Workshops with Wayne McGregor Dancer, Catarina Carvalho

The Institute of the Arts Barcelona was thrilled to welcome Wayne McGregor Dancer, Catarina Carvalho, into the studio in October 2016. The BA (Hons) Dance students participated in workshops throughout the week lead by the Company Wayne McGregor Dance Artist. After the week’s workshops Catarina Carvalho allowed the students to ask her a series of questions.

Catarina Carvalho said that she started off dancing ballet and then later on she became more interested in contemporary. After going into different companies, Catarina went back to Portugal and started getting more into contemporary dance. After that, she went freelancing meeting different choreographers and producers. It is important to keep working hard and show yourself in an audition You have to be confident because you need to be seen to get a job. You have to push yourself and put yourself out there and remember that showing your weaknesses is not a bad thing. You just have to show discipline and that you really want to achieve this goal. Be brave and believe in it.

With regards to advice she would give to dancers, Catarina said that “Everything is valuable and there is place for different sorts of things. You can be a dancer and you can also want to become a producer. Take as much as you can take and be open to the world and the arts.”

BA (Hons) Dance 3rd Year Student Ieva Ievina says:

“In terms of warm up and technical class work it was based on Cunningham technique which I found very useful for developing my technical skills. The repertoire workshop was great! We had to work with the material using different choreographic tools. The way of working in class was very professional which gave me a good insight in the professional world.”

Catarina Carvalho, Company Wayne McGregor Dance Artist

Born in Lisbon, Catarina studied at École Supérieure de Danse de Cannes Rosella Hightower. After graduating, Catarina joined Ballet du Rhin. She worked with Javier de Frutos, Vasco Wellenkamp and Rui Horta among others. Catarina joined the company in 2008 and became Rehearsal Assistant in 2013. She has taught for many dance schools and companies. In 2014 she made Vuong10 in collaboration with Nina Kov, a full-length dance and live music piece. She is a certified BASI Pilates Mat work teacher.

Studio Wayne McGregor

Studio Wayne McGregor is the creative engine for choreographer and director Wayne McGregor CBE, and the home of his life-long enquiry into thinking through and with the body. It is a nexus of partners who explore movement, artistry, thought and partnership. With Wayne at its centre, this collaborative network encompasses dancers, writers, composers, producers, software engineers, visual artists, scientists and more.

Studio Wayne McGregor fuels the breadth of Wayne’s creative work including the development and touring of signature works on his ensemble of world-class dancers, Company Wayne McGregor; a portfolio of international commissions across genres including dance, visual arts, film, theatre and opera; specialised learning and engagement programmes emboldening individuals in their own creative expression; mentoring and cultivating of other artists; and inquisitive research enterprises which look across science, technology and the arts to provoke questions about some of the extraordinary phenomena of physical thinking.

This year, the physical space Studio Wayne McGregor will also become a reality, opening at Here East in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Here East is a unique campus inspired by the inventiveness, curiosity and energy of the making movement, housing creative organisations and those pioneering technological innovation. Containing three studios and collaborative work spaces within an inspiring triple height atrium, Studio Wayne McGregor will open at the end of 2016. Since December 2015, our offices have been based at temporary premises in Here East, looking forward to the completion of our own space.

Wayne McGregor

Born in 1970, Wayne McGregor CBE is a multi-award winning British choreographer and director, internationally renowned for trailblazing innovations in performance that have radically redefined dance in the modern era. Driven by an insatiable curiosity about movement and its creative potentials, his experiments have led him into collaborative dialogue with an array of artistic forms, scientific disciplines, and technological interventions. The startling and multi-dimensional works resulting from these interactions have ensured McGregor’s position at the cutting edge of contemporary arts for over two decades.

In 1992 McGregor founded Random Dance, which has grown into Studio Wayne McGregor to encompass his extensive creative output in fields both beyond, and in dialogue with dance. Company Wayne McGregor, his ensemble of highly skilled dancers, was the original instrument through which McGregor evolved his distinctive visual style, revealing the movement possibilities of the body in ever more precise degrees of articulation. McGregor has made over thirty works for the company and today it continues to be his laboratory for ambitious and experimental new choreography, touring his work across the UK and around the world. Company Wayne McGregor is Resident Company at Sadler’s Wells, London.

Since 2006 McGregor has been Resident Choreographer at The Royal Ballet, the first choreographer from a contemporary dance background to be invited into the role. Here his productions are acclaimed for their daring reconfiguring of classical language. He has made 15 works for The Royal Ballet, from Chroma (2006) set to music by The White Stripes and Joby Talbot and winner of the Olivier Award for Best New Dance Production, to Woolf Works (2015), an “exhilarating and ravishingly expressive” (Guardian) full length ballet based on the life and writings of Virginia Woolf.

Wayne McGregor is Professor of Choreography at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and has an Honorary Doctor of Science from Plymouth University. He is part of the Circle of Cultural Fellows at King’s College London. He is Vice President of the Roundhouse, a Trustee of Aerowaves, and Patron of The Place and the Lisa Ullman Travel Scholarship.

McGregor’s work has earned him a multitude of awards including three Critics’ Circle Awards, two Time Out Awards, two South Bank Show Awards, three Olivier Awards, a prix Benois de la Danse and a Critics’ Prize at the Golden Mask Awards. In 2011 McGregor was awarded a CBE for Services to Dance.

Mark Lethem