Dance: Fishy moves
Friday 26 September 1997
When Wayne McGregor agreed to preview his show earlier this month in the window of Selfridges, the effect was eerily aquariumlike - what with passing shoppers smushing their noses up to the glass to see his dancers perform. Aptly then, McGregor's new show, Millennarium, is taken from the words millennium and aquarium. Combining grand-scale futuristic computerised images with frenetic, hard-edged modern dance, expect an eye-fest if you've got tickets for tonight.
"Computers have always been a natural part of my growing up," says McGregor. "I've had one since I was four." In Millennarium, he uses them on large screens to throw the audience into a three-dimensional dance cyberspace. "You'll be watching a dancer moving on stage, and then behind them this huge void will appear to be opening up. You won't be able to locate distance in a normal way."
If it all sound a bit out there, it is. The 27-year-old dance maverick has been called the Damian Hirst of Britain's dance world. His past stunts include live dance shows on the Internet and a dance video-conference in which three dancers in Berlin were hooked up on live screens to eight dancers in Canada for a live show. "It was fantastic fun," he says. "I'm thinking of doing it with four groups next - with dancers from Tokyo, Canada, London and Berlin."
While he's young and innovative, McGregor also has nature working for him, too. Over six foot, bald and slim as a noodle, his body quite simply is his tool. And his body, he admits, does influence his choreography - much of which is hyper-quick and fluid. "I'm hooked on the kinetic charge between music and movement," he says. "The sensation of moving through space and pushing movement to new extremes." Millennarium, which took a year to develop, is a synthesis of this love of space and his raw and idiosyncratic ways with movement.
Millenarium is at The Queen Elizabeth Hall, South Bank. Tickets are pounds 8- pounds 12 from The Royal Festival Hall Box Office on 0171 960 4242.
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