On Sunday (7 pm), Warsaw?s Teatr Wielki ? Polish National Opera will host a unique presentation of the London-based Company Wayne McGregor?s piece FAR, giving the Polish audience a taste of the style and aesthetics of one of Europe?s foremost and most popular choreographers. The event will end the 7th Days of Dance and inaugurate the 22nd International Meeting of Live Arts ROZDROŻE/CROSSROADS 2015, organized annually by the Art and Its Time Foundation and the Centre for Contemporary Art ? Ujazdowski Castle.
FAR features a dynamic choreography by Wayne McGregor?s, co-created and performed by a group of dancers against the background of a moving screen displaying abstract paintings. Inspired by the age of Enlightenment, the piece touches upon an era which radically changed our approach to human understanding of the body. Ten dancers move to the suggestive music by Ben Frost (highly regarded composer, collaborator of Brian Eno), confronting present-day sensitivity with the deformations, sensuality and emotions typical of the 18th century. Staged in a hypnotic chiaroscuro setting by the multiple award-winning project studio Random International and Lucy Carter, the performance combines avant-garde design with a choreography which stems from fascinations related to cognitive processes.
Concept and direction: Wayne McGregor
Choreography: Wayne McGregor in collaboration with the dancers
Original music: Ben Frost
Stage design: Random International
Costumes: Moritz Junge
Lighting design: Lucy Carter
Company Wayne McGregor is one of the most esteemed contemporary dance companies in the world. Formed in 1992, the group?s performances are characterized by the combination of dance with electronic music and new technologies, including animation, digital film, and 3D design. McGregor?s company has performed at the major dance festivals in the world and numerous theatres in Europe, America, Asia and Australia. For the past few years, the company has been seated at the Sadler?s Wells in London. In 2016, it will move to its own seat. The performance mark the company?s first visit to Warsaw.
Following its premiere at Sadler?s Wells, London, UK, FAR was presented at the Edinburgh International Festival, Dance Umbrella Festival in London, as well as in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Amsterdam, Lyon, Rome, Madrid, Hamburg, Montreal, Singapore and Saint Petersburg.
Following the performance, the audience will have a chance to meet the company in the Teatr Wielki ? Polish National Opera Redoubt Rooms.
FAR is co-produced by Sadler’s Wells, London, UK and Peak Performances @ Montclair State University, Montclair, USA and is made possible in part by a grant from the Association of Performing Arts Presenters Creative Campus Innovations Grant Program, funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. The piece was co-commissioned by Maison de la Danse, Lyon, FR; Fondazione I Teatri, Reggio Emilia, IT; Belgrade Dance Festival, Belgrade, SE; Belfast Festival, Belfast, UK; Brighton Dome, Brighton, UK; Laban Theatre, London, UK and DanceEast, Ipswich, UK.
2015 ROZDROŻE/CROSSROADS Festival: 22nd International Meeting of Live Arts is co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage and the Capital City of Warsaw. Partner ? British Council
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