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The Music Center Welcomes Company Wayne McGregor with the Los Angeles Premiere of AUTOBIOGRAPHY

Groundbreaking Contemporary Dance Company to Launch 2018/2019 Season of Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at The Music Center with Bold Fusion of Science and Movement

LOS ANGELES (September 6, 2018) – The Music Center today announced the opening of its 2018-2019 dance season with the Los Angeles premiere of Company Wayne McGregor’s Autobiography (October 5-7, 2018), a contemporary dance portrait that fuses science and the human form. Known for choreography that examines life through the experience of the body, British choreographer and director Wayne McGregor CBE based Autobiography on the sequencing of his own genome, compiling 23 different sequences that unfold in different ways at each performance. McGregor uses a computer algorithm to determine the selection and order of the 23 sections prior to each performance, ensuring audiences will experience a performance that will never be repeated.

In developing this work, McGregor translated personal memories, old writings, art and music into choreography that portrays his personal story. The 23 sequences that make up the work correlate directly to the number of pairs of chromosomes in the human genome. With award-winning, bold set design and large-scale projections by artist Ben Cullen Williams synced to an electronic score performed live by avant-garde electronic musician Jlin, Autobiography offers audiences a deeper look at what movement can embody. The Guardian commented in a 5 star review, “Wayne McGregor turns his life story into dance in a mesmerizing, inimitable show based upon his own genetic code.”

“Wayne McGregor challenges audiences to reconsider any preconceived notions of dance and explore how movement can communicate the true essence and distinctiveness of who we are as human beings. Introducing randomness through the order of the vignettes allows the work to echo the accidental or unplanned nature of our own lives,” said Rachel Moore, president and CEO for The Music Center. “Company Wayne McGregor is a prime example of our commitment to bringing the best of dance to Los Angeles audiences with a fearless, dynamic season presented only by The Music Center.”

Autobiography melds the worlds of science and art by incorporating something as universal as our own DNA into the foundation of a piece and allowing that foundation to engage audiences in new and different ways,” commented Michael Solomon, The Music Center’s vice president of presentations and education. “Wayne McGregor tackles themes of memory, aging and sleep through powerful choreography and vibrant set design, all set to industrial sounds and dance rhythms that provide a oncein-a-lifetime experience.”

Each of Autobiography’s 23 choreographic portraits is a self-contained vignette that examines questions about the human condition. McGregor’s distinctive visual style and history of creative collaborations, coupled with his company’s ensemble of 10 highly athletic dancers, results in ambitious and experimental choreography, rhythmic compositions and stunning performances. Each performance will feature a mesmerizing electronic score performed live by critically-acclaimed electronic musician and producer Jlin, lighting design by McGregor’s long-time collaborator and award-winning lighting designer Lucy Carter, costumes by Aitor Throup and dramaturgy by Uzma Hameed. The Autobiography algorithm was developed in collaboration with software architect Nick Rothwell.

This production of Autobiography launches the 16th season of Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at The Music Center, which showcases today’s most renowned companies in revelatory programs of both classic and contemporary works.    

Company Wayne McGregor Autobiography
The Music Center’s Ahmanson Theatre
 
Choreography and Direction: Wayne McGregor
Music: Jlin, in partnership with Unsound
Set Design and Projection: Ben Cullen Williams
Lighting Design: Lucy Carter
Costume Design: Aitor Throup
Dramaturgy: Uzma Hameed
Autobiography algorithm: Nick Rothwell
 
Tickets for Autobiography performances at The Music Center start at $20 and are available online at musiccenter.org/autobiography at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion Box Office, 135 N. Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012; or by calling (213) 972-0711.  For groups of 10 or more, call (213) 972-8555 or email mcgroupsales@musiccenter.org.
 
About Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at The Music Center
Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at The Music Center is one of the leading presenters of dance on the West Coast. The celebrated series offers significant works by prestigious ballet and contemporary dance artists from around the world. Now entering its 16th year, Dance at The Music Center is a powerful commissioning force, supporting new works and artists-in-residence projects by today’s most influential companies and choreographers. Performances take place throughout The Music Center, including the historic Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, the distinctive Ahmanson Theatre and the iconic Walt Disney Concert Hall, and in locations around the Los Angeles area.
 
About The Music Center
The Music Center is Los Angeles’ home to the world’s greatest artistic programs and events. With four iconic theaters and four renowned resident companies – Center Theatre Group, the LA Master Chorale, the LA Opera and the LA Philharmonic – The Music Center is recognized for its illustrious dance programming, Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at The Music Center and is a destination where audiences find inspiration in the very best of live performance, as well as nationally recognized arts  education and participatory arts experiences. With The Music Center On Location, the non-profit performing arts organization brings events and activities to locations outside of its Downtown Los Angeles campus. The Music Center also programs and manages Grand Park, a 12-acre adjacent greenspace, with year-round free programming. For more information, visit musiccenter.org Follow The Music Center on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat (@MusicCenterLA).
 
 
Calendar Listing/Company Wayne McGregor Autobiography
 
Where:
The Music Center’s Ahmanson Theatre, 135 N. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012

When: 
Friday, October 5, 2018, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 6, 2018, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, October 7, 2018, 2:00 p.m.  
 
Box Office:
The Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Ticket prices start at $20
 
Online:
https://www.musiccenter.org/autobiography
 
Phone:
(213) 972-0711
 
For 10 tickets or more, call (213) 972-8555 or email mcgroupsales@musiccenter.org
 
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