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The return of Polaris

Posted on June 26, 2015

polaris chris randleCrystal Pite’s Polaris, one of the most admired new dances of 2014, will be staged in New York this autumn. Created as part of Sadler’s Wells’ See the Music, Hear the Dance, programme of dances to music by Thomas Adès, Polaris is a huge work, featuring more than 60 dancers.

The whole See the Music… programme will be performed at New York City Center from November 20 to 22 as part of the White Light Festival, where it has the new title Thomas Adès: Concentric Paths – Movements in Music. As in the Sadler’s Wells London performances, the programme includes Wayne McGregor’s Outlier, Karole Armitage’s Life Story and Alexander Whitley’s The Grit in the Oyster. These three works have all been performed elsewhere, but the stupendous Polaris, with its huge cast and large orchestral forces, has not been revived before.

In London, Polaris was performed by dancers from Pite’s own company Kidd Pivot, plus students from London Contemporary Dance School and Central School of Ballet. In New York, the students will come from New York University Tisch School of the Arts Department of Dance.

For more information, visit whitelightfestival.org.

 

Picture: Polaris in rehearsal in London. Photograph: Chris Randle

 

 

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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