Analysis Of Wayne Mcgregor's Autobiography

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At some point in their career, most artists create a work that embodies their life and story. For Wayne McGregor, this work was Autobiography. Yet, McGregor's piece seemed to be more of a universal autobiography than his own, personal narrative. Inspired by the 23 pairs of chromosomes in the human body, Autobiography has 23 sections. Each section had an ambiguous title such as, Nurture, Sleep, Knowing, or Instinct. The general titles left the viewer to interpret the story line of the piece however they wished or not at all. For every show a random computer algorithm chooses which sections are to appear in the show and in what order, so every performance is vastly different for each audience member. From the music and lighting to the sequence of the sections and the choreography, McGregor's interest in process is apparent.…show more content…
Since the piece was in a concert dance setting, the tricks made it difficult for me to take the piece seriously, but by the end of the piece, the legs did not bother me. McGregor once said that, "People will tell you that there are rules, but there aren't any" (Snow). I realized that in a different context, such as a ballet, I would not have seen the legs as out of place. My bias stemmed from the idea that legs and tricks make a dance seem like a "competition" piece, which is often frowned upon at Marymount. Although the tricks did not make me dislike the piece, the similar movement vocabulary made the piece feel monotone at times. Furthermore, the vague titles of each section did not help differentiate them. A review from the New York Times noted, "If these titles were decoupled from their sections and reshuffled, it would make little difference. The one called Memories could just as well be Choosing" (Seibert). Without the black outs between each section and the projection of the sections' names, it would have been hard to distinguish one part of the piece from the

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