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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TaraMarie Perri in tree pose at Storm King Art Center. Photo by Sophie Kuller, Courtesy Perri

5 Self-Soothing Exercises You Can Do to Calm Your Anxiety

Physical stillness can be one of the hardest things to master in dance. But stillness in the bigger sense—like when your career and life are on hold—goes against every dancers' natural instincts.

"Dancers are less comfortable with stillness and change than most," says TaraMarie Perri, founder and director of Perri Institute for Mind and Body and Mind Body Dancer. "Through daily discipline, we are trained to move through space and are attracted to forward momentum. Simply put, dancers are far more comfortable when they have a sense of control over the movements and when life is 'in action.' "

To regain that sense of control, and soothe some of the anxiety most of us are feeling right now, it helps to do what we know best: Get back into our bodies. Certain movements and shapes can help ground us, calm our nervous system and bring us into the present.

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