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PRESS RELEASE: Sadler's Wells - Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet

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Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet

Mixed Bill

Sadler’s Wells


Thursday 11 - Saturday 13 October 2012


Performances at 7:30pm

Tickets: £12 - £27

Ticket office: 0844 412 4300 www.sadlerswells.com


New York based company Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet makes its highly anticipated UK debut, presenting three UK premieres at Sadler’s Wells this autumn, 11 - 13 October 2012. Featuring a talented corps of 16 dancers led by artistic director Benoit-Swan Pouffer, the company is known for its “impressive articulation and intensity” (New York Times) and for commissioning new works from some of the world’s most highly regarded and sought-after dance makers.


The company will present a mixed bill featuring Hofesh Shechter’s Violet Kid, which examines man’s struggle for harmony within a complex and often horrifying universe. Performed by all 16 dancers, the piece is set to an original score by Shechter using recorded audio text performed by the choreographer.


Alexander Ekman’s Tuplet is a highly energetic work for six dancers and is set to a score created in collaboration with the dancers’ own rhythmic impulses, using their bodies as percussion, alongside an electronic score composed by Mikael Karlsson.


The bill concludes with Grace Engine by former star of Sadler’s Wells’ Debut initiative, Canadian choreographer Crystal Pite. The work explores the familiar storylines that connect mankind positioning and framing narrative elements within Pite’s choreographic language

Founded in 2003 by Nancy Walton Laurie, Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet has established itself as one of America’s most progressive dance troupes. Under the Artistic Direction of Benoit-Swan Pouffer, Cedar Lake offers a wide-range of original repertoire by some of the world’s leading choreographic talents, including Jacopo Godani, Angelin Preljocaj, Ohad Naharin, Didy Veldman, Jo Strømgren, and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui.

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