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Spring and summer at Sadler’s Wells

Posted on November 5, 2013

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crystal-pite kidd-pivot the-tempest-replica-c-jorg-baumann-copyHighlights of the new season at Sadler’s Wells will include Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch, James Thiérrée, a UK premiere by new associate artist Crystal Pite, the return of Breakin’ Convention and the Sadler’s Wells Flamenco Festival and, to celebrate the 2014 World Cup, a revival of Brasil Brasiliero.

French choreographer Boris Charmatz’s enfant, running from January 29 to 30, explores the relationship between muscular energy and movement, with a large cast from all age groups.

Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch will dance 1980, a piece by Pina Bausch from February 7 to16. Rarely performed, this work was created after the death of designer Ralf Borzik, who was also Bausch’s partner.

From February 21 to 27, Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan bring two UK premieres to Sadler’s Wells, as part of the company’s 40th birthday celebrations. Rice, a co-production with Sadler’s Wells, was inspired by Taiwan’s East Rift Valley. Nine Songs, created in 1993, is based on classical Chinese poems written by Qu Yuan between 475 and 221 BC. In March, James Thiérrée presents the UK premiere of Tabac Rouge, a dance circus creation.

The National Youth Dance Company (NYDC) will perform Akram Khan’s new work The Rashomon Effect on April 16, alongside an extract from Khan’s Vertical Road. In autumn 2014, Khan will present a new work, a Sadler’s Wells co-production created with flamenco star Israel Galván.

Crystal Pite, a former dancer with William Forsythe’s Frankfurt Ballet, has just become the 16th associate artist of Sadler’s Wells. On April 25 to 26, she will present the UK premiere of The Tempest Replica (pictured), a Sadler’s Wells co-production based on themes from Shakespeare’s play The Tempest.

The hip hop festival Breakin’ Convention is back for its traditional May Bank Holiday weekend, followed by a tour to nine UK venues.

From May 8 to 10, award-winning choreographer Olivier Dubois makes his UK choreographic debut. Dubois, who danced with companies including Ballet Preljocaj and Sasha Waltz, presents the UK premiere of Tragédie.

Russell Maliphant returns to Sadler’s Wells from June 5 to 7 with Still Current, an evening of duets, trios and solos created with lighting designer Michael Hulls. Later in June, Sadler’s Sampled offers a two-week season. This event started as a showcase, presenting varied highlights of dance at special low prices. In 2013, it was expanded to a season, with several productions. Running from June 17 to 29, the 2014 season will feature four productions including a reimagined Swan Lake by South African dancer and choreographer Dada Masilo.

To celebrate the World Cup, held in Brazil next year, Brasil Brasiliero returns to Sadler’s Wells from July 8 to 27. Conceived and directed by Claudio Segovia, the show is a display of samba, forro, capoeira and batucada, with live music.

Tickets for the new season go on sale on Monday, November 11, from or from the box office on 0844 412 4300.

Photograph: Kidd Pivot in Crystal Pite’s The Tempest Replica. Photograph: Jorg Baumann


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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