“Wayne McGregor turns his life story into dance in a mesmerizing, inimitable show based upon his own genetic code.”
For 25 years, British choreographer and director Wayne McGregor has made choreography that interrogates life through the experience of the body. Now, McGregor turns his attention to the body as archive, with a dance portrait illuminated by the sequencing of his own genome. Autobiography is constantly reinvented; the order of the dance pieces is algorithmically-assembled from a collection of 23 choreographic volumes that unfold uniquely at each performance.
McGregor is joined by an impressive set of collaborators: electronic musician and producer Jlin, designer Ben Cullen-Williams (winner of 2018 D&AD award for Autobiography’s set design) , lighting designer Lucy Carter, artist and designer Aitor Throup (costumes), and dramaturg Uzma Hameed. The Autobiography algorithm which determines the performance order was developed in collaboration with Nick Rothwell.
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The Science Behind The Dance
Thursday, October 25 | 6:30 PM | UNC’s Gerrard Hall
How does our DNA shape us? Join Richard Hodge, PhD, postdoctoral research fellow at the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center at UNC, for a discussion of the science behind Wayne McGregor’s dance, Autobiography. This event is presented in collaboration with the UNC Science Writing and Communication Club (SWAC). Read Richard Hodge’s A Blueprint for Dance, on Autobiography.
This performance is produced by Studio Wayne McGregor.
Co-produced by Sadler’s Wells, London, UK; Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg; Edinburgh International Festival, UK; Festspielhaus St Pölten, Austria; Carolina Performing Arts at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA; Movimentos Festwochen der Autostadt in Wolfsburg, Germany.
Co-commissioned by West Kowloon Cultural District, Hong Kong; Festival Diaghilev. P.S., St Petersburg, Russia; Centro Cultural Vila Flor, Guimarães, Portugal; Seattle Theatre Group, USA (music); Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, London, UK.
Music by Jlin in partnership with Unsound.
With thanks to AT Studio.
Photo by Andrej Uspenski
Please note that the balcony and mezzanine are closed at this time. You can check back at a later date to see if they are open, or call Ticket Services and ask a team member to notify you if either of those sections open up.