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New season at the Peacock and Lilian Baylis Studio

Posted on May 6, 2015

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trocks-barocco-zoran-jelenicAway from the main stage, the Sadler’s Wells autumn/winter season includes returning favourites such as Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, plus a Wild Card season and new collaborations in the Lilian Baylis Studio.

As part of this summer’s Shubbak festival of contemporary Arab culture, Algerian choreographer Nacera Belaza presents three works, Les Oiseaux, La Nuit and La Traversée, under the title Into the Night. It runs from July 23 to 24 at the Lilian Baylis Studio.

The Wild Card series of specially curated evenings continues on September 24 with InNoForm, an evening of work chosen by hip hop dancer and choreographer Botis Seva. The evening is presented in partnership with Breakin’ Convention.

Several works continue Sadler’s Wells’ ongoing commitment to presenting dance by deaf and disabled dance artists, following on from the =dance strand. Caroline Bowditch’s Falling in Love with Frida was a sold-out hit at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2014. Exploring the life and legacy of painter Frida Kahlo, it runs from October 5 to 6.

The Point At Which It Last Made Sense stars dancer and Paralympic athlete James O’Shea and Netherlands-based dancer Rosa Vreeling, choreographed by Robin Dingemans and Nick Bryson. It will be performed at the Lilian Baylis Studio on October 9.

Claire Cunningham’s Give Me A Reason To Live, inspired by phantasmagoric painter Hieronymus Bosch, explores the notion of empathy with a sound score by Zoë Irvine. It’s performed as a double bill with Ours, by former Nederlans Dan Theater dancer Idan Sharabi, from October 16 to 17.

Glasgow’s Barrowland Ballet brings the family show Tiger Tale to the Lilian Baylis Studio from October 23 to 25. The story of a family whose life is turned upside down by a visiting tiger features live music and the chance to explore the set at the end.

Akram Khan Company collaborates with MOKO Dance on Chotto Desh, a special child-friendly production of Khan’s 2011 hit DESH. Adapted by Akram Khan Company and Theatre-Rites director Sue Buckmaster, it runs from October 30 to 31.

Nora is a new collaboration between dancers Eleanor Sikorski and Flora Wellesley Wesley. In their first show, Nora invites Burrows, Fargion and Tanguy, they dance works by French choreographer Simon Tanguy and choreographer and composing duo Jonathan Burrows and Matteo Fargion. It will be performed on November 26 and 27.

The second Wild Card event of the season, held on December 3, will be curated by Leila McMillan, a choreographer and performer who has worked with artists such as Crystal Pite and Wendy Houstoun. This evening focuses on the technique Flying Low, founded by Venezuelan dance artist David Zambrano. It includes an extract from McMillan’s new work Family Portrait.

Arthur Pita’s The Little Match Girl returns to the Lilian Baylis Studio for Christmas, running from December 12 to January 3, 2016.

The Peacock season opens with Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, who present two programmes from September 15 to 26. Programme One includes Swan Lake Act II, Paquita and Esmeralda, while the second programme features the Merce Cunningham-inspired Patterns in Space and the George Balanchine-inspired Go For Barocco.


The Shaolin Monks return with Shaolin, showing off traditional Shaolin Kung Fu, from September 29 to October 17. The Birmingham Repertory Theatre production of The Snowman is back for Christmas, running from November 25 to January 3.

The autumn/winter 2015 season goes on sale on May 11. Call 0844 412 4322 or visit for details.


Picture: Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo in Go For Barocco. Photograph: Zoran Jelenic


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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