Autonomous Beings

Prolific choreographer and director Wayne McGregor curates a major new series at the Roundhouse this summer, as part of Bloomberg Summer. Working alongside rAndom International – the collective known for the highly popular Rain Room – McGregor will connect dance, performed by Company Wayne McGregor and The Royal Ballet, with visual art and technology. Taking the title of +/- Human, the choreographer’s piece will respond to both rAndom International’s latest installation, Zoological, as well as to music specially composed by Warp Records artists. Collectively, the artistic trio will explore the relationship between human bodies and technological entities.

Running from 10 to 28 August, the project will be presented in two parts: in the day, audiences can engage with Random International’s flock of flying spheres in a hypnotic experience created in response to the Roundhouse’s unique architecture. These spheres are programmed using complex algorithms and motion sensors to react to their surroundings and to bodies in their environment. Throughout the exhibition, the spheres will interact with audience members and to electronic music created by Warp Records’ Mark Pritchard to produce a dialogue on the relationship between mechanical autonomy and human beings.

The second part of the project – McGregor’s contribution – can be experienced on Friday and Saturday evenings. Company Wayne McGregor will perform with dancers from The Royal Ballet for the first time since 2001, and together, they will interact with Zoological to showcase the potential of human movement within a technological environment. McGregor’s dancers carried out a stunning interaction with Rain Room back in 2012. Alongside the choreographed intervention, The Roundhouse will also present a series of one-off immersive live music performances in and around the installation, with artists to be announced closer to the opening.

Bloomberg Summer is part of an annual programme dedicated to introducing new audiences to innovative culture. Accompanying +/- Human will be an In Conversation event on 13 August. Taking place within the installation, the session will provide fresh insight on the collaborative project from Wayne McGregor and Random International’s founders, Florian Ortkrass and Hannes Koch. Roundhouse and Studio Wayne McGregor will also present a two-week intensive course for 25 young people from Queens Crescent Community Association and the Roundhouse Street Circus Collective which will be performed on 12 August with Company Wayne McGregor dancers at Queens Crescent Estate.

Bloomberg Summer at the Roundhouse, Roundhouse and Studio Wayne McGregor present Wayne McGregor’s +/- Human, 10-28 August, Roundhouse, London. Dates: Installation, 10-28 August, open Thursday-Monday from 12pm, Thursday late night opening until 10pm. Dance, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26 August, 7pm and 9pm. In Conversation, 13 August, 8pm.

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1. rAndom International, Rain Room, Museum of Modern Art, New York. Wayne McGregor dancers intervention.