Bengaluru: British Council has collaborated with Studio Wayne McGregor to give Indian audiences a chance to experience dynamic, powerful, visceral contemporary choreography. As part of the collaboration, multi-award winning choreographer Wayne McGregor’s company of 10 world-class dancers, Company Wayne McGregor, will perform the critically acclaimed dance work FAR in Bengaluru on 6 December 2017 at Chowdiah Memorial Hall.
Wayne McGregor’s anatomy-defying choreography and ground-breaking approach across dance, science, film, music, visual art and technology has fuelled a string of unique works. FAR is no exception and is a multi-sensory experience.
Inspired by the controversial Age of Enlightenment, FAR mines an era that first placed ‘a body in question’. Ten incredible dancers confront the distortions, sensuality and feeling of the 18th Century’s searing contemporary sensibility to a haunting score by the critically-acclaimed composer Ben Frost. Staged in a mesmerising environment of shadow and light (Random International, Lucy Carter), FAR binds cutting-edge design with choreography made from a radical cognitive research process.
FAR is co-produced by Sadler’s Wells, London, UK and by Peak Performances @ Montclair State University, Montclair, USA and is made possible in part by a grant from the Association of Performing Arts Presenters Creative Campus Innovations Grant Program, funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.
Mei-kwei Barker, Director South India, British Council, said “The UK-India Year of Culture has travelled across India, celebrating the modern-day relationship between our countries, and inspiring people to build a relationship for the next 70 years. Our world-class cultural organisations have been working together to create new works and share new stories around the UK, India and online. We’re delighted that people in Bengaluru, Delhi and Mumbai will be able to experience the Indian premiere of a new work from one of Britain’s greatest contemporary dancers and dance companies: audiences will be enthralled by the unique dance language of FAR.
Speaking on co-creating ‘Mix The Body’ with Studio Wayne McGregor, Jayachandran Palazhy, Artistic Director, Attakkalari Dance Company, said “Contemporary dance, although gaining ground among Indians, is still a niche dance form in the country. The collaboration with British Council and Studio Wayne McGregor for Mix The Body has given us the opportunity to bring to life a unique idea, and create a platform for many Indians to experience contemporary dance like never before, employing digital technology and interactivity. Mix The Body is probably what aspiring contemporary dancers and performers need to be able to simulate – professionally choreographed pieces through the work of one of the world’s best.