Mauricio Wainrot studied in Buenos Aires at the Teatro Colon High School and danced as principal guest soloist with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, the Teatro Municpal Ballet of Rio de Janeiro, Ballet de Carnare of Caracas, the Ballet Contemporaneo of Buenos Aires and the Grupo de Danza Contemporanea of the Teatro San Martin.
Wainrot was artistic director of the Grupo de Danza Contemporanea from 1982 to 1985, which toured the Sovjet Union, Spain, Brazil, Uruguay and Argentina. For this company, he created many works — Anne Frank, Libertango, Symphony of Psalms, Fiesta, Reflections and Three Argentine Dances — which are on the repertoire of many companies.
In 1986 he left Argentina, having been invited by Ulf Gaad, artistic director of the Gotenborg Opera of Sweden, to set Anne Frank, Symphony of Psalms and Three Agrentine Dances. Since then he has set his existing works and created new ones for companies throughout Europe and America.
Twenty-five companies have premiered Wainrot's work in the last ten years. Among them are the English National Ballet, Royal Ballet of Flanders, Cincinnati Ballet, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Ballet Florida, North Carolina Dance Theater, Juilliard Dance Ensemble, Bat Dor Dance Company of Israel, Hannover Opera and Wiesbaden Opera in Germany, Ballets Jazz de Montreal, National Ballet of Mexico and National Ballet of Chile.
From 1987 to 1990, he was resident choreographer of Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal, where he created five new works, and where he became artistic director in 1994, a position he gave up last year due to his commitment to create new works for other companies as guest choreographer. From 1989 to 1991 he set seven different works as permanent guest choreographer for the Hildesheim Stadttheater in Germany. He was appointed artistic director of the Ballet Contemporaneo Teatro San Martin in Buenos Aires in January 1999.
Wainrot was awarded the 1993Choo-San Goh Choreographic Award for Perpetual Motion, for his choreography for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. In 1991 and 1994 he received the APES Prize for best production of the year by the Chilean Critics Association for Anne Frank and Four Janis for Joplin, respectively.
In 1999 he was the recipient of the Konex Platinum Prize, awarded by Argentina's critics for the best choreography of the decennium.
Mauricio Wainrot has been a guest teacher at the Mudra in Brussels, at the Hochschule fur Musik und Darstellende Kunste Frankfurt, and in Buenos Aires both the Teatro Colon High School of Arts and the Taller de Danza of Teatro San Martin.
In 1996, Wainrot was invited by the Great Lakes Theater Festival in Cleveland to create The Dybbuk, a dramatic piece. For the National Ballet of Mexico he created Caballos de Vapor. In 1998 he made a choreographic version of A Streetcar named Desire. For the Royal Ballet of Flanders, Wainrot has choreographed Beyond Memory, Firebird, Messiah, Looking through Glass, Carmina Burana, Tango Fiesta, Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen, Le Sacre du Printemps and Distant Light.