Wayne McGregor, Catherine Smith
Originally danced by
Yonah Acosta, Ivy Amista, Jonah Cook, Elvina Ibraimova, Erik Murzagaliyev, Ksenia Ryzhkova, Dukin Seo, 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 opens 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 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: Wilfied Hösl, Bayerisches Staatsballett