Wayne McGregor

  • Fri 21.10.05 20 h
  • Sat 22.10.05 20 h

Over the last twelve years, Random Dance, Resident Company at Sadler's Wells, has gained an international reputation for the creation of award winning works. Dedicated to innovation and quality in contemporary dance performance, Random Dance is now engaged with the intimate exploration of science and new technologies in creation, performance and outreach, with an emphasis on their interactivity with, and application to, the human body. 
Amu (of the heart) is their most ambitious, emotive and provocative collaboration to date. For Amu, the critically acclaimed choreographer Wayne McGregor with his outstanding company of dancers and in collaboration with the heart imaging specialist Dr. Philip Kilner questions both the physical functions and symbolic resonances of the human heart. Sir John Tavener will create his first commissioned original score for dance, where the heart is the centre of an inspiring musical dialogue of feeling, devotion and spirituality. For the London premiere, the score will be played live by the Southbank Sinfonia, lighting designer Lucy Carter, fashion designer Shelley Fox and visual artist Shirazeh Houshiary, join the artistic team to create an astonishing visual world for Amu. 
Premiere 15. September 2005, Sadlers Well's, London


Direction: Wayne McGregor

Choreography: Wayne McGregor in collaboration with the dancers

Original score: Sir John Tavener

Music: conducted by Paul Goodwin with Patricia Rozario (Sopran) and Rufus Muller (Tenor)

Lighting Design: Lucy Carter

Stage Design: Wayne McGregor, Lucy Carter

Visual Artist: Shirazeh Houshiary

Animation: HotBox Studios

Costume Design: Shelley Fox

Heart Specialists: Dr. Philip Kilner, Dr. Sonya Babu-Narayan

Dancers: Cécile Feza Bushidi, Claire Cunningham (Probenassistenz), Khamlane Halsackda, Ngoc Anh Nguyen, Silvia Parmeggiani, Ino Riga, Matthias Sperling, Hilary Stainsby, Antoine Vereecken

Rehearsal Director: Odette Hughes

Technical Director: Christopher Charles

Technical Manager: Andy Downie

Technician: Jane Crook

Amu has been co-commissioned by Sadler's Wells and the Wellcome Trust. Amu is supported by Arts Council England, Quercus, Gulbenkian and the PRSFoundation. Random Dance is a Regularly Funded Company of Arts Council London and is Resident Company at Sadler's Wells, London.

Photo © Ravi Deepres