very first set of encyclopaedia, the resulting choreography is both physical and immediate, yet intensely cerebral.


- Judith Mackrell, The Guardian

FAR is co-produced by Sadler's Wells, London, UK, and Peak Performances @ Montclair State University, Montclair, USA, and is made possible in part by a grant from the Association of Performaing Arts Presenters Creative Campus Innovations Grant Program, funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. 

FAR is co-commissioned by Maison de la Danse, Lyon, France; Fondazione | Teatri, Reggio Emilia, Italy; Belgrade Dance Festival, Belgrade, Serbia; Belfast Festival, Belfast, UK; Brighton Dome, Brighton, UK; Laban Theatre, London UK and DanceEast, Ipswich, UK.

Images and film: Ravi Deepres.

Trailer for FAR, Company Wayne McGregor, 2010. Video by Ravi Deepres, copyright Studio Wayne McGregor.

Behind the scenes video exploring the creative process behind FAR, including interviews with Wayne McGregor and Company Wayne McGregor dancer Michael John-Harper alongside collaborators Hannes Koch of Random International and composer Ben Frost, 2011.

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