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Press Release: Sadler's Wells Autumn / Winter 2016 Season Announcement

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Sadler's Wells has issued details of the Autumn/Winter 2016 Season.


Tickets go on sale from Monday 9th May.


You can view the brochure on line here.



Vamos Cuba!                                                                                                


Tuesday 26 July - Sunday 21 August

Tickets: £12 - £45

From the creators of the smash-hit dance sensation Havana Rakatan comes Vamos Cuba!, the spectacular new summer show from acclaimed Cuban choreographer Nilda Guerra. Set in the chaos of Havana Airport, where families are separated, lovers reunited and times flies when you’re having fun, Vamos Cuba! is an exuberant mix of traditional and modern dance styles including salsa, rumba, cha-cha-cha and reggaeton, with a live band, a DJ and a cast of the hottest dancers Cuba has to offer.

A Sadler’s Wells Production


Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater                                                                    

Mixed Bill 


Tuesday 6 - Saturday 17 September

Tickets: £12 - £45


Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater returns to Sadler’s Wells with three programmes that showcase the extraordinary artistry of a company that has changed the face of American dance over the past six decades.

Programme A includes the UK premiere of uplifting work Exodus, along with the spiritual journey of Four Corners and the sensual After the Rain pas de deux. Highlights of Programme B include Open Door, set to recordings by Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, and Piazzolla Caldera - a sensual exposé of tango reimagined with modern dance. Programme C showcases the propulsive Lift, the classic tour-de-force female solo Cry and the powerful Awakening, Robert Battle’s first world premiere since becoming Artistic Director.

All programmes feature Alvin Ailey’s 1960 American masterpiece Revelations, one of the most acclaimed and widely seen modern dance works in the world.

 Part of a Dance Consortium tour

A full tour schedule can be found at www.danceconsortium.com



OCD Love  



Monday 19 and Tuesday 20 September

Tickets: £18

Sadler’s Wells Debuts offer a chance to discover the work of choreographers new to the Sadler’s Wells stage. This season sees Sharon Eyal and Gai Behar, stars of Israel’s thriving dance scene, present the UK premiere of L-E-V’s latest work. This piece is about love that always misses and lovers out of sync. Eyal and Behar explore that vacant space, viewing themes of the heart through the lens of obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Performed to deep, pulsing, tribal grooves, this is a powerful display from the company’s fiercely talented dancers, inspired by the poem "OCD" by Neil Hilborn.

Free post-show talk: Monday 19 September 


Cirque Éloize                                                                                                         


THE PEACOCK                                                                                                                 

Tuesday 20 September - Saturday 8 October

Tickets: £15 - £42 

Canadian contemporary circus crew Cirque Éloize blasts back into the West End with iD, a smash-hit show of daring stunts and dazzling theatricality.

Blending circus arts, acrobatic skills and breakdance, iD transports audiences to a vibrant urban streetscape. The stage fizzes with infectious energy and phenomenal physical feats, as the 15 talented cast members perform against a kaleidoscope of video projections.


Home Turf      

WORLD PREMIERE                                                                                                 

Saturday 24 September

Tickets: £12 (£6 concessions)

Sadler’s Wells teams up with West Ham United Foundation for Home Turf, a community dance production inspired by football. The show features over 100 professional and non-professional dancers, including Foundation participants, Company of Elders and alumni of the National Youth Dance Company.

The production is created by choreographers Pascal Merighi (guest artist, Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch), Neil Fleming Brown (Studio Wayne McGregor), Michela Meazza, (guest artist, New Adventures), and Lee Griffiths (The Company) and composer Murray Gold (Doctor Who and balletLORENT’s Snow White).

Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui / Russell Maliphant / Arthur Pita 

Natalia Osipova

Tuesday 27 September - Saturday 1 October

Tickets: £12 - £60

Following the world premiere of her show in the summer, Natalia Osipova returns to the Sadler’s Wells stage by popular demand. She is once again joined by Sergei Polunin, in a rare opportunity to see the two dancing together in the UK.

The programme, Osipova’s first ever contemporary commission, features work inspired by this unique dancer created by Sadler’s Wells Associate Artists Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Russell Maliphant, alongside Royal Opera House regular Arthur Pita.

A Sadler's Wells Production

The Monument Trust supports co-productions and new commissions at Sadler's Wells

Supported by The Deborah Loeb Brice Foundation and The Blavatnik Family Foundation

Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Russell Maliphant are Sadler’s Wells Associate Artists


Matthias Sperling                                                                                  

Now that we know     


LILIAN BAYLIS STUDIO                                                                                          

Thursday 29 September

Tickets: £15

Choreographer and performer Matthias Sperling furthers his investigation into the relationship between mind and body in a new performance lecture. Now that we know explores a hypothetical future in which science has discovered how our minds connect with our bodies. This work of science fiction builds on recent findings, taking a choreographic perspective to freely imagine plausible, absurd, thrilling or worrying scenarios.

Sperling took part in the first cohort of Sadler’s Wells Summer University and is a regular collaborator with Siobhan Davies Dance.

 Free post-show talk: Thursday 29 September


Out of Asia 2

 Building on the successes of its first Out of Asia season in 2011, Sadler’s Wells presents Out of Asia 2, another rare opportunity to experience outstanding dance from Asia’s vibrant and rapidly developing performing arts world, which is bringing new perspectives and energy to stages across the globe. This autumn Sadler’s Wells shares with London a range of works by five dance companies from China and Taiwan, as well as four independent choreographers from Malaysia, Japan, Indonesia and India, in a special collaboration with an artist from Singapore.

For full details of our Out of Asia 2 season, visit sadlerswells.com/outofasia2


TAO Dance Theatre                                                                                                

6 and 8                                                                                                   


Part of Out of Asia 2

Monday 3 and Tuesday 4 October

Tickets: £12 - £27

Established in 2008 by Beijing-based choreographer Tao Ye, TAO Dance Theatre is known for creating work of a mesmeric, trance-like quality.

In the “high concept and thrillingly simple” (Evening Standard) 6, six dancers move in dynamic and hypnotising unison, in a shifting landscape of light. The company’s newest piece, and the final work of the Straight Line Trilogy8 sees eight dancers perform lying instead of standing, restricting their bodies to the floor and limiting their movements to the range of their spines.


Carlos Acosta                                                                                           

The Classical Farewell     

ROYAL ALBERT HALL                                                                        

Monday 3 - Friday 7 October

Tickets: £20 - £110

Carlos Acosta bids farewell to classical ballet with his final performances at the Royal Albert Hall. The Classical Farewell celebrates highlights from Acosta’s career, which led him to become the most famous male dancer of his generation, and marks the final opportunity for audiences to watch the ballet superstar dance classical works. For this very special programme, he will perform with some of his closest contemporaries from The Royal Ballet with accompaniment from a live orchestra.

Co-produced by Sadler’s Wells and Valid Productions 

Presented in association with Como No 

 The Monument Trust supports co-productions and new commissions at Sadler's Wells


CCN Ballet de Lorraine                                                                               

Unknown Pleasures     


PART OF DANCE UMBRELLA                                                               
Friday 7 and Saturday 8 October

Tickets: £20

Unknown Pleasures is an anonymous programme, offering the opportunity to experience an evening of dance unencumbered by preconceptions. 

Five international choreographers - four women and one man, ranging from their 30s to their 70s - share their distinctive voices to produce an evening of invention and surprise. Performed by 20 dancers from Ballet de Lorraine, this is a choreographic carte blanche for both audiences and creators.

Unknown Pleasures is curated by Dance Umbrella together with pioneering French company Centre Chorégraphique National - Ballet de Lorraine. 

 Free audience-led post-show discussion: Saturday 8 October 


Birmingham Royal Ballet

The Tempest and Shakespeare Triple Bill

Monday 10 - Saturday 15 October

Tickets: £12 - £45

 Birmingham Royal Ballet presents an evening of work to mark the 400thanniversary of William Shakespeare’s death. David Bintley’s new ballet, The Tempest, conjures Prospero’s magical isle from Shakespeare’s final work. At once enchanting and elemental, this is the powerful story of a man determined to right past wrongs. With a newly commissioned score by composer Sally Beamish and designs by Rae Smith (The Prince of the Pagodas, War Horse), The Tempest is Bintley’s first new full-length work created for Birmingham Royal Ballet since Cinderella in 2010.

Birmingham Royal Ballet’s second programme begins with José Limón's The Moor's Pavane, a one-act tragedy of Othello, followed by the Shakespeare Suite, which sees Bintley set the Bard’s best-loved characters to a swinging Duke Ellington score. The evening ends with Jessica Lang’s new one-act ballet Wink, inspired by the poetry of Shakespeare’s sonnets.

 Free pre-show talk: Friday 14 October at 6.30pm

 Audio described performance: Saturday 15 October at 2.30pm

Touch Tour: Saturday 15 October at 10am


The China National Peking Opera Company                                                      

The General and the Prime Minister and White Snake  

Part of Out of Asia 2

THE PEACOCK                   

Thursday 13 - Saturday 15 October

Tickets: £15 - £45

One of China’s most respected and innovative cultural exports, The China National Peking Opera Company has staged more than 500 masterful historical dramas since its formation five decades ago. The company returns to London following an acclaimed season at Sadler’s Wells in November 2014.

Based on historical accounts of the Warring States period of ancient China, The General and the Prime Minister is filled with drama and entertainment. Set against an emotive backdrop of trickery, power struggles and personal determination, the influence of this story continues to be felt in China today.

The legend of the White Snake is a famous piece of Chinese folklore. The story’s characters are household names in the country, with Lady White as a symbol of rebellion, bravery and a quest for true love.


Choy Ka Fai                                                                                                     

SoftMachine: Surjit & XiaoKe x ZiHan        


Part of Out of Asia 2                                    


Thursday 13 and Friday 14 October                                                

Tickets: £17

SoftMachine is a multimedia project investigating the contemporary status of dance across Asia. The first of two double bills created by Singaporean artist Choy Ka Fai, bringing together live performance and documentary footage, this evening showcases new dance and choreography emerging from India and China.

Surjit Nongmeikapam is a contemporary dancer from Manipur, India, trained in classical Indian dance and martial arts. He presents the complex issues of creating dance specifically for European audiences.

XiaoKe and ZiHan from Shanghai, China, make collaborative works exploring the body in its extreme states, reflecting on the social and political context of China. The piece investigates the boundaries of artistic freedom and the experience of constant cultural surveillance.

Contains nudity


Suzie Birchwood                                                                               

A Conversation with Dystonia, in two parts     

LILIAN BAYLIS STUDIO                       

Wednesday 19 October

Tickets: £17


Dance & Dialogue is a series of dual presentations featuring movement and words.

For the dance component, Suzie Birchwood presents two pieces. The first is a trio between a classical dancer, an aerial artist and a contemporary dancer, exploring Birchwood’s tempestuous relationship with her condition, generalised dystonia. The second work plays with notions of support and balance, exploring Suzie’s changing physicality during the cyclical patterns of her condition.

The dialogue component sees Birchwood in conversation with her research collaborators, looking at the revolutionary impact of neuroplasticity on her dystonia treatment. By revealing her shifting physicality, Birchwood illustrates that the disorder is a unique and changing aspect of her identity as a dancer.


Jérôme Bel                                                                                    



PART OF DANCE UMBRELLA                                                                                                            

Tuesday 18 and Wednesday 19 October

Tickets: £12 - £27

 Jérôme Bel, the “choreographer dedicated to turning the concepts of dance and performance inside out” (Observer) returns following the success of Disabled Theatre presented as part of Dance Umbrella 2014, and The Show Must Go Onin 2015.

Gala is a captivating showcase for all admirers of dance. Featuring amateurs, professionals and everything in between, the work features 20 Londoners from all walks of life. Through their movement, the gentle humanity of each performer lights up this inspired production. Breaking the sanctity of the stage, this is a jumble of joys, failures and stumbling insights into the uniting power of dance.

 Free audience-led post-show discussion: Wednesday 19 October


Burn the Floor                                                                                                       

Fire in the Ballroom    


THE PEACOCK                                                                                           

Tuesday 18 October - Saturday 5 November

Tickets: £15 - £42 

Burn the Floor is a rebellious, high-energy ballroom dance spectacle with an infectious sense of fun, featuring 14 champion dancers breathing new life into classics such as the Viennese waltz, foxtrot, samba, tango and jive. Backed by a live band, singers cleverly re-interpret a diverse range of music from Santana to Led Zeppelin. This production of the international smash-hit, which has been crafted over the past two years by choreographers Jason Gilkison and Peta Roby, “will have you leaping out of your seat to join in” (Heat Magazine).


Choy Ka Fai                                                                                                       

SoftMachine: Yuya & Rianto     


Part of Out of Asia 2                                                                            


Friday 21 and Saturday 22 October                                                    

Tickets: £17

The second of two double bills created by Choy Ka Fai showcases new dance and cutting-edge choreography from Japan and Indonesia, incorporating film and performance.

Yuya Tsukahara is the founding member of contact Gonzo, a contemporary dance unit formed in 2006 in Osaka, Japan. As well as the name of the company, contact Gonzo is also a unique dance form creating encounters that teeter on the edge of violence and tenderness. Rianto is a dancer from Banyumas, Indonesia, who specialises in the traditional cross-gender erotic dance of lengger, exploring the tension between traditional and contemporary choreographic practices during the global shift from rural to urban lifestyles.


Candoco Dance Company 

Beheld and Set and Reset/Reset
Friday 21 and Saturday 22 October
Tickets: £12 - £27
Celebrating its 25th anniversary, Candoco Dance Company presents a new double bill by Alexander Whitley, a classically trained dancer and Sadler's Wells New Wave Associate. In Beheld, seven dancers explore the possibilities and constraints of the space to consider how we look and what we see.
The evening’s second piece, Set and Reset/Reset, a restaging of a piece by Trisha Brown Dance Company is considered to be its signature work. This piece is performed to a contagious score by renowned multimedia artist Laurie Anderson.

 Free post-show talk (BSL interpreted): Friday 21October 

 Audio described show: Saturday 22 October

Touch tour: Saturday 22 October at 5pm

 Alexander Whitley is a Sadler’s Wells New Wave Associate, a programme supported by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation  


Jasmin Vardimon Company


Monday 24 and Tuesday 25 October

Tickets: £12 - £18

Award-winning choreographer and Sadler’s Wells’ Associate Artist Jasmin Vardimon presents a new adaptation of Carlo Collodi’s classic fairy tale, Pinocchio.

Bringing to life the famous marionette, this family-friendly dance show follows Pinocchio as he embarks on a fantastic journey to become a boy. Showcasing Vardimon’s trademark theatrical style, the piece combines physical theatre, quirky characterisation and innovative technologies with text and dance to explore the idea of what it really means to be human.

Age guidance: 7+

Family Dance Workshop: Tuesday 25 October, 1-2pm (£2)


Eastman - Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui                                                                            

Fractus V


Thursday 27 and Friday 28 October

Tickets: £12 - £38

Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui’s latest creation is inspired by the writings of American philosopher Noam Chomsky. Featuring an all-male cast of performers, including Cherkaoui himself, Fractus V explores the production and manipulation of information in contemporary society.

The work was originally created to mark the 40th anniversary of Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch. This expanded version of the piece features five dancers, four live musicians and a variety of different stylistic influences, including circus, flamenco, Lindy hop and breakdance.


Wild Card

Wild Card opens the stage to an adventurous community of dance makers, giving a wide range of artists the unique opportunity to curate their own event and showcase work. These specially curated evenings feature exploratory approaches to choreography and combine different mediums, broadening audiences’ perspectives on dance made today. Wild Card is part of Sadler’s Wells’ programme of support for emerging dance talent, alongside initiatives including the New Wave Associate programme, Sadler’s Wells Summer University, Open Art Surgery and the National Youth Dance Company.


Wild Card: Hagit Yakira

UK PREMIERE            

LILIAN BAYLIS STUDIO                                                         

Thursday 27 and Friday 28 October                                                                     

Tickets: £17

Hagit Yakira is an Israeli choreographer based in London, whose work is attracting growing acclaim for her distinctive physical and emotional intensity. Her approach emerges from her fascination with stories, psychological experiences and emotions. In this Wild Card evening, Yakira invites audiences to experience her take on storytelling for a night of dance and choreography, inspired by her interpretations of femininity and her own life experiences.

Alongside Yakira's work there will be three specialists: a dance artist, a psychotherapist and a writer, who will reflect on and react to Yakira's new work Free Falling, looking at the conceptualisation of emotions in art.

Pre-show activities from 7pm

Free post-show talk: Thursday 27 and Friday 28 October


Nitin Sawhney                                                                                           

With special guests Sébastien Ramirez and Honji Wang


Wednesday 2 November

Tickets: £25 - £60

Producer, songwriter, DJ, multi-instrumentalist and orchestral composer Nitin Sawhney is a distinctive and versatile musical voice. In this one-off concert at the Royal Albert Hall, Sawhney is joined by Joss Stone and a host of other guests, including genre-smashing duo Honji Wang and Sébastien Ramirez, who have been specially commissioned to choreograph and dance to a selection of tracks from Sawhney’s new album Dystopian Dream.

A Royal Albert Hall and Sadler’s Wells co-production

The Monument Trust supports co-productions and new commissions at Sadler's Wells

Nitin Sawhney is a Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist


Yang Liping Contemporary Dance                                                                     

Under Siege     

UK PREMIERE                                                                                    


Wednesday 2 - Saturday 5 November

Tickets: £12 - £38

One of the most highly acclaimed dancers in China, Yang Liping’s work absorbs and reimagines the diversity of the country's contemporary and ancient traditions. 

Under Siege is Yang’s stunning vision of Farewell My Concubine – the classical tale of the climactic battle between the Chu and Han armies, which changed the course of Chinese history, and a love that transcends death. This is Yang's first modern work as a choreographer and is more abstract than traditional narrative Chinese dance theatre, drawing inspiration from Chinese opera, contemporary dance, martial arts and hip hop.

The production features set and costume by Academy Award-winning designer Tim Yip (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) and lighting by 2013 Knight of Illumination winner Fabiana Piccioli.



Contemporaries / The Creation

Monday 7 - Saturday 12 November

Tickets: £12 - £45

To celebrate its 90th anniversary, Rambert presents two programmes at Sadler’s Wells.

Contemporaries is a programme of work from a new generation of dance makers, exploring themes of migration, identity, society and art. The evening features new pieces by emerging choreographers, including Alexander Whitley (a Sadler’s Wells New Wave Associate Artist), Malgorzata Dzierzon and Patricia Okenwa, currently a member of Sadler’s Wells Summer University, all of whom have worked with Rambert and New Movement Collective.

The Creation is Joseph Haydn’s masterpiece, with its lyrical arias and monumental choruses showcasing one of the greatest classical composers at his peak. Rambert’s new staging sees over 50 dancers perform Mark Baldwin’s choreography, accompanied by 70 musicians including the Rambert Orchestra, the BBC Singers and three soloists. Designs by artist Pablo Bronstein further complement Haydn’s score.

Free pre-show talks (BSL interpreted): Tuesday 8 November at 6.30pm and Friday 11 November at 6.30pm

Alexander Whitley is a Sadler’s Wells New Wave Associate, a programme supported by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation  


New English Ballet Theatre                                                                                  

Quint-essential: Five New Ballets                                                                


THE PEACOCK                                          

Wednesday 9 - Saturday 12 November

Tickets: £15 - £38 

New English Ballet Theatre (NEBT) returns with a programme showcasing five new works from the UK’s top choreographic talents.

The Royal Ballet’s Marcelino Sambé creates his first work for NEBT to the music of Nathan Halpern. The Royal Ballet’s Kristen McNally and Valentino Zucchetti return to choreograph new pieces with music by Rachmaninoff performed live, led by emerging pianist Anne Lovett. Daniela Cardim Fonteyne creates a dynamic new piece, highlighting the physicality and youthful energy of the company’s dancers, while English National Ballet Associate Artist George Williamson presents Foreign, a new work based on Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy’s poem and set to Brahms’ cello sonata played live on stage.


English National Ballet                                                                                

Akram Khan's Giselle                                                                                                                                                

Tuesday 15 - Saturday 19 November

Tickets: £12 - £45

Sadler’s Wells’ Associate Company English National Ballet presents a new version of the romantic ballet Giselle, choreographed by Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist Akram Khan.

The classic story of love, betrayal and redemption is given a new interpretation, with Academy-Award winning designer Tim Yip (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) creating the set and costume design, and composer Ben Frost adapting the original score, which will be performed by English National Ballet Philharmonic.

Co-produced by Sadler’s Wells and Manchester International Festival

English National Ballet is a Sadler’s Wells Associate Company

 Akram Khan is a Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist


Cloud Gate 2                                                                                      

Triple Bill         


PART OF OUT OF ASIA 2                                                                                             

Monday 21 - Wednesday 23 November

Tickets: £12 - £27

The sister company of internationally celebrated Cloud Gate Dance Theater of Taiwan presents the country’s most talented emerging dancers and choreographers, performing in the UK for the first time.

Wicked Fish sees the dancers mimic a shoal of fish, as puzzle-like choreography competes with a complex score. The Wall examines ideas of protection and segregation, highlighting the physical and mental barriers built around us. The third piece, Beckoning, focuses on how people can shift identities instantaneously, creating a body language with movements subtly distilled from Taiwanese street dancing rituals, which give this abstract work a playful and poetic quality.


The Birmingham Repertory Theatre                                                                    

The Snowman™   

THE PEACOCK                                                                                              

Wednesday 23 November 2016 - Sunday 1 January 2017

Tickets: £15 - £36 

Family Ticket: £115 (four tickets including at least one child)

 Based on the book by Raymond Briggs and the film directed by Dianne Jackson and produced by John Coates this stage show has now transported generations of children and their families into the wintery world of a boy and his magical snowman.

The Snowman is a much-loved festive tradition of storytelling, spectacle and magic, with music and lyrics by Howard Blake, choreography by Robert North, direction by Bill Alexander, design by Ruari Murchison and lighting by Tim Mitchell.

By arrangement with Snowman Enterprises Limited (A Penguin Company) and Chester Music Limited.

Suitable for all ages


Hetain Patel                                                                                             

American Man      


LILIAN BAYLIS STUDIO                                                                                        

Thursday 24 and Friday 25 November

Tickets: £17

Visual artist and Sadler’s Wells New Wave Associate Hetain Patel returns with a new one-man show, building on his critically acclaimed production, American Boy, first seen at Sadler’s Wells in 2014.

Dealing with issues of race, gender and identity, American Man imagines a not-too-distant future where celebrity power and political correctness have reached new heights: a future where Barack Obama’s post-Presidential role is CEO of Apple, while Stephen Hawking and Oprah Winfrey shape policies. The work combines seamless vocal and physical impersonations with Patel’s characteristic wit and humour.

Major institutions have shown Patel’s performance and visual art work, including Tate Modern, Southbank Centre, Sydney Festival, Bodhi Art New York, Ullens Centre for Contemporary Arts in China, Chatterjee and Lal in Mumbai and Venice Biennale. Recent dance commissions include Candoco Dance Company and the German company Dance ON.

Contains strong language

Free post show talk: Thursday 24 November

A Sadler’s Wells commission 

The Monument Trust supports co-productions and new commissions at Sadler's Wells

Hetain Patel is a Sadler’s Wells New Wave Associate, a programme supported by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation  


Michael Keegan-Dolan                                                                                           

Swan Lake / Loch na hEala

UK PREMIERE                                                                                          

Friday 25 and Saturday 26 November

Tickets: £12 - £38

From the imagination of Sadler's Wells’ Associate Artist Michael Keegan-Dolan comes a magical new adaptation of one of the world’s most famous ballets, Swan Lake

Performed by a cast of eight dancers, two actors and three musicians, this new production is rooted in a place where ancient Irish mythology and the complexity of modern Ireland meet. Keegan-Dolan creates a world of magical realism, with powerful imagery evoking the identity of his homeland. The performance is set to a captivating score of traditional Irish and Nordic Folk music, played live with fiddle, cello, banjo, whistle, voice and percussion.

A Sadler’s Wells co-production

The Monument Trust supports co-productions and new commissions at Sadler's Wells

Michael Keegan-Dolan is a Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist


National Ballet of China                                                                       

The Peony Pavillion                                                                             


Tuesday 29 November - Saturday 3 December

Tickets: £12 - £45

The 16th century epic The Peony Pavilion is one of the most enduring love stories in Chinese literature. Originally performed as a Kunqu Opera in a 20-hour cycle, it is redrawn by director Li Liuyi and choreographer Fei Bo into a sublimely enchanting and pioneering two-act fusion ballet, combining Western style choreography with traditional Chinese influences.

First premiered in 2008, the work features an eclectic postmodern score that references Holst, Prokofiev and Debussy.


Company of Elders                                                                                 

Art of Age II         

LILIAN BAYLIS STUDIO                                                                                    

Friday 2 December

Tickets: £12 (£6 concessions)

 Company of Elders, Sadler’s Wells’ inspirational resident over-60s performance company, presents a mixed bill of new repertoire, showcasing the artistic flair and creativity of its dancers.

The company works in a range of styles and collaborates with a variety of leading choreographers. It has previously presented work at iconic sites such as the National Theatre, Venice Biennale Dance Festival and the Houses of Parliament. Established in 1989, the company embodies the power of lifelong creativity, proving it is never too late to start dancing.


New Adventures

The Red Shoes

Tuesday 6 December 2016 - Sunday 29 January 2017

Tickets: £12 - £68

Family ticket £185

 A beloved fairy tale and Academy Award-winning movie, The Red Shoes has seduced audiences and inspired generations of dancers with its story of obsession, possession and one girl's dream to be the greatest dancer in the world. Victoria Page lives to dance, but her ambitions become a battleground between the two men who inspire her passion.

This world premiere production by Sadler’s Wells’ Associate Artist Matthew Bourne is set to a score arranged by Terry Davies using the mesmerising music of golden-age Hollywood composer Bernard Herrmann, played live by the New Adventures Orchestra.


Arthur Pita                                                                                               

The Little Match Girl                                                                               


Saturday 10 - Friday 30 December

Tickets: £12 - £18

Celebrated director and choreographer Arthur Pita returns to the Lilian Baylis Studio this Christmas with his magical dance theatre show. Based on Hans Christian Andersen's classic story, this tale of a young street girl's hopes and dreams is told through dance, song and original music performed live.

Our unlikely heroine is an impoverished girl, who wanders the ever-darkening streets with just one final match to keep her warm on a cold Christmas Eve. The Little Match Girl is a timeless fable about kindness and helping others, which will enthral young children and the whole family alike.

Age guidance: for families and children age 5+

 Relaxed Performance: Thursday 15 December at 1pm


52 Portraits                                                                                              


Wednesday 25 January 2017 

Tickets: £7.50 (£5 concessions)

 52 Portraits is an online project created by choreographer Jonathan Burrows, composer Matteo Fargion and video maker Hugo Glendinning, which saw a short gestural portrait of a different dancer released each week throughout 2016. This screening is an opportunity to see them together for the first time. The videos capture the profound, funny and surprising power of their subjects, revealing the stories, thoughts and struggles of dancers in an unexpected way, with an introduction from the co-creators. 52 Portraits is an epic love song written to an art form, supported and produced by Sadler’s Wells.


Tango Fire                                                                                                              


Tuesday 31 January - Saturday 18 February 2017

Tickets: £15 - £42

World-leading Argentine dance sensation Tango Fire returns to The Peacock to take audiences on an explosive journey through the history of tango, showcasing the rawness, sophistication and intoxicating passion of this seductive art form.

International tango superstars Germán Cornejo and Gisela Galeassi are joined by a cast of extraordinary couples, including several World Tango Champions and some of the best dancers from Buenos Aires’ famous tango houses.

“Spectacular. Scintillating steps set the stage alight” The Independent


Sadler’s Wells Sampled 

Friday 3 and Saturday 4 February 2017

Tickets: £8 - £15

Now in its tenth anniversary year, Sadler’s Wells Sampled is a chance for dance fans and newcomers alike to enjoy a diverse range of styles from some of the world’s finest dancers at a specially reduced price. Line ups in previous years have included everything from hip hop to tango, contemporary dance and ballet, alongside workshops and events taking place throughout the building.

The full line-up, including information on workshops and foyer activities, will be announced in November 2016 on sadlerswells.com.

Doors open at 6pm for free front of house activities 

Sadler’s Wells Sampled is supported by American Express


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I've said it before and I'll say it again: Sadler's would make life a lot easier all round - particularly since they no longer provide a hard copy of this brochure - if they would at least make a saveable one available instead of something which is only accessible online. (You try accessing it from the deepest depths of the Northern Line!)


Apart from that, though, looks like a good season :)

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