Date of release: 26 October 2011
MATTHEW BOURNE, WAYNE MCGREGOR, AKRAM KHAN, RUSSELL MALIPHANT AND IVAN PUTROV LEAD NEW SEASON AT SADLER’S WELLS
BALLET PRELJOCAJ, NEDERLANDS DANS THEATER AND DANZA CONTEMPORANEA DE CUBA ARE AMONG THE INTERNATIONAL STARS
The Spring/Summer 2012 season at Sadler’s Wells, showcasing some of the world’s most celebrated dancers and choreographers, is on sale from Monday 14 November.
Britain’s most popular choreographer, Matthew Bourne leads the line-up of the Spring season’s dance stars with a triple bill of some of the acclaimed early works that launched his career, Spitfire, Town and Country and The Infernal Galop, presented as part of his company New Adventures’ 25th anniversary celebrations (21 – 26 May 2012). In July 2012, his award-winning Play Without Words, originally premiered at the National Theatre in 2002, is revived at Sadler’s Wells for a strictly limited four-week season. The production won the 2003 Olivier Award for Best Entertainment and Best Theatre Choreographer.
Fresh from his recent success with Pet Shop Boys, acclaimed dancer, Ivan Putrov, returns to Sadler’s Wells with a mixed bill celebrating the male muse (27 – 29 January 2012). Featuring a host of star dancers including The Royal Ballet’s Sergei Polunin, the production traces the development of the male dancer through a combination of seminal and rarely performed works.
Meanwhile the New Year at the Peacock Theatre begins with UMOJA (31 January – 19 February), which brings together 30 young singers, dancers, drummers and musicians for a celebration of South African song and dance.
As part of British Dance Edition, Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist, Russell Maliphant presents a preview of his new dance piece, The Rodin Project, inspired by the works of the great French sculptor, Auguste Rodin (5 February 2012).
Offering audiences a chance to see work previously missed Sadler’s Wells returns several landmark productions this Spring.
Akram Khan’s highly acclaimed solo work, DESH , inspired by his homeland of Bangladesh, returns following its sell-out run earlier this year (21 – 25 February 2012), and there are further performances of Wayne McGregor’s groundbreaking work FAR (19 & 20 March 2012) set to a haunting score by Ben Frost.
The sensational BalletBoyz , formed by former Royal Ballet lead dancers, Michael Nunn and William Trevitt, return with their mixed programme of three works which premiered to rave reviews in 2011 (3 & 4 March 2012) and following its sell-out success earlier this year, pop legends Pet Shop Boys and choreographer/director Javier De Frutos return with their acclaimed collaboration, the Sadler’s Wells Production of The Most Incredible Thing (25 March – 7 April 2012).
A host of international companies feature in the Spring season including, Royal Ballet of Flanders who present William Forsythe’s masterpiece, Artifact (19 – 21 April 2012), a seminal work performed by one of Europe’s most respected dance companies.
One of France’s most successful choreographers, Angelin Preljocaj , returns to Sadler’s Wells with an award-winning adaptation of the Brothers Grimm Fairytale, Snow White , performed by the company of 25 dancers with costumes by the fashion icon Jean Paul Gaultier (10 – 12 May 2012).
Founded in 1978 for dancers between 17 and 23, Nederlands Dans Theater 2 is one of the world’s most popular dance groups. To celebrate NDT’s 50th anniversary, they return to Sadler’s Wells (6 – 9 March 2012) as part of a UK tour to present an exciting mixed-bill including Jirí Kylián’s Gods and Dogs.
Danza Contemporanea de Cuba returns to London (29 May – 1 June 2012) also as part of a UK tour, following their first hugely popular visit in 2010. For these performances they treat audiences to a triple bill of works including an opportunity to see George Céspedes’ acclaimed Mambo 3XXI, a Sadler’s Wells co-commission which was nominated for an Olivier Award and a TMA Award in 2010.
A double bill on 29 & 30 May 2012 brings together one of France’s most promising young choreographers and dancers, Noé Soulier, with Frauke Requardt who has been an Associate Artist at the Place and Greenwich Dance and Freddie Opoku-Addaie who has performed with Wayne McGregor’s company Wayne McGregor | Random Dance.
One of the highlights of the London 2012 Festival is Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch: World Cities 2012 (6 June – 9 July). This month-long season of international co-productions is presented by Sadler’s Wells and the Barbican Centre to celebrate one of the most influential choreographers in dance, Pina Bausch, and the Olympic and Paralympic year’s global focus.
The season features 10 works exploring ten global locations, of which seven are UK premieres.
Embarked upon by Bausch in 1986, the landmark series of co-productions were created at the invitation of specific global cities including Rome, Santiago de Chile, Hong Kong, Istanbul and Palermo.
Complementing the artistic programme, Compass (23 April 2012) is a compelling new work inspired by the World Cities 2012 season, produced by Sadler’s Wells creative learning and access programme Connect. Bringing together a team of choreographers, a writer, a filmmaker, composers and musicians with an intergenerational cast of over 100 dancers, encompassing all ages and levels of experience, the final performance is presented on the theatre’s main stage.
Presenting the work of flagship British companies in the Spring Season, one of Britain’s most celebrated contemporary dance companies, Richard Alston Dance Company, perform a mixed programme including a new work danced to Benjamin Britten’s masterpiece for boys’ choir which is sung and played live by Canterbury Cathedral’s choir (29 February – 1 March 2012); and Scottish Ballet return to Sadler’s Wells with their production of Tennessee Williams’ celebrated classic, A Streetcar Named Desire (26 – 28 April 2012).
In 2012, Mark Baldwin celebrates 10 years at the helm of Rambert Dance Company. As Artistic Director, he has presented the work of over 20 international choreographers and commissioned more than 25 world premieres. To celebrate this anniversary year, he has created a modern day take on Nijinsky’s 100 year old L’après-midi d’un faune and Rambert’s own version of this influential work is also revived for the first time in almost 30 years (15 – 19 May 2012).
Set up to nurture the talents of a new generation of dancers, choreographers, musicians, artists and designers, New English Ballet Theatre, whose patrons include Darcey Bussell and Carlos Acosta, make their debut season at Sadler’s Wells next year (4 – 8 July 2012). Their programme of new works include premieres by emerging choreographers George Williamson, Jenna Lee and Andrew McNicol accompanied by live music from award-winning young musicians.
Enduringly popular, Sadler’s Wells’ regular festivals draw world class artists and this Spring, they include the theatre’s annual season of flamenco, Flamenco Festival London, featuring leading artists from all over the world including Latin Grammy Award-winning Vicente Amigo, gipsy flamenco dancer Manuela Carrasco, the great Rafael Amargo, and Antonio Gades, famous for his flamenco-based versions of Blood Wedding and Carmen (7 – 19 February 2012).
Sadler’s Wells’ annual three-day celebration of hip hop dance theatre and culture, Breakin’Convention is back for the ninth year running with performances from some of the world’s best poppers, lockers, house dancers, b-boys and b-girls (5 – 7 May 2012). The weekend is followed by a UK tour taking in eight cities including newcomers Leeds and Inverness.
In a new production for the Peacock Theatre, East London meets Bollywood in a sparkling new musical and first ever collaboration between Sadler’s Wells, Stratford East and Kneehigh: Wah! Wah! Girls (24 May – 23 June 2012) is inspired by the song and dance of traditional Mujra dancers and set against a vibrant East End background. Written by acclaimed playwright Tanika Gupta (Sugar Mummies, White Boy) and directed by multi award-winning director Emma Rice (The Red Shoes, Brief Encounter), this extraordinary team of talents also includes co-director Pravesh Kumar (Britain’s Got Bhangra) and set and costume designer Keith Khan.
Featuring stunning dance sequences choreographed by Bollywood master Javed Sanadi and leading Kathak choreographer Gauri Sharma Tripathi, set to a mix of classic Bollywood tracks and new music by composer Niraj Chag, Wah! Wah! Girls is a feast for the senses that will draw audiences into the world of the modern British-Asian community. The production is presented as part of the World Stages London project.
The Spring/Summer 2012 season is on sale from Monday 14 November via Sadlers Wells website or 0844 412 4300.