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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Studio Bleu students Jaxon Keller, Samantha Halker and Alia Wiggins. Photos by Chris Stark

How Turning Boards and Practice Mats Can Revolutionize Your Dance Training

When it comes to equipment, dancers don't need much—just shoes and whatever can fit in their dance bag. But between rehearsals in the studio and performances on stage, one major piece of equipment often goes overlooked—the floor.

Dancers too often find themselves warming up on the concrete or carpet backstage, or wanting to practice in a location without a proper floor. For years, Harlequin Floors has offered a solution to this problem with its innovative turning board, offering a portable and personal floor that can be flipped between marley and wood. Now, they've revolutionized portability again with their practice mat, offering dancers the option to roll up their own personal floor and sling it over their shoulders like a yoga mat.

We spoke with experts from every corner of the dance industry to see how Harlequin's products have become their everyday essentials:

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