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Wayne McGregor CBE is a multi-award-winning British choreographer and director, internationally renowned for his collaborations across dance, film, music, visual art, technology and science. He is Artistic Director of Company Wayne McGregor, Resident Company at Sadler's Wells, London, and Resident Choreographer of The Royal Ballet. He is Professor of Choreography at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, and has an Honorary Doctor of Science (Plymouth University) and an Honorary Doctorate of Letters (University of Leeds).
McGregor has created work for renowned international ballet companies, including Paris Opera Ballet, New York City Ballet, English National Ballet and Rambert Dance Company, and has work in the repertories of the Bolshoi, Royal Danish Ballet and National Ballet of Canada, among others. He has also produced work for theatre, opera, film (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and Fantastic Beasts), music videos (Radiohead, Thom Yorke) and TV (The 2016 Brit Awards Opening Sequence), and has partnered with artists such as John Tavener, Audrey Niffenegger, Jamie xx, Max Richter and Olafur Eliasson.
Most recently McGregor premiered Sweet Charity for Donmar Warehouse, Sunyata for Bayerisches Staatsballett, and Bach Forms for Company Wayne McGregor.
McGregor's work has earned him four Critics’ Circle Awards, two Time Out Awards, two South Bank Show Awards, two Olivier Awards, a Prix Benois de la Danse and two Golden Mask Awards. In 2011 McGregor was awarded a CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) for Services to Dance.
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Electronic musician Jlin began producing music in 2008. A former steel mill worker from Gary, Indiana, she is credited with bringing a unique sound to the Chicago-born footwork genre. Her track Erotic Heat featured on the 2011 Planet Mu compilation Bangs and Works Vol. 2., and was later used to accompany a 2014 Rick Owens fashion show. In 2015, her genre-defying debut album Dark Energy was released to critical acclaim, placing her in her own musical zone of hyper rhythmic cuts that display a tension between anger and colourful euphoria. During the world tour after the release, Jlin grew a reputation as a formidable live act, and the album ended up in the top 10s and 20s of album lists for 2015 for a number of music publications. Her long-awaited second album, Black Origami, was released in May 2017 and received the Best Difficult Second Album award at the AIM Music Awards 2017. In 2017 she was commissioned by Wayne McGregor to compose the music for his dance work Autobiography.