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Spring and summer at Sadler’s Wells

Posted on October 28, 2011


webballetpreljocajsnowwhitejeanclaudecarbonneBallet Preljocaj, The Royal Ballet of Flanders and Danza Contemporanea de Cuba are among the international companies in the new season at Sadler’s Wells, alongside Matthew Bourne, Ivan Putrov and Russell Maliphant.

Bourne’s company New Adventures will return to the theatre throughout the year, as part of its 25th anniversary celebrations. Performances in 2012 will include Nutcracker!, the triple bill Early Adventures, Play Without Words and, for Christmas, a new production of The Sleeping Beauty.

Putrov, who danced in the recent Pet Shop Boys ballet The Most Incredible Thing, returns to the theatre with a mixed bill celebrating the male dancer. He will be joined by guest stars, including The Royal Ballet’s Sergei Polunin. The production runs from January 27–29. On February 5, as part of British Dance Edition, the biannual showcase of British dance, Russell Maliphant will present a preview of The Rodin Project, a new work inspired by the French sculptor.

Flamenco Festival London returns from February 7–19, with a lineup including Rafael Amargo, Vicente Amigo (winner of a Latin Grammy award) and gypsy flamenco dancer Manuela Carrasco. Richard Alston Dance Company dance a mixed programme from February 29 – March 1, including a new work to Benjamin Britten, which will be sung live by the choir of Canterbury Cathedral.

Nederlands Dans Theater 2 return from March 6–9, as part of a UK tour. The programme, part of NDT’s 50th anniversary celebrations, includes Jirí Kylián’s Gods and Dogs and Alexander Ekman’s Cacti.

The Royal Ballet of Flanders will dance William Forsythe’s Artifact from April 19–21. Ballet Preljocaj (pictured) dance Angelin Preljocaj’s award-winning Snow White from May 10–12. The production has costumes by fashion designer Jean-Paul Gaultier. From April 26–28, Scottish Ballet dance the new ballet A Streetcar Named Desire, by Nancy Meckler and Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, as part of a UK tour.

Breakin’ Convention is back for its ninth year, with performances over the Bank Holiday weekend (May 5–7). The weekend will be followed by the now-traditional UK tour, which will visit Leeds and Inverness for the first time.

In 2012, Mark Baldwin celebrates ten years as artistic director of Rambert Dance Company. For this anniversary, he has created a contemporary version of L’Après-midi d’un faune. Rambert’s own production of Nijinsky’s ballet will also be revived, for the first time in 30 years. The company’s London performances run from May 15–19.

Danza Contemporanea de Cuba come to Sadler’s Wells from May 27 – June 1 as part of a UK tour. The programme includes a new work by Itzik Galili and another chance to see George Céspedes’ Mambo 3XXI.

Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch: World Cities 2012 is one of the dance highlights of the London 2012 Festival. As well as a month-long season of Bausch performances at Sadler’s Wells and the Barbican, from June 6 – July 9, the creative learning and access programme Connect will create Compass. The new work is a response to the World Cities programme, created by a team of choreographers, a writer, a filmmaker, composers, musicians and an intergenerational cast of more than 100 dancers. Compass will be performed at Sadler’s Wells on April 23.

New English Ballet Theatre, a company set up to nurture a new generation of dancers, choreographers, musicians and designers, has its debut season at Sadler’s Wells from July 4–8. The programme will include new works by George Williamson, Jenna Lee and Andrew McNichol, with live music from award-winning young musicians.

The Sadler’s Wells season will also include further performances of Akram Khan’s DESH, Wayne McGregor’s FAR, the Pet Shop Boys/Javier De Frutos collaboration The Most Incredible Thing and the recent triple bill from the BalletBoyz.

At the Peacock Theatre, the spring/summer 2012 season opens with UMOJA. Running from January 31 – February 19, this celebration of South African song and dance brings together 30 young singers, dancers and musicians. The new musical Wah! Wah! Girls will run from May 24 – June 23. A collaboration between Sadler’s Wells, Stratford East and Kneehigh, Wah! Wah! Girls has dance sequences choreographed by Bollywood master Javed Sanadi and Kathak choreographer Gauri Sharma Tripathi, set to a mix of Bollywood classics and new music by composer Niraj Chag.

Tickets for the spring/summer 2012 season are on sale from November 14 from or 0844 412 4300.

Picture: Ballet Preljocaj in Snow White. Photograph: Jean-Claude Carbonne

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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