Entity: Harbourfront Centre's Breathtaking Dance Spectacle

Posted by Sky Fairchild-Waller, February 28, 2012


Sky Fairchild-Waller, member of the artistic direction team at Harbourfront Centre, shares an insider's view on Toronto's latest buzz show: Entity is a spectacle of movement that fuses together dance and technology in a seamless dreamlike performance.

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If your last ballet experience was tainted by swans, or tights or a frightful combination of both, rest assured: you are not alone. But dear friends, this is Wayne McGregor—a guy who summoned Coldplay and Massive Attack collaborator Jon Hopkins to create sound for Entity; a guy who’s been commissioned to choreograph on a modest 2,000 dancers for London 2012’s Cultural Olympiad. And while we’re at it, he’s also a Commander of the Order of the British Empire, props bestowed upon him by none other than Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II. This is Wayne McGregor. Prepare yourselves.

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In Entity, a full-length contemporary ballet-based amalgam of dance, video installation and electronica, McGregor endeavours to mine the relationship between brain and body, the complex micro-dimensions of our existence that continue to elude us. These feelings may be familiar yet distant, although they make us who we are. 10 male and female dancers of a herculean strain attack this work by defying gravity, shape and limits of all kinds. They entangle, collapse, and hurtle at rapid-fire speed, with the resulting movement vocabulary imbuing a sort of morbid classicism; these bodies move in every way you thought they couldn’t—over, and over, and over again.

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In many ways, the appearance and the creative output of Entity’s creator are closely linked. Perfectly boyish in his 40s, sporting a slickly shaved head, and looming over everyone in the room, McGregor appears futuristic, otherworldly, and describing any one of his critically celebrated works requires a well of similar adjectives. He’s an inventor, a distorter, a DJ of bodies. Don’t miss the next set. You will regret it.

For more information visit Harbourfront Centre's Word stage website!

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