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Wayne McGregor announces first performances as director of dance at Grange Festival

Wayne McGregor. Photo: Anne Deniau Wayne McGregor. Photo: Anne Deniau
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Choreographer Wayne McGregor is to curate a season of dance at the Grange Festival in Hampshire next year.

The Grange is the former home of Grange Park Opera, and has since earlier this year been run as a new opera festival on the same site.

McGregor will be director of dance for the festival, adding a programme of ballet and dance to the line-up. The first performance is being co-curated with Royal Ballet principal Edward Watson.

Watson will perform as part of Dance@theGrange, which will feature classical ballet pieces performed by dancers chosen by McGregor as well as contemporary work performed by Company Wayne McGregor.

McGregor said of his appointment: “It has been a long held dream of mine to curate an evening of iconic classical and modern ballet alongside incredible contemporary dance whilst at the same time trying to avoid the traditional gala format.

“I would like to create an evening that places seminal pieces of our heritage repertory with newly created work of innovative intensity where physicality flows seamlessly together and where each of the works is individually distinct and opens the audiences’ eyes to the diversity and thrill of the human form.”

The dance programme will take place in June ahead of three new opera productions: Handel’s Agrippina, The Barber of Seville by Rossini and Mozart’s The Abduction from the Seraglio.

The season will also include a concert staging of Candide, by Leonard Bernstein, directed by Christopher Luscombe.

The festival’s director Michael Chance will worked with director Walter Sutcliffe and designer Jon Bausor on Agrippina, while director Stephen Barlow and designer Howard Hudson will collaborate on The Barber of Seville. The Abduction from the Seraglio will be directed by John Copley, designed by Ti Reed and conducted by Jean-Luc Tingaud.

The Grange Festival takes place from June 7 to July 8.

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