An evening featuring Fang-Yi Sheu and Yuan Yuan Tan

September 24, 2013

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An evening featuring Fang-Yi Sheu and Yuan Yuan Tan

Liang / Maliphant / Wheeldon

UK Premiere
Sadler’s Wells
Thursday 14 – Saturday 16 November 2013
Performances at 7.30pm
Tickets: £12 – £38
Ticket office: 0844 412 4300

A new British-Chinese cultural collaboration that explores where classical meets contemporary dance receives its UK Premiere at Sadler’s Wells from Thursday 14 – Saturday 16 November 2013. The programme is the first co-production between Sadler’s Wells and the National Center of Performing Arts Beijing.

The evening’s programme features the talents of Chinese prima ballerina Yuan Yuan Tan and Taiwanese virtuoso Fang-Yi Sheu. The evening includes three UK premieres choreographed by Taiwanese-born American Edwaard Liang and Sadler’s Wells’ Associate Artists Russell Maliphant and Christopher Wheeldon.

Finding Light, choreographed by Liang, is danced by San Francisco principal dancers Yuan Yuan Tan and Damian Smith. Wheeldon’s Five Movements, Three Repeats is centered on the music of Max Richter and features a cast of four dancers. Russell Maliphant presents a new solo work – PresentPast, which was specially created for Fang-Yi Sheu, with lighting design by Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist Michael Hulls. The evening also features two seminal works – Wheeldon’s After the Rain and Maliphant’s Two x Two.

Fang-Yi Sheu, was born in Taiwan. She is a former Principal Dancer for Martha Graham Dance Company, and the founder of Fang-Yi Sheu & Artists. She has received numerous awards including the 2005 President’s Order of Brilliant Star (Taiwan), the 2007 National Award for the Arts (Taiwan), and Ballettanz magazine’s 2008 Outstanding Female Dancer. She was the first Asian artist-in-residence at the Baryshnikov Arts Center. Ms. Sheu has collaborated with brilliant dance groups and artists including Cloud Gate Dance Theatre, Lin Hwai-Min, Eliot Feld, Shen Wei, Akram Khan, Christopher Wheeldon, Wendy Whelan, San Jijia, Aszure Barton, Russell Maliphant, Yuan Yuan Tan, world class conductor Riccardo Muti, multimedia artist David Michalek and many more talented artists.

Yuan Yuan Tan was born in Shanghai, China. She joined San Francisco Ballet as a soloist in 1995 and was promoted to principal dancer in 1997. She  received a gold medal and the Nijinsky Award at the 1st Japan International Ballet and Modern Dance Competition in 1993 and a gold medal at the 5th international Ballet Competition in Paris in 1992. A frequent guest artist, Tan headlined Yuan Yuan Tan and Friends gala in Shanghai in 2000 and Yuan Yuan Tan and Eight Ballet Stars in Nara, Japan in 2003. Tan was featured as the Snow Queen in the PBS Great Performances broadcast of Tomasson’s Nutcracker in 2008. In 2013 she was appointed Richard C Barker Principal Dancer at San Francisco Ballet.

The evening also features Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s Clifton Brown and San Francisco Ballet Principal Dancer, Damian Smith.

The evening premiered in Beijing last year and is a co-production with the National Centre for Performing Arts Beijing, Ballet Star Foundation Beijing and Sadler’s Wells.

A Sadler’s Wells Co-production

Evening’s Programme

Finding Light by Edwaard Liang performed by  Yuan Yuan Tan & Damian Smith

PresentPast by Russell Maliphant performed by Fang-Yi Sheu

After the Rain by Christopher Wheeldon performed by Yuan Yuan Tan & Damian Smith

Five Movements, Three Repeats by Christopher Wheeldon performed by Fang-Yi Sheu & Clifton Brown; Yuan Yuan Tan & Damian Smith

Two x Two by Russell Maliphant performed by Fang-Yi Sheu & Yuan Yuan Tan

Edwaard Liang was born in Taipei, Taiwan and raised in America. He joined the New York City Ballet in 1993 and was promoted to Soloist in 1998. In 2001 he joined the Tony Award-winning cast of Fosse, performing a lead principle role. In 2002 Jiri Kylian invited him to join Nederlands Dans Theater, where he began his choreographic career.

Liang’s choreographic works have been performed by numerous companies around the world including the Mariinsky Ballet, New York City Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Hamburg Ballet, Shanghai Ballet and Singapore Dance Theatre.

Russell Maliphant trained at The Royal Ballet School and graduated into Sadler’s Wells Royal Ballet before leaving to pursue a career in independent dance. He danced with DV8, Michael Clark, Rosemary Butcher and Laurie Booth.

He formed his Company in 1996. He has also worked with renowned companies and artists including Sylvie Guillem, Robert Lepage, Isaac Julian, Balletboyz and Lyon Opera Ballet. In 2011 Maliphant was awarded an honorary doctorate of arts from Plymouth University. He became an Associate Artist of Sadler’s Wells in 2005.

Christopher Wheeldon joined The Royal Ballet in 1991. In 1993 he was invited to join the New York City Ballet, becoming a soloist in 1998, where he started choreographing works for the company. In July 2001 he was named NYCB’s first Resident Choreographer. Since then he has choreographed at least one ballet a year for NYCB, including Morphoses and Carousel (A Dance) (2002), Carnival of the Animals and Liturgy (2003), After the Rain and An American in Paris (2005), Klavier (2006) and The Nightingale and the Rose (2007).

In 2007, Wheeldon founded Morphoses/The Wheeldon Company. Morphoses was performed at Sadler’s Wells in London in September and New York City Center in October. The inaugural season of Morphoses at Sadler’s Wells won a South Bank Show Award.

In 2009 he worked with Richard Eyre on a production of the opera Carmen at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York and in 2010 his new version of The Sleeping Beauty had its premiere with The Royal Danish Ballet. His new full-length ballet Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland was created for The Royal Ballet and given its premiere at the Royal Opera House on 28 February 2011. Thirteen Diversions for American Ballet Theatre May 2011 and most recently Les Carillons a world premier as part of an all Wheeldon evening at the New York City Ballet in January 2012

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