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New season at Sadler’s Wells

Posted on May 6, 2015

hussein chalayan gravity fatigue

hussein chalayan gravity fatigueSadler’s Wells has announced plans for its autumn/winter season, including Akram Khan Company, Hofesh Shechter Company, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and the first dance work by fashion designer Hussein Chalayan. Programmes for the Peacock Theatre and the Lilian Baylis Studio have also been announced.

In September, National Youth Dance Company (NYDC) perform Apex Rising, a new annual festival of dance by young performers. The first programme, on September 4, looks back at the first three years of NYDC, with work by Jasmin Vardimon, Akram Khan and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui. The second programme, on September 5, features pieces by the national youth dance companies of England, Scotland and Wales, plus repertoire from international guests.

Hofesh Shechter Company dance the new work barbarians at Sadler’s Wells from September 18 to 25, as part of the Hofest season, which includes Shechter productions at venues across London in September and October.

Created by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Chinese dance artist Yabin Wang, GENESIS explores philosophical ideas of life, death and estrangement from nature. It is presented by Yabin Studio and Cherkaoui’s company Eastman.

Sadler’s Wells presents the UK premiere of Jefta van Dinther’s As It Empties Out at London’s Platform Theatre from October 1 to 2. Van Dinther, whose Plateau Effect was performed by Cullberg Ballet as part of Sadler’s Wells’ Northern Light season last year, works with lighting designer Minna Tiikkainen, sound designer David Kiers and set design duo SIMKA to create elaborate onstage environments.

Breakin’ Convention presents Borderline, by hip hop choreographers Sébastien Ramirez and Honji Wang, from October 2 to 3. Performed by six dancers, who use lengths of rope and elastic, it  features b-boying alongside elements of contemporary dance.

Birmingham Royal Ballet return to Sadler’s Wells from October 13 to 17, with two programmes: Swan Lake and a triple bill of David Bintley’s new The King Dances, Frederick Ashton’s Enigma Variations and George Balanchine’s Theme and Variations.

Voronia, by Barcelona company La Veronal, explores evil, religion and the deepest cave in the world, “Krubera Voronia” in the western Caucasus region of Georgia. Choreographed by La Veronal founder Marcos Morau, it is at Sadler’s Wells from October 19 to 20, as part of Dance Umbrella.

From October 23 to November 14, ZooNation Dance Company presents Into the Hoods: REMIXED, a revamped edition of the hip hop dance company’s best-known show.

Hussein Chalayan’s Gravity Fatigue (pictured), his first dance work, has its world premiere performances from October 28 to 31. An internationally successful fashion designer and artist, Chalayan designed costumes for choreographers including Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Michael Clark and Sasha Waltz and Guests. For his first theatrical work, he will collaborate with choreographer Damien Jalet.

Rambert’s autumn programme, Love, art and rock n roll, is at Sadler’s Wells from November 3 to 7. Kim Brandstrup’s new Transfigured Night, set to Arnold Schoenberg’s score, is his first work for Rambert since 2004. Didy Veldman’s new The Three Dancers is based on a Picasso painting, and on the tragic love triangle that inspired it, with music by Elena Kats-Chernin. The programme also includes Christopher Bruce’s Rooster.

Sasha Waltz and Guests perform the UK premiere of Sacre from November 11 to 13. Created for the centenary of Stravinsky’s ballet The Rite of Spring, Waltz’s version showcases her research into rites and group dynamics. It will be presented alongside Scène d’Amour, to music from Berlioz’s Romeo and Juliet, and Debussy’s L’Après-midi d’un faune.

French choreographer Christian Rizzo presents the first UK performances of d’après une histoire vraie (based on a true story). Inspired by a performance of male Turkish folkdance, which Rizzo saw in Istanbul, the work features an all-male cast.

Choreographer Russell Maliphant and lighting designer Michael Hulls celebrate 20 years of their collaboration. They will mark the anniversary with Conceal/Reveal, a mix of new and existing works including Broken Fall. The production runs from November 26 to 28.

New Adventures return for Christmas, with Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty running from December 1 to January 24, 2016.

Akram Khan’s new production, Until the Lions, has its world premiere in January 2016. Khan draws on the Indian epic Mahabharata, using kathak to tell the story of Amba, a princess who is abducted on her wedding day and stripped of her honour, who invokes the gods to seek revenge. It will focus on themes of gender and sexuality, and the changes that time forces on the body. Khan will be reunited with collaborators from his production DESH, including writer Karthika Naïr, visual artist Tim Yip, lighting designer Michael Hulls and dramaturge Ruth Little. Until the Lions will run at the Roundhouse from January 9 to 24, 2016.

The autumn/winter 2015 season goes on sale on May 11. Call 0844 412 4300 or visit for details.


 Picture: Hussein Chalayan’s Gravity Fatigue. Photograph: Chris Moore and Hussein Chalayan



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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