Studio Wayne McGregor at Here East. Photo © Gilbert McCarragher

Studio Wayne McGregor at Here East.
Photo © Gilbert McCarragher

David Mead 

Wayne McGregor and his company, Random Dance, are to take up residence in a new arts space, Here East, in London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in 2016.Studio Wayne McGregor will be a home for McGregor, his company and collaborators, and it is planned, a major resource for the arts and for the communities of east London.

Here East is the result of the transformation of the former Press and Broadcast Centres in the Olympic Park, all part of the continuing regeneration of the area following the 2012 Games. It will form a campus with a combined focus on business, technology, media and education. As the first cultural organisation to move into the Park, the Studio Wayne McGregor will be a trailblazer for the new education and cultural district being developed.

The Studio will comprise three large dance studios and additional work spaces. It will play host to all of McGregor’s creative work alongside Random’s artist development and creative learning programmes. Other artists will be offered access to world-class studios regardless of funding or stage of development for rehearsal, creation, research and development. In return, they will be asked to trade their time to deliver creative engagement for local schools and communities through a ‘Free2Create’ scheme.

The project has significant financial support, underpinned by two major gifts from the Quercus Trust.

Wayne McGregor.  Photo © Nick Mead

Wayne McGregor.
Photo © Nick Mead

Wayne McGregor said, “It is clear that dance, choreographic processes and creativity have a part to play in the fast-changing technological and digitally motivated landscape we find ourselves in, where thinking through and with our bodies – in a broad range of contexts from robotics to cognitive science, artificial intelligence to health, education to experience – challenges and re-calibrates what the artform can really achieve and invent into the future. This vision excites and motivates us. We are ambitious for dance and adventurous for its wider application. The space we have chosen for our new home, within Here East with its unique and diverse maker ecology, makes manifest this aspiration. Studio Wayne McGregor will be a shared space for making, where artists can exchange knowledge and invent together. It will be a crucible of collaboration across disciplines and scale. It will be a base from which we can work with local communities and young people to share experiences and nurture creativity.”