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Sadler’s Wells spring 2018

Posted on October 10, 2017

Sutra credit Hugo Glendinning e1507647842600

London dance venue Sadler’s Wells has announced its programme for Spring 2018, including Akram Khan’s final full-length solo production, Ballet British Columbia’s triple bill of works by female choreographers, the return of Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch with Viktor and the 15th anniversaries of Flamenco Festival London and Breakin’ Convention.

The season opens in January with the London International Mime Festival. Performances include Gandini Juggling and the return of Jakop Ahlbom Company in a follow-up to the hit Horror. Lebensraum, which features live music from rock band Alamo Race Track, is inspired by Buster Keaton’s 1920 film The Scarecrow.

In February, Sadler’s Wells Sampled again gives a chance to see an eclectic range of dance styles in a single low-priced performance. Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch dance Viktor from February 8 to 11.

The 15th Flamenco Festival London will include a rare opportunity to see the star La Chana, plus shows from María Pagés, Rafaela Carrasco, Isabel Bayón and more.

Tango After Dark. Photograph courtesy of Sadler’s Wells

German Cornejo’s new Tango After Dark has its world premiere performances at the Peacock Theatre on February 28 to March 17, danced to music by Astor Piazzola. Back at the main Sadler’s Wells stage, Sasha Waltz and Guests perform Körper from March 1 to 3.

As part of a Dance Consortium tour, Ballet British Columbia will dance works by Sharon Eyal’s Bill, 16+ a room, choreographed by the company’s artistic director Emily Molnar and inspired by the work of Jeannette Winterson and Emily Dickinson, and Crystal Pite’s Solo Echo. Pite, who danced with Ballet British Columbia earlier in her career, explores acceptance and loss, drawing on two Brahms sonatas and Mark Strand’s poem Lines for Winter.

Richard Alston celebrates 50 years of choreography with Mid Century Modern, drawing on the span of his work. His company will also dance Alston’s Carnaval, to music by Schumann played live by pianist Jason Ridgway, and a new work by Martin Lawrance.

Sutra (pictured above), a collaboration between choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, sculptor Antony Gormley and 19 Buddhist monks from the Shaolin Temple in China, is one of Sadler’s Wells’ longest-running productions. It returns to London to celebrate its tenth anniversary. This run, from March 26 to 28, will include the show’s 200th performance.

BalletLORENT bring their new Rumpelstiltskin to the Sadler’s Wells Family Weekend on March 30 and 31. Directed by Liv Lorent, it reunites the creative team of poet Carol Ann Duffy and composer Murray Gold, who worked with Lorent on Snow White.

National Youth Dance company, guest directed by Sharon Eyal in its sixth year, will dance her new Used To Be Blonde on April 7. From April 12 to 21, English National Ballet will dance its Voices of America programme, with a new work by William Forsythe, Jerome Robbins’ The Cage, Aszure Barton’s Fantastic Beings and Forsythe’s Approximate Sonata.

Phoenix Dance mark the 70th anniversary of the arrival of the Empire Windrush, and a new beginning for Caribbean migration to the UK. Windrush: Movement of the People includes a new work by artistic director Sharon Watson, to a new score by Gary Crosby, Christopher Bruce’s Shadows and Calyx, a new work by company dancer Sandrine Monin inspired by Baudelaire’s poetry Les Fleurs du mal (The Flowers of Evil).

Breakin’ Convention. Photograph: Paul Hampartsoumian

Breakin’ Convention celebrates its 15th year with hip hop acts from around the world, including highlights from the past 14 years of the festival. It runs from May 5 to 7, with the full line-up to be announced in March 2018.

Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan dance the UK premiere of Lin Hwai-min’s Formosa, which has music by indigenous Taiwanese singer Sangpuy. Northern Ballet bring Cathy Marson’s admired production of Jane Eyre to Sadler’s Wells from May 15 to 19.

Rambert dance the world premiere of Kim Brandstrup’s new Life is a Dream from May 22 to 26. Based on the 17th-century play by Pedro Calderón de la Barca, this work will be Rambert’s first full-length narrative work in more than 30 years. Set to music by music by Witold Lutoslawski, it will have designs by filmmakers the Quay Brothers.

From May 29 to June 9, Akram Khan Company will dance XENOS, inspired by the myth of Prometheus and the experiences of a colonial soldier in World War I. Commissioned by 14–18 NOW, the UK’s arts programme for the World War I centenary, this work will mark Khan’s final performances as a dancer in a full-length piece.

Carmen La Cubana. Photograph: Johan Persson

The new musical Carmen La Cubana will have a summer run at Sadler’s Wells from August 1 to 19. Inspired by Bizet’s opera Carmen and Oscar Hammerstein II’s Broadway hit Carmen Jones, this production is set against the Cuban Revolution of 1958. The new orchestrations, by Hamilton’s Alex Lacamoire, mix opera with salsa, mambo and rumba.

For the full details of the season, visit Tickets for the Spring 2018 season are on public sale from November 6 via the Sadler’s Wells website and 020 7863 8000. Booking opens to members from November 1.


Top: Monks from the Shaolin Temple in Sutra. Photograph: Hugo Glendinning

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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