Performed to Steve Reich‘s Triple Quartet, played live, with lighting by Lucy Carter and costume design by Ursula Bombshell – both regular collaborators with Wayne McGregor – PreSentient was commissioned by Rambert in 2002.
The hallmarks of McGregor’s emerging world-class talent are all present in this early piece for 12 dancers, winner of the Time Out Award for Best Choreography. This is the first revival of the work by Rambert since its premiere.
“Steve Reich's Triple Quartet is an airless piece. I was particularly attracted to the punishing and driven wall of sound that relentlessly attacks the atmosphere created by the dense, complex and interlocking rhythmical and tonal structures of Steve Reich’s music. I have attempted to utilise the dancers as a graphic alphabet, a grammar and syntax of violent physicality that battles with claustrophobic choreographic structures to create a sense of unresolved, restless apprehension. A premonition perhaps.”
- Concept, Direction, Choreography and Set Design:
- Wayne McGregor
- Steve Reich
- Costume Design:
- Ursula Bombshell
- Lighting Design:
- Lucy Carter
- Catarina Carvalho
- Another Soft Helion composed and performed by :zoviet*france:
Wayne McGregor CBE is a multi-award-winning British choreographer and director. He is Artistic Director of Studio Wayne McGregor, which encompasses his extensive creative collaborations across dance, film, music, visual art, technology and science; learning, artist support and research programmes; and his own touring ensemble Company Wayne McGregor (Resident Company of Sadler’s Wells). McGregor is also Resident Choreographer at The Royal Ballet, the first choreographer in this role from a contemporary dance background. He is commissioned by and has works in the repertories of the world’s most important ballet companies including Paris Opera Ballet, ABT, Bolshoi Ballet, NYCB, NDT1, Munich Ballet, Alvin Ailey, Royal Danish Ballet and San Francisco Ballet. He is in high demand to choreograph for theatre, opera, film, music videos, fashion, TV and site-specific performances.
McGregor is Professor of Choreography at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. He has Honorary Doctorates of Science and Letters from Plymouth University and University of Leeds. McGregor was awarded a CBE for Services to Dance in 2011. More
Steve Reich has been called “America’s greatest living
composer” (Village Voice). His music has influenced
composers and mainstream musicians all over the world. Music for 18 Musicians and Different Trains have earned him two Grammy Awards, and in 2009, his Double Sextet won the Pulitzer Prize. Reich’s documentary video opera works – The Cave and Three Tales, done in collaboration with video artist Beryl Korot – have been performed on four continents.
In 2012, Reich was awarded the Gold Medal in Music by the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He has additionally received the Praemium Imperiale in Tokyo, the Polar Music Prize in Stockholm, the BBVA Award in Madrid, and the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale. He has been named Commandeur de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, and has been awarded honorary doctorates by the Royal College of Music in London, the Juilliard School, the Liszt Academy in Budapest, and the New England Conservatory of Music,
Wayne McGregor works featuring Reich’s music include PreSentient for Rambert, Eden | Eden (Stuttgart Ballet), Dyad 1929 (Australian Ballet) and a new commissioned score for Multiverse (The Royal Ballet), as part of McGregor’s 10th anniversary as Resident Choreographer, Royal Opera House, 2016.
Reprinted by kind permission of Boosey & Hawkes.
Ursula Bombshell studied Fashion Design at St.
Martins School of Art, London. A career in the fashion
industry with her own clothing label led to work
designing costumes for leading contemporary dance
choreographers including Javier de Frutos, Shobana
Jeyasingh and Wayne McGregor at companies all over
the world including Stuttgart Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, The Royal Ballet, English National Opera, Vienna State Ballet, Rambert and Company Wayne McGregor.
Ursula now divides her time between the world of
costume and running Float Glass Design – an architectural glass company – with her husband, creating site-specific art glass installations and bespoke glass for interiors. She is currently working on an art glass commission for the Natural History Museum.
Lucy Carter is a multi-award winning, critically acclaimed Lighting Designer. She was awarded the 2018 Critics Circle National Dance Award for Outstanding Contribution to Dance. She is a two-time winner of the prestigious Knight of Illumination Award for Dance for Chroma (2008) and for Woolf Works (2015) both by choreographer and director Wayne McGregor CBE for The Royal Ballet; winner of the 2013 TMA Achievement award in Opera for Lohengrin; and the 2004 Olivier Dance Award for 2 Human (McGregor).
Dance credits include Woolf Works, Obsidian Tear,
+/- Human, AfteRite, Yugen, Multiverse, Infra, Atomos
and Autobiography with long-term collaborator Wayne
McGregor; Threshold (Le Patin Libre), The Most Incredible Thing (Charlotte Ballet).
Theatre credits include The Almighty Sometimes and Persuasion (Royal Exchange), Home I’m Darling (NT and West End), Husbands and Sons, Medea and Emil and the Detectives (NT), Everybody’s Talking About Jamie (Apollo), Oil (Almeida) The End of Longing (Playhouse).
Catarina Carvalho is a London based dance artist. Born in Lisbon, Catarina trained at École Supérieure de Danse de Cannes Rosella Hightower in France with a scholarship from the Ambrosoli Foundation (Zürich). Catarina’s career began at Ballet de L’Ópera National du Rhin, experiencing a broad range of the company’s repertoire under the direction of Bertrand D’At. Catarina then moved back to Lisbon where she worked with various choreographers including Javier de Frutos, Vasco Wellenkamp and Rui Horta among others.
Catarina danced for Company Wayne McGregor from
2008 to 2017 and has toured nationally and internationally in various company productions including Entity, FAR, Atomos and Tree of Codes. During this time Catarina was also Rehearsal Assistant and assisted Wayne McGregor in
productions of Dyad 1909, Future Self, Outlier as well as Alea Sands at the Paris Opera Ballet.
In 2018 Catarina performed Self and Other at Art Night
to launch Random International’s first permanent UK art installation, and toured with Shobana Jeyasingh Dance’s production Contagion. Catarina continues to collaborate with Studio Wayne McGregor, and stages works, teaches workshops and masterclasses as part of Studio Wayne McGregor’s Learning and Engagement program.