Wayne McGregor: Scavanger, Collezione Maramotti, Reggio Emilia

The Wayne McGregor and Random Dance project is part of the Aperto 2013 festival and brings together Fondazione I Teatri alongside Collezione Maramotti and Max Mara for the world première of the site-specific performance Scavenger. Appearing in the Collezione’s spaces on 16 and 17 November, McGregor will present four performances together with the Italian première of Atomos at Teatro Valli on 15 November.

Studying the works of art on display at the Collezione Maramotti, McGregor directs his dancers in Random Dance to do the same and they have recorded their impressions and thoughts in small notebooks. Each dancer investigates a specific work, responding to it with their bodies and reflecting a new interpretation back to the audience and the other dancers. Scavenger is a site-specific performance, conceived, directed, and choreographed by McGregor, who refers to the piece as “a new challenge”.

Inspired by the architecture of the building that houses the Collezione Maramotti, the choreographer uses it as a starting point to build a narrative around the body. The dialogue of the dance is punctuated by the distance between performer and space, making the performance fluid and organic. The final piece is a combination of the dancers’ creativity, McGregor’s vision and a digital sculpture, interpreting the dancer’s movements and presented live on a screen.

Wayne McGregor, Random Dance: Scavanger, 16 – 17 November, Collezione Maramotti, Via Fratelli Cervi 66, Reggio Emilia, Italy.

1. Wayne McGregor | Random Dance, Atomos, 2013 Ph. C. Rick Guest with Olivia Pomp.