I went over to Wellcome Collection a few weeks ago to have a nose around the Wayne McGregor | Random Dance exhibition ‘Thinking With The Body’. The collection of documented research is made up of installations, participatory exercises, videos, images and writings about the creative processes of the choreographer and company’s work. The exhibition is a result of research that has been accumulated and developed since 2000, leading up to the most recent work Atomos. From 2008 onwards, projects have moved forwards under the area of ‘R-Research', this research is widely accessible if you want to check it out. The research displayed at the exhibition has been undertaken by a large team of professionals and it collaborates dance with both cognitive and social sciences.
Investigations dealt with the Thinking Body in terms of exploring the creative mind and body during choreographic activity. The choreographer has an ongoing interest and curiosity with technology as well as science (which I had a play with in installations) and the exhibition sheds light on an extremely intellectual, thorough and deep process. The exhibition explores specific areas of research which include: Tracing Collaboration, Choreographic Thinking, Physical Thinking, Becoming, Seeing Sound and Dance Making, in an extraordinary way. The exhibition displayed an evident understanding and extensive proof behind physical thinking, with both artistic and scientific experiments, offering results that are really useful and exciting to dance.
I am hugely concerned with and interested by the creative process within the art of making, the value of choreography as a practice, and the importance of documentation during the creative process, so I was very excited to have a look around and I was not at all disappointed. In fact, I didn’t really want to leave and my friend who also came along had to quite literally assist me out of the door, there was so much to read and watch. Below are some questions to finish this post with.
“Can theories and models from other disciplines stimulate new ways to make, teach and talk about dance?” McGregor 2013
How do we create choreography? Perhaps from a point of reference, such as training. Research and rethinking allows for a new point of reference. McGregor 2013