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Press Release: Thursday 20 January 2022


Sadler’s Wells Announces new shows for spring & summer 2022


Sadler’s Wells Production The Rite of Spring/ common ground[s], a powerful two-part programme marking the first collaboration between the Pina Bausch Foundation, École des Sables and Sadler’s Wells, receives its UK premiere in June.

The Rite of Spring is danced by a newly assembled company of dancers from African countries in a visceral staging of Pina Bausch’s 1975 work. common ground[s] is a new work created, performed and inspired by the lives of Germaine Acogny, “the mother of contemporary African dance” and founder of École des Sables, and Malou Airaudo, who performed leading roles in many of Bausch’s early works.

In the Lilian Baylis Studio, choreographer Jonathan Burrows and composer Matteo Fargion present a double bill, Rewriting/ Science Fiction, exploring their love of dance and music; while Livia Rita curates a Wild Card evening that invites audiences to experience spells and superpowers, culminating in a rave.

Street dance is a key theme at Peacock Theatre this season. ISH Dance Collective presents Elements of Freestyle, which sees extreme urban sports including BMX and freerunning combine with dance, music and theatre in an adrenaline-fuelled spectacle. The show features a company of stars, many of whom were first ‘discovered’ as street champions. Acclaimed Canadian circus company Machine de Cirque presents a show in which six men find themselves all alone in the world; their quest is to contact other survivors with the help of a strange machine.

Wild Tango by Argentine Tango Champion German Cornejo explores the origins of the dance from the streets of Argentina through electrifying new work. The cast includes several world tango champions, who give an explosive performance by mixing tango, contemporary dance, urban, malambo, and circus elements. This is the first time a large-scale international production about tango is performed mainly by male dancers, exploring this traditional dance from another perspective.

The street dance theme continues at Sadler’s Wells with the return of Breakin' Convention International Festival of Hip Hop Dance Theatre, with cutting-edge dance rooted in the streets. Breakin’ Convention is part of Well Seasoned, Sadler’s Wells’ celebration of work by Black artists, which was announced last week. 

Also in Well Seasoned and on sale later this month are Matsena Productions/ House of Absolute with double-bill Shades of Blue / Warrior Queens; Sadler’s Wells New Wave Associate L’atisse Rhoden with a night of new digital works; and Impact Dance with a programme celebrating the company’s 26th year.

Well Seasoned was designed by Sadler’s Wells’ Artistic Director and Chief Executive Alistair Spalding and Artistic Director of Breakin’ Convention Jonzi D, to platform work by both UK-based and international Black dancemakers.

Tickets for newly announced events are on public sale from Monday 31 January at 10 am via www.sadlerswells.com. Booking opens to members on Friday 28 January. 


More show details are below.

ISH Dance Collective                                   PEACOCK THEATRE

Elements of Freestyle
Wednesday 13 – Saturday 23 April 
Tickets: £18 - £55
Elements of Freestyle is an adrenaline-fuelled explosion of extreme urban sports, dance, music and theatre presented by the Netherlands’ ISH Dance Collective. 


In a fusion of breakdance, inline skating, skateboarding, freestyle basketball, BMX and freerunning, the audience discovers the artistry behind the trick. Simultaneously beautiful and exciting, this show from director Marco Gerris (So You Think You Can Dance?) packs a punch.



Breakin' Convention International Festival of Hip Hop Dance Theatre
Saturday 30 April – Sunday 1 May  
Tickets: £15 - £40  

Sadler’s Wells’ annual festival of hip hop dance theatre is back for its 19th year, platforming cutting-edge dance rooted in the streets and presented on stage. Expect bright lights, loud music and colourful costumes coming together in an annual Sadler's Wells event that will excite and entertain the whole family. 


Breakin' Convention is far more than just a show - arrive early for activities in the foyers, including live DJs, dance circles, have-a-go graffiti, popular improvisation-based warm-up show Freestyle Funk Forum, workshops with the artists and much more. 


Line-up to be announced spring 2022. For more information, see breakinconvention.com. 

Part of Well Seasoned, celebrating black dance


Burrows & Fargion                                 LILIAN BAYLIS STUDIO
Rewriting / Science Fiction

Thursday 5 – Friday 6 May 
Tickets: £17


Choreographer Jonathan Burrows and composer Matteo Fargion have been collaborators for 30 years, slowly building a body of work which straddles the line between dance, music, performance art and comedy.

They present their two most recent duets. Rewriting (2019) is an increasingly complex memorised choreography of cards, counterpointed by a rambling love letter to the impossibility of choreographing and accompanied by music played on a Casio keyboard. Science Fiction (2021) is a loud, accumulative music performance for synthesisers and percussion, which invites the audience always to wonder what might happen next.


Burrows and Fargion have drawn an international following for their work, which combines intellectual rigour with unexpected humour and has its roots in a shared love of classical music. Their approach to performance is both anarchic and joyful. 

Jonathan Burrows and Matteo Fargion are co-produced by PACT Zollverein, Essen and Sadler's Wells, London. 



Matsena Productions / House of Absolute  
Shades of Blue / Warrior Queens               WORLD PREMIERE 
Friday 6 – Saturday 7 May  
Tickets: £20 - £25  

Experience first-hand the next generation of leading London choreographers in this double bill which touches on both a social movement and cultural heritage. Shades of Blue is a work from Matsena Productions that beats to the tune of change, in which performance and protest clash and mould together. With thunderous choreography, powerful text and a slick score that will not only make you rethink your position in society but celebrate a stronger future which we all have a part in building. 


Originally debuted at Breakin’ Convention 2016 and inspired by the legendary folk myth of Hua Mulan and Virginia Woolf’s Orlando, Warrior Queens delves into the ancestry and lineage that got us to where we are now. Choreographed by House of Absolute Creative Director Julia Cheng, this work explores the different forms of yin yang identities and the adversity of the modern-day warrior. Embedded in a live musical soundscape with musicians from London’s Philharmonia orchestra.  

Shades of Blue contains a scene of violence and racism.  

Anthony Matsena is a former Sadler’s Wells Young Associate

Part of Well Seasoned, celebrating black dance



German Cornejo                                               PEACOCK THEATRE
Wild Tango                                                           WORLD PREMIERE
Thursday 12 – Saturday 21 May
Tickets: £18 - £65

Wild Tango is a feast for the senses of Argentine culture, featuring electrifying new work by internationally acclaimed Argentine tango champion German Cornejo.  


This show is inspired by the origins of tango, traditionally performed by two men, showcasing deep connection, complexity, synergy, and strength. The cast of dancers includes several world tango champions, who give an explosive performance by mixing tango, contemporary dance, urban, malambo, and circus elements.   


This is the first time a large-scale international production about tango is performed mainly by male dancers, exploring this traditional dance from another perspective.



Wild Card: Livia Rita                             LILIAN BAYLIS STUDIO
FUTURA Glitch  

Thursday 12 – Friday 13 May 
Tickets: £17  

Wild Card returns with a new generation of artists invited to curate their own night. This summer, we welcome Livia Rita with her Wild Card, FUTURA Glitch. Experience the collaboration of musicians, designers, dancers, writers, thinkers, and activists. 


Livia creates her own mythology, populating the Lilian Baylis Studio with unearthly creatures that build bridges between worlds. There will be ritualistic spells cast to help us heal and grow our superpowers to shift our fears and desires. Through this soft rave in utopia, you will leave with a fresh perspective having briefly escaped our increasingly precarious reality.   

Join us before the show in the Fox Garden Court café from 7:15 pm.  

Co-Produced by Sadler’s Wells and Livia Rita. 



L’atisse Rhoden                                      LILIAN BAYLIS STUDIO 
L CASA                                                            WORLD PREMIERE
Thursday 19 – Friday 20 May  
Tickets: £17  

Sadler’s Wells New Wave Associate L’atisse Rhoden presents a night of new digital works. Inspired by personal narratives and shifting perspectives, Bom Dia! and Dutopia both explore the contrast between reality and dream-like surrealist worlds.  


As part of the evening, L’atisse invites NAVA LDN to curate NAVA Café. Designed by Russell Royer, this pop-up brings communities together in a comfortable and collaborative environment, through a shared love of hip hop and neo soul. L’atisse is co-founder of NAVA LDN alongside Stefan X. Expect beats, moves and good vibes.  

L’atisse Rhoden is a Sadler’s Wells New Wave Associate 

Part of Well Seasoned, celebrating black dance



London Children’s Ballet                           PEACOCK THEATRE 
Anne of Green Gables          
Friday 27 – Saturday 29 May 
Tickets: £18 - £55


Anne of Green Gables is turned into a ballet for the first time by the UK’s leading children’s ballet company, London Children’s Ballet, choreographed by Jenna Lee.  

The production is performed by a talented company of 50 young dancers, aged 9-16, with music played by a live orchestra.    


The charming classic by Canadian author LM Montgomery has been a family favourite since it was first published in 1908. A spritely 11-year-old orphan, Anne Shirley, is adopted by mistake when an elderly brother and sister ask an orphanage to send them a boy to help on the farm. Instead, Anne arrives. Her wild and wonderful imagination is matched only by her fierce temper, which gets her into hot water with everyone. But Anne’s courage, kindness and loyalty shine through, and the local village is eventually won over by her irrepressible spirit.    


Hugely popular among family audiences, LCB ballets are told in two 40-minute acts and are perfect for audiences aged 5-14. Packed with humour, drama and beautiful corps de ballet scenes, LCB ballets are made to appeal to boys, girls and adults alike.    

Anne of Green Gables is an original commission for London Children’s Ballet.



Machine de Cirque                                        PEACOCK THEATRE 
Machine de Cirque                                                     UK PREMIERE
Wednesday 1 – Saturday 11 June 
Tickets: £18 - £55

Machine de Cirque is a Québec City-based circus company staging a poetic and humorous production in which six guys find themselves alone in the world. They embark on a quest to contact other survivors with the help of a strange machine.


In a universe devoid of women and computers, they easily let themselves get distracted by their flights of fantasy and share a special talent for getting themselves into tricky situations.

Demonstrating impressive acrobatic skills and masterful handling of a teeterboard, juggling clubs, a drum kit and even a bath towel, the acclaimed Machine de Cirque combines circus, spectacle, storytelling and live music in this witty production. 



Pina Bausch / Germaine Acogny & Malou Airaudo
The Rite of Spring / common ground[s]              UK PREMIERE
Tuesday 7 – Saturday 11 June 
Tickets: £15 - £75 

The idea of exchange is central in this two-part programme which marks the first collaboration between the Pina Bausch Foundation (Germany), École des Sables (Senegal) and Sadler’s Wells (UK).   

The Rite of Spring is danced by a newly assembled company of dancers from African countries. In this pioneering work, with music by Stravinsky, a chosen one is sacrificed, changing the season from winter to spring. Interpreted on screen to great acclaim in 2020 as Dancing at Dusk, The Rite of Spring is a powerful and visceral staging of Pina Bausch’s 1975 work.


common ground[s] is a new work created, performed and inspired by the lives of two remarkable women: Germaine Acogny, “the mother of contemporary African dance” and founder of École des Sables, and Malou Airaudo, who performed leading roles in many of Bausch’s early works. This poetic and tender piece, the duo’s first collaboration, examines their shared histories and emotional experiences. 

A Sadler’s Wells Production




Impact Dance                                    PEACOCK THEATRE
Chapter 25+1                                                     UK PREMIERE 
Saturday 25 June  
Tickets: £18 - £40  

Join one of the UK’s most innovative dance organisations in celebrating its 26-year journey with a night of bite-sized extracts of excellence inspired by hip hop culture. The company performs old and new works alongside 10 stand-out companies and artists who have been a part of their incredible journey. In addition, there will be a special tribute to the 2006 Pet Shop Boys Cubism world tour, choreographed by Impact Dance Artistic Director, Hakeem Onibudo.

Featuring: ACE Youth, BOP Jazz Theatre Company, Boy Blue, Far From The Norm, FFI of Impact Dance, Fusions Elite, Impact Youth, Myself UK Dance, REDO (HOL), Reading School of Dance, The Urdang ACS, and ZooNation Youth Company.   

Part of Well Seasoned, celebrating black dance




Covid Safety    
In order to help artists, audiences and staff members to feel safe and enjoy these performances, Sadler’s Wells has introduced a series of safety measures and is closely following all UK Government guidance in presenting these events. Ticket bookers will be sent full information about all coronavirus safety measures in advance of the performance, so that they may plan accordingly and feel as secure as possible during their visit. These guidelines are also available on Sadler’s Wells’ website via the following 
link, which we keep updated with the latest information, as soon as we have it. If these performances are unable to be presented due to changes to the UK Government’s coronavirus restrictions, customers will be contacted as soon as possible and given the option to receive a full refund. Sadler's Wells, alongside all companies performing in upcoming events, have also followed recommended UK Government protocols in order ensure the safety of all artists and crew involved by creating performances in a covid-secure environment.     


About Sadler’s Wells  

Sadler's Wells is a world-leading dance organisation. We strive to make and share dance that inspires us all. Our acclaimed year-round programme spans dance of every kind, from contemporary to flamenco, Bollywood to ballet, salsa to street dance and tango to tap.  


We commission, produce and present more dance than any other organisation in the world. Since 2005, we have helped to bring close to 200 new dance works to the stage, embracing both the popular and the unknown.  


Each year, over half a million people visit our three London theatres - Sadler’s Wells Theatre, Lilian Baylis Studio and Peacock Theatre. Millions more attend our touring productions nationally and internationally or explore our digital platforms, including Sadler’s Wells Digital Stage. 


In 2023 we’re opening a fourth London venue in Stratford’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Sadler’s Wells East will house a 550-seat mid-scale theatre, as well as facilities for the Choreographic School and Hip Hop Theatre Academy.   


Supporting artists is at the heart of our work. We have associate artists and companies, which nurture some of the most exciting talent working in dance today. We host the National Youth Dance Company, which draws together some of the brightest young dancers from across the country. 


Sadler’s Wells Breakin' Convention runs professional development programmes to champion and develop the world’s best hip hop artists, as well as producing, programming and touring groundbreaking hip hop performances.   


Around 30,000 people take part in our learning and engagement programmes every year. We support schools local to our theatres in Islington and Stratford, designing experiences for children and young people to watch, explore and critically engage with the arts. We also run Company of Elders, a resident performance company of dancers aged over 60 who rehearse with renowned artists to make new work for public performances locally, nationally and internationally. Young people aged 16 - 30 can access £10 tickets to our shows through Barclays Dance Pass.


Sadler’s Wells is an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation.   

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