Staged World Premieres of Innovative New Dance Works by Two Titans of Contemporary Art— Choreographer Wayne McGregor and Composer-Conductor Thomas Adès—to be Danced by The Royal Ballet and Company Wayne McGregor, Plus Music Performed by the LA Phil and Sets Designed by Celebrated Artist Tacita Dean
The Dance World Premiere of New Wayne McGregor Piece Features a Tech First—“Living Archive”—a New Tool for Choreography Powered by AI and Designed by Google Arts & Culture in Collaboration with McGregor July 12–13, 2019
LOS ANGELES (May 21, 2019) – The Music Center today announced new details regarding Adès & McGregor: A Dance Collaboration, a major partnership between the LA Phil and Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at The Music Center combining the creative talents of Grammy® Award-winning composer-conductor Thomas Adès and multi award-winning British choreographer Wayne McGregor (July 12–13, 2019). This exclusive presentation at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion highlights the relationship between music and movement, and also features the work of visual artist Tacita Dean and video installation by designer Ben Cullen Williams. A new work by McGregor incorporates an AI-driven choreographic tool designed by Google Arts & Culture—a technological first for the dance world.
The Royal Ballet and Company Wayne McGregor will dance in Adès & McGregor, an evening featuring two dance world premieres, with performances by the LA Phil under the baton of the composer himself. This will be the first time the LA Phil has performed at the Pavilion since moving to The Music Center’s Walt Disney Concert Hall in 2003. The weekend performances will also include special guests violinist Leila Josefowicz and pianist Kirill Gerstein. These special presentations close the Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at The Music Center’s 2018/2019 season.
“Given The Music Center’s legacy of bringing world-class companies and trailblazing artists to Los Angeles, we’re thrilled to welcome phenomenal British creative artists Thomas Adès and Wayne McGregor to our stages,” said Rachel Moore, president and CEO of The Music Center. “These in-demand artistic visionaries each create quite a stir for their ground-breaking approaches to art that juxtaposes classical origins with a contemporary vocabulary.”
Created in partnership with LA Phil, Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at The Music Center, The Royal Ballet and Company Wayne McGregor, Adès & McGregor: A Dance Collaboration is an extraordinary meld of music and dance world premieres. Composer-conductor Thomas Adès will conduct the LA Phil, “the most significant and successful major orchestra anywhere” (Los Angeles Times), for an evening of the maestro’s work. The LA Phil is celebrating their centennial year this season.
The program features two dance world premieres of Wayne McGregor’s choreography, including Inferno and Living Archive: An AI Performance Experiment. Inferno is set to Adès’ new score of the same name, which premiered at The Music Center’s Walt Disney Concert Hall on May 10, 2019, in a performance by the LA Phil conducted by Gustavo Dudamel. The music was commissioned by LA Phil and The Royal Ballet. The Royal Ballet will debut the dance world premiere of the piece created by McGregor, the Royal’s resident choreographer. The Dante Project (Inferno) is an epic journey through the afterlife, inspired by Dante’s Divine Comedy. The new work features set and costumes by celebrated visual artist, Tacita Dean, renowned for her pioneering and poetic work across film and multiple mediums. The creative team for this work includes lighting design by Lucy Carter and Simon Bennison and dramaturgy by Uzma Hameed. Inferno is the first act of this new ballet; The Royal Ballet will present the full three-act ballet as a complete work at the Royal Opera House in London in May 2020.
Co-commissioned by The Music Center and LA Phil, McGregor’s second new work for this program, Living Archive: An AI Performance Experiment, will be danced by Company Wayne McGregor and choreographed to Adès’ In Seven Days, a seven-movement piece for piano and orchestra from 2008. Fascinated in how AI might foster conversations about dance and the potential of choreographing through technology, McGregor is collaborating with the Google Arts & Culture Lab in Paris to develop “Living Archive.” The “Living Archive” AI choreographic tool has been trained using hundreds of hours of video dance footage from Wayne’s previous work. It then uses machine learning to generate entirely new movements and choreography in his style, creating a new “living” dialogue with his extensive archive. This piece will feature video installations designed by Ben Cullen Williams, who collaborated on the award-winning set and projection design for Company Wayne McGregor’s Autobiography (which opened the Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at The Music Center’s 2018/2019 season).
The Royal Ballet and Company Wayne McGregor will perform together in the West Coast premiere of McGregor’s Outlier, which was choreographed to Adès’ 2005 violin concerto, Concentric Paths. Outlier features Bauhaus-inspired design by McGregor and Lucy Carter (lighting design), and costumes by Moritz Junge. McGregor created Outlier, informed by the minimalist notions of simplicity and color theory, for New York City Ballet’s Architecture of Dance Festival in 2010.
Tickets for Adès & McGregor: A Dance Collaboration performances at The Music Center start at $34 and are available online at https://www.musiccenter.org/adesmcgregor; 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Royal Ballet also performs at The Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion the weekend prior, July 5-7, 2019, with their signature work Mayerling, a three act-work depicting scandal and murder in the 19th century Austro-Hungarian Empire. Tickets for Mayerling performances at The Music Center start at $34 and are available online at https://www.musiccenter.org/mayerling; 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 email@example.com.
The Royal Ballet and Company Wayne McGregor
Adès & McGregor: A Dance Collaboration
July 12–13, 2019
Co-presentation by Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at The Music Center and LA Phil
The Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
Los Angeles Philharmonic, conducted by Thomas Adès
Leila Josefowicz, violin
Kirill Gerstein, piano
The Dante Project (Inferno)
Dance world premiere
Inferno commissioned by Los Angeles Philharmonic, Gustavo Dudamel, Music and Artistic Director; and the Royal Ballet, choreographer Wayne McGregor
Choreography: Wayne McGregor
Music: Thomas Adès’ Inferno
Design: Tacita Dean
Lighting Design: Lucy Carter and Simon Bennison
Dramaturgy: Uzma Hameed
Dancers: The Royal Ballet
Living Archive: An AI Performance Experiment
Dance world premiere
Choreography co-commissioned by The Music Center and Los Angeles Philharmonic
In Seven Days music commissioned by Los Angeles Philharmonic, 2008
Produced by Studio Wayne McGregor
Direction: Wayne McGregor
Choreography: Wayne McGregor, in collaboration with the dancers
Music: Thomas Adès’ In Seven Days
Video Installation: Ben Cullen Williams
Lighting Consultant: Lucy Carter
Dancers: Company Wayne McGregor
AI choreography tool developed in collaboration with Google Arts & Culture Lab
West Coast premiere
Direction: Wayne McGregor
Choreography: Wayne McGregor
Music: Thomas Adès’ Concentric Paths
Set Design: Wayne McGregor and Lucy Carter
Lighting Design: Lucy Carter, recreated by Simon Bennison
Costume Design: Moritz Junge
Dancers: Company Wayne McGregor and dancers from The Royal Ballet
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 convenes artists, communities and ideas with the goal of deepening the cultural lives of every resident in Los Angeles County. The non-profit performing arts organization has two divisions: The Music Center Ops, which manages The Music Center’s four theatres, an outdoor plaza and Grand Park on behalf of the County of Los Angeles; and The Music Center Arts, The Music Center’s programming engine, which provides year-round programs and presentations, including a world-class dance series, Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at The Music Center; free and low-cost public concerts, outdoor dance events and a myriad of other innovative arts events; and nationally recognized K–12 arts education programs. The Music Center is also home to four renowned resident companies—Center Theatre Group, the LA Master Chorale, the LA Opera and the LA Philharmonic. 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, and follow @MusicCenterLA on Instagram and Twitter.
About LA Phil
The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, under the vibrant leadership of Music & Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel, presents an inspiring array of music from all genres—orchestral, chamber and Baroque music, organ and celebrity recitals, new music, jazz, world music, and pop—at two of L.A.’s iconic venues, Walt Disney Concert Hall (laphil.com) and the Hollywood Bowl (hollywoodbowl.com). The LA Phil’s season at Walt Disney Concert Hall extends from September through May, and throughout the summer at the Hollywood Bowl. With the preeminent Los Angeles Philharmonic at the foundation of its offerings, the LA Phil aims to enrich and transform lives through music, with a robust mix of artistic, education and community programs.
About The Royal Ballet
Under the directorship of Kevin O’Hare, The Royal Ballet unites tradition and innovation in world-class performances, and is a driving force in the development of ballet as an art form. Based at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, it brings together today’s most dynamic and versatile dancers with a world-class orchestra and leading choreographers, composers, conductors, directors and creative teams to share awe-inspiring theatrical experiences with diverse audiences worldwide. The Company’s extensive repertory embraces 19th-century classics, the singular legacy of works by Founder Choreographer Frederick Ashton and Principal Choreographer Kenneth MacMillan and the compelling new canon of work including pieces by Resident Choreographer Wayne McGregor, Artistic Associate Christopher Wheeldon and Artist in Residence Liam Scarlett.
About Company Wayne McGregor and Studio Wayne McGregor
Company Wayne McGregor is McGregor’s ensemble of highly skilled dancers. Founded in 1993, this was the original instrument through which McGregor evolved his distinctive visual style, revealing the movement possibilities of the body in ever more precise degrees of articulation. McGregor has made over thirty works for the company and today it continues to be his laboratory for ambitious and experimental new choreography, touring his work across the UK and around the world. Company Wayne McGregor is Resident Company at Sadler’s Wells, and is based at Studio Wayne McGregor in London.
Studio Wayne McGregor is the creative engine of McGregor’s life-long choreographic enquiry into thinking through and with the body. It encompasses his own touring company of dancers, Company Wayne McGregor; creative collaborations across dance, film, music, visual art, technology and science; and highly specialized learning, engagement and research and artist development programmes. In April 2017 Studio Wayne McGregor moved into its own newly created studio space at Here East in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, a shared space for making where the creative brains of the day can exchange knowledge and invent together. waynemcgregor.com
About Google Arts & Culture
Google Arts & Culture puts the collections of more than 1,800 museums at your fingertips. It’s an immersive way to explore art, history and the wonders of the world, from Van Gogh’s bedroom paintings to the women’s rights movement and the Taj Mahal. The Google Arts & Culture app is free and available online for iOS and Android. Our team has been an innovation partner for cultural institutions since 2011. We develop technologies that help preserve and share culture and allow curators to create engaging exhibitions online and offline, inside museums. Read about our latest projects on the Google Keyword blog.
The Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
135 N. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Mayerling, Friday, July 5, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
Mayerling, Saturday, July 6, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
Mayerling, Sunday, July 7, 2019, 2:00 p.m.
Adès & McGregor: A Dance Collaboration, Friday, July 12, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
Adès & McGregor: A Dance Collaboration, Saturday, July 13, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
The Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Tickets start at $34.
For 10 tickets or more, call (213) 972-8555 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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