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UPDATE: new season at Sadler’s Wells

Posted on November 8, 2013

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rooster-3-c-hugo-glendinningSadler’s Wells has now released full details for spring and summer 2014, with performances at the Peacock Theatre and the Lilian Baylis Studio as well as the main stage. The venue had already announced highlights, such as Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch and Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan. The complete line-up includes details of Flamenco Festival London, tap star Savion Glover, Scottish Ballet, Rambert and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui’s Eastman.

Flamenco Festival London, which runs from March 1 to 15, will feature Ballet Flamenco Sara Baras, Ángel Múñoz, Belén Maya Company, a Gala Flamenca starring Marco Flores, Olga Pericet, Laura Rozalén and Mercedes Ruiz and a solo show by Farruquito. Surprisingly, there’s no sign of Sadler’s Wells new wave associate artist Rocío Molina.

Savion Glover returns to Sadler’s Wells with SoLe Sanctuary from April 3 to 6. From April 8 to 9, les ballets C de la B dance the UK premiere of Alain Platel’s tauerbach, inspired by Marco Prado’s documentary Estamira, about a woman who suffers from schizophrenia and lives and works on a Brazilian waste disposal site.

As part of the Sadler’s Wells Family Weekend on April 18 and 19, balletLORENT’s Rapunzel is back, with music by Murray Gold and a script by poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy. For younger children, gobbledegook’s Deep in the Woods returns to the Lilian Baylis Studio on the same weekend.

This year’s Breakin’ Convention, held over the Bank Holiday weekend of May 3 to 5, will feature ILL-Abilities, Ukweli Roach, Wanted Posse and more. The Sadler’s Wells performances will be followed by a UK tour.

Scottish Ballet dance Krzysztof Pastor’s Romeo and Juliet from May 14 to 17, a production set across a century using archive film to evoke conflicts from the World War I to the present day.

Rambert’s spring visit to Sadler’s Wells will include a revival of Christopher Bruce’s much loved Rolling Stones dance Rooster (pictured) alongside Lucinda Childs’ Four Elements, Merce Cunningham’s Sounddance and Richard Alston’s Dutiful Ducks.

Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker’s Rosas return with the new work Vortex Temporum, to music by French composer Gérard Grisey, from May 27 to 29. Contemporary music group Ictus, De Keersmaeker’s regular collaborators, will play live.

From June 3 to 4, Bruno Beltrão’s hip hop company Grupo de Rua present the UK premiere of CRACKz, which looks at the way ideas are spread and taken up through computer technology. Russell Maliphant’s tour of Still Current comes to Sadler’s Wells from June 5 to 7, followed by a revival of Akram Khan Company’s iTMOi from June 10 to 14.

The Sadler’s Sampled season, a taster menu of dance with special low-priced tickets, runs from June 17 to 29. It opens with South African choreographer Dada Masilo’s reimagining of Swan Lake, followed by Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre’s Rian and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui’s company Eastman in 4D, a compilation of duets from other Cherkaoui works. Playlist, the new name for the original Sampled programme of highlights, will includes performances by ZooNation and the National Youth Dance Company.

From July 1 to 4, Nederlands Dans Theater 1 dance the UK premiere of Sehnsucht/Schmetterling by Sol León and Paul Lightfoot, a double bill exploring love.

From July 2 to 5, New English Ballet Theatre launches a programme of new works by choreographers including Royal Ballet dancers Kristen McNally and Valentino Zucchetti.

Away from the main venue, French hip hop troupe Compagnie Käfig come to the People’s Palace at Queen Mary University of London in Mile End Road from June 13 to 14. Boxe Boxe is a new show mixing street and contemporary dance with martial arts, exploring the art of boxing.

Tickets go on sale on Monday, November 11 from or 0844 412 4300.


Picture: Rambert in Rooster. 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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