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SUNYATA / BEDROOM FOLK / WITH A CHANCE OF RAIN

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SUNYATA

Choreography
Wayne McGregor
Music
Kaija Saariaho
Set Design
Wayne McGregor
Costume Design
Moritz Junge
Lighting
Lucy Carter


BEDROOM FOLK

Choreography
Sharon Eyal
Assistant Choreographer
Gai Behar
Music
Ori Lichtik
Set Design
Thierry Dreyfus
Costume Design
Rebecca Hytting


WITH A CHANCE OF RAIN

Choreography
Liam Scarlett
Music
Sergej W. Rachmaninow
Lighting
Brad Fields
Costume Design
Liam Scarlett

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Paradigma includes three choreographies by Sharon Eyal and Gai Behar (Bedroom Folk), Wayne McGregor (Sunyata), and Liam Scarlett (With a Chance of Rain). Each piece presented by the the Bayerisches Staatsballett is a representation of current developments in the art of dance.  Just as every paradigm has an inherent structure, the evening is characterized also by the powers which contradict the dominant structure and thereby gain their creative potential. All three choreographies explicitly display these impulses by either following the given structure or by demonstrating a counterpoint and then setting a separate paradigm. In this exciting game of three choreographic handwritings, the ballet evening gains momentum.

In 2018, Wayne McGregor created an entirely new piece for the Bayerisches Staatsballett: Sunyata. For this premiere he worked with the contemporary Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho, whose Circle Map is both a spherical, dreamy as well as concrete physical composition, based on six poems of Persian Sufi mystic Rumi. The four-line poems are reflected in both the music and the number of dancers on stage: Sunyata features four male and four female dancers. The concept behind the term Sunyata stems from Buddhist philosophy about void, where void is not seen as something negative, but rather opening up endless possibilities for creation and development. 

The Israeli Sharon Eyal created Bedroom Folk together with Gai Behar in 2015 for the Nederlands Dans Theater 1. The choreography, which caused storms of enthusiasm at the premiere, is characterised by an ecstatic character. The beginning is marked by a strict rhythm and a close group formation. Over time, the strict arrangement dissolves and reveals a whole range of individual movement patterns. A pulse is continuously given by the electronic music, which at the same time forms a powerful centre of energy, but also forces the dancers to move forward.

With a Chance of Rain was created in 2014 for eight dancers of the American Ballet Theatre on piano preludes by Sergei Rachmaninow. These pieces are characterised by a late-Romantic tonal language in which the dramatic, the lyrical, the melancholy and the tragic are mixed. In the performance Dmitry Mayboroda takes on the pianistically extremely demanding works. The choreography of Liam Scarlett takes Rachmaninow's compositions as its starting point and develops an artistic response to the progressions and harmonies in piano music. A complex and fascinating web of relationship structures is created on stage. This reflects both the choreographer's intensive examination of the preludes created at the beginning of the 20th century and Liam Scarlett's narrative talent, which gives the abstract ballet a very personal touch.

 

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Choreographer

Wayne McGregor was born in 1970 in Stockport, England. He studied choreography and semiology in Bretton Hall, West Yorkshire and at the José Limon School in New York.

In 1992 he founded the company Random Dance, which has grown into Studio Wayne McGregor, a research center for asthetics. This network includes dancers, authors, composers, programmers and other members who work on the art of movement, on thoughts and partnerships extensively. He has made over 30 works for the company. The interdisciplinary collaboration has the aspiration to reveal themes from the humanities, the genetics, the robotics and the cognitive science in the dance.

Since 2006 McGregor has been Resident Choreographer at The Royal Ballet, the first choreographer from a contemporary dance background to be invited into this role. Here his productions are acclaimed for their daring reconfiguring of classical language. He has made 15 works for The Royal Ballet, including Chroma (2006) and Woolf Works (2015), the latter being a full-length ballet based on the life and writings of Virginia Woolf. His work has also been re-staged and performed by more than two dozen companies including Paris Opera Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Stuttgart Ballet, New York City Ballet, Australian Ballet and English National Ballet. His choreographies are also in demand in the branches of theatre, opera, music videos (e.g. Radiohead), fashion shows, TV and film: for Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire he acted as movement director.

Wayne McGregor is Professor of Choreography at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and has an Honarary Doctor of Science from Plymouth University. His work with its ambitious and experimental choreography has earned him a multitude of awards including the Olivier Award for Best New Dance Production and the Critics' Circle Award for Chroma (2006) and the Movimentos Dance Prize from the city Wolfsburg in the category “Best Choreography” for Entity (2009). In 2011 McGregor was awarded a Commander of the Order of the British Empire for Services to Dance.

In the season 2017/2018 Wayne McGregor brought two of his repertoire pieces to Munich: Kairos (Ballett Zürich, 2014) and Borderlands (San Francisco Ballet, 2013). He also created an entirely new piece together with the Bayerisches Staatsballett: Sunyata.      

 

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