In 2014 Outset in association with The Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts supported the dance & art production Tetractys – The Art of Fugue. The piece is choreographer Wayne McGregor’s latest work for The Royal Ballet, London. Following his creative partnership with artist Audrey Niffenegger in Raven Girl, McGregor continues to explore the connections between the arts.
In this keenly anticipated new ballet he teams up with artist Tauba Auerbach and choreographs to Johann Sebastian Bach’s phenomenal The Art of Fugue. Bringing together an 18th-century work of magnificent invention with pioneering 21st-century choreography this performance is an exhilarating fusion of contemporary ballet and baroque music. The work is brought to the main stage with set and costume designs by Tauba Auerbach and lighting designs by Lucy Carter.
Tetractys – The Art of Fugue premiered at the Royal Opera House on 7th February 2014. The piece was performed as part of an evening programme featuring two further dance productions – Rhapsody and Gloria by choreographers Frederick Ashton and Kenneth MacMillan.
Wayne McGregor CBE is a multi-award-winning British choreographer and director. He is Artistic Director of Studio Wayne McGregor, the creative engine of his life-long choreographic enquiry into thinking through and with the body. Studio Wayne McGregor encompasses his extensive creative collaborations across dance, film, music, visual art, technology and science; Company Wayne McGregor, his own touring company of dancers; and highly specialized learning and research programmes.
Wayne McGregor is also Resident Choreographer at The Royal Ballet, where his productions are acclaimed for their daring reconfiguring of classical language. He is Professor of Choreography at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and has an Honorary Doctor of Science from Plymouth University and an Honorary Doctor of Letters from University of Leeds.
Tauba Auerbach (born 1981, San Francisco, California) is a visual artist working in a wide variety of media including sculpture, photography, painting, weaving and book design. She herself states about her practice: “I operate in the gap between Conceptual Art, abstraction and graphic art.” She lives and works in New York.
Recent solo exhibitions include Tauba Auerbach: The New Ambidextrous Universe (2014), ICA, London; Standard, Oslo, Wiels Centre of Contemporary Art, Brussels; Malmö Konsthall, Malmö; and Bergen Kunsthall, Bergen. Group exhibitions include Ecstatic Alphabets/Heaps of Language, Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Painting Factory, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; and Lifelike, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis.
English lighting designer Lucy Carter has lit many productions at The Royal Ballet and has developed a strong creative partnership with Royal Ballet Resident Choreographer Wayne McGregor. Her productions for The Royal Ballet include Tetractys – The Art of Fugue (2014), Raven Girl (2013), Metamophosis: Titian 2012, Live Fire Exercise (2011), Chroma (2008), Infra (2008) and Qualia (2003).