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Saturday, April 26, 2014 | 8:00 p.m. | Byham Theater

Pittsburgh, PA: Pittsburgh Dance Council, a division of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, brings you Wayne McGregor | Random Dance on Saturday, April 26, 2014, at 8:00 p.m., at the Byham Theater. Award-winning, anatomy-defying British choreographer Wayne McGregor has crafted a stunning piece for the ten dancers from Wayne McGregor | Random Dance that will present the evening length work, FAR.
McGregor’s choreography FAR was inspired by the controversial Age of Enlightenment and by the 18th century French philosopher Diderot's very first set of encyclopedia. His groundbreaking vision embraces dance, science, film, music, visual art and technology to create intriguing, expansive works. And FAR is no exception. Staged in a mesmerizing environment of shadow and light, performed by 10 dancers, FAR binds innovative design with choreography inspired by radical cognitive research process. Since the premiere of FAR in 2010, the work has been performed around the world, receiving accolades for its ever-insightful vision. “Wayne McGregor is doing some of the most exciting work on the planet.” –The New York Times

The performance includes a superb score by Brian Eno and collaborator Ben Frost, visuals including a computerized pin board of 3,200 LED lights designed by rAndom International and Lucy Carter,  and costumes by Moritz Junge.
Wayne McGregor is renowned for his physically testing choreography and ground-breaking collaborations across dance, film, music, visual art, technology and science. He is the Artistic Director of Wayne McGregor | Random Dance and Resident Choreographer of The Royal Ballet. McGregor has created new works for Paris Opera Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Stuttgart Ballet, New York City Ballet, Australian Ballet, English National Ballet, NDT1, Rambert Dance Company among others. His works are also in the repertories of the leading ballet companies in the world including the Bolshoi, Royal Danish Ballet, National Ballet of Canada, Boston Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and the Mariinsky Ballet. He has directed movement for theatre and film including Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, and has choreographed music videos including the Grammy-nominated Lotus Flower video for Radiohead, and Ingenue for Atoms for Peace. He has also directed opera for La Scala, Milan and the Royal Opera House, London, and choreographed for plays, musicals, fashion shows and art galleries including site specific installations at the Hayward Gallery, Saatchi Gallery, National Gallery, Canary Wharf, Glastonbury, the Pompidou Centre and for Secret Cinema. In July 2012 he created a large-scale public dance work with 1000 performers, Big Dance Trafalgar Square, part of London 2012 Festival in celebration of the London Olympic Games

Wayne McGregor | Random Dance is a Resident Company of Sadler’s Wells and winner of the South Bank Show Award for Dance, The International Theatre Institute’s Award for Excellence in International Dance, The Movimentos Award and the Critics’ Circle Award. McGregor’s Random Dance was the first dance company to release a film on iTunes: the award-winning Entity.  In January 2011, McGregor was awarded a CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) for Services to Dance.
FAR is co-produced by Sadler’s Wells, London, UK and by Peak Performances at 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.
FAR is co-commissioned by Maison de la Danse, Lyon, FR; Fondazione I Teatri, Reggio Emilia, IT; Belgrade Dance Festival, Belgrade, SE; Belfast Festival, Belfast, UK; Brighton Dome and Festival Ltd, Brighton, UK; Laban Theatre, London, UK and DanceEast, Ipswich, UK.

Tickets ($19-$55) may be purchased online at www.TrustArts.org, in person at the Box Office at Theater Square, or by calling 412-456-6666. Subscribe to the Pittsburgh Dance Council season by calling (412) 456-1390 or online at www.TrustArts.org/Dance.

Each year the Pittsburgh Dance Council, a division of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, showcases a world-class season of dance. As the largest presenter of international performances in the city, the Dance Council, now celebrating its 44th season, continues to help make our Cultural District one of the country’s leading arts and entertainment centers.

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