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The Spring / Summer 2017 Season at Sadler’s Wells


The Spring / Summer 2017 Season is on sale from Monday 7 November 2016 at 10am



Sadler’s Wells and Lilian Baylis Studio Ticket Office: 020 7863 8000 or sadlerswells.com

The Peacock Ticket Office: 020 7863 8222 or peacocktheatre.com



The Spring / Summer 2017 Season Brochure and Guide can be downloaded here.



In detail:



Smashed: Special Edition Monday 9 & Tuesday 10 January Tickets: £15 - £29


The forbidden fruit gets its comeuppance in this new version of Gandini’s popular show, Smashed. 17 performers disrupt the constellations of flying fruit and celebrate the ‘drop’. As the apples come tumbling down, so do the rigid conventions of etiquette, dress and body language. Inspired by the work of Pina Bausch, this thrilling show explores conflict, lost love and afternoon tea.

Age guidance: 7+
Free post-show talk: Monday 9 January




Teatro Delusio

Thursday 12 - Sunday 15 January Tickets: £15 - £29


A glimpse into the real drama going on backstage as three stage hands at an Italian opera house

are brought to life by the mask theatre masters of Berlin. All the secret fantasies usually hidden behind the scenery are thrown into the spotlight. With three actors playing some thirty different characters without saying a single word, Teatro Delusio is “pure theatrical magic” (The Stage).

Age guidance: 7+
Free post-show talk: Thursday 12 January





Thursday 12 - Saturday 14 January Tickets: £20 (£12 concessions)


Inspired by an image from a Vermeer painting, the award-winning Belgian dance-theatre company Mossoux Bonté unearths a disconcerting world filled with muffled sounds and restless phantoms.

Age guidance: 16+
Free post-show talk: Friday 13 January





Monday 16 - Thursday 19 January Tickets: £20 (£12 concessions)


The duo Joli Vyann works in the space between circus and dance, creating a style of their own, which fuses acrobalance and contemporary dance. Imbalance choreographer Jonathan Lunn turns the glowing screens in our hands around to highlight our obsessive relationship with technology.

Age guidance: 8+
Free post-show talk: Wednesday 18 January



52 Portraits LILIAN BAYLIS STUDIO Wednesday 25 January
Tickets: £7.50 (£5 concessions)

52 Portraits is an online project created by choreographer Jonathan Burrows, composer Matteo Fargion and video maker Hugo Glendinning, in which a short gestural portrait of a different artist has been 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.



Germán Cornejo’s Tango Fire THE PEACOCK Tuesday 31 January - Saturday 18 February
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 & Saturday 4 February Tickets: £8 - £15

Now in its 10th anniversary year, 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.

The weekend includes an assortment of dance styles from ballet to hip hop, contemporary and tango, alongside workshops and events taking place throughout the building. The 2017 line-up includes Russell Maliphant Company, Iron Skulls Co, Argentinean tango dancers Julia Hiriart Urruty and Claudio González, British flamenco trio dotdotdot dance, Shobana Jeyasingh Dance, New York tap dance company Dorrance Dance and Northern Ballet.

For the full line-up, including information on workshops and foyer activities see on sadlerswells.com.

Russell Maliphant is a Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist Doors open at 6pm for free front of house activities Sadler’s Wells Sampled is supported by American Express P



Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch

Masurca Fogo

Thursday 9 - Sunday 12 February Tickets: £12 - £60

The endlessly inventive Pina Bausch created Masurca Fogo, an absurd and delightful work which takes on the subject of desire and the desperate, achingly human need for love, treated to Bausch’s tongue-firmly-in-cheek wit. Dancers fling themselves down water slides and cram into a crowded beach hut for a party, always with “Bausch’s sharp mudlarker’s eye for social ritual” (The Guardian).

Set to a soundtrack that features a gloriously eclectic mix of k.d. lang, the Balanescu Quartet’s reinvention of German electronic band Kraftwerk and traditional African and Portuguese music, Masurca Fogo is an upbeat piece of dance theatre with all of Bausch’s trademark ingenuity on display.

Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch is a Sadler’s Wells International Associate Company



ŻfinMalta Dance Ensemble LILIAN BAYLIS STUDIO

From home with love

Thursday 9 & Friday 10 February Tickets: £17

The national company of Malta comes to the UK for the first time. Led by the distinguished Bharatanatyam performer and dance maker Mavin Khoo, who has collaborated and danced with choreographers including Akram Khan and Wayne McGregor, the company investigates the question of identity in the theatrical satire Home and seduces the audience with Kick the Bucket, an intricate duet by choreographer Iván Pérez.

Free post-show talk: Thursday 9 February



Flamenco Festival London Wednesday 15 - Sunday 26 February Tickets: £12 - £42

Israel Galván


Wednesday 15 & Thursday 16 February


Israel Galván likes nothing more than pushing boundaries. In FLA.CO.MEN, he deconstructs syntax, cleaving the memory of his earlier pieces and captures on-the-fly figures that he charges with a new electricity.



Eva Yerbabuena

Apariencias UK PREMIERE Friday 17 - Sunday 19 February

Flamenco superstar Eva Yerbabuena is renowned internationally as being one of Spain’s leading dancers. Accompanied by four dancers and her critically acclaimed ensemble of musicians, including African guest singer Alana Sinkëy, she returns to Sadler’s Wells with Apariencias.



Cía. Mercedes Ruiz

Déjame que te baile UK PREMIERE Tuesday 21 February

One of the most renowned Flamenco dancers of Jerez, Mercedes Ruiz’s Déjame que te baile translates to Let me dance for you and is a declaration of love to the audience. This autobiographical work glances back on her career, which was marked by Flamenco from an early age.



Gala Flamenca 2017
Juana Amaya, Olga Pericet, Jesús Carmona, Rocío Márquez WORLD PREMIERE Thursday 23 - Saturday 25 February

Gala Flamenca is one of the highlights of each year’s Flamenco Festival, featuring some of the most exciting figures on the flamenco scene: the legendary Gypsy dancer Juana Amaya along with Olga Pericet, Jesús Carmona, and the shining voice of Rocío Márquez.



Cía. Manuel Liñán

Reversible UK PREMIERE Sunday 26 February

Choreographer, director, and multi award-winning dancer Manuel Liñán returns to Sadler’s Wells with an emotional voyage back to the memories and instincts of childhood in Reversible. Framed by children’s games, from jump rope to dressing up, Liñán sets out to discover the core of who we are.



Mother Africa THE PEACOCK

Khayelitsha - My Home

Tuesday 21 February - Saturday 11 March
Tickets: £15 - £38 (Under 16s half price. Max 2 half price child tickets per full paying adult)

Two million people call Khayelitsha in South Africa home. Noisy, vibrant and busy, the township buzzes with rhythm and energy. 26 acrobats, dancers, singers and musicians from seven African nations blend spectacular circus feats, shimmering costumes, glorious singing and jaw-dropping dance, to bring the pulse of daily life in Khayelitsha to the West End.



Stopgap Dance Company LILIAN BAYLIS STUDIO

The Enormous Room

Thursday 2 & Friday 3 March Tickets: £17 (£8.50 concessions)

Stopgap Dance Company creates exhilarating dance productions with disabled and non-disabled dancers. Featuring the acclaimed disabled dancer David Toole and depicted through a David Lynch-esque filmic style, The Enormous Room is a new piece of work that portrays a relationship between a father and a daughter who are trying to deal with grief.

Free post-show talk: Thursday 2 March (BSL interpreted)



Company Wayne McGregor / Paris Opera Ballet

Tree of Codes

Saturday 4 - Saturday 11 March Tickets: £12 - £45

Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist Wayne McGregor’s much anticipated Tree of Codes comes to London following critical acclaim at last year’s Manchester International Festival. The contemporary ballet is inspired by Jonathan Safran Foer’s book of the same name. The cast includes soloists and dancers from The Paris Opera Ballet and Company Wayne McGregor. The sets are created by leading visual artist Olafur Eliasson, with a score by Mercury Prize-winning producer/composer Jamie xx.

“Extraordinary. Sometimes, five stars is not enough” The Independent

Wayne McGregor is a Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist and Company Wayne McGregor is a

Resident Company

Free post-show talk: Saturday 4 March

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

Commissioned by Sadler’s Wells, Manchester International Festival, Park Avenue Armory, Paris Opera Ballet, FAENA ART and European Capital of Culture Aarhus 2017



Aakash Odedra Company LILIAN BAYLIS STUDIO Echoes and I Imagine

Thursday 9 & Friday 10 March
Tickets: £17

Aakash Odedra presents two contrasting solos in an evening of theatre and Kathak dance. Choreographed by Kathak icon Aditi Mangaldas, Echoes invites us to consider our relationship with our ancestors. In I Imagine, Aakash delves into comedy and theatre in a playful collaboration with award-winning poet Sabrina Mahfouz.

Free post-show talk: Thursday 9 March



Sergei Polunin

Project Polunin

Tuesday 14 - Saturday 18 March Tickets: £12 - £60

Ukrainian ballet prodigy Sergei Polunin trained at The Royal Ballet School before joining The Royal Ballet, where he rapidly rose through the ranks, becoming their youngest principal ever.

After leaving in 2012, Polunin gained international fame from his collaboration with photographer David LaChapelle, performing to Hozier’s Take Me to Church, and features in the biographical film Dancer. Drawing together world-class artists for this new production, Project Polunin aims to challenge perceptions of dance through live performance, and act as a catalyst for a new generation to explore what the future may hold.

“Without question, the most naturally gifted male ballet dancer of his generation” The Observer Produced by the Polunin Partnership in association with Sadler's Wells



Yamato THE PEACOCK Chousensha - The Challengers UK PREMIERE Tuesday 14 - Saturday 25 March
Tickets: £15 - £38 (under 16s half price, maximum two half price child tickets per full paying adult)

The sound of the traditional Taiko drum used in Shinto rituals is challenged by the Yamato Drummers of Japan. Drums weighing up to half a tonne are hit with ferocious skill and each beat sends out a heart-thumping torrent of vibrations. In Chousensha, the Drummers push their own limits in a display of physical strength as they use their entire bodies to produce thunderous music.



Tickets: £17

AUTO FICTO REFLEXO is a sophisticated duet playing with the conventions of communication through text, movement and sound. Formats like the press release become generators of a multi- layered dance, drawing from social dances and mundane movements such as paddy-cake. Adam Linder, originally from Australia, has worked with Michael Clark and The Royal Ballet and makes work for the stage and for visual art spaces.

Free post show talk: Wednesday 15 March



English National Ballet
Pina Bausch / William Forsythe / Hans van Manen Thursday 23 March - Saturday 1 April
Tickets: £12 - £55

Sadler’s Wells Associate Company English National Ballet is back with a new triple bill of iconic masterpieces, featuring 26 dancers and a stage covered in soil in Pina Bausch’s Le Sacre Du Printemps (The Rite of Spring). Not seen in the UK since 2008, English National Ballet is the first UK company to be entrusted to perform the work.

William Forsythe famously changed ballet forever with In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated, allowing the dancers to show off their technical expertise and physical prowess. Hans van Manen’s austere and lyrical Adagio Hammerklavier is set to Beethoven’s pensive piano Sonata No 29, Op 106, performed by three couples.

English National Ballet is a Sadler’s Wells Associate Company



Wild Card

Wild Card returns with more specially curated evenings from a new generation of dance makers, bringing fresh perspectives to the stage. For each Wild Card, an emerging artist or producer is given the opportunity to present work that excites them alongside their own work. Wild Card is part of Sadler’s Wells’ programme of support for young and emerging dance talent, alongside hosting the National Youth Dance Company, the New Wave Associates initiative and the Sadler’s Wells Summer University programme.

Wild Card: Dan Daw LILIAN BAYLIS STUDIO Thursday 30 & Friday 31 March
Tickets: £17

Dan Daw is interested in collaboration and the potential for dance to transcend expectations, and proposes that both ‘success’ and ‘failure’ are equally fascinating. Alongside other artists, Daw

performs the UK premiere of ON ONE CONDITION, a stripped back, affecting solo by Graham Adey, about struggle, belonging, comfort, need and home.

Wild Card is supported by The Mercers’ Company

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New Adventures

Matthew Bourne’s Early Adventures Monday 3 - Saturday 8 April Tickets: £12 - £45

Matthew Bourne returns to his roots for his company’s 30th anniversary, featuring a programme of fun and witty pieces that launched his career, with designs by long-time collaborator
Lez Brotherston. Four mail-order-underwear models parody Perrot’s Pas De Quatre in Spitfire. Yearning pas de deuxs and pastoral clog-dances feature in Town and Country’s post-war vignettes. Take a trip to Gay Paree with The Infernal Gallop, as all the glorious cliché’s of 30’s and 40’s Paris are paraded (and can-caned) across the stage. And return to childhood with Watch with Mother, inspired by Joyce Grenfell’s Nursery School sketches.

“A rare treat. Bourne’s wit and flair are in full play” Sunday Times Age guidance 12+. Contains some adult humour

Matthew Bourne is a Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist and New Adventures is a Resident Company



Crystal Pite and Jonathon Young
Kidd Pivot and Electric Company Theatre Betroffenheit

Tuesday 11 & Wednesday 12 April Tickets: £12 - £27

Tragedy is laid bare on the stage in the critically acclaimed Betroffenheit – a word which describes the overwhelming feeling of shock and torment in the wake of disaster.

Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist Crystal Pite and actor-playwright Jonathon Young join forces to examine the aftermath of Young’s personal tragedy, exploring the themes of loss, trauma, addiction and recovery through a boundary-stretching hybrid of theatre and dance.

Pre-show Director’s Conversation: Wednesday 12 April: £4 in the Lilian Baylis Studio (BSL interpreted)

The Monument Trust supports co-productions and new commissions at Sadler’s Wells Crystal Pite is a Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist



English National Ballet and English National Ballet School THE PEACOCK

My First Ballet: Cinderella

Tuesday 11 - Saturday 22 April
Tickets: £10 - £25
Family ticket: £65 (four tickets including at least two children)

Everyone's favourite rags-to-riches story, in a beautifully adapted ballet version for children aged three upwards. Cinderella is tormented by her stepsisters and she can only dream of attending the Prince’s glamorous ball. Abandoned to an evening of drudgery, she is visited by her Fairy Godmother who transforms her into a glittering Princess who shall go to the ball.

With a narrator to help the young audience follow the story, and a shortened version of Prokofiev’s ravishing score, My First Ballet: Cinderella is a unique collaboration between English National Ballet and English National Ballet School.

Age guidance: 3+

English National Ballet is a Sadler’s Wells Associate Company



Sadler’s Wells Family Weekend Friday 14 & Saturday 15 April

Children and their families are invited to take part in Family Weekend, a jam-packed festival including performances, workshops, games and arts and crafts activities.

Lilian Baylis Studio show to be announced.



Friday 14 & Saturday 15 April Tickets: £18/ children £12

Multi award-winning company Aracaladanza returns to the UK with Vuelos, inspired by Leonardo da Vinci’s quest to make man fly. Choreographer Enrique Cabrera uses Aracaladanza’s trademark style to make dancers canter like horses, make a mess at the dinner table, play with fluttering birds and grow wings of their own.

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



National Youth Dance Company / Damien Jalet

Tarantiseismic WORLD PREMIERE Wednesday 19 April
Tickets: £12 (£6 concessions)

Founded in 2012 and run by Sadler’s Wells, National Youth Dance Company (NYDC) is part of Sadler’s Wells’ programme of support for young and emerging dance talent, alongside Wild Card, the New Wave Associates initiative and the Sadler’s Wells Summer University programme.

NYDC performs the world premiere of Tarantiseismic, a new work by 2016/17 Guest Artistic Director, the renowned Damien Jalet. This new commission sees Jalet present a unique piece of theatre which addresses themes of melancholia, ritual, control and abandon. Jalet’s revered choreographic style combined with the young dancers’ energy and talent is set to produce a mesmerising experience that shifts the consciousness of the audience.

A Sadler’s Wells Production



BBC Young Dancer 2017
Grand Final WORLD PREMIERE Saturday 22 April

The Grand Final of the second BBC Young Dancer competition is again held at Sadler’s Wells, with the UK’s best young dancers performing for this prestigious award as part of the BBC’s continuing commitment to the arts and support of new talent.

Dancers aged 16-21 from all over the UK were invited to enter four categories: Ballet, Contemporary, South Asian Dance and Street Dance. The winners of the Category Finals (to be shown on BBC Four), plus up to two wild cards chosen by the judges, will dance at the Grand Final. Each dancer will premiere a new solo piece created for them by a leading young choreographer, and dance a solo and a duet/ pas de deux. They will also be showcased together in a new group dance. The judging panel for the Grand Final features some of the leading names in British dance: Marc Brew, Kevin O’Hare, Kate Prince, Nahid Siddiqui, Kenneth Tharp and Jasmin Vardimon. The Grand Final will be televised on BBC Two.



Marc Brew Company


Tuesday 25 April
Tickets: £17 (£8.50 concessions)


BREWBAND, Scotland’s new super band, blurs boundaries and challenges people’s perceptions of identity. Created by award-winning disabled choreographer Marc Brew, this inclusive show brings together top Scottish rock artists Graeme Smillie, Jill O’Sullivan and Peter Kelly with talented dancers and musicians Martyn Garside, Marta Masiero and Alice Sheppard for a promenade-style show which is as much music gig as dance performance.


Motionhouse THE PEACOCK


Wednesday 26 - Saturday 29 April
Tickets: £15 - £29 (Under 16s half price. Max 2 half price child tickets per full paying adult)

Motionhouse returns to The Peacock with the company’s trademark highly physical style of dance and acrobatics, combined with lavish imagery projected on a groundbreaking curved set. Using ingenious choreography to interact with their digital environment, seven performers tumble down waterfalls, dive through waves and freeze on glaciers in a thrilling blend of film and live performance which explores our relationship with water.

“The performance is practically jet-propelled” The Times 




Breakin’ Convention ‘17

International Festival of Hip Hop Dance Theatre Saturday 29 & Sunday 30 April
Tickets: Standing: £15, Seats: £24 (£17 concessions)

Breakin’ Convention, the world’s biggest festival of hip hop dance theatre, is back at Sadler’s Wells for its 14th year running. Curated and hosted by UK hip hop pioneer Jonzi D, this weekend features exceptional performances, from world champion B-boy crews to cutting edge street dance companies, showcasing the best from around the world and around the corner.

This year’s line-up includes Pantsula dancers Soweto Skeleton Movers (South Africa), dance duo Tentacle Tribe (Canada) and leading hip hop crew Just Dance (South Korea).

For more information on workshops and foyer activities, have-a-go sessions and live graffiti check www.breakinconvention.com for updates. Full line-up to be announced in March 2017.

Under 5s admitted
Both main stage performances BSL interpreted A Sadler’s Wells Project
Jonzi D is a Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist



Mark Murphy’s VTOL


Monday 1 - Wednesday 3 May Tickets: £20



OUT OF THIS WORLD is action-packed theatre from acclaimed writer and director Mark Murphy. Set within a world of projected film and animation, it combines his signature mix of groundbreaking aerial choreography, explosive special effects and intense storytelling.

Part psychological thriller, part heart-rending medical drama; this is the story of a woman’s descent into the depths of a medically induced coma. But once safely cocooned, she discovers a shocking truth that forces her to escape her subterranean safe-house in a very real fight for life.

Age guidance: 14+



James Thierrée / Compagnie du Hanneton

The Toad Knew

Wednesday 3 - Sunday 7 May Tickets £12 - £38

Following Tabac Rouge in 2014, Thierrée returns with his latest creation; The Toad Knew, featuring a seamless mix of mechanical marvels, music, surreal humour and acrobatic finesse. Six characters emerge in a strange fairy-tale lair; a woman transforms into a lizard, a piano plays itself, and plates miraculously appear and disappear. In the middle of it all Thierrée works his magic with the aid of a squat servant, only to have it undone by a man beast.

Post-show talk: Thursday 4 May

Audio described performance: Sunday 7 May at 4pm Touch tour: Sunday 7 May at 2pm

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




Thursday 4 & Friday 5 May Tickets: £17

Seasoned performer and choreographer Jose Agudo, who has worked with Shobana Jeyasingh and Akram Khan, launches his company with an evening of specially commissioned works. Silk Road is both a universal and a personal story of East meets West in the 21st century. In collaboration with the renowned classical Indian dancer Mavin Khoo, Agudo weaves his flamenco roots with a contemporary style.

Free post show talk: Thursday 4 May

A Sadler's Wells Co-commission



Stufish THE PEACOCK SOHO WORLD PREMIERE Saturday 6 - Saturday 20 May
Tickets: £20 - £35

It’s not just a place, it’s a state of mind... Crazy, voyeuristic, unexpected and fast-paced, SOHO is a thrill ride of circus, street and theatre where glamour and sleaze rub shoulders in this diverse trip around the streets of the area. With the burlesque of the 50s, punk of the 70s and 90s rave, SOHO is an upbeat celebration of London’s world famous district as we follow the journeys of the energetic and colourful characters who inhabit it.



Northern Ballet


Tuesday 9 - Saturday 13 May Tickets: £12 - £45

Following a string of blockbuster successes including last year’s critically acclaimed 1984, South Bank Sky Arts Award-winning Northern Ballet returns with the London premiere of Casanova.

Steeped in 18th century decadence, Northern Ballet brings history’s most notorious lover to life in a true story so sensational you won’t believe it’s real. Based on Ian Kelly’s biography, this new ballet is choreographed by Kenneth Tindall, with an original score by Kerry Muzzey played live by Northern Ballet Sinfonia, and designs by Tony and Oliver Award-winning Christopher Oram.

Age guidance: 12+

Insight workshop: Saturday 13 May at 12pm Touch Tour: Saturday 13 May at 12.45pm



Northern Ballet

Goldilocks & the Three Bears

Friday 12 May Tickets: £6 - £8

Following successful tours of its previous children’s ballets and popular CBeebies adaptations, Northern Ballet is back with a new production for young children, Goldilocks & the Three Bears. As Goldilocks searches for an adventure, she soon finds her way to a hidden house in the forest. With a family of friendly bears and bowls of delicious porridge, this charming ballet is just right!

This child-friendly performance lasts approximately 40 minutes.

All ages admitted




In their latest work, the thought-provoking duo Project O revisit how dance can explore, heal and challenge the violence and oppression that haunts our society. In a clash of tongues, colours, continents and histories, two brown women dance out of the desire for assimilation, mapping the gaps in unspoken histories.

Voodoo is a durational piece that runs for eight hours in two hour sequences. Tickets will be on sale in January 2017.

The Monument Trust supports co-productions and new commissions at Sadler’s Wells A Sadler’s Wells Co-commission




Ghost Dances and other works

Tuesday 16 - Saturday 20 May
Tickets: £12 - £40
A shorter programme (Saturday matinee only): £8 - £20
Family ticket (Saturday matinee only): £40 (four tickets including at least one child)

One of Rambert’s most celebrated works, Christopher Bruce’s Ghost Dances returns to Sadler’s Wells for the first time in 14 years. Set to Latin American folk music and making visual reference to the Day of the Dead, Ghost Dances is Bruce’s response to political oppression in South America.

Completing this triple bill of dance and music with a Latin flavour is Didy Veldman’s The 3 Dancers, inspired by the tragic love triangle behind one of Picasso’s greatest paintings and a new work by Aletta Collins set to Arturo Márquez’s famous Cuban Danzones 1, 2 & 3.

Sign language interpreted show: Wednesday 17 May

Free pre-show talk with Artistic Director Mark Baldwin on Wednesday 17 May at 6.30pm, and with Music Director Paul Hoskins on Friday 19 May at 6.30pm




danse de nuit

Wednesday 17 - Saturday 20 May Tickets: £20 (£15 concessions)

French dancer, choreographer and agitateur Boris Charmatz is a key figure in recent development of contemporary dance. Ballet trained at The Paris Opera, he soon decided to take a different path, creating his own projects and then starting the groundbreaking Musée de la danse in 2009 in Rennes, France. Charmatz re-framed the concept of a national choreographic centre into a new type of dance museum that would host, initiate and invite a new relationship to dance, to the audience and to theatre.

danse de nuit is performed at the edge of the city, after dark, in a place where dance does not usually go, by six dancers moved by a palpable sense of urgency. Made after the Paris terrorist attacks of 2015, this new work performed outdoors meshes with the city itself. Like playing truant after hours when we should be safely at home, this is an invitation to not play it safe.

For full information visit sadlerswells.com/borischarmatz
The Monument Trust supports co-productions and new commissions at Sadler’s Wells



Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui


Monday 22 - Wednesday 24 May Tickets: £12 - £38

The Sadler’s Wells Production of Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui’s interpretation of tango returns to London as part of a UK tour presented by Dance Consortium. Inspired by the late night milonga scene found in the intimate bars of Buenos Aires, Associate Artist Cherkaoui unites tango and contemporary dancers with live musicians in a unique collaboration which adds a contemporary twist to the Argentinian dance known for its seductive powers.

Free post-show dance class: Tuesday 23 May

Dance Consortium presents a Sadler’s Wells Production

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

m¡longa was created with support from Karsten and Barbara Moller and The Edwin Fox foundation in memory of Michele Fox.



Akram Khan Company


Wednesday 31 May - Saturday 3 June Tickets: £12 - £45

DESH, meaning “homeland” in Bengali, weaves together stories that span both Britain and Bangladesh to create a surreal world of myth and memory. This very personal solo first premiered in 2011 and this is the fourth time Akram Khan performs the piece at Sadler’s Wells. Created with a stellar team of collaborators, including Oscar-winning visual artist Tim Yip (production designer for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon), award-winning lighting designer Michael Hulls, writer and poet Karthika Naïr, Olivier Award-winning composer Jocelyn Pook and slam poet PolarBear.

“Akram Khan’s best show yet - poignant, thrilling, magical, moving and utterly transfixing” The Daily Telegraph

Touch Tour: Saturday 3 June at 6pm A Sadler’s Wells Co-production

The Monument Trust supports co-productions and new commissions at Sadler’s Wells Akram Khan and Michael Hulls are Sadler’s Wells Associate Artists




Nora invites Aggiss, Burrows, Fargion and Tanguy

Thursday 1 & Friday 2 June Tickets: £17

Dancers Eleanor Sikorski and Flora Wellesley Wesley, AKA Nora, return with their programme of duets by renowned choreographers Jonathan Burrows and Matteo Fargion, Simon Tanguy and Liz Aggiss. Eleanor And Flora Music overflows with free-ranging, rhythmical dancing whilst Digging slips between road trips, plant biology and sexual desire, and BLOODY NORA! concludes with a riot of hormones.

“They are intellectually curious, funny and rude, possessed of chameleon stage talents and a taste for risk” The Guardian

Contains some strong language

Post-show talk on Thursday 1 June and Nora Talks event on Monday 5 June at 7pm

Commissioned by Sadler’s Wells and DanceEast


Scottish Ballet

MC 14/22 (Ceci est mon corps) / Emergence Wednesday 7 - Saturday 10 June
Tickets: £12 - £44

Scotland’s national ballet company returns with a double bill of two radically different works. Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist Crystal Pite transforms the 36-strong corps de ballet into a swarming horde of insects for Emergence. Angelin Preljocaj’s MC 14/22 (Ceci est mon corps) is a hymn to the male body and evokes biblical imagery through the 12 male dancers who surrender to both tender care and wretched cruelty in this glorification of masculinity.

Age guidance: 16+

Free pre and post-show talks: Friday 9 June Crystal Pite is a Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist





Thursday 8 June Tickets: £17

Wild Card is a chance to see work by a new generation of dance-makers curating a series of special evenings. At the crossroads of hip hop, Latin dance and theatre, the multi-faceted dancer and choreographer Ella Mesma curates Guerreras (female warriors), an evening focusing on the female perspective and the tempestuous history of the Latin dance style, rumba. Guest artists will perform alongside extracts from Mesma’s latest production Ladylike.

Wild Card is supported by The Mercers’ Company



Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker / Rosas


Tuesday 13 & Wednesday 14 June Tickets: £20

Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker’s world-renowned company Rosas returns with her iconic piece, Rain. Known for her appreciation of mathematical structure and the geometric use of space, De Keersmaeker pushes these concepts to their limits to form a deceptively simple piece, using layers of repetition and variation. Each of the 10 dancers plays a distinct role in their close group, before giving in to the power of the collective with an exuberant and playful camaraderie. The production is set to Steve Reich’s masterpiece, the minimalist Music for 18 Musicians, which is inspired by breath rhythms.

“Simply to watch the collective patterns set in motion by the dancers is entrancing” The Guardian The Monument Trust supports co-productions and new commissions at Sadler’s Wells Rosas is a Sadler’s Wells International Associate Company

Richard Alston Dance Company

Tangent / Chacony / Gypsy Mixture

Friday 16 & Saturday 17 June Tickets: £12 - £38

Alston’s latest creation new to Sadler’s Wells is Chacony, inspired by the chaconys of Henry Purcell and Benjamin Britten. The Purcell is rich and noble, the Britten, from his String Quartet No. 2, is far darker and more intense.

Martin Lawrance’s Tangent intertwines four couples as they attack the tango, accompanied by Piazzolla’s Four Seasons of Buenos Aires, played live by Jason Ridgway on piano. Alston’s hugely popular Gypsy Mixture, revived for the first time in a decade, brings with it a 21st century take on traditional Balkan folk music.

“Echoing cheers for Alston and his dancers” Financial Times Press night: Friday 16 June at 7.30pm



Elixir Festival 2017

KnowBody II / Elixir Extracts

Friday 23 - Tuesday 27 June
Tickets: KnowBody II £15 (£7.50 concessions), Elixir Extracts £10 (£5 concessions)

Established in 2014, Sadler’s Wells’ Elixir Festival is a unique celebration of lifelong creativity. It was set up to recognise the contribution that older artists make, challenge assumptions about what older people can and want to do, throw a spotlight on the diversity of dance practice and raise questions about what is next for the art form.

In its inaugural year, the festival provided 2,500 people with the opportunity to experience older people dancing live and saw 500 older performers grace its stages. For its return in 2017, the festival presents KnowBody II on Sadler’s Wells’ main stage, featuring work by Mats Ek and Ana Laguna along with new commissions performed by Dominique and Thusnelda Mercy and Nahid Siddiqui. It also sees the much anticipated return of the group of former professional dancers who performed The Elders Project at the inaugural festival.

The Elixir Festival is supported by the Baring Foundation



Alexander Whitley Dance Company

8 Minutes WORLD PREMIERE Tuesday 27 & Wednesday 28 June
Tickets: £20

The New Wave Associates initiative is part of Sadler’s Wells’ programme of support for young and emerging dance talent, alongside Wild Card, hosting the National Youth Dance Company, and the Sadler’s Wells Summer University programme.

Following on from his innovative digital work Pattern Recognition, Sadler’s Wells New Wave Associate Alexander Whitley takes on the breathtaking scale of outer space for his company’s main stage debut. Working in partnership with STFC RAL Space, 8 Minutes draws inspiration from the images and data of solar science research to explore the spectacular forces at work in the universe and illuminate our relationship with the star that gives us life.

With a score by the electroacoustic music innovator Daniel Wohl and an installation of high- definition imagery from visual artist Tal Rosner, 8 Minutes creates a striking, immersive environment of dance, music and film.

Post-show talk: Tuesday 27 June
The Monument Trust supports co-productions and new commissions at Sadler’s Wells

Sadler’s Wells’ New Wave Associates programme is supported by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation



Alain Platel - les ballets C de la B

nicht schlafen UK PREMIERE Friday 30 June & Saturday 1 July
Tickets: £20

The unclassifiable Alain Platel returns with nine dancers from his contemporary ensemble les ballets C de la B with nicht schlafen. Inspired by the music of Gustav Mahler and the time the composer lived in, Platel draws parallels between the music and the troubled early years of the 20th century in Europe. Platel collaborates with Steven Prengels, who uses African polyphonic chants, cowbells and the sounds of sleeping animals to create a soundscape, and visual artist Berlinde De Bruyckere, whose sculptures of dead horses piled up in a jumbled heap are placed around the stage.



Sisters Grimm

Voices of the Amazon UK PREMIERE Tuesday 4 - Saturday 8 July
Tickets: £12 - £38

Following the Grammy Award-nominated success of INALA, a Zulu ballet performed with Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Sisters Grimm returns with the tale of a water spirit from the Amazon River, who ventures deep into the rainforest in search of a cure for her dying sister. She soon finds that the forest is not as abundant as it was. Award-winning American choreographer Helen Pickett, who has worked with Scottish Ballet and Royal Ballet of Flanders, fuses ballet, contemporary dance and capoeira with a lush musical score born of a collaboration with Brazilian songwriters and world-renowned percussionists, Olodum.


Shubbak Festival

Mithkal Alzghair Displacement

Thursday 6 & Friday 7 July


Tickets: £17

Sadler’s Wells partners with Shubbak, London’s largest biennial festival of contemporary Arab culture to introduce the poignant work of Syrian dancer and choreographer Mithkal Alzghair.
In a double bill evening, he draws attention to the human being amidst the complexities of migration and war. Deconstructing Syrian traditional dances, he brings to the surface the paradox of a deeply rooted culture and its current experience of displacement.

Free post-show talk: Thursday 6 July



Dorrance Dance

ETM: Double Down UK PREMIERE Wednesday 12 - Saturday 15 July
Tickets: £12 - £45

Winner of a MacArthur Foundation ‘Genius’ grant, Michelle Dorrance brings tap into the age of electronic music with collaborator Nicholas Van Young whose electronic tap boards make the stage talk back, as every step, swipe, and scrape sets off an element of sound, building musical loops, turning the stage into a musical instrument in its own right. With Afro-Brazilian, indie-pop, and even a bit of Adele triggered by the eight dancers’ footwork, ETM: Double Down takes the first American dance form to a new level.




Wednesday 19 July - Sunday 6 August Tickets: £12 - £52

With a cast of over 30 dancers and singers, the classic tango production Tanguera returns to Sadler’s Wells and 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 underworld, Lorenzo must fight to win her love.

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