March 23, 2011

Ballet, Ballet News, Press Releases


Sadler’s Wells is delighted to announce the world premiere in July 2011 of a mixed programme devised and performed by internationally acclaimed dancer and Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist Sylvie Guillem.      

Widely recognised as one of the world’s greatest dancers, Sylvie Guillem stars in a new evening of work by three of today’s most important choreographers; Mats Ek, William Forsythe, and Jiří Kylián. Tickets for the world premiere of this mixed programme at Sadler’s Wells are on sale from 10am on Monday 21 March 2011.

Sadler’s Wells Artistic Director Alistair Spalding says “Sylvie’s stellar career has defied the usual conventions, taking a thrilling turn with contemporary dance, and this mixed programme continues our partnership with her which has developed through collaborations such as PUSH and Eonnagata. A project of this kind is complex to pull off so I’m delighted to have enabled this new evening of work from four of the most respected artistic forces in dance today.”

For this Sadler’s Wells / Sylvie Guillem production, William Forsythe creates a new duet for her and Paris Opera Ballet étoile Nicolas Le Riche, with a commissioned score by David Morrow. Commissioned by Sadler’s Wells, the iconic dance-maker works with Guillem again following his now legendary In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated, created on her in 1987 at Paris Opera. This duet is the fourth work he has created for her, preceded by France/Dance, In the Middle Somewhat Elevated, and Firstext.

As an American working internationally for the last 35 years, William Forsythe is considered one of the world’s foremost choreographers. His work has received over 40 awards including three Oliviers, four Bessies and an Evening Standard Award.

Also at Guillem’s request, acclaimed Swedish choreographer Mats Ek creates a new solo for her, set to Beethoven’s last piano sonata. The fourth collaboration between Ek and Guillem, commissioned by Sadlers Wells follows Wet Woman for television, the duet Smoke for Guillem and Niklas Ek, and the title role of Carmen staged by Mats Ek at The Royal Ballet in London; a work he originally created for the Cullberg Ballet. 

The playful title Ajö (Bye) is described by Ek as being “… about a woman who takes leave of a certain stage in her life. It is a conversation that she has with herself that leads to new experiences.” Ajö features interactive video by set and costume designer Katrin Brännström. It was previewed in Stockholm in December 2010 and described as a “masterpiece” by Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung writer Wiebke Hüster.

Guillem also invites Jiří Kylián, another choreographer that she has worked with many times in her career, to contribute a new work for her. In response, Kylián has chosen to create a film, the medium that has fascinated him particularly through his previous collaboration with the film maker Jason Akira Somma, with whom he worked as a Rolex mentor. Kylián and Somma’s film, featuring Guillem and Sabine Kupferberg, completes the evening along with a duet from Kylián’s work 27’52” performed by dancers handpicked by the choreographer.

Jiří Kylián has created nearly 100 ballets to date, primarily for Nederlands Dans Theater where he was Artistic Director from 1975-1999, but also for companies including Stuttgart Ballet, Paris Opéra, Tokyo Ballet and the Bayerisches Staatsoper München.

A Sadler’s Wells / Sylvie Guillem Production

Co-produced by Holland Dance Festival with support from Dansenshus Stockholm

A Sadler’s Wells / Sylvie Guillem Production


Sylvie Guillem Evening (working title)

World Premiere

Sadler’s Wells, London

Tuesday 5 – Saturday 9 July 2011

Performances at 7.30pm (no performance Thu 7 July)

Tickets: £10 – £45

Ticket Office: 0844 412 4300 and also available via the Sadlers Wells website

Tickets are on sale from 10am on Monday 21 March 2011

Sylvie Guillem CBE, was born on 23 February 1965 in Paris, France. As a child, she trained in gymnastics under the instruction of her mother, a gymnastics teacher. In 1977 aged 11, she began training at the Paris Opera Ballet School, and in 1981 joined the company’s corps de ballet. She was promoted to the rank of “Etoile” by Rudolf Nureyev at the age of 19. Since then she has performed all the leading roles of the classical repertoire with the world’s leading companies including The Royal Ballet, Paris Opera Ballet, the Kirov,The Tokyo Ballet, Australian Ballet, American Ballet Theatre and La Scala.

Her first collaboration with fellow Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist Russell Maliphant began in 2003 with Broken Fall, with Michael Nunn and William Trevitt. It was followed by the multi-award winning Sadler’s Wells Production PUSH, which premiered at the theatre in 2005 She collaborated with celebrated dancer and choreographer, Akram Khan for Sacred Monsters, which premiered at Sadler’s Wells in 2006. Her most recent collaboration was for the Sadler’s Wells Production Eonnagata with Robert Lepage, Russell Maliphant, and costumes by Alexander McQueen. All those production have toured internationally to full houses and critical acclaim.

Her awards include the Officier de la Légion d’Honneur, Officier dans l’Ordre National du Mérite, Officier des Arts et Lettres, and in Britain an honorary CBE. Sylvie Guillem is a Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist.

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  1. Thais Says:

    thank you so much for the post ! I could book tickets on time !!!!! 😀