News: Studio Wayne McGregor set to open at the end of 2016

Tuesday 16 February 2016 by Carmel Smith

Studio Wayne McGregor at Here East

Choreographer Wayne McGregor has unveiled the designs for Studio Wayne McGregor, his new space in Here East, in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Designed by architectural practice We Not I, the space will contain some of the largest dance studios in London, which through an innovative share arrangement, will be curated and gifted to artists to use for free.

The new facility will open at the end of this year and will be the first arts organization to move into the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, leading the cultural regeneration of the area following the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The space will have three dance studios, including two of the largest in London. It will be a home for McGregor’s own Company Wayne McGregor, as well as a facility for other artists. It will run a series of programmes in learning and engagement; research and technology; and a trading model in which artists are given access to the world-class studios for free in return for contributing their time to deliver creative interactions and engagement projects in schools and communities (the ‘FreeSpace’ programme).

“By launching Studio Wayne McGregor today – our game changer for artists, creativity, collaboration and play – we aim to nurture a place for imaginative freedom,” Wayne McGregor said. “Studio Wayne McGregor is a mixing house for creators and inventors of art, inside an inspiring collection of studios and functional work spaces. Art forms cross paths with technological innovation, experience with enthusiasm, doers with thinkers. As you can see, it will be an extraordinary physical space to share, dedicated to generating a lively nexus of new relationships and exchanges.”*

Wayne McGregor is a multi award winning British choreographer and director, resident choreographer with the Royal Ballet in London and internationally renowned for trailblazing innovations in performance that have radically redefined dance in the modern era. His experiments have led him into collaborative dialogue with an array of artistic forms, scientific disciplines and technological interventions. His creative and multi-disciplinary aspirations will be matched in Here East, a first of its kind campus that combines technology, education, creative media, business and data in the pursuit of innovation. The building’s other tenants include BT Sport, Infinity SDC, SPACE Studios, Loughborough University’s postgraduate campus (delivering courses in digital technology, digital manufacturing, design innovation and entrepreneurship, media and creative industries, business and sport), Hackney Community College, UCL Engineering and The Bartlett, and a host of agile technology start-ups that will take residence in Here East’s ‘home for making’.

CEO of Here East Gavin Poole said: “We are delighted to house Studio Wayne McGregor at Here East. The new designs for the world-class studios fit with our vision for each tenant’s space to reflect their own individuality and creativeness, while complementing Here East’s innovative architecture and design. As London’s cultural centre of gravity is shifting eastwards, Studio Wayne McGregor will provide a space for artists but will also actively work with local schools and communities to engage them in the arts.”

McGregor’s own company of dancers remains firmly at the heart of Studio Wayne McGregor and is the crucible of his creative energies. They will continue to tour his signature contemporary work under the moniker Company Wayne McGregor and will retain the key partnership of Resident Company at Sadler’s Wells.

Studio Wayne McGregor is supported by Arts Council England, principle supporter Quercus Trust, a generous philanthropic circle The Vitruvian Group, and contributions by charitable trusts and foundations and individual donations. As part of the re-visioning, the name of the organisation changes from Wayne McGregor | Random Dance to Studio Wayne McGregor – and a new website has just been launched:

Studio Wayne McGregor will be near neighbours of East London Dance, the dance agency who have run innovative community engagement projects in the area for over 25 years. They will be joined by English National Ballet, who are set to move to a purpose built new home in Canning Town in 2018 and Sadler’s Wells, who will have a new 600 seat theatre in Olympicopolis, as part of the redevelopment of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, due to open in 2021.

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