‘I am thrilled to be returning to The Grange as Director of Dance for the second year in 2019. The Festival’s first foray into dance this past June, curated by myself with Edward Watson, was a resounding success. It was wonderful to receive such a warm reception by the audience to our programme of classic and contemporary dance in the Grange’s unique setting.
I look forward to sharing with you our next specially-commissioned programme, performed by Company Wayne McGregor, introducing a new range of guest artists, as well as bringing back some of the extraordinary dancers from this year, for 2019’s Dance@TheGrange.’
Wayne McGregor CBE
Director of Dance, The Grange Festival
Artistic Director, Studio Wayne McGregor
Resident Choreographer, The Royal Ballet
image: Marianela Nunez and Thiago Soares (The Royal Ballet) perform a duet from After The Rain at Dance@TheGrange 2018, curated by Wayne McGregor with Edward Watson, choreography by Christopher Wheeldon, photo Ravi Deepres/Alicia Clarke
Director of Dance
English choreographer Wayne McGregor was appointed Resident Choreographer of The Royal Ballet in 2006, becoming the first contemporary choreographer to hold the post. His many works for The Royal Ballet include Multiverse, Obsidian Tear, Woolf Works, Tetractys, Raven Girl, Ambar, ‘Machina’ (Metamorphosis: Titian 2012), Carbon Life, Live Fire Exercise, Limen, Infra, Nimbus, Chroma, Engram, Qualia and Symbiont(s). He directed and choreographed Dido and Aeneas and Acis and Galatea for The Royal Ballet and The Royal Opera. He curated Deloitte Ignite 2008, and directs Draft Works, an annual celebration of developing choreographic talent within the Company.
McGregor was born in Stockport and studied at Bretton Hall, West Yorkshire, and the José Limón School, New York. In 1992 he founded Studio Wayne McGregor, a resident company of Sadler’s Wells and now based in Here East in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. His interest in cross-discipline collaboration has seen him work across dance, film, music, visual art, technology and science. McGregor has created works for Paris Opera Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Stuttgart Ballet, New York City Ballet, Australian Ballet, English National Ballet, NDT1 and Rambert, among others. His works are also in the repertories of such leading companies as the Bolshoi, Royal Danish Ballet, Boston Ballet and Joffrey Ballet. He has directed movement for theatre and film, including Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and Sing, and music videos, including the Grammy-nominated Lotus Flower for Radiohead.
In 2012 McGregor delivered a TED talk on the choreographic process and in 2013 presented the exhibition Thinking with the Body at the Wellcome Collection. He was appointed a CBE in 2011.
Argentine dancer Marianela Nuñez is a Principal of The Royal Ballet. She joined The Royal Ballet Upper School in 1997 and joined the Company in 1998, promoted to First Soloist in 2000 and to Principal in 2002 aged 20. She has performed all the leading roles in the classical, dramatic and contemporary repertory, including in works by Frederick Ashton, George Balanchine, William Forsythe, Jiří Kylián, Kenneth MacMillan, Wayne McGregor, Jerome Robbins, Liam Scarlett and Christopher Wheeldon.
Nuñez’s awards include Best Female Dancer at the 2005 and 2012 Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards, Konex de Platino for Best Dancer of the Decade in Argentina in 2009 and the María Ruanova Award in 2011. She received the 2013 Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance, in recognition of her performances in Viscera and in roles created on her in Aeternum and ‘Diana and Actaeon’ (Metamorphosis: Titian 2012). She has appeared as a guest artist with companies including Vienna State Opera Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, La Scala, Milan, Ballet Estable del Teatro Colón, Ballet Argentino de La Plata and Australian Ballet, and in galas around the world.