Mark Wallinger Designs New Ballet For Sadler’s Wells

Mark Wallinger

Mark Wallinger The 2007 Turner Prize winner is collaborating with internationally acclaimed composer Mark-Anthony Turnage, Olivier Award-winning choreographer Wayne McGregor (Random Dance), lighting designer Lucy Carter, and costumer Moritz Junge to create a brand new choreographic work. The piece will be performed in a visual world created by Wallinger and marks the first new work in Sadler’s Wells Composer Series. Turnage’s new score for the piece has been inspired by a text written by Wallinger, which was in turn inspired by American sculptor Richard Serra’s Compilation of Verbs and the work of pioneer photographer Eadweard J. Muybridge.

Wallinger was Born in Chigwell, Essex in 1959, he lives and works in London. His best known works include: A Real Work of Art, a racehorse, which Wallinger bought in 1993 and entered in the flat racing season in 1994; Ecce Homo, a life-size sculpture of Christ that occupied the Fourth Plinth in London’s Trafalgar Square (1999); and State Britain, a meticulous recreation of peace campaigner Brian Haw’s Parliament Square protest for the Duveen Galleries at Tate Britain (2007). He was shortlisted for the Turner Prize in 1995, which he subsequently won in 2007. He also represented Britain at the 49th Venice Biennale in 2001. In 2009 his design for a sculpture of a giant white horse was selected for the Ebbsfleet Landmark commission. Also last year, his Hayward Touring exhibition Mark Wallinger curates: The Russian Linesman was presented at the Hayward Gallery, Leeds Art Gallery and Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea.

In April 2011 it was announced that Mark would team up with fellow Turner Prize winner Chris Ofili for a special Olympic 2012 project. The pair are to collaborate with the Royal Ballet and the National Gallery to create a piece based on 3 works by the Renaissance painter Titian.


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