Amu (meaning of the heart) is a live, large scale contemporary dance and music event, with an orchestra of 50 musicians, 7 singers and 10 dancers.
For the Amu dance performance by performing arts company Studio Wayne McGregor, the critically acclaimed choreographer Wayne McGregor and his outstanding company of dancers, in collaboration with heart imaging specialists Dr Phiip Kilner and Sonya Babu-Narayan, Lucy Carter (Lighting Designer), Shelley Fox (Costume Designer), Shirazeh Houshiary (Visual Artist) and Mark Hatchard (Animator), will question both the physical functions and symbolic resonances of the human heart. Sir John Tavener creates his first commissioned original score for dance, played live by the Southbank Sinfonia, conducted by Paul Goodwin with Patricia Rozario (soprano) and Rufus Müller (tenor), where the heart is the centre of an inspiring musical dialogue of feeling, devotion and spirituality.
Amu was co-commissioned by Sadler's Wells and The Wellcome Trust, and supported by Arts Council England, Quercus Trust, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and the PRS for Music Foundation.
Collaborating on Alpha were Wayne McGregor (Concept and Direction, Choreography in collaboration with the dancers), Sir John Tavener (Original Score), Southbank Sinfonia conducted by Paul Goodwin with guest artists Patricia Rozario (sop.), Rufus Muller (ten.), Lucy Carter (Lighting Design), Shirazeh Houshiary (Visual Artist), Mark Hatchard (Animation and Visual Effects), Shelley Fox (Costume Design), Dr Philip Kilner and Dr Sonya Babu-Narayan (Heart Specialists), Rebecca Marshall (Executive Producer), Chris Charles (Production Manager).
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