Jan McNulty Posted July 15, 2016 Share Posted July 15, 2016 Out of Asia 2 Sadler’s Wells, EC1R 4TNOctober - December 2016Tickets: £12 - £45Ticket Office: 020 7863 8000 or www.sadlerswells.comBuilding 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.From October – December 2016, the season showcases a range of works by established and emerging companies, including UK Premieres 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 www.sadlerswells.com/outofasia2Opening the season is TAO Dance Theatre on Monday 3 and Tuesday 4 October with two works, 6 and 8. First established in 2008 by Beijing-based choreographer Tao Ye, the company and known for creating work of a mesmeric, trance-like quality.In 6, six dancers move in dynamic and hypnotising unison, in a shifting landscape of light. The company’s newest piece, 8, makes its UK Premiere this autumn. The work sees eight dancers perform lying instead of standing, restricting their bodies to the floor and limiting their movements to the range of their spines.At The Peacock, one of China’s most respected and innovative cultural exports, The China National Peking Opera Company returns to London following an acclaimed season in 2014. The Company has staged more than 500 masterful historical dramas since its formation five decades ago. The General and the Prime Minister and The Legend of The White Snake can be seen at The Peacock from Thursday 13 - Saturday 15 October.In the Lilian Baylis Studio, artist and performance maker Choy Ka Fai creates SoftMachine, a multimedia project investigating the contemporary status of dance across Asia.The first of two double bills on Thursday 13 and Friday 14 October brings together live performance and documentary footage, and showcases new dance and choreography emerging from India and China. Surjit Nongmeikapam is a contemporary dancer from Manipur, India, who 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.The second of Choy Ka Fai’s double bill on Friday 21 and Saturday 22 October showcases work from Japan and Indonesia, and includes work from Yuya Tsukahara, a founding member of Japanese contemporary dance unit contact Gonzo. 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 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.The UK Premiere of Under Siege from one of the most highly acclaimed dancers in China, Yang Liping visits Sadler’s Wells from Wednesday 2 - Saturday 5 November. The piece is Yang’s 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.Taiwan’s Cloud Gate 2 performs a triple bill in the main house from Monday 21 - Wednesday 23 November. The sister company of internationally celebrated Cloud Gate Dance Theater of Taiwan, the company 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.National Ballet of China concludes the Out of Asia 2 season from Tuesday 29 November - Saturday 3 December. 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. Listings Information:TAO Dance Theatre6 and 8UK PremiereMonday 3 and Tuesday 4 OctoberSADLER’S WELLSTickets: £12 - £27Performances at 7.30pmTicket Office: 020 7863 8000 or www.sadlerswells.comThe China National Peking Opera CompanyThe General and the Prime Minister and The Legend of The White SnakeThursday 13 - Saturday 15 OctoberTHE PEACOCKTickets: £15 - £45Performances at 7.30pm, Sat matinee at 2.30pmTicket Office: 020 7863 8222 or www.peacocktheatre.comChoy Ka FaiSoftMachine: Surjit & XiaoKe x ZiHan UK PremiereThursday 13 and Friday 14 OctoberLILIAN BAYLIS STUDIOTickets: £17Performances at 8pmTicket Office: 020 7863 8000 or www.sadlerswells.comThis production contains nudityChoy Ka FaiSoftMachine: Yuya & Rianto UK PremiereFriday 21 and Saturday 22 OctoberLILIAN BAYLIS STUDIOTickets: £17Performances at 8pmTicket Office: 020 7863 8000 or www.sadlerswells.comYang LipingUnder SiegeUK PremiereWednesday 2 – Saturday 5 NovemberSADLER’S WELLSTickets: £12 - £38Performances at 7.30pmTicket Office: 020 7863 8000 or www.sadlerswells.comCloud Gate 2Triple BillUK PremiereMonday 21 - Wednesday 23 NovemberSADLER’S WELLSTickets: £12 - £27Performances at 7.30pmTicket Office: 020 7863 8000 or www.sadlerswells.comNational Ballet of ChinaThe Peony PavillionTuesday 29 November - Saturday 3 DecemberSADLER’S WELLSTickets: £12 - £45Performances at 7.30pm, Sat matinee at 2.30pm Ticket Office: 020 7863 8000 or www.sadlerswells.comABOUT SADLER’S WELLS Sadler's Wells is a world-leading dance house, committed to producing, commissioning and presenting new works and to bringing the best international and UK dance to London and worldwide audiences. Under the Artistic Directorship of Alistair Spalding, the theatre’s acclaimed year-round programme spans dance of every kind, from contemporary to flamenco, Bollywood to ballet, salsa to street dance and tango to tap.Since 2005, it has helped to bring over 100 new dance works to the stage and its award-winning commissions and collaborative productions regularly tour internationally. Sadler’s Wells supports 16 Associate Artists, three Resident Companies, an Associate Company and two International Associate Companies. It also nurtures the next generation of talent through its New Wave Associates and Summer University programmes, its Wild Card initiative and hosting of the National Youth Dance Company.Located in Islington, north London, the current theatre is the sixth to have stood on the site since it was first built by Richard Sadler in 1683. The venue has played an illustrious role in the history of theatre ever since, with The Royal Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet and English National Opera all having started at Sadler’s Wells.Sadler’s Wells is an Arts Council National Portfolio Organisation and currently receives approximately 10% of its revenue from Arts Council England. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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