Esplanade Presents


In the Studio with Studio Wayne McGregor and Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts


23 Oct 2022, Sun, 1pm & 2.30pm


(Intermission: None)

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Photo credit: Bernie Ng
Eileih Muir from Studio Wayne McGregor, Photo Credit: Kiraly Saint Claire
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Next Generation returns to da:ns festival with two notable festival artists working closely with students from Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts and LASALLE College of the Arts in a one-week creative residency respectively. With a strong focus on the process, the students will get a chance to learn movement phrases from each artist, and co-create with them as they get introduced to different creative practices, philosophies and movement styles.


As part of the creative residency, the students of NAFA will have the opportunity to be in high-energy technique classes of multi-award winning British choreographer, Wayne McGregor, as well as be introduced to his creative practices by one of the dancers from Studio Wayne McGregor. Students will be creating new materials with the assistance of McGregor’s unique creative methods, tasks and exercises.


This session will be a casual and informal sharing of the creative residency. Audiences will get to hear about the interactions and exchanges between the festival artist and students in between presentations of the works-in-progress. Join in the conversation between the artists, students, educators and other audience members to learn more about the process of the residency.  


Check out In the Studio with Liu I-Ling and LASALLE College of the Arts here.


Also, check out Tree of Codes by Wayne McGregor, Olafur Eliasson & Jamie xx here


Mask-wearing is optional. However, audiences are encouraged to continue to exercise responsibility and caution, such as wearing masks when in crowded places. Pre-registration is required.

  1. Patrons who have registered will have priority entry to the venue.
  2. Patrons who have registered must arrive 5 mins before the start of the performance to guarantee your admission.
  3. Patrons who have registered but are not at the venue 5 mins before the start will have their seats released to walk-in patrons on a first-come, first-served basis.
  4. Seating will be assigned by Esplanade’s ushers.
Admission Age:
6 and above.
Language: English
Things to Note:
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Artist Information

Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts

The Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) Dance Programme provides a unique intercultural and interdisciplinary environment, where students are mentored by an international faculty of respected artists. A hallmark of the academy’s approach is its connectivity and interactivity with a breadth of communities, disciplines and cultures, with a focus on Southeast Asia.  

NAFA’s curriculum is primarily based on practice and application, and influenced by both Asian and Western perspectives, showcased through its performance platforms. Highlights of the Diploma in Dance include industry-based learning with major local dance companies and leading independent artists, frequent collaborations with global guest artists, and an overseas immersion with partner institutions.

Studio Wayne McGregor

Wayne McGregor CBE is a British choreographer and director. He is Artistic Director of Studio Wayne McGregor, a creative nexus that pushes the frontiers of physical intelligence through dance, design and technology. Wayne’s work is rooted in dance, yet encompasses a variety of genres including technology, visual art, film, opera and education, as well as Company Wayne McGregor, his own touring company of dancers.


Studio Wayne McGregor supports an eclectic network of creators, including - but not limited to - dancers, writers, composers, coders, scientists and software engineers. The space is based at Here East in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, and is designed to spark creativity, expression and making.

Wayne McGregor is Resident Choreographer at The Royal Ballet, where his productions reconfigure the classical language, and from 2021, will be the Director of Dance for the Venice Biennale until 2024. He is Professor of Choreography at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and has Honorary Doctorates from Plymouth University, University of Leeds, University of Chester, and UAL. In 2017 he was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the British Science Association.


McGregor has works in the repertories of ballet companies around the world, including Paris Opera Ballet, Alvin Ailey, New York City Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet, Royal Danish Ballet and San Francisco Ballet. He has choreographed for theatre, opera, film (Harry Potter, Sing, Mary Queen of Scots, Fantastic Beasts film series), music videos (Radiohead, The Chemical Brothers), fashion (Soma for COS, Gareth Pugh at London and Paris Fashion Week, Nick Knight for SHOWstudio), campaigns (Selfridges, Boots No 7) and TV (Brit Awards, 2015 and 2016).


He has been awarded four Critics' Circle National Dance 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 for Services to Dance and in 2021 was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Prix de Lausanne.

Date & Time

23 Oct 2022, Sun


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