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Sadler’s Wells plans

Posted on November 4, 2014

tanztheater-wuppertal-pina-bausch ahnen photo-bo-laholaSadler’s Wells has announced its plans for spring and summer 2015, along with an update on the theatre’s plans for a new fourth venue.

Proposals were announced for this new venue in 2013, when Sadler’s Wells was considering various locations. After looking at many different places, the theatre now hopes to be part of a new cultural centre in Stratford, East London. This area saw considerable regeneration for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, when the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park was built in the area. The new cultural quarter includes a £33 million campus for the University of East London, home to the university’s performing arts department. It’s close to existing venues such as Theatre Royal Stratford East, Stratford Circus and Stratford Picture House. The choreographer Wayne McGregor has recently confirmed that his company Random Dance will relocating to the Olympic park, creating a permanent home for its rehearsal, research and administration work, including two new dance studios as a “gift” for young dancers and choreographers.

Sadler’s Wells hopes to create its fourth venue in this newly developed area, which will showcase London’s “cutting edge” culture and offer a wealth of possible collaborations. As well as a flexible 600-seat theatre, Sadler’s Wells hopes to establish a choreographic school.

Highlights of the spring and summer 2015 season include English National Ballet’s visits to the theatre [link] and Sylvie Guillem’s farewell performances.  In January, the Richard Alston Dance Company launches its 20th anniversary with a programme including Alston’s Rejoice in the Lamb and Alston’s new collaboration with young hip hop choreographer and performer Ajani Johnson-Goffe.

In February, the theatre presents a new triple bill by three of its associate artists, Hofesh Shechter, Kate Prince of ZooNation and Crystal Pite of Kidd Pivot. Flamenco Festival London, directed by Àngel Rojas, returns from February 16 to March 1, with a line-up including Antonio Canales, Jesús Carmona and the Karime Amaya. Breakin’ Convention, the theatre’s festival of hip hop dance theatre, returns for its 12th year.

In April, Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch will return with the UK premieres of two 1980s works by Bausch, Auf dem Gerbirge hat man ein Geschrei gehört (On the Mountain A Cry Was Heard) and Ahnen. The elaborate sets for these productions include 40 fir trees, 20 cubic metres of potting soil, a large aquarium and real snow.

In May, there will be a focus on the work of French dancer and choreographer Boris Charmatz, including a duet created by Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker. Rambert’s May season includes Dark Arteries, a dance accompanied by the full ranks of Tredegar Town Band, a champion brass band. Also this month, the theatre hosts the first grand final of BBC Young Dancer [link].

In July, Dutch National Ballet bring Christopher Wheeldon’s production of Cinderella to the London Coliseum. Danced to Prokofiev’s score, the production adds a twist to Cinderella’s tale, with a prologue showing her mother’s death and illusions by puppeteer Basil Twist.

Revivals during the season include revivals of Israel Galván and Akram Khan’s TOROBAKA, which blends flamenco and kathak. A new film co-commissioned by Sadler’s Wells and digital arts platform The Space explores the creative process behind this collaboration. Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui’s tango-inspired m¡longa returns in June, with a cast of musicians, Argentine tango dancers and one contemporary dance couple.

The full programme goes on sale on November 10. See www.sadlerswells.com or call 0844  412 4300 for tickets.

 

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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