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+/- Human at the Roundhouse Preview

+/- Human at the Roundhouse Preview

4 August 2017 Chloe Cheung

Art and technology intertwine at the Roundhouse next week as award-winning choreographer Wayne McGregor premieres +/- Human, an immersive experience featuring an installation and dance performance drawing on the iconic architecture of the venue’s Main Space.

Wayne McGregor is an innovative choreographer whose fascination with modern technology and science, and how movement can bridge the space between mediums and translate modern concerns, has led to collaborations with artists as wide-ranging as the Royal Ballet, Radiohead, Jamie xx and the Harry Potter film series. His latest work is a collaboration with experimental art studio Random International, and comprises an immersive installation, Zoological, that hosts a performance from members of Company Wayne McGregor and The Royal Ballet every Friday and Saturday throughout the run.


+/- Human at the Roundhouse

Zoological is an installation of flying spheres that flock according to generative algorithms. Made from aerospace-grade foils and electronics, the spheres will encircle and respond kinetically to individual visitors as they experience co-existence with an organism that is “alive but artificial, and… completely different from us, as humans,” according to the studio. Electronic music by Mark Pritchard will complement the technological element of this unique art experience.

The exhibition is Random International’s latest exploration into the autonomous swarming and flocking behaviour seen in the collective movement of birds’ flight, which the studio has previously recreated with LEDs in its Swarm Study series. “We knew we wanted to go beyond capturing or simulating this life form on a screen or through light. We wanted the swarm to be embodied, to be physical, and to be free; we wanted to let it loose on the world and to immerse ourselves in its habitat.”


Wayne McGregor

The installation will form the set for McGregor’s new choreography, performed among the flying spheres by Company Wayne McGregor and dancers from The Royal Ballet every Friday and Saturday night during the run. The companies will dance together for the first time in 16 years, with the audience free to explore the space during the standing-only performance, to an original score by artists from pioneering independent label Warp Records.


+/- Human at the Roundhouse

McGregor and Random International are both known for spanning art and science in their work, and +/- Human is their fourth collaboration following the critically acclaimed Rain Room in 2012. An In Conversation event within the installation, hosted by presenter of BBC Radio 4’s The Digital Human Aleks Krotoski, offers an opportunity to meet the choreographer and Random International founders Florian Ortkrass and Hannes Koch as they seek to answer the question “How can you prove that something is human?”

+/- Human runs at the Roundhouse, Camden, from August 10 - 28, with performances taking place every Friday and Saturday at 7pm and 9pm. Tickets to the exhibition start at £5, and tickets to the performance start at £15.

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