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The Autumn 2019 Season at Sadler’s Wells 

Tickets for the Autumn 2019 season are on public sale from Monday 15 April at 9am via www.sadlerswells.com and 020 7863 8000 and in person at 10am. Booking opens to members from Friday 12 April.

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

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




The Autumn 2019 Season at Sadler’s Wells in detail:


Boris Charmatz                                                                                              TATE MODERN 
10000 Gestures
Saturday 22 & Sunday 23 June 
Tickets: £20 

In 2017, French choreographer and agitateur Boris Charmatz led his audience out to the top of a multi-storey car park in east London for an adventurous dance performance at the edge of the city. Two years before that, Charmatz asked us to imagine Tate Modern as a museum for dance.

For his latest project, Charmatz creates an ephemeral piece composed of the literal 10,000 gestures of the title, performed as a torrent of unrepeated movements, which are executed and then dismissed, questioning the nature of dance’s relationship to time.

There will be an open lecture-demonstration and free live performances. Full details can be found at sadlerswells.com/10000gestures

A Sadler’s Wells co-production, presented by Tate Modern and Sadler’s Wells




Young Associates                                                                      
Together, not the same                                                                             WORLD PREMIERE
Wednesday 17 July 
Tickets: £12 (£6 concessions)

In October 2018, the Young Associates introduced their refreshing voices at sell-out performances in the Lilian Baylis Studio. Under the artistic guidance of New Wave Associate Hetain Patel, Anthony Matsena, Wilhelmina Ojanen, Ruby Portus and Christopher Thomas create an ambitious evening of new works, disrupting the traditional format of a mixed bill of dance.

For their debut on the Sadler’s Wells stage, the Young Associates collaborate with a team of young artists from a range of disciplines.


National Youth Dance Company/ Botis Seva                    
Friday 19 July 
Tickets: £12 (£6 concessions)

Closing their national tour at Sadler’s Wells, 38 of England’s best young dancers draw upon the robust, exuberant and impulsive energy of youth culture to embrace that as its identity. Employing 2018/2019 Guest Artistic Director Botis Seva’s signature style fusing contemporary dance, physical theatre and hip hop, NYDC presents its new work, MADHEAD, choreographed by Seva.

NYDC has established a reputation for producing high-quality, critically acclaimed productions by leading choreographers including Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Sharon Eyal, Damien Jalet, Michael Keegan-Dolan, Akram Khan and Jasmin Vardimon.


Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater                                     
Wednesday 4 September - Saturday 14 September 
Tickets: £15 - £75 

Following its recent 60th anniversary, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater returns with a series of new and exciting works alongside modern classics in three mixed programmes, demonstrating the unparalleled artistry that has defined the company since 1958.

Alvin Ailey’s masterpiece, and the company’s signature piece, closes each one of its shows. Performed as a prayer, Revelations veers from grief to elation as it explores African-American cultural heritage and spirituality to an emotional score of gospel music and blues.


Programme A: Lazarus / Revelations
Wednesday 4, Friday 6, Sunday 8, Saturday 14 & Saturday 7 September

“The Basquiat of the US contemporary dance scene" (Sunday Times), Rennie Harris thrilled audiences with the UK premiere of Exodus at Sadler’s Wells in 2015.

Inspired by the life and legacy of  the company’s founder, Harris’ Lazarus – the first two-act ballet in Ailey’s history – uses his street dance language set to an eclectic score that encompasses Nina Simone, original music and the voice of Ailey himself.



Programme B: EN / The Call / Juba / Revelations 
Thursday 5, Saturday 7, Wednesday 11 & Friday 13 September & Sunday 8 September 

In a new production of Juba, his first work for the company, Ailey’s Artistic Director Robert Battle sets folk traditions in a modern world. Ronald K. Brown offers up his love letter to Ailey set to the music of Johann Sebastian Bach, the Mary Lou Williams Trio and Asase Yaa Entertainment Group in The Call. And the prolific Jessica Lang’s 100th ballet, EN, explores fate, destiny and the metaphor of the circle.



Programme 😄 New Moultrie / Members Don’t Get Weary / Ella / Revelations 
Tuesday 10, Thursday 12 & Saturday 14 September

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater dancer and rising-star choreographer Jamar Roberts takes an abstract look into the notion of “having the blues” inMembers Don’t Get Weary, set to the music of John Coltrane. Artistic Director Robert Battle matches the legendary Ella Fitzgerald’s Airmail Special to a dizzyingly fast duet in Ella. This programme also includes new work from multi-faceted choreographer Darrell Grand Moultrie.




Selladoor                                                                                                      THE PEACOCK 
Fame The Musical 
Wednesday 11 September - Saturday 19 October 
Tickets £18 - £65 

Based on the 1980 phenomenal pop culture film, Fame The Musical is the international smash hit sensation following the lives of students at New York’s High School for the Performing Arts as they tackle life, love and legwarmers in their eternal search for stardom.

Starring Keith Jack with Mica Paris and Jorgie Porter, this much-loved classic features the Academy Award-winning title song and an outstanding cast of dancers, singers, musicians and actors.

Age guidance: 12+ 



English National Ballet                                                             
Akram Khan’s Giselle
Wednesday 18 - Saturday 28 September
Tickets: £15 - £75 

Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist Akram Khan’s reimagination of the archetypal romantic ballet for English National Ballet is fast earning a reputation as a modern masterpiece. Khan’s version sees the action moved to a condemned garment factory, where a community of migrant workers serve at the mercy of the factory’s landlords. The ghostly figures of their victims form a vengeful and awe-inspiring cabal within Academy Award-winning Tim Yip’s towering set.

Both familiar and innovative, Vincenzo Lamagna’s adaptation of the original Adolphe Adam’s score is performed live by English National Ballet Philharmonic.

Akram Khan is a Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist

English National Ballet is a Sadler’s Wells Associate Company

Akram Khan’s Giselle is a co-production between English National Ballet, Manchester International Festival, and Sadler’s Wells

Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England




Breakin’ Convention Presents                                                  LILIAN BAYLIS STUDIO
Friday 27 & Saturday 28 September 
Tickets: £15 - £17 

After 15 years of sell-out festival success, Sadler’s Wells’ hip hop dance theatre powerhouse launched its latest initiative in 2018: Breakin’ Convention Presents. Curated by Associate Artist Jonzi D, Breakin’ Convention Presents provides a platform for the finest hip hop theatre-makers to showcase full-length works, as well as welcoming creations by contemporary choreographers working with street dance forms.

Breakin’ Convention Presents opened with Pierre Rigal’s acclaimed Scandale in autumn 2018. 2019 programme to be announced.

Age guidance: 10+ 



Dada Masilo                                                                       
Friday 4 & Saturday 5 October 
Tickets: £15 - £45 

Having reimagined Swan Lake and Carmen, South African choreographer Dada Masilo reinvents the classic Giselle by placing the definitive Romantic heroine in South Africa. Deserted by her lover, Giselle, danced by Masilo herself, is guided by a traditional healer, in a feminist take on the classical ballet.

Featuring a contemporary score by South African composer Philip Miller, which pays homage to the original Adolphe Adam as well as traditional Tswana dance styles, Masilo’s Giselle is a fearless exploration of betrayal and revenge.

A Sadler’s Wells co-production

The Monument Trust supports new commissions at Sadler’s Wells

FranceDance UK at Sadler’s Wells 

This autumn, as part of the Institut Français’ FranceDance UK festival, Sadler’s Wells surveys the French contemporary dance scene with an array of productions.

Ballet Preljocaj                                                                                         
La Fresque                                                                                                          UK PREMIERE
Monday 30 September - Wednesday 2 October 
Tickets: £15 - £50 

Ballet Preljocaj was last at Sadler’s Wells seven years ago with daring contemporary choreographer Angelin Preljocaj‘s interpretation of Snow White. This year, continuing the theme of fairy tales, the company explores the traditional Chinese tale La Fresque or ‘The painting on the wall’.

The work features a haunting set by Preljocaj’s regular collaborator Constance Guisset, music from Nicolas Godin, co-founder of the musical duo Air, and costumes by Azzedine Alaïa.



Dance Umbrella: Gisèle Vienne                                                                                      
Crowd                                                                                                                   UK PREMIERE
Tuesday 8 & Wednesday 9 October 
Tickets: £20 - £25

Opening Dance Umbrella 2019 is Gisèle Vienne with her debut production at Sadler’s Wells. Crowd delves deep into the collective euphoria of a committed party crowd and showcases the liquid physicality of the club-scene, as Vienne sets 15 mud-splattered individuals in the midst of a rave.

Setting the scene is a DJ set from regular collaborator, composer Peter Rehberg, and dramaturgy from writer Dennis Cooper. Vienne’s background covers music, object theatre and philosophy.

Free post-show talk: Tuesday 8 October 

Danse Élargie: Dance Expanded                                                                 UK PREMIERE 
Friday 11 & Saturday 12 October 
Tickets: £20 - £25 

Started in 2010 by French choreographer Boris Charmatz, theatre director Emmanuel Demarcy Mota and Fondation d’entreprise Hermès, the competition Danse Élargie takes place over two days at Paris’ Théâtre de la Ville. To enter, a work must include at least three performers and come in under 10 minutes.

Sadler’s Wells hosts three winners, presenting Elsa Chêne’s sinister MUR/MER, the cinematic Family Honour from Kwame Asafo-Adjei and Ousmane Sy’s female-driven Queen Blood, alongside a pick of the finalists including 2016’s winner, Marine Brutti with (LA) HORDE.

Free post-show talk: Friday 11 October 

Emanuel Gat Dance                                                                     
Monday 11 & Tuesday 12 November 
Tickets: £20 - £25

WORKS is made up of six pieces, each dedicated to a different composer, including Gat himself, but it is the dancers that influence the shape of the performance.

Gat moves the dancers through the musical landscape in differing formations and groupings, providing them with the opportunity to explore their responses inclusively. Born in Israel and based in France, Gat is a double Bessie Award-winning choreographer who trained as a conductor before moving his attention to dance.

Free post-show talk: Monday 11 November 


Russell Maliphant Dance Company                                  
Silent Lines 
Friday 18 & Saturday 19 October 
Tickets: £15 - £50 

Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist and two-time Olivier Award-winner Russell Maliphant has long been fascinated by the human body.

For his new work, he delves into his research and studies in anatomy and biomechanics. Drawing on a variety of movement disciplines, and setting them within a landscape of animated video projection from video and light artist Panagiotis Tomaras, Maliphant and his company of dancers explore the poetry of connections between our internal and external worlds, and how they affect the very act of movement.

Russell Maliphant is a Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist

A Sadler’s Wells co-production

The Monument Trust supports new commissions at Sadler’s Wells



Natalia Osipova                                                                           
Pure Dance 
Tuesday 22 - Saturday 26 October 
Tickets: £15 - £85 

After performances in New York and Lyon, Natalia Osipova’s Pure Dance returns.

The Royal Ballet principal dances a handpicked programme of classical and contemporary works, including Antony Tudor’s The Leaves are Fading and Roy Assaf’s newly extended Six Years Later, alongside three pieces that have been specially commissioned for this programme: duets by Alexei Ratmansky and Iván Pérez, and a solo by Yuka Oishi.

Osipova is joined on stage by American Ballet Theatre principal David Hallberg, who also performs a specially commissioned solo by Kim Brandstrup.

A Sadler’s Wells 20th Anniversary Commission

A Sadler’s Wells Production

Co-produced with New York City Center



ZooNation: The Kate Prince Company                                                      THE PEACOCK
Some Like it Hip Hop 
Wednesday 23 October - Saturday 9 November
Tickets: £18 - £55

ZooNation's smash-hit sensation Some Like it Hip Hop thrilled audiences and critics when it opened in 2011, prompting five-star reviews and standing ovations with its infectious “wit, heart and magnificent energy” (The Independent).

With a nod to Billy Wilder’s Some Like It Hot and Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, it tells a comical tale of love, mistaken identity, crossdressing and revolution, all played out in ZooNation’s trademark style.

Kate Prince is a Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist



Dance Umbrella: Georgia Vardarou                                                               LILIAN BAYLIS STUDIO
Why should it be more desirable for green fire balls to exist than not?       WORLD PREMIERE
Wednesday 23 & Thursday 24 October
Tickets: £17 

Georgia Vardarou has been nominated by Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker as her chosen ‘choreographer of the future’ as part of Dance Umbrella’s Four by Four campaign, aiming to build a new commissions fund for the next generation of dance talent.

Vardarou plays with the parameters of how we perceive the meaning of dance in a startling solo, drawing on her highly personal physical language. A collaboration with visual artist David Bergé, the piece intricately overlaps image and movement, inviting a range of narrative interpretations.



Birmingham Royal Ballet                                                               
Tuesday 29 October - Saturday 2 November
Tickets: £15 - £65

As it embarks on an exciting new chapter, Birmingham Royal Ballet brings two productions to Sadler’s Wells. Sharing the bill with Birmingham Royal Ballet in one of the two shows is Ballet Black – the multi-award-winning company dedicated to increasing diversity in ballet. The companies join forces to present a groundbreaking mixed bill. Later in the week, Birmingham Royal Ballet performs one of the most celebrated ballets of the Romantic era, Giselle

Mixed Programme
Tuesday 29 & Wednesday 30 October

In a thrilling first-time collaboration, Birmingham Royal Ballet shares the bill with Ballet Black who perform Cathy Marston’s National Dance Award-winning The Suit. The programme also features Twyla Tharp’s tribute to Old Blue Eyes, Nine Sinatra Songs and a new work from Jack Lister, commissioned as part of Birmingham Royal Ballet's groundbreaking Ballet Now initiative.



Friday 1 & Saturday 2 November

David Bintley and Galina Samsova’s stunning production of Giselle offers audiences the opportunity to witness a particularly exquisite example of this classic ballet, staying true to its 19th century origins and Marius Petipa’s original steps. Accompanied by the Adolphe Adam score, performed live by the Royal Ballet Sinfonia, Giselle tells the story of a trusting girl driven to madness and death by heartbreak, yet she seeks redemption for the man who deceived her, even from beyond the grave.



Mixed Bill, including works by Andrea Miller and Jermaine Spivey                                          
Monday 4 & Tuesday 5 November 
Tickets: £15 - £50 

Rambert2 selects its dancers for their technical virtuosity and raw energy, scouring the globe each year to seek out the next generation of contemporary dance talent.

This year’s ensemble performs work by two rising stars of the US dance scene: Andrea Miller, the first choreographer to be named artist-in-residence at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Jermaine Spivey, the award-winning dancer from Crystal Pite’s company Kidd Pivot.

The Monument Trust supports new commissions at Sadler’s Wells



Rambert Event 
Thursday 7 - Saturday 9 November
Tickets: £15 - £55 

Master of improvisation Merce Cunningham devised his revolutionary Event format to combine dance, music and design in a way that was unique to each location and performance. Commemorating the centenary of Cunningham’s birth, Rambert creates its own bespoke Event.

Rambert Event includes extracts from different Cunningham works, specially remixed for each performance. Radiohead’s Philip Selway composes and performs the music live, whilst designs are based on the Cage paintings by German contemporary artist Gerhard Richter.



Dorrance Dance                                                                  
Myelination and other works 
Thursday 14 - Saturday 16 November 
Tickets: £15 - £45 

Transforming the world of tap dance, Michelle Dorrance has dedicated her work to exploring the rich traditions and breaking new boundaries of America’s original dance-form. In a diverse triple bill, her company expands the idea of what tap dance can be.

In the Bessie Award-winning Three to One, Dorrance places herself between two barefoot contemporary dancers, while in Jungle Blues lively humour is set to the New Orleans swagger of Grammy Award-winning Branford Marsalis. For Myelination, inspiration comes from deep inside, as electrical transmissions between nerve cells are sped up by a biological phenomenon, creating an energetic ensemble work featuring original live music.


Wild Card: Fernanda Muñoz-Newsome                                    LILIAN BAYLIS STUDIO
Thursday 14 & Friday 15 November                                                                    UK PREMIERE
Tickets: £17 

British-Chilean choreographer and dance artist Fernanda Muñoz-Newsome curates a bespoke programme as part of the popular Wild Card series – showcasing unique evenings designed by a new generation of dance-makers. Through a shared experience of space, Muñoz-Newsome creates an evening looking at the implicit gendering that often goes unnoticed, stimulating our senses. In an intimate setting choreographers, musicians and artists collaborate, creating new situations.


Acosta Danza                                                                             
Monday 18 - Saturday 23 November 
Tickets: £15 - £85 

The vibrant Cuban company returns to Sadler’s Wells with a second programme of ballet and contemporary works including Paysage, Soudainla nuit by visionary Swedish choreographer Pontus Lidberg; the iconic Rooster, choreographed by Christopher Bruce to music by the Rolling Stones; and new workSatori by breakthrough Cuban choreographer Raul Reinoso.

The evening also includes Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui’s Faun, inspired by Vaslav Nijinsky’s L’après midi d’un faune, set to fellow Associate Artist Nitin Sawhney’s interpretation of Debussy’s original composition.

Carlos Acosta makes a guest appearance, dancing in Rooster.

A Sadler’s Wells and Valid Productions Production

Acosta Danza is a Sadler’s Wells Associate Company

Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Nitin Sawhney are Sadler’s Wells Associate Artists

The Monument Trust supports new commissions at Sadler’s Wells



Birmingham Repertory Theatre                                                                    THE PEACOCK 
The Snowman™ 
Thursday 21 November - Sunday 5 January 2020 
Tickets: £18 - £55, Family Tickets available 

The Snowman has whisked generations of children off to a wintery wonderland for a festive adventure year on year. Now the live stage show journeys back to The Peacock to charm both young and old for its 22nd consecutive year. Based on the much-loved film and book, the stage adaptation of The Snowmanfeatures exquisite dancing, magic and live music, including the unforgettable classic Walking in the Air.

Suitable for all ages 



Darbar Festival 2019                                                                   
Monday 25 & Tuesday 26 November 
Tickets £15 - £65 

In a programme spanning the Barbican and Sadler’s Wells, Darbar Festival brings the very best of classical Indian music and dance to London.

Previous years have seen the likes of “Indian-dance royalty” (Financial Times) Sujata Mohapatra and acclaimed Kathak dancer and choreographer Aditi Mangaldas perform at Sadler’s Wells.

For 2019’s festival, Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist Akram Khan reprises his role as dance curator alongside acclaimed choreographer, performer and rehearsal director Mavin Khoo as assistant dance curator, assembling an eclectic programme of performances and workshops.

Akram Khan is a Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist



Joe Moran / Dance Art Foundation                                          LILIAN BAYLIS STUDIO
Thursday 28 & Friday 29 November 
Tickets: £17 

British-Irish choreographer Joe Moran offers a bold and refreshing examination of gender, masculinity and the male body in Arrangement. Six exceptional male dancers tackle complex choreography, full-bodied dancing and sculptural composition, foregrounding difference and individuality in this bold and arresting work.

Free post-show talk: Thursday 28 November 




New Adventures                                                                          
Matthew Bourne’s Production of The Red Shoes              
Tuesday 3 December 2019 - Sunday 19 January 2020 
Tickets: £15 - £75 

Matthew Bourne’s triumphant adaptation of the legendary film returns to London, having won two Olivier Awards and dazzled audiences across the UK and the USA.

Victoria Page lives to dance but her ambitions become a battleground between the two men who inspire her passion. Set to the achingly romantic music of golden-age Hollywood composer Bernard Herrmann, The Red Shoes is orchestrated by Terry Davies and played live by the New Adventures Orchestra, with cinematic designs by Lez Brotherston, lighting by Paul Constable,sound by Paul Groothuis and projection from Duncan McLean.

Matthew Bourne is a Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist



Arthur Pita                                                                                             LILIAN BAYLIS STUDIO
The Little Match Girl 
Wednesday 11 - Sunday 29 December 
Tickets: £6 - £18 

Director and choreographer Arthur Pita has a reputation for adopting a surreal take on storytelling. Following his Björk Ballet, performed by San Francisco Ballet this summer, his magical dance theatre show The Little Match Girl makes a welcome return for Christmas.

Our unlikely heroine is an impoverished street girl, with just one final match to keep her warm on a cold Christmas Eve. Beautifully recreated through dance, song and Frank Moon’s live atmospheric music, The Little Match Girl is a timeless fable about kindness and helping others.

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