Bayerisches Staatsballett

30 minutes

Wayne McGregor

Kaija Saariaho 'Circle Map'

Set Design
Wayne McGregor and Catherine Smith

Lighting Design
Lucy Carter

Costume Design
Moritz Junge

Originally danced by
Yonah Acosta, Ivy Amista, Jonah Cook, Elvina Ibraimova, Erik Murzagaliyev, Ksenia Ryzhkova, Dukin Seo and Laurretta Summerscales

Premiere date and venue
14 April 2018, Nationaltheater, Munich, Germany


Sunyata is Wayne McGregor's first work for Bayerisches Staatsballett.

Germany's Ballet Festival Week 2018 opened with the world premiere of Sunyata by Wayne McGregor for Bayerisches Staatsballett, the first time he has created with the company. The set design is by McGregor in collaboration with Catherine Smith, with music by Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho, lighting by long-time collaborator Lucy Carter, and costume design by Moritz Junge. Sunyata is based on six poems by Persian Sufi mystic Rumi.

Sunyata is currently presented in Portrait Wayne McGregor, an all-McGregor programme with the first re-stagings of Borderlands (San Francisco Ballet, 2013) and Kairos (Ballett Zürich, 2014).

“It's interesting to work with dancers who are working on new interpretations of existing pieces and to see how they make the material their own and how they present it to the audience. And at the same time I've got the opportunity to create something completely new with the dancers. I'm looking forward to working on a new piece with the dancers at the Staatsballett” - Wayne McGregor

Images: Wilfried Hösl, Bayerisches Staatsballett

Wayne McGregor rehearses Sunyata with Bayerisches Staatsballett for the world premiere in Munich, April 2018

Wayne McGregor and Igor Zelensky, Director of Bayerisches Staatsballett, on mixed programme Portrait Wayne McGregor and the creation of Sunyata in preview of the premiere in Munich, April 2018