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Out of Asia at Sadler’s Wells

Posted on August 1, 2011


tezukaDuring autumn 2011, Sadler’s Wells presents Out of Asia, a season of works originating from China, Vietnam, Bangladesh, Japan and Taiwan. The season includes one world premiere and two UK premieres, as well as one Sadler’s Wells production and two co-productions. Sadler’s Wells chief executive Alistair Spalding says: “At this time of rapid economic development in Asia, we have invited a number of artists and companies from the region to perform as well as presenting the results of artistic collaboration between East and West.”

The first work in the Out of Asia season is the world premiere of Sadler’s Wells’ latest production, TeZukA (pictured above), which takes place from September 6 to 10. TeZukA is a dance theatre work inspired by the “God of Manga”, visionary Japanese animator Osamu Tezuka.

French Vietnamese choreographer Ea Sola brings a re-creation of her poignant work Drought and Rain to Sadler’s Wells on September 19 and 20. The work celebrates historical and cultural memory and features women whose singing consoled soldiers in the front lines of the Vietnam War.

From October 4 to 8 Sadler’s Wells presents new co-production DESH (homeland). DESH is a new full-length solo from celebrated choreographer and performer Akram Khan, inspired by his personal experience in homeland Bangladesh.

wx3-01-8401Beijing Dance Theater marks its first performance at Sadler’s Wells with the UK premiere of Haze from October 13 to 15. Haze is choreographed by Wang Yuanyuan as a creative response to the economic and environmental crises of early 2009.

Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan presents the UK premiere of White, directed by internationally renowned choreographer Lin Hwai-min, from November 13 to 15. Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan (pictured left) was the first contemporary dance company in any Chinese speaking community.

Completing the Out of Asia season is China’s TAO Dance Theater, presenting the UK premiere of works 2 and Weight x 3 on November 15 and 16.  TAO Dance Theatre has performed in every modern dance festival throughout China and collaborated with leading Chinese artists across genres including theatre, experimental music, visual arts and installation.

For further information and to book for any of the Out of Asia works, contact the Sadler’s Wells box office on 0844 412 4300 or visit

Words: Laura Dodge


Nicola Rayner was editor of Dance Today from 2010 to 2015. She has written for a number of publications including The Guardian, The Independent and Time Out Buenos Aires, where she cut her teeth as a dance journalist working on the tango section. Today she continues to dance everything from ballroom to breakdance, with varying degrees of success. Her debut novel, The Girl Before You, was published last year in paperback, ebook and audiobook.

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