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Press Release: Guillem & Maliphant PUSH at London Coliseum 29 July - 3 Aug

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A Sadler’s Wells Production

Sylvie Guillem & Russell Maliphant



Tuesday 29 July - Sunday 3 August

Performances: Tue, Wed, Fri & Sat at 7.30pm, Sun at 2.30pm.

No performance Thur

Tickets: £12- £90

Ticket Office: 0844 412 4300 or www.sadlerswells.com


After sell-out seasons around the world, Sadler’s Wells’ critically acclaimed production PUSH returns to the London Coliseum from 29 July - 3 August 2014, featuring Sadler’s Wells Associate Artists Sylvie Guillem and Russell Maliphant.


PUSH showcases four works choreographed by Maliphant and is made up of solos and duets performed by Maliphant and Guillem, who first collaborated in 2003 with Broken Fall. Two and Solo are dazzling solos performed by Guillem; Push is a duet for Guillem and Maliphant; and Shift is Maliphant’s seminal 1996 solo.


The works are complemented by stunning lighting by Olivier Award-winning lighting designer and Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist Michael Hulls, and accompanied by music from Andy Cowton, Carlos Montoya and Shirley Thompson.


Since its debut in 2005, PUSH has received four major awards: an Olivier Award, a Time Out Award, Best Choreography (Modern) at the National Dance Awards and the South Bank Show Dance Award.


Sylvie Guillem was born in Paris and trained in gymnastics under the instruction of her mother, a gymnastics teacher. In 1977 she began training at the Paris Opera Ballet School, and in 1981 joined the company's corps de ballet. She was promoted to the rank of "Etoile" by Rudolf Nureyev at the age of 19. Guillem has performed all the leading roles of the classical repertoire with the world's leading companies including the Royal Ballet, Paris Opera Ballet, Kirov, Tokyo Ballet, Australian Ballet, American Ballet Theatre and La Scala.


Guillem’s awards include the Officier de la Légion d’Honneur, Officier dans l’Ordre National du Mérite, Officier des Arts et Lettres, and, in Britain, an honorary CBE.

Russell Maliphant trained at The Royal Ballet School and graduated into Sadler’s Wells Royal Ballet before leaving to pursue a career in independent dance. He danced with DV8, Michael Clark, Rosemary Butcher and Laurie Booth.


He formed his Company in 1996. He has also collaborated with renowned companies and artists including Robert Lepage, Isaac Julian, Balletboyz and Lyon Opera Ballet. In 2011 Maliphant was awarded an honorary doctorate of arts from Plymouth University. He became an Associate Artist of Sadler’s Wells in 2005. Maliphant’s most recent Sadler’s Wells production, Still Current, is touring internationally.

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