Autobiography (Kampnagel, Hamburg)

Jarrestraße 20, Hamburg, Germany

Wednesday, August 22, 2018 - 20:00 to Saturday, August 25, 2018 - 21:30

Company Wayne McGregor will perform Autobiography at Kampnagel, the international centre for the finer arts in Hamburg, Germany, and Europe’s largest production center for contemporary performing arts.

What does it mean to write your own life-story? For twenty-five years, Wayne McGregor has been making choreography that interrogates life through the experience of the body, moving intelligently in space and time. His practice has been far-reaching and sought out collaborators from a diverse range of artistic and scientific fields to investigate the nature of embodied cognition.

Now McGregor turns his attention to the body as archive, as he embarks on a cycle of choreographic portraits illuminated by the sequencing of his own genome. The first of these studies, Autobiography, is an abstract meditation on aspects of self, life, writing, refracting both remembered pasts and speculative futures.

Palimpsesting McGregor’s choreographic imprint over personal memoir and genetic code in a continuous re-imagining, Autobiography unfolds uniquely for each and every performance. Life, writing itself anew.

Choreography and direction: Wayne McGregor, music by Jlin, set design and projection by Ben Cullen Williams, lighting by Lucy Carter, costume design by Aitor Throup, dramaturgy by Uzma Hameed.

Co-produced by Studio Wayne McGregor; Sadler’s Wells, London, UK; Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg; Edinburgh International Festival, UK; Festspielhaus St Pölten, Austria; Carolina Performing Arts at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA; Movimentos Festwochen der Autostadt in Wolfsburg, Germany. 

Co-commissioned by West Kowloon Cultural District, Hong Kong; Festival Diaghilev. P.S., St Petersburg, Russia; Centro Cultural Vila Flor, Guimarães, Portugal; Seattle Theatre Group, USA (music); Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, London, UK.

Music by Jlin in partnership with Unsound.


Company Wayne McGregor (United Kingdom)
Jarrestraße 20, Hamburg, 22303
Part of: 
01 January 2018 to 01 January 2019

UK / Germany 2018