Following the success of the first Dance@TheGrange in 2018, multi award-winning choreographer Wayne McGregor CBE returns as Director of Dance to lead the programme for The Grange Festival’s 2019 season.
Set in the majestic atmosphere of the Grange Estate in Hampshire, the programme will include two nights of ballet and contemporary dance by some of the world’s most esteemed artists, including Wayne McGregor’s own Company Wayne McGregor, former Royal Ballet principal Alessandra Ferri, and Ballet Black.
After celebrating its 25th year in 2018, Company Wayne McGregor will be performing a new restaging of Wayne McGregor’s critically acclaimed work Outlier. Set to Thomas Adès’ 2005 violin concerto Concentric Paths, Outlier is inspired by the Bauhaus movement’s notions of minimalism and colour theory. McGregor has made over 30 works for the company, which tours his most experimental and ambitious new choreography across the UK and around the world. Company Wayne McGregor is Resident Company of Sadler’s Wells, and is part of Studio Wayne McGregor, the creative engine for all McGregor’s work.
Outlier will feature an exclusive performance by prima ballerina Alessandra Ferri, former principal dancer at the Royal Ballet and winner of the Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance. For this performance only, Ferri will breathe in her famously free, sensual, and emotionally electrifying technique into McGregor’s work at the elegant 600-seat theatre at The Grange.
Dance@TheGrange will also welcome Cassa Pancho’s Ballet Black for the first time, who will perform Cathy Marston’s narrative ballet The Suit. Comprised of international dancers of black and Asian descent, Ballet Black was founded in 2001 by Pancho to diversify ballet through its constantly growing repertoire of over 45 originally commissioned ballets. Inspired by South African writer Can Themba’s short story of the same name, The Suit follows in Marston’s unique tradition of interpreting great literature into dance by stripping classic works to their core and re-imagining them for new audiences through classic and contemporary expression.
image: Daniela Neugebauer, Fukiko Takase (Company Wayne McGregor), Calvin Richardson (The Royal Ballet) perform Bach Forms, choreography by Wayne McGregor, photo Ravi Deepres