Dutch National Ballet Hansvan at Sadlers Wells

The Dutch National Ballet returns to London to present three of Hans van Manen’s best-loved pieces.

With a body of work that includes more than 120 ballets, created over the course of a career spanning nearly six decades, Hans van Manen is universally recognised as one of the most important choreographers of his generation. All the pieces will be performed to live music from the Royal Ballet Sinfonia.

Set to Beethoven, Adagio Hammerklavier is a beautifully lyrical work, while Concertante, with music from Frank Martin’s Petite Symphonie, is a captivating combination of humour and aggression. The solos and intense pas de deux characterise van Manen’s style perfectly; sophisticated simplicity, visual logic and wonderful musicality.

Completing the bill is one of van Manen’s most famous abstract ballets. Set to Beethoven’s Grosse Fuge, it explores the relationships between four couples. A masterwork of the 20th century, Grosse Fuge has been performed around the world for 40 years and is a regular fixture in the repertoires of the world’s leading ballet companies.

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Fela! Transfers to Sadler’s Wells Theatre!

Musical Fela! winner of three 2010 Tony Awards including Best Choreography (Bill T. Jones) which is currently running at the National Theatre until 23 Jan 2011, will transfer to the Sadler’s Wells Theatre from 20 Jul to 28 Aug 2011.

A provocative and wholly unique hybrid of dance, theatre and music, FELA! explores the extravagant, decadent and rebellious world of Afrobeat legend Fela Anikulapo-Kuti.

‘There should be dancing in the streets. There has never been anything like this.’ Ben Brantley, New York Times

‘An ecstatic phenomenon.’ Time Out, New York

‘Radiates joy.’ Entertainment Weekly

‘Top 10 Shows of 2009. It’s a work of total theatre and a party where the power of the people is unleashed with a contagious jiggle.’ Los Angeles Times

Using his pioneering music (a blend of jazz, funk and African rhythm and harmonies), FELA! reveals Kuti’s controversial life as an artist and political activist.

Featuring many of Fela Kuti’s most captivating songs and Bill T. Jones’ visionary staging, FELA! – an original new creation – comes via Broadway to the National Theatre.

Bartabas – Ko Murobushi: The Centaur and the Animal at Sadler’s Wells

Famous for his use of horses as a means of artistic expression, world-renowned rider, director and stage designer, Bartabas and his company Zingaro Equestrian Theatre come to London for the first time.

Using four horses live on stage and performed by Bartabas himself, The Centaur and the Animal follows the interaction between man and horse during the process of dressage (the highest level of training a horse can achieve). Throughout this startling and intimate performance the audience watch as the horse is exposed to a deeper level of knowledge while the man reverts to his animal instincts. Eventually we see man and animal merge into one being as The Centaur.

Featuring music by Jean Schwarz and atmospheric lighting by Françoise Michel, The Centaur and the Animal is choreographed by Bartabas and Ko Murobushi, one of Japan’s greatest butoh masters.

This intriguing collaboration probes the relationship between man and beast and brings together beautiful equestrian movement with the strange and beguiling art of butoh.

Age suitability: Age Guidance 12+ (whilst there is nothing particularly inappropriate, the show is very serious therefore is not likely to be enjoyed by younger children)

Narration: There is a voiceover narrating the action (in English)

Horses: This performances features 4 live trained horses on the stage.

“A remarkable and hugely popular equestrian theatre company” THE GUARDIAN

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West End Transfer for Shoes The Musical

After the smash-hit world premiere at Sadler’s Wells, Richard Thomas and Stephen Mear’s fabulously original new show, SHOES, transfers to the Peacock Theatre for a limited eight-week run. 

A celebration of one of the greatest passions of the modern age, SHOES is a song and dance spectacular that takes audiences on a journey from the lows of the croc via the agony and ecstasy of the stiletto, to the highs of the platform boot. Fresh from the pen of Richard Thomas (co-creator of Jerry Springer – The Opera) and the feet of top showbiz choreographer Stephen Mear (Sweet Charity, Mary Poppins), SHOES is a wickedly irreverent and affectionate look at the special power this seemingly innocuous item of clothing holds over many a shoe-addict.

Alongside Mear, SHOES displays the diverse choreographic talents of an A-list team of dance-makers; Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui (zero degrees, Sutra), Aletta Collins (The Red Balloon, The Tempest), Kate Prince (Into the Hoods) and Mark Smith (Deaf Men Dancing), who under Mear’s direction, have taken inspiration from Thomas’ hilarious lyrics to create dance numbers that reflect their own unique styles of performance.

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Rambert Dance Company Performing at Sadlers Wells from 9-13 Nov 2010

Winner of the 2010 Laurence Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance, Rambert Dance Company is Britain’s national company for contemporary dance.

This triple bill includes a brand new work by UK choreographer Aletta Collins. Inspired by Dr Oliver Sacks’ book, made famous by the 1990 Hollywood film, Awakenings is the first dance interpretation of these remarkable stories. This energetic and emotional work features a specially-commissioned score, both passionate and lyrical, by celebrated American composer Tobias Picker.

Rambert also presents the return of the popular and critically acclaimed Hush, winner of the Critics’ Circle National Dance Award 2009 for Best Choreography, by icon of British choreography Christopher Bruce.

For the third work, German choreographer Henrietta Horn, previously Co-Artistic Director (with Pina Bausch) at the Folkwang Tanzstudio, makes her Rambert choreographic debut with Cardoon Club. Awakenings and Cardoon Club contain live music played by the Rambert Orchestra.

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Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella at Sadlers Wells from 30 Nov 2010

Set in London during the Second World War, Matthew Bourne’s interpretation of Prokofiev’s haunting score has, at its heart, a true wartime romance. A chance meeting results in a magical night for Cinderella and her dashing young RAF pilot, together just long enough to fall in love before being parted by the horrors of the Blitz.

First seen in the West End in 1997, but now completely revised in this brand new production featuring Lez Brotherston’s Olivier award winning designs, and new lighting by Neil Austin. The production also features sensational sound design by Paul Groothius, which takes the audience into the heart of Prokofiev’s magnificent score and the aural world of war-torn London. This will be the first production presented by New Adventures to have a specially commissioned recording of the score in Surround Sound.

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Argentina’s smash-hit tango musical Tanguera comes to Sadler’s Wells

After performing to sell-out audiences and gathering rave reviews across the globe, Argentina’s smash-hit tango musical Tanguera comes to Sadler’s Wells for a strictly limited run.

With a cast of over 30 dancers and singers, Tanguera tells a story of unrequited love in early 20th century Buenos Aires.

When Giselle, a young French woman, arrives in Argentina as one of the first waves of European immigrants, she meets Lorenzo, a port worker who falls in love with her at first sight. But as Giselle falls deeper into Buenos Aires’ seedy under- world, Lorenzo must fight to win her love.

A huge success in its native Buenos Aires, where it ran for 18 months, this spellbinding new show has dazzled audiences in New York, Paris, Berlin, Madrid and Tokyo. London audiences will be swept up in the drama of the Tanguera as it makes its UK premiere this summer.

“A definite must-see” BERLINER ZEITUNG, Germany

“The most celebrated musical in Buenos Aires”

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LA GUíA DEL OCIO, Argentina

Legendary Flamenco returns to the Sadler’s Wells

Legendary flamenco guitarist Paco Peña returns to Sadler’s Wells with his latest show Flamenco sin Fronteras, after receiving huge critical acclaim at its premiere in 2009.

Working with 12 virtuoso musicians, singers and dancers from his own company and guest artists from Venezuela performing live on stage, Paco Pena explores the many dance styles that emerged through the migration of Spanish performers to Latin America in the early 1900s, and their significant impact on flamenco today.

Joyful, superbly danced and packed with all the intensity, depth and raw energy that have become this maestro’s trademark, this is a guaranteed way to bring some heat to the British summer!

Press Reviews:

“If you only see Flamenco once in your life, make it this” INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY

“A genuine virtuoso capable of dazzling an audience with technical abilities beyond the frets of mortal man” NEW YORK TIMES

“The joy of dance was never brighter” THE SUNDAY EXPRESS

“Paco Peña can conjure images of the warm south with a single stroke of the strings. Ole!” THE DAILY TELEGRAPH 

“There is surely no other guitarist with Peña’s range – a master of limpid classical lyricism who can also open up raw wounds of emotion” THE GUARDIAN

“Paco Peña’s new show is an unqualified success. A concussive orgy of music and dance that threatens to blow the roof off the auditorium” DAILY EXPRESS

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Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake at Sadlers Wells Theatre

Swan Lake is one of the most loved of all classical ballets and one of the most popular in the Royal Ballet repertory. It has that magical combination of Tchaikovsky’s music, a compelling story of tragic romance and choreography that allows the very best dancers to show just how impressive they can be.

It returns for a second time this Season in Anthony Dowell’s romantic production whose designs were inspired by Imperial Russia of 1895, when the ballet was first performed. Against this atmospheric setting, Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov’s choreography provides an opportunity to see great dance partnerships in the leading roles and the whole Company in the dance ensembles. Illuminated by moonlight, the charged solos for the Prince and Odette and her alter-ego Odile, the machinations of Von Rothbart and the colour of a palace ball all combine with glorious music to make for an evening of inspiration and romance.

“One of Britain’s most spectacular artistic triumphs” THE EVENING STANDARD

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