Plans unveiled for Studio Wayne McGregor in Olympic Park

Design for Studio Wayne McGregor in London's Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Photo: We Not I Design for Studio Wayne McGregor in London's Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Photo: We Not I
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Choreographer Wayne McGregor has revealed designs for his new dance venue in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, which will be free for companies to use and rehearse in.

Dancers and other artists will not be charged to use spaces in the new east London building, but instead be expected to contribute time to the studio’s community and education outreach scheme, FreeSpace.

Two of the three dance studios planned for the building – Studio Wayne McGregor – will be the largest of their kind in London, and the centre will also run programmes for training, engagement and research and development in dance.

McGregor’s own dance company will be based there, making it the first arts organisation to move to a permanent home in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Unveiling the designs, the choreographer claimed the building would be “a game changer for artists, creativity, collaboration and play”.

He said: “Studio Wayne McGregor is a mixing house for creators and inventors of art, inside an inspiring collection of studios and functional work spaces.

“Art forms cross paths with technological innovation, experience with enthusiasm, doers with thinkers. As you can see, it will be an extraordinary physical space to share, dedicated to generating a lively nexus of new relationships and exchanges.”

In line with the branding for the new studios, McGregor has renamed his technology-focused dance organisation Wayne McGregor Random Dance to Studio Wayne McGregor.

The building, part of the Here East cultural campus being developed in the park, is scheduled to open in late 2016. The park will also be home to a new 500-seat venue for Sadler’s Wells.