Wayne McGregor Quotes.
Everyone is always telling me that I must be exhausted, but I’ve learned how to use my time well, and that includes holidays to recharge. I always try to give myself big chunks of time to think about what the next project is going to be.
I like to practise. With every new piece, you make mistakes and you learn. So it’s important to get on and have another go.
I am now obsessed with the technology of the body. I think it’s the most technologically literate thing that we have.
I enjoy my work too much to force-feed myself with pressure.
Once I’m working on something, I don’t do anything else. I’m mono-track.
Unlike a lot of choreographers, I don’t always start with the music. I often start with a visual artist, and then find music that fits the world of that visual artist.
Choreography and creativity – it’s my matrix; let’s see where we can move.
Some people are fascinated by what they know, and some are fascinated by what they don’t know. I’m just very interested in what’s possible.
With dance and theatre, I think people get very nervous about not knowing the right things. They feel like they’ve missed something, or that they’re not bright enough to watch it. It’s not a test.
Dancers can get to see almost everything now. When I used to go into companies to make a piece, the dancers had hardly ever seen my work. Now they can watch it on YouTube. It means they’re much faster at picking up material.
My influences change all the time; they have to remain current, because they’re the things that capture your imagination and make you want to go into the studio.
I think it’s the responsibility of a major opera house not only to cultivate debate and get people thinking, but also to be interfaced with things that challenge them. To challenge its audience and not just deliver things that they know, even though some of those things are wonderful.
I’ve always been just as interested in making people think as I am in making them feel, and one of the things this scientific process allows me to do is make the audience look differently at dance.