News: Wayne McGregor appointed Professor of Choreography at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance

Friday 7 March 2014 by Lise Smith

Wayne McGregor

Award-winning choreographer and director Wayne McGregor has been appointed Professor of Choreography at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. McGregor, who is also Artistic Director of Wayne McGregor | Random Dance, an Associate Artist of Sadler’s Wells, and Resident Choreographer at The Royal Ballet, received the title of Professor this week in recognition of his status as an artist researcher of international distinction.

Wayne McGregor|Random Dance‘s partnership with Trinity Laban began in 2011 with a joint research project studying the creative process in dance. McGregor joined the staff of Trinity Laban in September 2013 as a development of this partnership. Trinity Laban Principal Professor Anthony Bowne says, “The appointment of Wayne McGregor significantly enhances our research activity where practice as research – creative practice and high level artistic outputs – is the primary focus. We are delighted to welcome Wayne to our research department where he joins other distinguished music and dance colleagues.”

Internationally renowned for his physically testing choreography and groundbreaking collaborations across dance, film, music, visual art, technology and science, McGregor has been collaborating with artists and researchers from fields such as cognitive and social science since 2000. Projects undertaken by McGregor with the R-Research department of his company have included the development of software tool to support creativity, observations of unique phenomena that arise during a shared creative process, and the study of the relationship between mind and movement.

The 2013 exhibition at Wellcome Collection, Thinking with the Body : Mind and Movement in the work of Wayne McGregor | Random Dance, was a culmination of this decade of collaborative research. In 2013 the company also created Mind and Movement, a learning resource for dance teachers and practitioners based on the Choreographic Thinking Tools developed with cognitive scientists. McGregor’s 2013 work Atomos, co-commissioned by Trinity Laban, was performed in the Bonnie Bird Theatre at Laban this week.

“The connection between imagery and creativity in dance making has been a significant focus of our research partnership with Random,” says Anthony Bowne. “Our recent co-hosting of an interdisciplinary seminar on imagery and creativity placed the artistic process in the spotlight and drew on approaches in clinical psychology, sports psychology, cognitive and neuroscience to interrogate the practice.”

In addition to a major focus on research activity, the appointment will also offer opportunities for students to learn repertory and work with Wayne McGregor | Random Dance on research and creative tasks. McGregor says of his new professorship, “The Random team’s ongoing research into the science of making dances continues to fascinate and present fresh challenges both creatively and cognitively. I am delighted and honoured to accept the Professorship at Trinity Laban and look forward to our evolving collaboration”.

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