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2013 at Sadler’s Wells

Posted on October 31, 2012

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pina_bauschtwocigarettesinthedarkjochenviehoffSadler’s Wells has announced highlights of next year’s programme. 2013 will be the 15th anniversary of the London venue’s current building, and will be marked by several special events. All 14 of the theatre’s associate artists will contribute to this year’s programme, which will also feature the return of Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch, a celebration of The Rite of Spring and a visit from the National Ballet of Canada.

Following the immense success of the World Cities 2012 season, Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch returns with Bausch’s Two Cigarettes in the Dark (pictured), created in 1985, and the 2006 Vollmund. The company will be at Sadler’s Wells from February 14 to 25.

The National Ballet of Canada will present the European premiere of Alexei Ratmansky’s Romeo and Juliet from April 17 to 21. Created in 2011 to mark the National Ballet of Canada’s 60th anniversary, the production performed to sold out houses and standing ovations every night.

Hofesh Shechter Company will dance a double bill of Uprising and The Art of Not Looking Back, running from April 27 to 29. Shechter’s Political Mother: The Choreographer’s Cut will feature in the Sadler’s Wells Sampled event in summer 2013. He will also be creating a new production, co-commissioned by Sadler’s Wells, in autumn 2013.

The Rite of Spring, with music by Stravinsky and choreography by Nijinsky, had its famously riotous world premiere on May 29, 1913. Sadler’s Wells will celebrate this centenary with A String of Rites, a series of new productions and revivals. Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre will dance a revised version of Michael Keegan-Dolan’s Olivier-nominated Rite of Spring, plus his staging of Stravinsky’s Petrushka. This year, Keegan-Dolan becomes the 15th Sadler’s Wells associate artist.

A String of Rites continues with the London premiere of Akram Khan’s new iTMOi (in the mind of igor), which runs from May 29 to June 1 – opening on the anniversary of the Rite’s first performance. Khan’s new work explores the way Stravinsky evoked emotions through pattern, but does not use the Stravinsky music. The original score is by Nitin Sawhney, Jocelyn Pook and Ben Frost. Khan’s artistic team will include costume designer Kimie Nakano, designer Matt Deely, lighting designer Fabiana Piccioli and dramaturge Ruth Little.

On June 8, a large cast will perform RIOT Offspring, produced by Sadler’s Wells Creative Learning programme. Around 80 non-professional participants, including dancers from The Company of Elders, will explore their own perceptions of rites and riots, prompted by both the outcry at the original Rite premiere and the 2011 riots in the UK. RIOT Offspring will be performed in a double bill alongside the debut performance of the new National Youth Dance Company, which will be directed by Jasmin Vardimon, the new company’s first guest artistic director.

Breakin’ Convention, the international festival of hip hop dance theatre, celebrates its tenth anniversary in 2013, with performances over the Bank Holiday weekend of May 4 to 6. This year’s programme includes a whole evening of new work by UK companies. After the May weekend, Breakin’ Convention travels abroad for the first time, touring to the celebrated Apollo Theatre in Harlem, New York.

The Forsythe Company returns from June 18 to 20, dancing William Forsythe’s Study # 1.

The Sadler’s Wells Sampled event has been expanded into a two-week festival, running from June 22 to July 7, aimed at bringing dance to the widest audience. Ticket prices start at just £8. The programme will include Hofesh Shechter’s Political Mother: The Choreographer’s Cut, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker’s Drumming and works by Russell Maliphant, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Wayne McGregor.

Tickets go on sale on November 12 from

The theatre has also announced its next wave of associate artists.

Picture: Tanztheater Wuppertal PIna Bausch in Two Cigarettes in the Dark. Photograph: Jochen Viehoff

Zoë was born in Edinburgh, and saw her first dance performances at the Festival there. She is the dance critic of The Independent, and has also written for The Independent on Sunday, The Scotsman and Dancing Times. In 2002, she received her doctorate from the University of York for a thesis on “Nationhood and epic romance: Ariosto, Sidney, Spenser”. She is the author of The Royal Ballet: 75 Years and The Ballet Lover’s Companion.

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