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Spring 2014


Olivier Dubois


Rosebery Avenue EC1R 4TN

Thursday 8 - Saturday 10 May

Sadler’s Wells in the West End Portugal Street WC2A 2HT

Boris Charmatz

Scottish Ballet

Wednesday 29 & Thursday 30 January

Wednesday 14 - Saturday 17 May

Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch

Tuesday 20 - Saturday 24 May

Tuesday 28 January Saturday 15 February


Friday 7 - Sunday 16 February

Rosas & Ictus Tuesday 27 - Thursday 29 May

Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan

Tuesday 18 February Saturday 8 March

Bruno Beltrão

Pilobolus Dance Theatre

Friday 21 - Thursday 27 February

Tuesday 3 & Wednesday 4 June

Tuesday 11 - Sunday 30 March

Flamenco Festival

Russell Maliphant Company

English National Ballet

Saturday 1 - Saturday 15 March

Thursday 5 - Saturday 7 June

Tuesday 8 - Saturday 19 April

Hofesh Shechter

Akram Khan Company

London Children’s Ballet

Thursday 20 - Sunday 23 March

Tuesday 10 - Saturday 14 June

Thursday 24 - Sunday 27 April

Compagnie du Hanneton / James Thiérrée

Dada Masilo

Havana Rakatan

Tuesday 17 & Wednesday 18 June

Tuesday 6 - Saturday 24 May

Tuesday 25 - Saturday 29 March

Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre


Savion Glover

Friday 20 & Saturday 21 June

Tuesday 27 May - Sunday 8 June

Thursday 3 - Sunday 6 April

Eastman - Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui

Bad Boys of Ballet

Alain Platel – les ballets C de la B

Monday 23 & Tuesday 24 June

Tuesday 10 - Saturday 28 June


Tuesday 8 & Wednesday 9 April

New English Ballet Theatre

Saturday 28 & Sunday 29 June

Wednesday 2 - Saturday 5 July

Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre

Nederlands Dans Theater 1


Tuesday 1 - Friday 4 July

Saturday 19 - Sunday 27 July

Friday 11 & Saturday 12 April

National Youth Dance Company

Brasil Brasileiro Tuesday 8 - Sunday 27 July

Wednesday 16 April


Wild Card

Family Weekend: Rapunzel

Thursday 13 February & Thursday 27 March

Friday 18 & Saturday 19 April


Kidd Pivot / Crystal Pite

Queen Mary University of London, Mile End Road, E1 4NS

Family Weekend: gobbledegook

CCN de Créteil et du Val-de-Marne Compagnie Käfig

Friday 18 & Saturday 19 April

Friday 25 & Saturday 26 April

Breakin’ Convention Saturday 3 Bank Holiday Monday 5 May

Friday 13 & Saturday 14 June

Hetain Patel Tuesday 20 & Wednesday 21 May

TAO Dance Theatre Friday 6 & Saturday 7 June

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The Merchants of Bollywood

Welcome to Sadler’s Wells Welcome to our new Spring season at Sadler’s Wells. Having celebrated 15 years in our current building, I am delighted to mark this milestone by presenting a season of more dance than has ever been presented in the theatre’s 331 year history. Between these pages, you will find details of more than 40 shows over the next five months, offering an unrivalled home for dance anywhere in the world. It is a tribute to our loyal and generous audiences that we are able to offer such a busy season. Our mission has always been to provide quality and variety, and this season is no different. I’m excited to welcome back respected international companies, including the daring James Thiérrée, beautiful new work from Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan and an early work from Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch. The main house will also host some provocative and important new work from Europe, including Sadler’s Wells debuts from Boris Charmatz – whose work was seen at Tate Tanks last year – and Olivier Dubois, as well as returns for Alain Platel and Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker. This summer we will be celebrating with a revival of the spectacular Brasil Brasileiro to coincide with the World Cup, and the second season of our taster festival of dance, Sadler’s Sampled. Featuring world class dance at low prices, a proms-style standing area and a variety of free events, I hope you’ll come and enjoy this summer festival with us - and bring a friend too. As ever, our Associate Artists feature heavily in the new season, with exceptional work from Hofesh Shechter, Akram Khan, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Russell Maliphant. I am also pleased to announce that we have appointed a 16th Associate Artist, the acclaimed Canadian choreographer Crystal Pite; be sure to catch her fascinating Tempest Replica in April. I look forward to seeing you in one of our theatres soon.

Alistair Spalding CBE Chief Executive and Artistic Director

Boris Charmatz / Musée de la danse enfant Wednesday 29 & Thursday 30 January Dancer and choreographer Boris Charmatz has been subverting forms of dance and movement for over 15 years. Director since 2009 of the Rennes and Britanny National Choreographic Centre, he maintains an extensive touring schedule, working on improvised pieces on a regular basis while also continuing his work as a performer with Tino Sehgal and Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker. Having previously presented work at Tate Modern and the Hayward Gallery, for Charmatz’s Sadler’s Wells debut he presents the UK premiere of new work enfant. This creation explores an innovative style of choreography, utilising inert bodies, the relationship between muscular energy and movement, featuring a cast of nine adult dancers, 12 children and a musician.

UK PREMIERE Wed & Thu at 7.30pm £12 - £27 Free post-show talk (BSL-interpreted): Wed

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A strange, numb ballet unfolds, in which traditional relationships become reversed and borders blur between young and old, professionals and amateurs, the living and the dead.


Photo: Boris Brussey

Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch 1980 – A Piece by Pina Bausch Friday 7 - Sunday 16 February Pina Bausch is one of the most significant choreographers of the last 40 years. After setting up her company in 1973 she created 46 pieces in a career spanning 36 years, before her untimely death in 2009. She left behind a peerless legacy of having popularised a renewed brand of dance theatre around the world, continuing to inspire choreographers in every discipline of dance. In its 40th anniversary season, Tanztheater Wuppertal return to Sadler’s Wells to perform one of her most acclaimed works from the early part of her career: 1980, A Piece by Pina Bausch. Rarely performed, the piece was created following the death of her professional and romantic partner Ralf Borzik, who played a key role in the forming of the visual style of Tanztheater. Featuring an astoundingly diverse score including works by Beethoven, Debussy, Elgar and Brahms, it is a wistful elegy, dealing with nostalgia, childhood, life and death.

Tue - Sat at 7.30pm Sun at 4pm No perf Mon & Thu £12 - £60 Sadler’s Wells Patrons’ Event: Fri 7 Contains nudity

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“Miss Bausch's use of space is psychologically brilliant and it is also visually stunning” NEW YORK TIMES on 1980


Photo: Ulli Weiss

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The Merchants of Bollywood Tuesday 28 January - Saturday 15 February After more than 1000 performances, including a sell-out critically acclaimed international tour and two packed Summer seasons at the Peacock Theatre, the glamour and glitter of Bollywood is back!

Tue - Sun at 7.30pm Sat & Sun Mats at 2.30pm £18 - £45

A theatrical dance extravaganza, The Merchants of Bollywood charts the enchanting history of the world’s largest and most prolific film industry, and the dynasty of stars that have lit its way over generations.

Family Ticket: £120 (4 tickets inc at least one child) Post-show dance classes: Tuesdays

Featuring a cast of multi-talented performers, this turbo-charged, joyfully uplifting show is a riot of swirling colours and sensational dance scenes choreographed by one of Bollywood’s top young choreographers, Vaibhavi Merchant. The show is packed full of the latest high-energy Bollywood hits, featuring music by the awardwinning duo Salim and Sulaiman Merchant. Seen by over two million people worldwide, this heart-warming show continues to evolve, incorporating an homage to the latest Bollywood blockbusters. It is both a delightful love letter to the world of Indian cinema and a truly extraordinary evening of music and dance.


Captioned by STAGETEXT: Sat 15 at 2.30pm Under 5s admitted

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Blaze Tuesday 18 February - Saturday 8 March The theatrical international street dance craze Blaze returns to the Peacock Theatre after its explosive world premiere three years ago, with an expanded cast of 16 incredible dancers ready to pop, lock and breakdance their way around the city and on stage. A hugely entertaining, crowd-pleaser of a show, Blaze has recently finished a phenomenally successful world tour, wowing more than 300,000 people across the globe.

Tue - Sat at 7.30pm Sat Mats at 2.30pm Sun at 2pm & 6pm

Featuring music by Michael Jackson, Lady Gaga, Kanye West, David Guetta, and Snoop Dogg, Blaze takes the raw energy and athleticism of street dance and combines it with high-end production values, resulting in a show that’s perfect for the whole family. This stunning production unites a creative team that combine experience of working with the world’s top performers including The Rolling Stones, Jay Z, Justin Timberlake and Beyoncé.

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£12 - £38 Under 16s half price

Directed by top West End director and choreographer Anthony Van Laast (Mamma Mia!, Sister Act), and with stunning set designs by Es Devlin (set designer for Kanye West, Pet Shop Boys and Lady Gaga), Blaze is a show that’s “impossible not to enjoy” (Daily Telegraph).


Photos: Roy Beusker

Wild Card Cindy Claes Thursday 13 February Eva Recacha Thursday 27 March After two highly successful seasons, Wild Card returns for a third series. This Sadler’s Wells initiative gives emerging artists the opportunity to present several works of their choice in a mixed bill. It brings fresh ideas to the stage by giving new dance talent a platform to share their work and introduce cutting edge artists who inspire them. Dancer and choreographer Cindy Claes (ADAD Trailblazer 2013-2014) opens up the world of Jamaican dancehall. The evening, Dancehall Takeover, brings together comedy, strong emotions and powerful Jamaican street dance in a high energy programme that pays tribute to this dynamic, urban genre. Featuring dancehall talent from three generations of performers, it includes work by Cindy Claes.

8pm ÂŁ17 Pre-show activities and extra content still to be announced. See website for details. Contains strong language

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Having established herself in the UK as an up and coming artist with a distinctive voice, choreographer and twice Place Prize finalist Eva Recacha curates an evening entitled Dear Devil. The evening explores themes of authority, power, subjugation and rebellion, showing work by dance artists Colin, Simon and I; the collective Dog Kennel Hill Project and her own 2013 Place Prize piece The Wishing Well.


Photo: Camilla Greenwell

Hofesh Shechter Sun Thursday 20 - Sunday 23 March The world is perfect. From the darkness of Shechter’s emotive and often angry world emerges a bright white light dancing out of the smoke and chaos. With a company of world-class dancers and an eclectic soundtrack featuring original music by Shechter himself, this exciting new work debuted last Autumn. Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist Hofesh Shechter is one of the UK’s most exciting contemporary artists, having gained international renown for his “complex, arresting choreography” (The Guardian) and highly-charged, atmospheric music scores. The international dancers of Hofesh Shechter Company have achieved worldwide acclaim, touring his hit shows Political Mother, Uprising, The Art of Not Looking Back and In Your Rooms. They return to Sadler’s Wells after last year’s UK premiere with the newest piece, the Sadler’s Wells co-commission Sun.

Thu - Sat at 7.30pm Sun at 4pm £12 - £29

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“Zeitgeisty, gutsy dance” THE MELBOURNE AGE


Photo: Gabriele Zucca

“When you're talking about Cloud Gate, magic is not too strong a word” TIME OUT

Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan Nine Songs / Rice Friday 21 - Thursday 27 February Phenomenally acclaimed both at home and on their international tours, Cloud Gate was the first contemporary dance company in any Chinese speaking community. Directed by the celebrated choreographer Lin Hwai-Min, they are known for transforming ancient aesthetics into thrillingly original performances that draw on diverse disciplines, and for their visually spectacular sets. Based on a series of classical Chinese poems by Qu Yuan, Nine Songs draws on ancient imagery and sensibilities to create a thoroughly contemporary piece, in which distant and recent pasts collide. Received to great acclaim across the globe, the dance reflects the cycles of nature, echoing the rich verses found in the original poetic text.


Co-produced by Sadler’s Wells, Rice was created to celebrate Cloud Gate’s 40th anniversary, and is inspired by the landscape and story of Chihshang in the East Rift Valley of Taiwan. Previously tainted by the use of chemical fertilizer, this farming village has now regained its title as Land of Emperor Rice by adopting organic farming. Featuring folksongs in Hakka - the oldest among the existing Chinese dialects and operatic arias from the West, this is a stunning, thoughtprovoking piece of dance.

Pre-show Director's Conversation: Thu, 6 - 6.45pm (£4)


Nine Songs Fri & Sat at 7.30pm Sun at 4pm Rice Wed & Thu at 7.30pm £12 - £38 Sadler’s Wells Patrons’ Event: Fri

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Photo: LIU Chen-hsiang

Flamenco Festival London Saturday 1 - Saturday 15 March Ballet Flamenco Sara Baras La Pepa

Sat 1 - Sat 8 March Wed - Sun at 7.30pm. Sat 8 and Sun Mat at 2.30pm One of Spain’s most popular flamenco stars, Sara Baras is celebrated for her brilliant footwork and captivating stage presence. She has become internationally famous in a career that has spanned over 20 years, and won her dozens of awards. Her shows capture the emotion, drama and passion of traditional flamenco, with a vibrant contemporary edge. La Pepa features guest artist Jose Serrano, nine dancers and seven musicians, and is based on the history of her homeland, Andalucía. Hugely entertaining and colourful, it offers a tour of the range of styles found within flamenco.

Miguel Poveda In Concert Tue 4 March at 7.30pm Considered a genius in his native Spain, Catalan singer Miguel Poveda’s rounded and nuanced voice has no equal in the world of flamenco. With great sensitivity and respect for tradition, Poveda combines the classical canon of the old ‘cante jondo’ with a large dose of originality and creativity, resulting in a totally unique approach to the genre. For this performance he is accompanied by the dancer La Lupi, who demonstrates the percussive techniques through her hands, feet, and body in a way that honours tradition while seeking innovation. Ángel Múñoz From White to Black

Sun 9 March at 7.30pm One of the top flamenco dancers of the new generation, Ángel Múñoz has worked with some of the biggest names in flamenco dance, from María Pagés to extensive collaborations with Paco Peña and his world famous company. For this show, Múñoz reflects on contradictions that lie within himself, and within all of us. Creating a dialogue between dancing bodies and music, he surrounds himself with breathtakingly talented musicians, who each bring a distinct personality to the evening, and a new voice to the conversation.

Belén Maya Company Trasmín Mon 10 March at 7.30pm Trasmín is a show in which the art of flamenco takes centre stage. An encounter between Belén Maya and Manuel Liñán, these two dancers from different generations are united by their love of dance and mutual admiration for one another. Belén Maya has forged a reputation based on her unique style and sensual, honest dancing, having performed to criticial acclaim around the world, combining avant-garde ideas about dance with flawlessly smooth execution. Manuel Liñán was named best male dancer at the Max Awards 2013, and is recognised as one of the most accomplished and innovative flamenco dancers of his generation. With masterful technique, he is known for his dramatic choreography. Gala Flamenca The Five Seasons – Marco Flores, Olga Pericet, Laura Rozalén, Mercedes Ruiz Tue 11 - Thu 13 March at 7.30pm This year’s Gala features some of the most exciting figures on the flamenco scene: the sensational Olga Pericet, whose “towering presence and fierce energy” (The Guardian) are matched by expert technique; Mercedes Ruiz, the top representative of the traditional style of her native region, Jerez; Marco Flores, dancer and choreographer, is one of the most innovative and technically astonishing in the flamenco world, and Laura Rozalén, who evokes the Sevillian school of the genre, and is known as a guest dancer of Rocío Molina. This is a unique opportunity to witness flamenco variety in a single evening.

Farruquito Improvisao Fri 14 & Sat 15 March at 7.30pm. Sat Mat at 4pm Hailed as “one of the greatest flamenco dancers of this new century” (New York Times), Farruquito is regarded as one of the most faithful representatives of flamenco puro. A phenomenally popular artist, his precise yet passionate dancing style embodies this rich cultural heritage; a timeless artist who pays homage to past masters while forever seeking to innovate.

“We owe a huge debt to Sadler’s Wells for its annual Flamenco festivals” FINANCIAL TIMES Sara Baras’ La Pepa £12 - £45. All other main house shows £12 - £40 save 20%


Copyright: Jesus Vallinas / Photo courtesy of Dressed to Dance

Pilobolus Dance Theatre Shadowland Tuesday 11 - Sunday 30 March A groundbreaking show by internationally acclaimed dance troupe Pilobolus, Shadowland is the intensely dramatic and comedic tale of a young girl’s coming of age in a surreal world. After fascinating a global audience with its shadow performance at the 79th Annual Academy Awards in 2007, Pilobolus created Shadowland, the original sensation that has inspired similar productions the world over. Part shadow act, part dance, part circus and part concert, Shadowland utilises multiple moving screens of different sizes and shapes to merge projected images and beautiful, vibrant frontof-screen choreography.

UK PREMIERE Tue - Sat at 7.30pm Sat Mats at 2.30pm Sun at 2pm & 6pm £15 - £40 Age Guidance: 8+

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Created in collaboration with Steven Banks, lead writer of the popular animated series SpongeBob SquarePants, and featuring a rhythmic and diverse original score by popular American musician, producer and film composer David Poe, Shadowland is a totally unique theatrical experience, that has been seen by nearly a million people worldwide.


Photos: Emmanuel Donny

“Dream-weaver James Thiérrée is a master of theatrical spectacle, whose adventures in physical hallucinogenics defiantly reject categorisation” METRO

Compagnie du Hanneton / James Thiérrée Tabac Rouge Tuesday 25 - Saturday 29 March James Thiérrée is one of Europe’s most endlessly inventive and unclassifiable artists, constructing epic dream-like spectacles that are inspiring and captivating.


Born into the circus, his performances on stage and screen have often drawn on this colourful background. Constantly researching and developing his practice, Thiérrée now defies the codes of circus, dance and theatre.

£12 - £38

For Tabac Rouge Thiérrée shifts his movement language to dance whilst retaining traces of his origins in contemporary circus and his unmistakeable theatrical inventiveness. The imposing sets create a dark and ominous environment; a massive panel of tangled tubes and mirrors flips and turns centre stage. Moving incessantly across the staging as it re-shapes, the dancers execute random steps in space.

Tue - Sat at 7.30pm

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Tabac Rouge is a fascinating world in which mystery, mirrors, music and movement combine to catapault you into the unfathomable logic of dreams. Thiérrée marks his return to London after an absence of four years, with a vibrant tribute to dance and theatre.


Photos: Richard Haughton

Savion Glover SoLe Sanctuary Thursday 3 - Sunday 6 April Considered by many to be the world’s greatest tap dancer, Savion Glover makes a highly anticipated return to London. After making his Broadway debut at the tender age of 12 alongside Sammy Davis Jr, Savion Glover’s mastery of tap dance saw him shoot to fame. Over the years he has worked on a truly diverse range of projects, from pop videos to Oscar-winning films - not to mention picking up a Tony Award along the way. In SoLe Sanctuary, Savion Glover's reverence for the art of tap is put on the stage in the form of a living altar where he can pay his respects to the craft that he has perfected.

UK PREMIERE Thu - Sat at 7.30pm Sun at 4pm £12 - £38

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Savion Glover’s unique style delivers much more than you might expect from a tap dance performance. Watching him tap out a bass rhythm with one foot and then simultaneously overlay complex riffs with the other is an awe-inspiring display of skill to behold.

“Pure, full of the kind of rhythmic innovation that trips down one path, splinters off in different directions and then sweeps back home” THE INDEPENDENT


Photo: Lois Greenfield

English National Ballet and English National Ballet School My First Ballet: Coppélia Tuesday 8 - Saturday 19 April My First Ballet: Coppélia tells the comic family tale of an eccentric toymaker and his mechanical doll in a beautifully adapted version for young audiences. Dr Coppélius, the toymaker, has created the lifelike Coppélia doll, and wishes for nothing more than to bring her to life. He thinks that his dream has finally come true, but he has merely been caught up in a lovers' tiff. Love triumphs over all in this comedy of mistaken identity and the finale is a breathtaking celebration of the lovers' marriage.

11am performances: 10, 11, 12, 13, 15, 16, 17, 19 April

Delibes' irresistibly melodic score is accompanied with narration to ensure that everyone enjoys this classic fairy tale. My First Ballet: Coppélia is choreographed by George Williamson, English National Ballet’s Associate Artist, after an original production by Ronald Hynd.

7pm performance: 8 April

The My First Ballet series brings young audiences their first taste of ballet through the magic of fairy tales, captivating music and beautiful dance. The ballets are danced by second year students of English National Ballet School, produced by English National Ballet.

2pm performances: 8, 10, 11, 12, 15, 16, 17, 19 April 3pm performance: 13 April 5pm performance: 12, 19 April

£10 - £25 Age Guidance: 3+ Family Ticket available

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“My First Cinderella achieves exactly what it sets out to do, introducing them to an art form without short changing older viewers” THE TIMES on My First Cinderella


Artwork: Mark Ruffle

les ballets C de la B Alain Platel’s tauberbach Tuesday 8 & Wednesday 9 April The critically acclaimed contemporary ensemble les ballets C de la B return to Sadler’s Wells with Alain Platel's new creation tauberbach. In this project, Platel continues previous research into the development of movement material that he describes as “bastard dance”, which has also been explored in pitié!, Out of Context – for Pina and C(H)ŒURS (2012).

UK PREMIERE Tue & Wed at 7.30pm £17.50

save 20% This new creation was initiated by actress Elsie de Brauw, who asked Platel to make a performance using both dancers and actors. The starting point is Marco Prado's documentary Estamira, telling the story of a woman who suffers from schizophrenia and who lives and works in a Brazilian waste disposal site. She has developed her own very particular way of communicating with the small community she lives in, giving rise to the theme of the piece: how to live or even survive with dignity under nearly impossible circumstances. Inspiration is also drawn from Artur Zmijewski’s ‘Tauber Bach’ (Bach music sung by deaf people) and Mozart arias, which will be performed live.


Photo: Jacques De Backer

Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre The Rite of Spring & Petrushka Friday 11 & Saturday 12 April Originally created to mark the 100th anniversary of Stravinsky’s masterpiece The Rite of Spring, this “glorious” (The Independent) and unique double bill returns to Sadler’s Wells.

Fri & Sat at 7.30pm

The two halves of Associate Artist Michael Keegan-Dolan’s thrilling programme are a contrast in light and dark that mirrors Stravinsky’s epic score. The imagery in his “inspired” (The Times) The Rite of Spring is dark, shocking, violent and sexual, as the rhythmic elements of the music are played out in scenes of a pagan fertility rite, as age is sacrificed and mother earth is worshipped. By contrast Petrushka is white, bright and light, with elements of folk dances and warmer days conjured, as the company dance to achieve transcendence.

Contains nudity and themes of a sexual nature

£12 - £38

Presented by Dance Touring Partnership

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Performed by an international cast of 13, both pieces together create an intoxicating evening of dance theatre that honours the searing modernity of Stravinsky’s music. Both pieces in this thrilling double bill will be accompanied by the celebrated concert pianists Lidija and Sanja Bizjak.

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Photo: Ros Kavanagh

Sadler’s Wells Family Weekend balletLORENT - Rapunzel Friday 18 & Saturday 19 April Family Weekend is Sadler’s Wells’ annual two-day festival where the fun continues before and after the performance. With an array of exciting games and activities happening all over the building, this is an event that offers entertainment for all the family. After sell-out performances at last Spring’s Family Weekend, balletLORENT’s Rapunzel returns to Sadler’s Wells – the classic Brothers Grimm fairy tale re-imagined by Liv Lorent, written by Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy. Known for her cascading hair and entrapment within a tall tower, Rapunzel’s story shows the darker beauty of this classic tale – from the parents forced to give up their child and the Witch who takes her from them to the Prince who comes to her rescue.

Fri & Sat at 2.30pm £15 Family Dance Workshops: Fri & Sat at 12.30pm & 4.30pm (£2) Age Guidance: 6+

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This colourful and enchanting production features captivating music by Murray Gold (Doctor Who) and beautiful costumes by Michele Clapton (Game of Thrones).

“Liv Lorent was born to choreograph. Every move she creates, every piece of music she selects is handed to the audience like a precious gift” THE SCOTSMAN


Photo: Ravi Deepres

Sadler’s Wells Family Weekend gobbledegook - Deep In The Woods Friday 18 & Saturday 19 April Taking inspiration from fairy tales, Deep In The Woods is a fun and interactive show about a little girl who bravely ventures into a dark and mysterious wood. Encountering tempting trees to climb and beguiling creatures, the tale unfolds as the young audience help to create a magical world using shadow and light to guide the little girl through her bewitching adventure. After enjoying a sell-out visit to the Lilian Baylis Studio in the Autumn, gobbledegook return with Deep In The Woods, which intertwines shadow play, interactive video installations and a thrilling fusion of contemporary dance and acrobatics. A highly unusual and original show, Deep In The Woods is specially designed for children aged 2 – 5 years.

Fri & Sat at 11am & 2.45pm Adults: £12 Children: £7 Family Shadow Play Workshops: Fri & Sat at 3.30pm (£2) Age Guidance: 2-5

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Deep In The Woods was originally developed at Chats Palace, is supported by the Arts Council England, and is presented in association with MOKO Dance, a national dance partnership dedicated to opening the eyes of young people and their families to the power of dance. As part of Family Weekend, there will be activities available in the front of house areas of the theatre, check for details.


Artwork: Farrows Creative

National Youth Dance Company The Rashomon Effect / Vertical Road Wednesday 16 April Following their sold out debut performance and national tour, National Youth Dance Company returns with a brand new double bill by Guest Artistic Director Akram Khan. Khan is one of the most celebrated and respected dance artists today. In just over a decade he has created a body of work that has contributed significantly to the arts in the UK and abroad. His reputation has been built on the success of imaginative, highly accessible and relevant productions; this new commission sees Khan bring a wealth of experience to his pivotal role in working with this vibrant company of dancers drawn from NYDC workshops across England. NYDC performs a restaged excerpt from Vertical Road (Akram Khan Company, 2010), alongside the world premiere of a new work, The Rashomon Effect, by Khan and assistant choreographer, Andrej Petrovic.

Wed at 7.30pm £10 £5 concessions Under 5s admitted

This unique pairing of Akram Khan with the raw talent of these young artists provides an insight into the promising future of dance in this country.


Photo: Peter Teigen

“The talent on stage never ceases to amaze” DANCING TIMES

London Children’s Ballet Nanny McPhee Thursday 24 - Sunday 27 April London Children’s Ballet returns with a stunning ballet adaptation of Emma Thompson’s blockbuster film, Nanny McPhee. Packed with humour, fiendish trickery and budding romance, the story tells of a father with seven unruly children in desperate need of some discipline. The children’s terrible behaviour has driven away every nanny in the village until one day a curious stranger comes into their lives. LCB’s company of 56 talented dancers, aged 9 - 16, bring their charm and dynamic energy to this magical story. Full of excitement and drama, Nanny McPhee is a perfect outing for the whole family, enhanced by a beautiful original musical score performed by a live orchestra. London Children’s Ballet was founded to give talented young dancers the opportunity to perform as part of a professional ballet production. They have an extensive repertoire of more than 13 ballets, including The Secret Garden, A Little Princess, Snow White, Ballet Shoes and Rumpelstiltskin. The popularity of LCB’s ballets among young audiences has made these productions a sell-out success since the company was founded in 1994.


Fri at 6.30pm Sat at 1.30pm & 5.30pm Sun at 12.30pm & 4.30pm £14 - £55 Premiere Performance: Thu at 7pm Tickets from £45 available directly through London Children’s Ballet on 020 8969 1555 No under 3s admitted

Photo: Pedro Ferrer

Kidd Pivot / Crystal Pite The Tempest Replica Friday 25 & Saturday 26 April A former dancer with William Forsythe’s Ballett Frankfurt, Associate Artist Crystal Pite was the youngest person ever to receive the Clifford E. Lee Choreographic Award in 1995, and has since gone on to create work for Nederlands Dans Theater, National Ballet of Canada and Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet. For its first visit to Sadler’s Wells since debuting in 2009, Pite’s Kidd Pivot company present its latest work, The Tempest Replica. Based on motifs from Shakespeare’s The Tempest, Pite stages a game of revenge and forgiveness; reality and imagination, exploring these motifs in two contexts. Firstly, represented as an on-stage storyboard, with the plot points of the narrative delivered minimally through the gestures and postures of faceless chalk-white figures inside a maquette-like space. Secondly, the narrative is explored through a series of portraits – the characters and relationships manifested through fierce physical language and emotion, to produce a work of rare insight and innovation.

UK PREMIERE Fri & Sat at 7.30pm £17.50 Free post-show talk (BSL interpreted): Fri Contains themes of an adult nature

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“Pite brings a refined lyricism which transforms everything she touches” THE OBSERVER


Photo: Jörg Baumann

“Breakin' Convention never fails to deliver thrills, surprises and a stonking good time” THE TIMES

Breakin’ Convention International Festival of Hip Hop Dance Theatre Saturday 3 - Bank Holiday Monday 5 May Sadler’s Wells’ critically acclaimed international festival of hip hop dance theatre, Breakin’ Convention, is back with another line-up of jaw-dropping performances by companies from around the world and around the corner. Now in its 11th year and following a world premiere at the Apollo Theater Harlem, this hugely popular Sadler's Wells production is hosted and curated by eminent UK hip hop theatre artist Jonzi D.

Sat - Mon at 6pm Doors 4pm

Breakin' Convention features uplifting performances from Olivier Award-nominated ILL-Abilities (International), an international b-boy company that challenges the misconceptions about people with disabilities, Ukweli Roach (UK), founding member of BirdGang Dance Company, with an ensemble performance about temptation and vice, and Wanted Posse (France) expressing the roots of their personal revolutions.

Under 5s admitted

£20 seated £15 concessions £15 standing

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Breakin’ Convention is much more than just a show – it’s an experience! The foyer is transformed with live DJs, freestyle dance jams, graffiti exhibitions, workshops from top international artists plus much more to be confirmed. Full line-up to be announced. Check for updates.


Photo: Belinda Lawley

“All the ingredients for a summer sizzler... will have you bouncing in your seats� METRO

Havana Rakatan Tuesday 6 - Saturday 24 May Tue - Sun at 7.30pm Sat & Sun Mats at 2.30pm

One of Sadler’s Wells’ most successful productions, Havana Rakatan returns by popular demand to the Peacock Theatre for an astonishing sixth season. Originally the dream of Cuban choreographer Nilda Guerra, the show has now toured around the world to rave reviews and has been enjoyed by hundreds of thousands.

£15 - £42 Under 16s half-price Post-show dance classes: Tuesdays

Salsa, mambo, jazz, bolero, son, cha-cha-cha and rumba all come alive in a dazzling dance display of Cuban passion that is guaranteed to get heads nodding and feet tapping. Live music is a way of life in Cuba and eight-piece son band Turquino will also return to perform, bringing the rhythm and soul of Havana right here to London.

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A captivating journey through the dance and music of a truly unique country, Havana Rakatan is “a stunning slice of Havana life” (The Independent), performed by one of the most talented and versatile groups of dancers to emerge from Cuba in many years.

“The hottest, the coolest, the sexiest dancers in town. Irresistible” SUNDAY EXPRESS


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Olivier Dubois Company Tragédie Thursday 8 - Saturday 10 May Focusing on the anatomy of the human body, Tragédie sees nine men and nine women stripped bare both literally and figuratively to explore the human condition. In their exposed nudity, the dancers combine concise repetitious phrases of movement creating a hypnotic chorus where body and soul meet. The action on stage continues to build, creating an engrossing tribal atmosphere, as the piece reaches a thrilling crescendo. Olivier Dubois is an award-winning choreographer who has been at the cutting edge of the French contemporary dance scene since 1999. Following a dance career that has seen him perform with some of the finest dance companies in the world including Ballet Preljocaj and Sasha Waltz, Dubois finally makes his long awaited choreographic UK debut.

UK PREMIERE Thu - Sat at 7.30pm £12 - £32 Age Guidance: 18+ Contains strobe lighting and nudity

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“Powerful and overwhelming… the bodies, white hot, exhaust themselves as part of a sublime, unreal machine” PARIS ART


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Scottish Ballet Romeo & Juliet Wednesday 14 - Saturday 17 May Following its sold out success with A Streetcar Named Desire in 2012, Scottish Ballet returns with another powerful reinterpretation of an all time classic, with a unique version of Romeo & Juliet. Incredibly moving and enduringly relevant, the production was created for Scottish Ballet by Polish choreographer Krzysztof Pastor in 2008, and has since gained status as one of the company’s most iconic works. Set in the 20th century, this passionate story of forbidden love unfolds in three dramatic acts. Beginning in a monochrome Italian metropolis, Pastor shows a world torn apart by conflict with the aid of archive projection of film of First World War trenches. The second act moves to the sepia-toned 1950s in the wake of Mussolini’s Fascist dictatorship. Finally, the third act is set amidst the backdrop of today’s warring nations, dominated by the eerie blue light of the television cameras that report 24/7 from the frontline of global wars.

Wed - Sat at 7.30pm Sat Mat at 2.30pm £12 - £42 Free pre-show talk, 6.30 - 7pm: Fri (limited availability) Audio described performance: Sat at 2.30pm. Touch tour at 12.30pm Contains themes of an adult nature

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The dancers of Scottish Ballet - for whom the piece was created bring these iconic roles to life with emotional intensity and breathtaking performances. Romeo & Juliet is set to the world-famous Prokofiev score - performed live by the Scottish Ballet Orchestra.


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“Funny, sharp and sexy” DAILY TELEGRAPH on Rooster

Rambert Featuring Richard Alston, Christopher Bruce, Lucinda Childs & Merce Cunningham Tuesday 20 - Saturday 24 May Celebrated as “the most musical, muscular, versatile contemporary dance troupe in Britain” (Daily Telegraph), Rambert returns with an eclectic programme showcasing the dancers’ extraordinary athleticism. Making a much anticipated return after a 13-year absence, Rambert presents Rooster, Christopher Bruce’s electrifying celebration of the swinging Sixties set to music by the Rolling Stones. The performance also features Four Elements, another classic by dance legend Lucinda Childs. Renowned for her sleek minimalism and for turning the slightest movements into an intricate choreographic masterpiece, Childs’ unique style has been described as “stage heaven” (The Guardian). Completing the programme is Sounddance, a seminal piece by late master of dance Merce Cunningham, and Dutiful Ducks. First created for Michael Clark in 1982, Richard Alston’s short, sharp and witty solo is set to a tongue-twisting soundtext by Charles Amirkhanian. With live music by the Rambert Orchestra.


Tue - Sat at 7.30pm £12 - £38 Thu Schools Mat at 1.30pm Sat Insight Mat at 2.30pm £8 - £20 Family Ticket: 4 tickets for £40 (inc. minimum one under 16) Pre-show music talk: Fri at 6.30pm Sign language interpreted show and pre show-talk: Wed at 6.30pm

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Photo: Hugo Glendinning Dancer: Miguel Altunaga

Hetain Patel American Boy Tuesday 20 & Wednesday 21 May Sadler’s Wells New Wave Associate Hetain Patel is a visual artist whose work for the stage has been attracting growing acclaim. His practice crosses a number of art forms with the body and identity as core concerns. Major international institutions have shown his work including Tate Modern and the Southbank Centre, Sydney Festival, Bodhi Art New York, Ullens Centre for Contemporary Arts in China and Chaterjee and Lal in Mumbai. Following the success of his performance works TEN and Be Like Water, Hetain Patel takes to the stage as a solo performer, with a personal and humorous take on identity shape-shifting.

WORLD PREMIERE Tue & Wed at 8pm ÂŁ17 Free post-show talk: Wed Contains strong language

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Inspired by American movie culture and homegrown TV programmes, Patel looks at the multiple personas that we all inhabit in our day-today lives. Through a seamless synthesis of vocal and physical imitations, he revisits character impressions from his playground days: see Agent Smith from the Matrix argue with Sir David Attenborough whilst Eddie Murphy dances alongside Superman.


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“For those who think commercial dance means leaving your artistry at the door, Flash Mob is ready to prove you wrong” THE SCOTSMAN



Tuesday 27 May - Sunday 8 June FLASH MOBTM returns for a second season at the Peacock Theatre following a successful three week run in 2012. Crafted under the watchful eye of artistic director Gary Lloyd (Thriller Live, Hair, 20th Century Boy), FLASH MOBTM provides a platform for the amazing talent that has emerged from TV dance shows over the past few years. This dazzling production features a huge range of dance styles, from Latin to lockin’, from Celtic to contemporary, and from street dance to salsa. Performers including Kevin Clifton and Karen Hauer from Strictly Come Dancing, Flawless from Britain’s Got Talent, ZooNation’s Tommy Franzén from So You Think You Can Dance, and Alleviate and Brosena from Got To Dance.

Tue - Sat at 7.30pm Sat Mats at 2.30pm Sun at 2pm and 6pm £15 - £38 Under 16s half price

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The show climaxes with an exciting finale that is sure to see the audience on its feet, taking the show’s title to its literal conclusion as both cast and audience collectively experience the joy of dance through a shared FLASH MOBTM.

“The stage sings with infectious energy” THE STAGE


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Rosas & Ictus Vortex Temporum Tuesday 27 - Thursday 29 May Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker’s hugely influential Rosas company return to Sadler’s Wells with the UK premiere of Vortex Temporum, celebrating the intricacies of contemporary music. This bold new piece is based around Vortex Temporum, a rigorously constructed and refined work by the renowned French composer Gérard Grisey. The score offers both a spectral harmony, based on natural acoustic properties of sound, and a high sense of motility in circles and spirals – favoured patterns for performances by Rosas.

UK PREMIERE Tue - Thu at 7.30pm £12 - £27 Pre-show Director’s Conversation: Wed (£4)

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The dancers of Rosas pair with their long-time collaborators, the musicians of Ictus, in a shared quest for composing various experiences of time. In this groundbreaking new work, De Keersmaeker searches for how time contracts and expands, swirls and foliates in a choreographic counterpoint of sound, musicians’ gestures, dancers’ movements and spatial dynamics.

“Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker opens doors, even batters some down; she is a major artist” NEW YORK TIMES


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“Virile, muscular athleticism…. Absolutely dazzling dancing” BOSTON GLOBE

Rasta Thomas’ Bad Boys of Dance Rock The Ballet Tuesday 10 - Saturday 28 June Rasta Thomas’ Rock The Ballet, starring the Bad Boys of Dance, makes its London debut after taking the US, Australia and Europe by storm.

Tue - Sun at 7.30pm Sat & Sun Mats at 2.30pm £12 - £38

Hailing from New York, Rock The Ballet is a fusion of classic ballet technique blended with the excitement of musical theatre, hip hop, tap, acrobatics and more. The charismatic, high voltage, virtuoso dancers perform to a backdrop of animated scenery and stadium rock lighting with a soundtrack of some of rock and pop music’s biggest hits, including LMFAO, Queen, Robin Thicke, Usher, Kanye West and Coldplay.

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Rasta Thomas, undoubtedly one of the world’s most talented ballet stars, pushed the boundaries of dance and created his own genre that appeals not only to seasoned ballet lovers but also to all dance fans and theatre-goers alike. The sheer talent, agility and skill of the dancers united with exciting, fresh choreography, theatrical presentation and contemporary music confirms Rock The Ballet’s critically acclaimed influence on the live dance experience.


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“Bruno Beltrão knows how to transform hip hop dance, using it as a choreographic tool that has never been seen before” LE MONDE

Bruno Beltrão CRACKz Tuesday 3 & Wednesday 4 June Making his second visit to Sadler’s Wells, after his debut in 2009 with the award-winning H3, Bruno Beltrão has gained international acclaim for his totally unique style, questioning the established, masculine structures of movement and the stereotypes of hip hop. Combining elements of this urban dance form with contemporary influences, his work straddles the border between the analytic and the physical.

UK PREMIERE Tue & Wed at 7.30pm £12 - £27

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Along with his Grupo de Rua, founded in Niterói, Brazil, in 1996, Beltrão deconstructs traditional hip hop dance in order to create choreography that explores theatrical space. Multi-award-winning, Grupo de Rua have performed in 30 countries, and continue to challenge preconceptions about hip hop dance, and its place in the theatre. His new show, CRACKz, is dedicated to the cultural dissemination and appropriation that has been made possible through the use of computer technology. In the making of the piece, Beltrão has asked his dancers to select choreographic material found on the internet, developing a piece without roots.



“Constantly absorbing and beautiful” DAILY TELEGRAPH

Russell Maliphant Company Still Current Thursday 5 - Saturday 7 June Still Current is an evening of work by the internationally acclaimed Sadler’s Wells Associate Artists Russell Maliphant; it features newly created duets and trios danced by his remarkable company and by Maliphant himself. Joining Maliphant on stage are Carys Staton, whose energetic elegance and dedication are showcased in the new creations, and Dickson Mbi, famed for his strength and incredible popping style. The evening also features Thomasin Gülgeç, whose fluid agility and grace are demonstrated in new works, and in the award-winning solo Afterlight (Part One), included as part of the programme. There is a diverse physical language across the pieces, integrating qualities and vocabulary from contemporary dance, ballet and martial arts.

Thu - Sat at 7.30pm £12 - £27 Free post-show talk (BSL-interpreted): Thu Sadler’s Wells Patrons’ Event: Thu

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The lighting and projection designs for the evening are by Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist Michael Hulls. Musically, the evening includes an eclectic mix of sound with new compositions by long time collaborators Andy Cowton and Mukul, and a work by Armand Amar, well known for his film music. Costume designs are by Stevie Stewart with animation created by Jan Urbanowski.


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TAO Dance Theatre 4&5 Friday 6 & Saturday 7 June Since its founding in 2008, TAO Dance Theatre has taken China's dance world by storm. Having collaborated with leading Chinese artists across genres including theatre, music, film, visual art and installation, TAO has performed across the world, from Sadler’s Wells to the Sydney Opera House, and undertakes a continuous role in dance education in their homeland.

UK PREMIERE Fri & Sat at 8pm £17

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In 4, four dancers appear to be moved by a magnetic wave, in turns pulling them apart and drawing them together without ever touching. They are accompanied by the music of Chinese Indie-folk-rock composer Xiao He, who also collaborates on 5, in which five dancers do indeed physically touch each other; never separating, moving in an indistinguishable mass. These works are a continuation of choreographer Tao Ye’s minimalist experimentation, exploring the potential of the human body as a visual element, devoid of story-telling or representation. In 2012 TAO Dance Theatre was named a Sadler’s Wells New Wave Associate.


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Akram Khan Company iTMOi Tuesday 10 - Saturday 14 June iTMOi (in the mind of igor) is the latest work from award-winning Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist Akram Khan. Khan’s first full-length ensemble piece since Vertical Road in 2010, iTMOi is inspired by the work of prolific composer Igor Stravinsky, and premiered last Spring, celebrating the 100th year since Stravinsky’s iconic Le Sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring) was composed. Exploring the human condition and the way in which Stravinsky transformed the classical music world, this “incredibly visually arresting” (Evening Standard) piece evokes emotions through patterns and their disruption, building an episodic drama around the ritual of sacrifice.

Tue - Sat at 7.30pm £12 - £32 Contains nudity

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Featuring an original score by Nitin Sawhney, Jocelyn Pook and Ben Frost, iTMOi is yet another extraordinary artistic collaboration from Khan and his talented team including award-winning lighting designer Fabiana Piccioli, costume designer Kimie Nakano, dramaturge Ruth Little and an international cast of 11 dancers.

#### “A dazzling road trip into the creative imagination of one of our foremost dance artists” THE TIMES


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Spitalfields Music Summer Festival

CCN de Créteil et du Val-de-Marne Compagnie Käfig Boxe Boxe Friday 13 & Saturday 14 June France’s Compagnie Käfig returns to the UK with Boxe Boxe, a breathtaking show which fuses the noble art of boxing with dance. With choreography by Artistic Director Mourad Merzouki, the brutality and elegance of both these contrasting worlds collide in a spine-tingling show which packs a knock-out punch. Eight exceptional dancers blend martial arts, street and contemporary dance to create a spirited and stunning fusion of hip hop and fisticuffs which has dazzled audiences the world over. Boxe Boxe draws on the rich pageantry and theatricality of boxing where bright red gloves effortlessly morph into puppets and punch balls explode like featherweight balloons.

Fri & Sat at 7.30pm Sat Mat at 2.30pm £12 - £22 Under 16s half price Unwaged 25% off (limited availability) Groups of 10+ 10% off

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The dancers move in perfect unison with accompaniment from an onstage string quartet, with beautifully rendered music including Schubert, Ravel, Philip Glass and Glenn Miller injecting a further dash of romanticism and melancholy into scenes. Co-presented with Spitalfields Music, Boxe Boxe is a powerful and original dance work which will leave you clambering for ringside seats.


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Dada Masilo Swan Lake Tuesday 17 & Wednesday 18 June Bringing world class dance to new audiences, Sadler’s Sampled is a two week taster festival of dance. In only its second year, Sadler’s Sampled allows spectators to get closer to the action with standing tickets, and activities before and after each show. Opening the festival is the young South African dancer and choreographer Dada Masilo, with her interpretation of Swan Lake. Having trained at the Dance Factory in Johannesburg and the Performing Arts Research and Training Studios (PARTS), Masilo has become one of the most renowned choreographers in South Africa, winning a number of awards. Known for her reworking of classical ballets, she has previously realised new versions of Romeo and Juliet and Carmen, touring them worldwide.

UK PREMIERE Tue & Wed at 7.30pm £12 - £27 £8 standing Contains nudity save 20% (excludes standing)

In her newest creation Swan Lake, Masilo uses a company of 13 male and female African dancers to revisit this great classic; its themes, Tchaikovsky’s music, its tutus and its pointes. Re-imagining this ballet through a South African eye, giving it a new breath and a new life, Masilo tackles the issues of sex, gender and homophobia in a country confronting the impact of AIDS on its people.


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A two week taster menu of world class dance, with free talks and activities, and thousands of tickets at £12 or less – and get closer to the action with standing tickets at just £8.

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Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre Rian Friday 20 & Saturday 21 June Described as “one of the most daring and highly original dance theatre companies in the world” (The Times) Fabulous Beast make their second visit of the season to Sadler’s Wells for Sadler’s Sampled with Rian, a celebration of Ireland’s roots and traditions which recently received a Bessie award for Outstanding Production.

Fri & Sat at 7.30pm

Choreographer and founding director of Fabulous Beast Michael Keegan-Dolan is a Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist, and has established a reputation for his dynamic and innovative approach to theatre. In one of his most celebrated works, he collaborates with one of Ireland’s most successful musicians Liam Ó Maonlaí of Hothouse Flowers, drawing inspiration from Ó Maonlaí’s 2005 solo album Rian, which means ‘mark’ or ‘trace’ in Irish.

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£12 - £32 £8 standing

A moving and uplifting experience, Rian sees Keegan-Dolan and the cast of eight dancers and five musicians tap into Irish traditions with influences from faraway places to evoke a timeless vision of the real indescribable nature of things. Set to Ó Maonlaí’s beautiful score, which mixes Irish sounds with elements of world music, Rian “has a shared, spontaneous warmth…It really does feel like a party on stage” (The Independent).


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Eastman - Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui 4D Monday 23 & Tuesday 24 June Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui presents 4D. With a title that is purposefully open to interpretation the programme consists of four duets that have existed as segments from Cherkaoui’s catalogue of work, brought together to form one programme.

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The first duet, Matter, began as a pivotal sequence in Origine that premiered in 2008. The second, Pure, was commissioned by the Flemish dance festival Dansand and featured in the Sadler’s Wells commission TeZukA. The third duet, Sin, grew out of Cherkaoui’s 2010 piece Babel(words), which was choreographed in partnership with Damien Jalet. Finally, Faun was originally commissioned by Sadler’s Wells as part of the centennial celebration to Sergei Diaghilev: In the Spirit of Diaghilev.

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£12 - £38 £8 standing

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Since their original creation, these four duets have been revised, and have evolved to realise their potential as freestanding works. In addition to these duets, the performance also includes the film Valtari. Together with director Christian Larson, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui devised this film for the Icelandic rock band Sigur Rós.


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Playlist Saturday 28 & Sunday 29 June The Sadler’s Sampled festival debuted last summer, and was inspired by a weekend programme of the same name that has been an annual fixture at Sadler’s Wells since 2007. A unique event, the weekend programme has presented a diverse assortment of dance styles, from hip hop to flamenco, along with talks and activities throughout the building.

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That original weekend now forms the finale of the Sadler’s Sampled festival, offering the same showcase of genres from around the world, with its new name: Playlist. This year, the bill will include performances from the National Youth Dance Company – choreographed by Akram Khan – and from Sadler’s Wells resident company ZooNation. With more artists still to be announced, Playlist offers something for everyone to enjoy; a fantastic opportunity to introduce someone new to dance and discover some new favourites.

“Sadler's Wells' annual showcase offers a brilliant introduction to all that dance can be” THE GUARDIAN


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Nederlands Dans Theater 1 Sehnsucht / Schmetterling Tuesday 1 - Friday 4 July One of the world’s most innovative contemporary dance companies, Nederlands Dans Theater 1 are known for combining virtuoso classical technique with intriguing visual sets and themes. They return to Sadler’s Wells for the first time since celebrating their 50th anniversary in 2009, bringing two works never before seen in the UK.

UK PREMIERE Tue - Fri at 7.30pm £12 - £38 Sadler’s Wells Patrons’ Event: Tue

Created by Spanish-British duo Sol León and Paul Lightfoot, Sehnsucht is a piece that relates to the German word meaning ‘longing’ or a kind of ‘intense missing’. Taking the concept as their inspiration, León and Lightfoot have created an evocative new work that looks at the binding, transformative power of love.

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Completing the bill is Schmetterling, meaning ‘butterfly’, suggesting the transitional nature of existence and the continuous crossing of paths between life and death. In this new piece – also choreographed by Lightfoot and León – duets and trios echo all types of possible love stories, with music by indie rock band Magnetic Fields and their ’69 Love Songs’ as well as contemporary composer Max Richter.


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New English Ballet Theatre Tryst: Devotion and Betrayal Wednesday 2 - Saturday 5 July Following their highly successful debut season in 2012, New English Ballet Theatre return with a mixed bill programme: Tryst – an exploration of love, devotion, jealousy and betrayal. The programme showcases new works from the UK’s top choreographic talents. This varied and compelling evening opens with a performance of Orbital Motion, choreographed by The Royal Ballet’s Valentino Zucchetti, set to music by Philip Glass. This programme also includes brand new work from The Royal Ballet’s Kristen McNally and the former Dutch National Ballet dancer Daniela Cardim Fonteyne’s Tangents, featuring beautiful live music from movements from Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition.

UK PREMIERE Wed - Sat at 7.30pm Sat Mat at 2.30pm £12 - £25 Contains themes of an adult nature

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The evening concludes with a newly commissioned work by rising star Andrew McNicol, based on Tolstoy’s novella The Kreutzer Sonata. This moving and tragic ballet features a world-class young string quartet playing the music of Janáček, and an on-stage concert featuring excerpts from Beethoven. With set design from Linbury Prize-winner Emma Bailey, this is a dramatic piece of ballet theatre.


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Brasil Brasileiro Tuesday 8 - Sunday 27 July The exuberance and energy of Brazil returns to Sadler's Wells this summer as 35 performers from Rio de Janeiro bring alive the spirit that makes Brazil so unique. Famed for its euphoric dance heritage, this is a country where the musical culture of Africa and Europe merge in a melting pot of dance forms to create its own national rhythm: the samba.

Tue - Sun at 7.30pm Sat & Sun Mats at 2.30pm £15 - £50

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From its beginnings as a ritualistic love dance, to the excitement of a modern day Rio street carnival, Brasil Brasileiro features an incredible live band, and shows samba in all its forms, showing dazzling displays of the lightning footwork of forro, the agility of capoeira, and the groovy moves of batucada take you on a dance journey through a country unlike any other. The show is conceived and directed by Claudio Segovia, whose numerous Broadway and West End hits include the Olivier Awardnominated Tango Argentino, and Black and Blue, nominated for ten Tony Awards.

“A genuinely infectious show” THE GUARDIAN


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Mummenschanz Saturday 19 - Sunday 27 July Having captivated audiences with its unique brand of visual theatre for more than 40 years, Mummenschanz make its first appearance in the UK since 2006 this summer. Internationally acclaimed, the company have toured in 60 countries on five continents, with their performances that defy cultural boundaries. The performers of Mummenschanz create inspiring and captivating illusions using colourful masks, incredible props and skilful sleight of hand, producing a magical world of possibilities, all without uttering a word. The troupe’s playful and memorable exploits display an enormously inventive use of forms, shadow and light and creative manipulation of sculptural, expressive masks. The result is a visually stunning spectacle of entertainment that is suitable for all the family to enjoy. At the Peacock Theatre for a strictly limited Summer holiday run of only ten performances, Mummenschanz offer an experience “for children who think they are adults and for adults who still believe they are children at heart.” (New York Times).


Tue - Sat at 7.30pm Sat 26 at 2.30pm Sun 20 at 2pm and 6pm Sun 27 at 2pm £15 - £32

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Sadler’s Wells Extras TALKS AND CLASSES

Hetain Patel

Jonathan Burrows and Matteo Fargion

Post-show talk

Lecture concert - Rebelling Against Limit Wednesday 15 January at 7pm in the Lilian Baylis Studio

Wednesday 21 May on stage Free to same day ticket holders



Boris Charmatz / Musée de la danse

Pre-show talks

Post-show talk with Boris Charmatz Wednesday 29 January on stage BSL-interpeted. Free to same day ticket holders

The Merchants of Bollywood Post-show dance classes on Tuesdays Free to same day ticket holders

Wednesday 21 May, 6.30 - 7pm Pre-show talk by Artistic Director Mark Baldwin in the main auditorium Free to same day ticket holders. BSL-interpreted

Friday 23 May, 6.30 - 7pm Pre-show talk by Music Director Paul Hoskins and the Rambert Orchestra in the main auditorium Free to same day ticket holders

Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan Pre-show Director’s Conversation with Lin Hwai-Min and Alistair Spalding Thursday 27 February, 6 - 6.45pm in the Rosebery Room £4. BSL-interpreted

Sadler’s Wells Family Weekend Family Workshops Friday 18 & Saturday 19 April at 12.30pm (Rapunzel), 3.30pm (Deep In The Woods) and 4.30pm (Rapunzel) - all £2

Rosas Pre-show Director’s Conversation with Alistair Spalding and Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker Wednesday 28 May, 6 - 6.45pm in the Lilian Baylis Studio £4. BSL-interpreted

Russell Maliphant Company Post-show talk with Russell Maliphant Thursday 5 June on stage BSL-interpreted. Free to same day ticket holders

Kidd Pivot / Crystal Pite Friday 25 April on stage

ASSISTED PERFORMANCES The Merchants of Bollywood

BSL-interpreted. Free to same day ticket holders.

Captioned performance

Havana Rakatan

Saturday 15 February, 2.30pm

Post-show talk with Crystal Pite

Post-show dance classes on Tuesdays

Captioned by STAGETEXT

Free to same day ticket holders

Scottish Ballet

Scottish Ballet

Audio described performance

Pre-show talk Friday 16 May 6.30 - 7pm in Khan Lecture Theatre Free to same day ticket holders (limited availability)

Saturday 17 May, 2.30pm Touch tour at 12.30pm

RAMBERT Sign language interpreted performance Wednesday 21 May, 7.30pm

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Exchanges: Tickets may be exchanged to future performances or a credit note issued in lieu (valid for two years from the date of issue) if returned at least 24 hours before the scheduled performance time. A £2 per ticket booking amendment fee applies (maximum £6 per booking). Refunds are not permitted except where the performance has been cancelled. Bookings of eight or more tickets (or part thereof) for the same performance can only be exchanged or issued with a credit note where we have at least three weeks notice. No refunds or exchanges outside of these terms. Full terms at

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Families: Half-price tickets for children under 16 on selected matinees. Other discounts may be available for children. See individual show pages for details. Up to 2 half-price children per 1 full-paying adult. Minimum age limits apply on certain shows, please check with Ticket Office. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult

Under 5s: Please note for the consideration of our patrons, children under the age of 5 are not permitted into performances unless indicated on the show information pages. Further age limits apply on certain shows, please check with Ticket Office (under 2s free entry where admitted - please book aisle seats and leave the auditorium if the child causes disturbance to other patrons. Refunds will not be payable).

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GROUPS For adult groups of 8 or more*: 20% off stalls seats, must be booked at the same time. See (may exclude Fri and Sat evening performances. Some shows may be subject to different group rates).

Schools and college groups of 10+*: £12 rear stalls seats, 1 teacher free per 10 pupils, at Schools Discount Performances (see website for details). Under 18s only.

CONCESSIONS Disabled Persons: For members of our Access Scheme a limited number of half-price seats are available. For more information, visit

Students, unwaged, over 65s*: A limited number of £8 seats in Sadler’s Wells rear 2nd circle or Peacock Theatre rear stalls for most performances. Tickets will be held at Ticket Office. Proof of eligibility must be shown, otherwise the full price will be charged. A maximum of 2 tickets per person, per event.

Standby tickets*: From £17.50 to £25 for students, unwaged people, BECTU, MU and Equity card-holders, under 16s and over 65s. Cash or card payment only. Available in person only from 1 hour before the performance. 1 ticket per person, requires proof of status.

All discounts are subject to availability and cannot be used retrospectively or in conjunction with any other offers or concessions. Discounts do not apply to Lilian Baylis Studio unless indicated. *Not available online

ACCESS Sadler’s Wells aims to provide access for all. Both Sadler’s Wells and the Peacock Theatre have a number of wheelchair spaces. For more information and to watch our access film, visit Booking is available by minicom/textphone (020 7863 8015) for people with hearing impairments.

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Sadler’s Wells & Lilian Baylis Studio Bus: 19, 38 & 341 stop outside Sadler’s Wells. 4, 30, 43, 56, 73, 153, 205, 214, 274, 394 & 476 stop at or near Angel tube station. Tube: Angel (Northern Line) is 5 mins walk. Rail: King’s Cross, St Pancras, Euston, Liverpool Street and Old Street are easily reachable by tube or bus from Angel; Highbury & Islington and Essex Road are 10 mins by bus. Sadler’s Wells Car Park: Private wide bay car park for patrons with disabilities (free), or over 65s (£5). Book in advance at Ticket Office. Sadler’s Wells is within the congestion charge zone. Bike: There are plenty of bike racks outside and opposite the theatre, plus cycle hire stations within 5 mins walk.

Peacock Theatre Bus: Kingsway: 1, 59, 68, 91, 168, 171, 188, 243, 521 & X68; High Holborn: 8, 19, 25, 38, 55, 98 & 242; Aldwych / The Strand: 4, 6, 9, 11, 13, 15, 23, 26, 76, 77A, 139, 172, 176, 341 & RV1 Tube: Holborn (Central/Piccadilly Lines) is 5 mins walk. Temple (Circle/District Lines) is 10 mins walk. Rail: Charing Cross, Waterloo and Waterloo East are 15 mins walk. Bike: There are plenty of bike racks outside and opposite the theatre, plus cycle hire stations within 5 mins walk.


As a charity, we rely on private support to help us present world-class contemporary dance all year round and commission artists to make original new work.


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Spring 2014 Sadler’s Wells & Lilian Baylis Studio, Rosebery Avenue, London EC1R 4TN Ticket Office: 0844 871 0090 Angel Peacock Theatre, Portugal Street, London WC2A 2HT Ticket Office: 0844 871 0091 Holborn Sadler’s Wells Trust Ltd is a registered charity 279884

Sadler's Wells Spring 2014  
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