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2017 at Sadler’s Wells

Posted on October 25, 2016

Betroffenheit 17072015 090 photo©Michael Slobodian

Sadler’s Wells has announced highlights for its spring/summer 2017 season, including the UK launch of Carlos Acosta’s new dance company, a new programme from Sergei Polunin, a response to the Paris terrorist attacks of 2015 and new works by Alexander Whitley and Richard Alston.

The new company Acosta Danza will perform at the London dance venue in September 2017, with Acosta himself making a guest appearance as part of the programme. The Sadler’s Wells performances will be followed by a UK tour including Salford, Birmingham, Southampton and Brighton. The repertory will include works by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Goyo Montero and Marianela Boan. The new company will be a Sadler’s Wells international associate company, joining Rosas and Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch.

Acosta said: “Acosta Danza has been founded with the intention of paying tribute to the wealth of Cuban culture. The company will develop its contemporary work, while also using elements of classical ballet.” More about the new company here.

In June 2017, Richard Alston Dance Company presents the world premiere of Chacony, inspired by Purcell and performed with a live string quartet, as part of a triple bill. Also in June, the Alexander Whitley Dance Company will present the world premiere of 8 Minutes. The work is inspired by solar science research, with a score by electroacoustic composer Daniel Wohl, and an installation by artist Tal Rosner. It is presented in collaboration with Rutherford Appleton Laboratory.

French choreographer Boris Charmatz created Danse de nuit in response to the terrorist attacks in Paris in 2015. It will have its UK premiere in May 2017, performed late at night in a secret outdoor location, to be announced shortly.

Sergei Polunin in Russell Maliphant's Silent Echo. Photograph: Bill Cooper

Sergei Polunin in Russell Maliphant’s Silent Echo. Photograph: Bill Cooper

Wayne McGregor’s Tree of Codes will have its London premiere at Sadler’s Wells in March 2017, performed by Company Wayne McGregor with dancers from the Paris Opéra Ballet. Polunin’s new Project Polunin will follow, from March 14 to 18.

Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures marks its 30th anniversary in 2017. It celebrates with a programme of Bourne’s early works: the underwear pas de quatre Spitfire, Town and Country, The Infernal Galop and Watch with Mother, inspired by Joyce Grenfell’s nursery school sketches.

Tap dancer Michelle Dorrance, winner of a MacArthur Foundation “Genius” grant, will appear at Sadler’s Wells in July, in ETM: Double Down, a collaboration with musician, dancer and former Stomp performer Nicholas Van Young.

Betroffenheit, by Pite and actor-playwright Jonathon Young, returns in April after its acclaimed UK debut earlier this year. Akram Khan’s DESH will also return, in May.

The Lilian Baylis Studio season will include an evening curated by Ella Mesma, focusing on the female perspective and the history of the rumba.

The new season is on sale from November 7. Visit for tickets and full details, or call 020 7863 8000.


Top: Jonathon Young and the dancers of Kidd Pivot in Betroffenheit. Photograph: Michael Slobodian


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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