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Author:  Francis Timlin [ Mon Feb 08, 2010 4:21 pm ]
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Random Dance Company will be performing Founder/Artistic Director Wayne McGregor's 2008 work, "Entity," at Montclair State University in New Jersey beginning Thursday, February 11, 2010. McGregor is now also the resident choreographer at the Royal Ballet. He is interviewed by Claudia La Rocco in the New York Times.

NY Times

Author:  ncgnet [ Sat Mar 06, 2010 9:06 am ]
Post subject:  Science of dance innovation

From Tresca Weinstein of the Albany Times Union, in the Boston Globe: The science behind dance innovation
When dancers improvise, do they think about how they’re moving, or does it just come naturally? And if they are thinking, what kinds of thoughts are they having?

That’s what Philip Barnard, a psychologist with the British Medical Research Council’s Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit in Cambridge, England, set out to discover when he teamed up with the London-based company Wayne McGregor/Random Dance.

Author:  Francis Timlin [ Wed Mar 10, 2010 5:06 pm ]
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Marty Hughley reviews "Entity," performed on Thursday, March 4, 2010 in Portland, Oregon in The Oregonian.

The Oregonian

Author:  Francis Timlin [ Thu Nov 18, 2010 3:57 pm ]
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Random Dance performs Wayne McGregor's "FAR" at Sadler's Wells in London through November 20, 2010. Judith Mackrell reviews the performance in The Guardian.

The Guardian

Sarah Frater reviews "FAR" in the London Evening Standard.

Evening Standard

Author:  David [ Fri Nov 19, 2010 10:02 am ]
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Wayne McGregor/Random Dance
Sadler’s Wells Theatre, London; November 17, 2010

by David Mead

Wayne McGregor, one of the more cerebral of choreographers, has sought for some time to better understand the body-mind connection that exists in movement and in choreography. He says he has always been fascinated by the idea of a body misbehaving and not obeying the conventional rules of dancing. In making “FAR,” he has been working with cognitive scientists in an attempt to change how the dancers think about what they do. As he rightly says, if you always imagine in the same habitual way, the chances are you are going to move in the same habitual way. So, if you can redirect the imagining you should be able redirect the movement. All this is linked to “Flesh in the Age of Reason” (hence “FAR”), Roy Porter’s history of 18th century explorations into body and soul.

Beauty may be a by-product of the process of making “FAR,” but much of the resulting choreography is just that. The duets are particularly impressive. The sense of exploration of the body and what it is capable of, where it might go is palpable. It’s often as if a conversation is going on, although one later, smoky section almost seems to be a series of fights for the space. Contrasting this are quite a few balletic reference points: a fourth position here, a fifth there, classical attitudes, jetés, even beats. But the larger the number of dancers on stage the less effective the work becomes. There is almost so much going on that clarity suffers, and while the whole ensemble unison moments come as something of a surprise given the individuality that frames them, they lack power.

As ever, Random’s dancers are outstanding. Their whole bodies seem to be in motion almost constantly, always strong, but with a strength that sometimes comes through tension, sometimes through fluidity, with backs and limbs that ripple, uncurl and reach out like sea anemone tentacles. McGregor and his dancers seem to have a never ending stream of inventive and surprising ways of coming together or being in the same space. Some of the movement is right on the edge, done with great pace and with sudden changes of direction. Supports come out of nowhere as a dancer runs, suddenly stops and falls backwards or to the side and is deftly caught.

Lucy Carter and rAndom International’s staging give the work an air of mystery. A white panel behind the dancers containing rows of tubular white lights that come on and off is most effective as it is used as a digital counter or made to produce a series of patterns, shimmer like the sun glinting off a gently rippling pond or splash like raindrops.

While the movement itself is sensual and engaging, and “FAR” has a clear beginning and end, the bulk of the piece does rather lack structure. Scenes come and go but it gives the impression of a series of separate choreographic exercises rather than a coherent whole. Some individual moments jar too. Looking back, the torch bearers that frame the opening couple now seem decidedly incongruous, placing an otherwise timeless work clearly in a particular time. Later, when two dancers are seen initially in green rectangular pyramids of light, the brain immediately yelled “Beam me up.” Ben Frost’s electronic score does not really add anything and was little more than background noise.

Whether the dancers were truly been disconnected from their habits when making “FAR” must be questionable. And does it matter to most people anyway? McGregor needs to be careful that process does not become all. While it is surely of interest and importance for dance-makers and dancers, most of the audience is almost certainly more interested in what is on the stage rather than how it got there. In “FAR” McGregor definitely gives plenty for the senses to get to grips with though. I don’t often get a kinaesthetic empathy with what’s happening in front of me, but I did here..

Wayne McGregor/Random Dance are touring “FAR” throughout 2011 with dates in Australia, Canada, France, Italy, Russia, Hungary, UK and USA. See for details.

This review, with images, will appear subsequently in the magazine.

Author:  Francis Timlin [ Mon Nov 22, 2010 2:05 pm ]
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For his blog on Channel 4 News, Matthew Cain writes about attending a performance of "FAR" and about the place of contemporary dance in Britain.

Channel 4 News

Author:  Francis Timlin [ Thu Jan 13, 2011 3:54 pm ]
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Random Dance is performing Wayne McGregor's "Entity" at the 2011 Sydney Festival in Australia from January 26 through 30, 2011. Valerie Lawson talks to McGregor in The Australian.

The Australian

Author:  Francis Timlin [ Fri Feb 04, 2011 4:16 pm ]
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Random Dance will be performing in Montreal from February 10 through 12 in the Theatre Maisonneuve at the Place des Arts. Victor Swoboda previews the performance in the Montreal Gazette.

Montreal Gazette

Author:  Francis Timlin [ Tue May 24, 2011 5:27 pm ]
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Kelly Apter interviews Wayne McGregor about his new work, "ENTITY" that will be seen in Edinburgh. May 27-28, 2011, in The List.

The List

Author:  NickJackson [ Mon Jul 18, 2011 6:21 am ]
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Would want to know the feedback of the show, hoe was it like.....

Author:  MKirschner [ Tue Aug 30, 2011 7:51 am ]
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You can actually download Entity on iTunes now in the US, Canada and UK:

Author:  Francis Timlin [ Sat Oct 15, 2011 2:27 pm ]
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Random Dance Company will perform Wayne McGregor's "FAR" at the Alexander Kasser Theatre at Montclair State University in New Jersey, October 27-30, 2011. Broadway World previews the performance.

Broadway World

Author:  Francis Timlin [ Tue Feb 14, 2012 1:31 pm ]
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Random Dance made its Vancouver, British Columbia debut on Friday, February 10, 2012, performing Wayne McGregor's "Entity." Janet Smith reviews the performance for the Georgia Straight.

Georgia Straight

The company will also be performing "Entity" on Wednesday, February 15, 2012 in Santa Barbara, California. Elizabeth Schwyzer previews the performance for the Santa Barbara Independent.

SB Independent

Author:  Francis Timlin [ Tue Feb 14, 2012 1:34 pm ]
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The company will be performing "FAR" in Ann Arbor, Michigan on Saturday, February 18, 2012. Susan Isaacs Nisbett previews the performance for

Author:  Francis Timlin [ Fri Nov 23, 2012 1:59 pm ]
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Reviews of Random Dance's presentation of work by three choreographers -- Alexander Whitley, Paolo Mangiola and Robert Binet -- at the Royal Opera House's Linbury Studio Theatre.

Judith Mackrell for the Guardian.


Sarah Frater for The Stage.

The Stage

Zoe Anderson for the Independent.


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