Legendary Choreographer Wayne McGregor on His Enduring Love for Abba
This text is taken from the Autumn/Winter 2022 subject of AnOther Journal:
“I grew up in Stockport within the Seventies, studying ballroom and Latin American dances to Abba. Their songs are a part of my dance DNA – the lyrics, the narratives, the feelings, the way in which they sit inside you musically – and whereas making [this year’s virtual concert residency] Abba Voyage, I realised how a lot they had been a part of my bodily reminiscence. It’s the largest motion-capture live-avatar undertaking up to now and is predicated on actual performances. First by the latter-day Abba, which was phenomenal – Frida singing Fernando proper there – after which by 4 physique doubles embodying their bodily signatures. Each tiny motion was choreographed and repeated for the movement seize. Abba had a extremely particular efficiency character – every member moved in a really particular person means. We took that and amped it up. It makes you realise how distinctive all of us are and the way our self-expression is one thing to cherish, to hold with us as we transfer in direction of the metaverse and create hybrid experiences that develop empathy between digital and reside presence.”
Whether or not channelling an automaton’s stimulated actions (Cyborg, 1996) or choreographing emotive interactions between dancers and a robotic (No One Is an Island, 2020), the endlessly revolutionary British choreographer Wayne McGregor has lengthy embraced know-how as each an inspiration and a device for increasing the probabilities of bodily efficiency. Presently the resident choreographer on the Royal Ballet and director of dance for the Venice Biennale, McGregor stays dedicated to this fascination: his soon-to-be unveiled undertaking DeepStaria will span each actuality and the metaverse, he says, exploring “how we make metahumans in dance, and constructing empathy by means of motion”.
Grooming: Eliot McQueen at Future Rep utilizing 111SKIN. Photographic assistant: Pietro Lazarris. Publish-production: She Publish Manufacturing. Printing: Moderne Lab
This story options within the Autumn/Winter 2022 subject of AnOther Journal, which is on sale internationally now. Purchase a replica right here.