Company Wayne McGregor performing "Autobiography." Photo © Andrej Uspenski

What Wendy's Watching: Wayne McGregor's Genome-Inspired Autobiography

Wayne McGregor is known for his extreme partnering—limbs pushed, pulled and flung in all directions. While his choreography may seem wild and crazy, he's very thoughtful about the creative process. In our 2013 cover story, he talked about understanding your individual filters as choreographic thinking tools.

In his current work, Autobiography, he applies a scientific filter: using his own genome sequencing as a score for the choreography.


Company Wayne McGregor performing "Autobiography." Photo © Andrej Uspenski

As always, McGregor collaborates with ultra-contemporary artists. You can depend on other-worldly lighting by longterm collaborator Lucy Carter. Set design and projections are by Ben Cullen Williams, the electronic score is by producer Jlin, costumes by Aitor Throup and dramaturgy by Uzma Hameed.

At New York City's Joyce Theater from Feb 27-Mar 3 and then on to Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco Mar 8–10.

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Go Behind the Scenes of USC Kaufman’s Virtual Dance Festival

Now more than ever, the students of USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance are embodying their program's vision: "The New Movement."

As the coronavirus pandemic stretches on, the dance world continues to be faced with unprecedented challenges, but USC Kaufman's faculty and BFA students haven't shied away from them. While many schools have had to cancel events or scale them back to live-from-my-living-room streams, USC Kaufman has embraced the situation and taken on impressive endeavors, like expanding its online recruitment efforts.

November 1 to 13, USC Kaufman will present A/Part To/Gather, a virtual festival featuring world premieres from esteemed faculty and guest choreographers, student dance films and much more. All semester long, they've rehearsed via Zoom from their respective student apartments or hometowns. And they haven't solely been dancing. "You have a rehearsal process, and then a filming process, and a production process of putting it together," says assistant professor of practice Jennifer McQuiston Lott of the prerecorded and professionally edited festival.

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