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Press Release: Sadler's Sampled - a new two week summer festival of dance - 22 June - 3 July 2013

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Sadler’s Sampled

Sadler’s Wells
Saturday 22 June - Sunday 3 July 2013
Tickets: £8 - £27
Ticket Office: 0844 412 4300 or www.sadlerswells.com

Made at Sadler’s Wells
Rosas and Ictus Drumming

Hofesh Shechter Company Political Mother: The Choreographer’s Cut


To celebrate the 15th anniversary of the current Sadler’s Wells Theatre this year, Sadler’s Wells launches Sadler’s Sampled, an extension of the popular Sampled showcase which has run annually since 2007. Sadler’s Sampled is a two week festival presenting a variety of dance forms on the main stage, offering audiences the chance to see world class dance at low prices, with activities laid on in the foyer before and after each production. With standing tickets available for £8, Sadler’s Sampled is an opportunity for audiences to try something different.


The first production in Sadler’s Sampled is Made at Sadler’s Wells on Saturday 22 - Sunday 23 June, featuring some of Sadler’s Wells’ most highly acclaimed works from three of our Associate Artists. Award-winning choreographer Russell Maliphant presents his Olivier Award-nominated solo Afterlight (Part One) performed by Thomasin Gulgec. Inspired by Vaslay Nijinsky’s drawings Afterlight (Part One) premiered at Sadler’s Wells in 2009 to five-star reviews, being hailed as a defining moment in Maliphant’s career.


Also showing as part of Made at Sadler’s Wells Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui will present his critically acclaimed duet Faun, a reinvention of Nijinsky’s famous ballet, L’après-midi d’un faune. Examining the animalistic nature of human movement and the power of mythology Faun looks at the eponymous creature from Stéphane Mallermé’s poem, Claude Débussy’s music and Vaslav Nijinsky’s choreography. Additional music is by Nitin Sawhney and costumes are by leading fashion designer Hussein Chalayan.

Completing the line-up for Made at Sadler’s Wells is UNDANCE, a unique collaboration between composer Mark-Anthony Turnage, choreographer Wayne McGregor and visual artist Mark Wallinger, danced by 10 performers of Wayne MCGregor | Random Dance. Turnage’s score for UNDANCE has been inspired by a text written by Wallinger, which was in turn inspired by American sculptor Richard Serra’s Compilation of Verbs and the work of photographer Eadweard J Muybridge.


The second production in Sadler’s Sampled is from Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker and contemporary music ensemble Ictus presenting, for the first time at Sadler’s Wells, the full setting of Steve Reich’s seminal percussion work Drumming on Tuesday 25 & Wednesday 26 June, featuring 13 dancers from Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker’s contemporary dance company Rosas.

One of the most influential choreographers of the last 30 years, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker has taken inspiration from award-winning American minimalist composer Steve Reich since her debut production Fase, four movements to the music of Steve Reich in 1982. Other major works include Rosas danst Rosas (1983), Stella (1989), Mikrokosmos (1997).


The next production in Sadler’s Sampled is the original Sampled on Friday 28 & Saturday 29 June offering tickets to world-class dance from just £8 - £12. In previous years Sampled has showcased everything from flamenco, ballet, contemporary dance and hip hop. This year’s programme includes principal dancers from the Stuttgart Ballet performing the UK premiere of Douglas Lee’s Fanfare LX, Sadler’s Wells New Wave Associate dancer and choreographer Alexander Whitley with a preview of his new work, highlights from Sadler’s Wells international festival of hip hop dance theatre Breakin’ Convention, which celebrates its 10th anniversary in May 2013, including performances from Brooklyn’s Storyboard P, a maverick artist who has created his own ‘mutation’ style of movement and World B-boy Champions Vagabond Crew. Sampled will also see a performance from the National Youth Dance Company choreographed by Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist Jasmin Vardimon and current World Tango Champions Facundo de la Cruz and Paola Sanz.


The last production in this year’s Sadler’s Sampled is from Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist Hofesh Shechter who brings the return of Political Mother: The Choreographer’s Cut on Wednesday 3 - Sunday 7 July.   Featuring 40 performers - 16 dancers and 24 musicians - Political Mother was declared “an audio-visual marvel” when it first appeared at Sadler’s Wells in 2010 and “mindblowing” (The Daily Telegraph) when it was re-developed as The Choreographer’s Cut the following year.

The Choreographer’s Cut is celebrated for its unforgettable rock gig atmosphere, breathtaking choreography and ground-shaking score creating a powerful, energetic experience. Continuing Schechter’s revolutionary take on the experience of contemporary dance, audience members with standing tickets will be able to experience the full intensity of this powerful work.



Listings info


A Sadler’s Wells Production


Made at Sadler’s Wells
Saturday 22 & Sunday 23 June
Tickets: £8 - £27
Ticket Office: 0844 412 4300 or www.sadlerswells.com


Rosas & Ictus
Tuesday 25 & Wednesday 26 June
Tickets: £8 - £27
Ticket Office: 0844 412 4300 or www.sadlerswells.com


Friday 28 & Saturday 29 June
Tickets: £8 - £12
Ticket Office: 0844 412 4300 or www.sadlerswells.com



A Sadler’s Wells Co-production

Hofesh Shechter Company
Political Mother: The Choreographer’s Cut
Wednesday 3 - Sunday 7 July
Tickets: £8 - £27
Ticket Office: 0844 412 4300 or www.sadlerswells.com


Notes to Editors

Sadler’s Sampled is sponsored by American Express and supported by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation. The presentation of Rosas & Ictus’ Drumming at Sadler’s Sampled is supported by The Representation of the Government of Flanders in the UK /Embassy of Belgium . The original 2011 production of UNDANCE was supported by OUTSET in partnership with Northern Trust.

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

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