Category: DANCE

Choreographers of Canada bring Frontier to Sadler’s Wells

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Grab your tickets and get ready to witness a spectacular ballet extravaganza at Sadler’s Wells from Wednesday 2 – Sunday 6 October 2024! The National Ballet of Canada is pulling out all the stops for the UK premiere of Frontiers: Choreographers of Canada, featuring an incredible triple bill of works by three of Canada’s most visionary choreographers. Kick-start your evening with Crystal Pite’s Angels’ Atlas, a breathtaking ballet that originally premiered in Toronto. This award-winning piece transforms the stage into a hypnotic play of light and movement, paired with a transcendent soundtrack by Owen Belton, Tchaikovsky, and Morten Lauridsen. It’s like stepping into another world—a world that prompts you to ponder humanity’s place within the vast cosmos. Next, experience the groundbreaking creation of Emma Portner’s islands, a hypnotic duet that simultaneously mesmerizes and challenges conventional ballet norms. With an eclectic mix of contemporary tunes and an avant-garde soundscape by Forest Swords, this performance promises to be unlike anything you’ve seen before. You might recognize Portner from her collaborations with Justin Bieber and her groundbreaking work in theatre, and now she’s dazzling the ballet world with her vision. Rounding off the trio of masterpieces is James Kudelka’s Passion, a spellbinding abstract love story set to Beethoven’s sublime concerto. The chemistry between the classical and contemporary couples is electric, weaving an intricate narrative of passion and relationships that will leave you breathless. Having served as The National Ballet of Canada’s Artistic Director, Kudelka’s influence and distinctive choreographic style remain integral to the company’s legacy. Don’t miss this… Read More

Carmen but not like you know it – Carlos Acosta’s version at Sadler’s Wells

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Get ready to immerse yourself in a theatrical extravaganza like no other as Sadler’s Wells International Associate Company, Acosta Danza, presents the much-awaited UK premiere of Carlos Acosta’s Carmen at Sadler’s Wells Theatre from Tuesday 2 to Saturday 6 July 2024. In a performance that combines passion, drama, and undeniable talent, Carlos Acosta takes the stage in his rendition of Georges Bizet’s timeless opera, bringing a touch of magic to the theatre scene. Join Don José, Carmen, and the captivating Escamillo in a dance of fate, jealousy, and destiny that’ll transfix you. Unraveling the Tale: From Past to Present Step back in time as Acosta breathes life into the character of The Bull, a symbolic representation of destiny and master of ceremonies, blending classical finesse with a contemporary flair. Watch as the narrative unfolds, retaining its universal themes in a stripped-back, enchanting setting that transcends eras. Its haunting use of simple staging and a fate bearing avatar that is the Spanish bill who appears at pivotal moments that really reminds you you’re watching a reimagined classic. A Stellar Cast: Ballet Brilliance in Motion Witness the artistry of Birmingham Royal Ballet dancers—Yaoqian Shang, Javier Rojas, and Lachlan Monaghan—as they join forces with Acosta Danza Principal dancers Laura Rodriguez, Enrique Corrales, and Alejandro Silva. Together, they craft a tapestry of emotions, drawing inspiration from dance legends Marius Petipa, Roland Petit, and others who’ve been captivated by this tale of passion and tragedy. Melodic Marvels: Bizet’s Timeless Symphony Let the melodies of Carmen sweep you off your feet… Read More

Sadler’s Wells has a new mod ballet for you

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Sadler’s Wells and Universal Music UK today announced Pete Townshend’s Quadrophenia, a Mod Ballet, a major new dance production of Townshend’s iconic album of the same name, which will tour the UK in 2025. Quadrophenia is steeped in the mythology of the 1960s—sharp suits, soul music, Vespas and parkas—but its themes of lost youth, rebellion, the search for belonging, and hunger for social change are just as urgent today. A rich orchestral arrangement of the album by Rachel Fuller and Martin Batchelar provides the backdrop for Quadrophenia, a Mod Ballet. The brand-new production is choreographed by Paul Roberts, directed by Rob Ashford, and features original costumes by renowned British fashion house Paul Smith and Natalie Pryce, projection by Nick Hillel, and lighting design by Fabiana Piccioli. Rising star Paris Fitzpatrick performs the lead role of Jimmy. Quadrophenia, a Mod Ballet, tours to Plymouth Theatre Royal (28 May – 1 June 2025), Edinburgh Festival Theatre (10 – 14 June 2025) and the Mayflower Theatre, Southampton (18 – 21 June 2025) before having its official opening at Sadler’s Wells Theatre, London (24 June – 13 July 2025) and then visiting The Lowry, Salford (15 – 19 July 2025). Pete Townshend said: ‘QUADROPHENIA is the only Who album that I solely composed and produced (1973) and the movie that followed in 1979 launched the careers of some of the finest young actors of the time. In 2016 Rachel Fuller agreed to create an orchestral score of the album. When I first heard a demo of this version, without… Read More

Flamenco dance show comes to Sydney

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The Royal Opera of Madrid and Fever, known for their successful collaboration on a world tour last year, are back together. If you’re heading to London, don’t miss the Flamenco Festival there at Sadler’s Wells! They will present the critically acclaimed traditional flamenco dance show, Authentic Flamenco, in Sydney this June for a limited engagement. This captivating live performance will enchant audiences with the soul-stirring artistry of flamenco, a beloved Spanish cultural treasure celebrated worldwide. Tickets for Authentic Flamenco are now available for purchase starting today. Don’t miss this opportunity to witness the magic of flamenco brought to life on stage in Sydney. Authentic Flamenco has garnered praise and admiration across continents, drawing in over 124,000 attendees globally. This year, the show promises to dazzle spectators at Sydney’s Seymour Centre on Friday, June 28, 2024 and Saturday, June 29, 2024. Prepare to be mesmerized by a 65-minute live presentation by SO-LA-NA Entertainment, renowned for creating exclusive and captivating performances. Experience a display of raw passion and emotion showcased by a talented lineup of artists: Event information For more details and ticket purchases, visit Authentic Flamenco Show. In London, there’s only one place you need to go for more Flamenco; Sadler’s Wells!

Experience break dancing like never before this MAy

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Get ready to experience the ultimate celebration of hip hop culture, innovation, and artistry at Breakin’ Convention 2024. An international festival of Hip Hop dance theatre, it’ll be taking over Sadler’s Wells in Islington this coming May Bank Holiday. Enthusiastically helmed by the visionary UK hip hop maker and Breakin’ Convention Artistic Director Jonzi D, this festival has become a beacon for fans and creators of hip hop from around the globe. The excitement is palpable as we gear up for two days packed with jaw-dropping performances, interactive workshops, and live music that promise to electrify the Sadler’s Wells venues on Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 May. With an extraordinary lineup featuring international sensations like Femme Fatale (USA), Sons of Wind (France), and Jinjo crew (South Korea), alongside groundbreaking UK acts such as TRAPLORD, Boy Blue, and When Time Was New, this festival is set to showcase the dynamic and diverse world of hip hop dance theatre. Attendees of all ages can look forward to a vast array of activities including spectacular dance performances, bespoke graffiti workshops, freestyle sessions, and even live DJs sessions that guarantee to keep the energy high and the spirit of hip hop alive throughout the entire building. Not to mention, the festival coincides with the historic moment of breaking becoming an official Olympic sport at the Paris Olympics, adding an extra layer of exhilaration to the festivities. Beyond the performances, Breakin’ Convention 2024 invites audiences to engage directly with the hip hop community through unique events such as the Tiny… Read More

For excellent Flamenco, look to Sadler’s Wells

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Step into a world where tradition meets innovation, where old blends seamlessly with new to create something entirely original and electrifying. At Sadler’s Wells, the iconic Paco Peña, accompanied by his talented Paco Peña Dance Company, presents Solera – a captivating production that breathes new life into the timeless art of flamenco. As the evening unfolds, prepare to be mesmerised by a fusion of exceptional music, dance, and passion that transcends boundaries and embodies the essence of human emotions in all their raw beauty. The show opens with a symphony of everyday sounds that seamlessly transform into a vibrant celebration of the human spirit. Take away the traditional red Flamenco dress and imagine you’re in a studio with friends who are just chilling and decide to have a dance. They chat in-between sets, sip water, play on their phones – all normal every day stuff – that plays an insightful and very real backdrop to the magic unfolding in the foreground. From the rhythmic beats of percussionist Julio Alcocer to the exquisite melodies woven by guitars and voices, every moment is a testament to the skill and artistry of the performers. Directed with precision by Jude Kelly CBE, Solera masterfully transitions from the mundane to the magical, immersing the audience in a world of colour, light, and drama that is nothing short of spellbinding. In the second act, the stage comes alive with a spectacle of performance, accentuated by striking costumes and evocative lighting that elevate the talents of the company to new heights. Dancers… Read More