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The Autumn 2014 Season at Sadler’s Wells

The Autumn 2014 season is on sale from Monday 12 May 2014 Sadler’s Wells & Lilian Baylis Studio Ticket Office: 0844 412 4300 www.sadlerswells.com Peacock Theatre Ticket Office: 0844 412 4322

To view the Autumn 2014 season brochure click here

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The Autumn 2014 season at Sadler’s Wells in detail:



From May 2014 – March 2015, Sadler’s Wells presents its biggest ever programme of inclusive dance. =dance is a new series featuring some of the most exciting and innovative work created and performed by deaf and disabled artists. Presenting work by both established and emerging inclusive dance companies, =dance also includes a programme of workshops, discussions and professional development opportunities alongside each performance. For more information on the =dance series see sadlerswells.com/equaldance


Stopgap Dance Company

Artificial Things

LILIAN BAYLIS STUDIO Tuesday 13 & Wednesday 14 May Tickets: £6 - £12

Made up of disabled and non-disabled dancers, Stopgap Dance Company performs the London premiere of its latest work Artificial Things. The production sees a group of individuals who are slowly suffocating in each other’s company. They seek escape through rock-n-roll, but their wild disorder descends into playground politics to reveal some uncomfortable truths. Artificial Things is choreographed by Lucy Bennett, one of the UK’s leading experts in integrated choreography, and is devised and danced by a cast including David Toole.

Responsive Dance Practice and Integrated Choreography workshop. Wednesday 14 May from 11am - 5.45pm; Tickets: £20 (£10 Access Members); suitable for professional dancers and teachers


Sylvie Guillem and Russell Maliphant


LONDON COLISEUM Tuesday 29 July - Sunday 3 August Tickets: £15 - £90

After sell-out seasons around the world, Sadler’s Wells’ critically acclaimed production PUSH returns to the London Coliseum, featuring Associate Artists Sylvie Guillem who is widely regarded as “the most brilliant ballerina of her generation” (The Guardian) and Russell Maliphant, whose choreography creates a language which is elegant, articulate and resonant.

The production features four works, including Two, a dazzling solo which seems to trap Guillem in a box of light. The works are complemented by Michael Hulls' stunning lighting 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.

A Sadler's Wells Production PUSH is produced by Sadler's Wells in collaboration with Russell Maliphant and Sylvie Guillem


Elixir Festival


KnowBody / Elixir Extracts Friday 12 - Monday 15 September

Tickets: KnowBody £15 (£7.50 concessions), Elixir Extracts £10 (£5 concessions)

Over four days of performances, workshops and events, Sadler’s Wells presents its largest scale celebration of lifelong creativity and the contribution of older artists with the Elixir Festival this Autumn.

KnowBody; A lifetime of experiences (12 & 13 September) is a mixed programme of work on the main stage featuring the legendary artists Mats Ek and Ana Laguna, Sadler’s Wells renowned Company of Elders performing a restaged excerpt from Hofesh Shechter’s In your rooms and a new commission performed by a group of former professional dancers, some of whom are returning to the stage after twenty years or more. From the beauty and power of a single gesture to the juxtaposition of electronic music and contemporary choreography performed by older dancers, the programme challenges preconceptions and presents contemporary dance illuminated by a lifetime of experience.

Elixir Extracts comprise workshops, film screenings, a conference and a programme of performances in the Lilian Baylis Studio, (13, 14 & 15 September). These performances feature groups of older dancers from across the UK and abroad; reflecting the diversity of approach and responding to the fast-growing interest in performance work for mature artists.

For more information on Elixir Extracts see sadlerswells.com/Elixir

The Art of Age Conference Monday 15 September, 10:30am - 6pm, BSL-interpreted. Tickets: £40 (includes ticket to 5pm Company of Elders performance and lunch)



The 7 Fingers

Sequence 8

PEACOCK THEATRE Tuesday 16 September - Saturday 4 October Tickets: £15 - £38

Hailing from Québec, renowned as the home of the modern circus discipline, The 7 Fingers (Les 7 Doigts de le Main) is one of the world’s most inventive contemporary circus companies. After critical acclaim with its previous shows Traces and Psy, the company returns to the Peacock Theatre for the first time since 2010 with its latest work Sequence 8.

Directed by company artistic directors Shana Carroll and Sebastien Soldevila, the production features a cast of eight acrobats showcasing circus skills and aerial stunts. Created in 2012 to celebrate the company’s ten year anniversary, Sequence 8 explores how relationships can be represented with acrobatics, focusing on how we define ourselves against others.


Mark Baldwin & Ladysmith Black Mambazo


Wednesday 17 - Saturday 20 September Tickets: £12 - £38

Celebrating 20 years of democracy in South Africa, INALA presents choral legends Ladysmith Black Mambazo in artistic collaboration with multi award-winning choreographer Mark Baldwin and world-class dancers from The Royal Ballet and Rambert. The new production embraces an exhilarating fusion of South African and Western cultures, uniting Zulu traditions with classical ballet, contemporary dance and live music.


Northern Light Season Sadler’s Wells celebrates Nordic dance culture this Autumn with a season of six works across the main stage and Lilian Baylis Studio, as well as off-site. Northern Light showcases dance created by established and emerging contemporary artists from Sweden, Finland, Iceland, Denmark and Norway.


Mette Ingvartsen (Denmark)


The Artificial Nature Project

UK PREMIERE Thursday 18 & Friday 19 September PLATFORM THEATRE, N1C Tickets: £17

Mette Ingvartsen makes her London debut with her latest creation, in a new partnership with the Platform Theatre at Central St Martins. Having collaborated with French choreographers Xavier Le Roy and Boris Charmatz, she is part of a generation of dance artists that considers choreography as a tool to think about the world and our relationship to it.

The Artificial Nature Project offers an expanded form of choreography including materials and objects, and asks the question: What is the relationship between the animate and inanimate world? Throughout the performance the view is persistently changing: a calm contemplative site gives way to an energetic chaos of debris projected into space, rapidly altering our perception of a glittering landscape.

“Captivating as well as challenging, it is a true piece of art” Dagens Nyheter

Free post-show talk with Mette Ingvartsen: Thursday 18 September


Royal Swedish Ballet (Sweden) PART OF NORTHERN LIGHT SEASON Mats Ek’s Juliet & Romeo UK PREMIERE Wednesday 24 - Saturday 27 September Tickets: £12 - £45

The fourth oldest ballet company in the world, Royal Swedish Ballet performs in London for the first time since 1995. To celebrate its 240th anniversary, in 2013 Royal Swedish Ballet director Johannes Öhman commissioned choreographer Mats Ek to create a full length adaptation of a timeless love story for 32 of the company’s dancers. After success in its native Sweden and internationally, Ek’s Juliet & Romeo makes its UK premiere this Autumn.
This new adaptation is set to a score by Tchaikovsky, adapted by Anders Högstedt and features scenography and costume design by Magdalena Åberg. The Renaissance-inspired costumes are given a modern twist, while the dark, urban setting helps bring this classic love story into the 21st century.

“For a long time no choreographer has produced such a beautiful gift” TANZ

Free post-show talk with Mats Ek (BSL-interpreted): Thursday 25 September


Wild Card

Wild Card returns with more specially curated evenings from a new generation of dance makers, bringing fresh perspectives to the stage. For each Wild Card, an emerging artist or producer is given the opportunity to present work that excites them alongside their own work. This Autumn season features two Wild Card artists; Seeta Patel (26 September) and Neil Callaghan (7 November). Wild Card is part of Sadler’s Wells’ programme of support for young and emerging dance talent, alongside hosting the National Youth Dance Company, the New Wave Associates initiative and the Sadler’s Wells Summer University programme.


Wild Card

Seeta Patel


Something Then, Something Now

UK PREMIERE Friday 26 September Tickets: £17

UK born and raised dance artist Seeta Patel has been championing the Indian classical dance style of bharatanatyam for many years. She has done so alongside forging a career in contemporary dance, working with companies including DV8 Physical Theatre, and presenting work at Southbank Centre. Under the guidance of her teacher Mavin Khoo, she has become a growing voice for the form.

She curates an intimate evening of dance and music from South India, featuring an orchestra of Carnatic musicians. After her solo work, Patel offers a rare opportunity to see seasoned dancer and musician Pushkala Gopal. The evening is a chance to witness the evolution of this expressive dance form.

Free post-show talk with Mavin Khoo

Wild Card is supported by The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation and The Garrick Charitable Trust



Mark Smith’s DMD+ (Deaf Men Dancing)


Hear! Hear!

Sunday 28 September Tickets: £6 - £12

Founded by deaf choreographer Mark Smith, DMD+ is made up of professional dancers who are deaf and incorporates a range of dance forms and sign-language to create a unique choreographic practice. Hear! Hear! explores ideas about being deaf, expressed through DMD+ company members’ personal experiences. Accessible to all, Hear! Hear! aims to captivate audiences and change people’s perception of deaf dance.

A BSL-interpreted performance

Free post-show talk (BSL-interpreted)

Creative Deaf Dance workshop, combining sign-language and dance (BSL-interpreted): Sunday 28 September from 2pm - 3.30pm; Tickets £4; suitable for young deaf people aged 12 - 25



Grupo Corpo Triz & Parabelo UK PREMIERE Wednesday 1 - Saturday 4 October Tickets: £12 - £38

Brazil’s internationally acclaimed dance company Grupo Corpo returns to Sadler’s Wells for its first performances since 2011. With a history stretching back nearly 40 years, Grupo Corpo’s 22 dancers combine the precision of classical ballet with the sensuality and passion of Latin dance rhythms.
The company presents two pieces choreographed by artistic director Rodrigo Pederneiras. Triz, the Brazilian term for the moment just before a catastrophe, is abstract dance performed in striking black and white costumes. A UK Premiere, Triz is a visually stunning dance experience. Parabelo is inspired by life in rural Brazil and sees the dancers fill the stage with unmatched energy and excitement.

Part of a Dance Consortium tour A full tour schedule can be found at www.danceconsortium.com



Margrét Sara Guðjónsdóttir (Iceland) PART OF NORTHERN LIGHT SEASON Variations on Closer UK PREMIERE Thursday 2 & Friday 3 October LILIAN BAYLIS STUDIO Tickets: £17

Showing her work for the first time in London, Margrét Sara Guðjónsdóttir brings an investigative piece that questions what it means to be engaged in the act of watching.

In Variations on Closer, the audience comes face to face with three charismatic female performers. They explore different levels of physical closeness between themselves and their observers. Audiences are offered a chance to reassess what it feels like to be observed, breaking traditional theatrical conventions. The performance is accompanied by a soundtrack from experimental electronic music pioneer, Peter Rehberg (known as PITA).

Free post-show talk with Margrét Sara Guðjónsdóttir: Thursday 2 October


Ballet Revolución


Tuesday 7 - Saturday 25 October Tickets: £15 - £45 (under 16s half price)

After several hugely successful tours and glowing reviews across the world, the international sensation Ballet Revolución returns this Autumn for its third season at the Peacock Theatre. Thrilling crowds from London to Paris, Berlin, Singapore and Sydney, the production features new hits from Bruno Mars, Usher, Beyoncé, David Guetta, J-Lo, Prince and Rihanna.

Ballet Revolución is an explosive fusion of ballet, contemporary dance and hip hop from a company of talented Cuban dancers and live musicians. The cast of 19 dancers display their versatility in dance styles from classical ballet to contemporary dance and hip hop, combined with the unique blend of Cuban, African and Spanish influences.



New Adventures & Re:Bourne Lord of the Flies Wednesday 8 - Saturday 11 October Tickets: £12 - £45 (under 16s half price) very limited availability

Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist, Matthew Bourne and his company New Adventures have become household names with their hugely successful dance theatre productions, including Nutcracker!, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake. Lord of the Flies is a thrilling new dance production inspired by William Golding’s classic dystopian novel. As a group of schoolboys find themselves abandoned in a deserted theatre, they start to make their own rules and create their own civilisation, before order breaks down and the story builds to an electrifying climax.

With a cast of New Adventures dancers and remarkable young talent from across London, Golding’s iconic characters are brought to life with raw energy, emotional intensity and breathtaking performances. Chilling, beautiful and hugely entertaining, Lord of the Flies will enthral Bourne fans and inspire a generation of new dance audiences. Choreographed by Olivier Award-nominated Scott Ambler, set and costume design by Olivier Award-winner Lez Brotherston, music by Terry Davies, adapted and directed by Olivier and Tony award-winner Matthew Bourne and Scott Ambler.

“Extraordinary. An exhilarating adaptation. You are simply gripped by the power and emotion of the storytelling” Daily Telegraph


Age guidance: 8+



Maija Hirvanen (Finland)


For those who have time


Friday 10 & Saturday 11 October LILIAN BAYLIS STUDIO Tickets: £17

Maija Hirvanen is one of the rising names of the contemporary performance scene in the Nordic region. For those who have time is a dedication to theatre audiences. The work is direct yet open, questioning yet playful. Hirvanen uses humour, purposeful discomfort and direct address in the hands of three performers who ask: what have you got time for? At the core of the piece is an invitation to take a closer look at the habits formed by the fast pace of contemporary life, which ironically both unite and isolate us.

Free post-show talk with Maija Hirvanen: Friday 10 October



Birmingham Royal Ballet

Beauty and the Beast and Shadows of War

Tuesday 14 - Saturday 18 October Tickets: £12 - £45

Birmingham Royal Ballet returns to Sadler’s Wells with two evenings of work. Beauty and the Beast, choreographed by David Bintley features Philip Prowse's storybook set, and a score by Glenn Buhr.

Shadows of War is a triple bill and opens with Kenneth MacMillan’s La Fin du Jour, capturing the glamorous lifestyle of the 1930s using Maurice Ravel’s score. Miracle in the Gorbals has been specially re- created for the Company by Dame Gillian Lynne, from Robert Helpmann’s original work set in 1940s Glasgow and danced to music by Sir Arthur Bliss. The programme closes with David Bintley’s Flowers of the Forest; with music by Malcolm Arnold and Benjamin Britten, it contrasts picture-postcard Scotland with its own bloody history.


TAO Dance Theatre 6 & 7 UK PREMIERE Monday 20 & Tuesday 21 October Tickets: £20

Sadler’s Wells New Wave Associate, TAO Dance Theatre returns this Autumn as part of Dance Umbrella, following sell out shows in the Lilian Baylis Studio. The company performs the UK premiere of a new double bill which features a new work commissioned by the theatre.

Formed in 2008 by Beijing-based choreographer Tao Ye at the age of just 22, TAO Dance Theatre is known for its collaborations across art forms including film and visual art, creating dances that have a mesmeric, trance-like quality. In 6 & 7, he continues his numbered series of experimentations that explore the potential of the human body as a purely visual form, freed from the constraints of story-telling or representation.

In 6, his six dancers move in dynamic and hypnotising unison, in a shifting landscape of light created by Swedish lighting designer Ellen Ruge. His latest work 7 continues Tao Ye’s fascination with pattern, precision and ritual, and is distinguished by a soundtrack of acoustic effects generated by the seven dancers’ own bodies. Both 6 & 7 are accompanied by commissioned music from Chinese indie folk composer Xiao He.

“The dance moved like a force of nature” Financial Times

Free Talk with Tao Ye: Wednesday 22 October at 12pm in the Kahn Lecture Theatre, tickets to be booked via Dance Umbrella

7 is a Sadler’s Wells Commission Part of Dance Umbrella 2014

The Monument Trust supports co-productions and new commissions at Sadler's Wells The New Wave Associates programme is supported by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation


Le Patin Libre ALEXANDRA PALACE ICE RINK, N22 Vertical Influences WORLD PREMIERE Tuesday 28 - Friday 31 October Tickets: £15 - £18, preview performance Tue 28 at 8.30pm, £10

As part of Dance Umbrella’s mission to celebrate 21st century choreography, iconoclastic ice skaters Le Patin Libre come to London’s famous Alexandra Palace. In this specially commissioned double bill they share their signature mix of movement, wit, speed and grace. Le Patin Libre (Free Skate) is a five-strong collective of prize-winning skaters who are creating a new kind of ice dancing, far beyond the confines of traditional figure skating.

Having started out performing on frozen ponds and canals in their hometown of Montreal, the company now comes to London to present a full-length evening of work. In Influences the performers play with how our body language can influence others, even with just a casual glance. In the second piece Vertical, audiences are invited to view the artists up close, with seating on the ice.

Part of Dance Umbrella 2014 Research supported by the Jerwood Studio at Sadler’s Wells



Armitage / McGregor / Pite / Whitley Thomas Adès: See the Music, Hear the Dance

WORLD PREMIERE Thursday 30 October - Saturday 1 November Tickets: £12 - £45

Pianist, conductor, composer; Thomas Adès is the subject of the second in Sadler’s Wells’ Composer Series. A multi-award winner, he remains the only composer to have won the Royal Philharmonic Prize for large-scale composition three times. In this new Sadler’s Wells production, See the Music, Hear the Dance, Adès conducts his only London appearance in 2014, featuring four dance works - including two world premieres - set to some of his most celebrated music and played live by one of the world’s most distinguished ensembles, Britten Sinfonia.

The evening begins with Outlier, choreographed by Associate Artist Wayne McGregor to Adès’ violin concerto Concentric Paths played by Thomas Gould. Originally created for New York City Ballet, it is re-mounted as a co-production with the Royal Ballet Flanders, making a welcome return to London. Tony-nominated Karole Armitage’s work blends dance, music and art. She presents her duet Life Story, set to Adès’ work based on words by Tennessee Williams. Performed by two dancers of her Armitage Gone! Dance Company, the piece features British soprano Claire Booth, with Adès on piano.
Sadler’s Wells New Wave Associate Alexander Whitley presents the world premiere of The Grit in the Oyster. Whitley's intricately detailed choreography sets a trio of dancers against Adès’ Piano Quintet, exploring ideas of obsession and transformation with Adès on piano. The evening culminates in a world premiere, choreographed by Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist Crystal Pite in response to Adès’ Polaris. Pite choreographs a cast including six dancers from her company Kidd Pivot and 60 dance students in the spiralling structures inspired by Adès' creation.

“He has outgrown his status as the wunderkind of a vibrant British scene and become one of the most imposing figures in contemporary music” The New Yorker on Thomas Adès

Free post-show talk with Karol Armitage, Crystal Pite, Wayne McGregor & Alexander Whitley (BSL- interpreted): Friday 31 October

A Sadler’s Wells Production

The Monument Trust supports co-productions and new commissions at Sadler's Wells The New Wave Associates programme is supported by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation


Karen Christopher & Sophie Grodin Of Two Minds: an afternoon on duet collaborations LILIAN BAYLIS STUDIO Thursday 30 October Tickets: £24 (Symposium only £13, Performance only £17)

Resonance, counterpoint, confrontation: what does working as a duet mean and lead to? Of Two Minds is an afternoon of talks, dialogues and presentations focusing on the practice of duets by scholars and artists from different fields including performance, theatre, dance and creative writing. It is followed by a performance of Control Signal by Karen Christopher, formerly of the American collective Goat Island, and Sophie Grodin, exploring invisible influences and inexplicable connections.

Presented by the University of Roehampton, Drama, Theatre and Performance department in partnership with Sadler’s Wells


Curious Seed

Chalk About

LILIAN BAYLIS STUDIO Saturday 1 & Sunday 2 November Ticket: £7 - £12

Chalk About is a playful, funny and moving look at how we see ourselves and others. Join Christine and Hendrik on their journey as they find answers to some big questions about identity and the meaning of life. What makes us who we are? Is it where we are from? Is it the way we move, or how we talk? Our pasts or our futures? Or is it about the way we dance?

Age guidance: 8+

Post-show creative dance workshops: Saturday 1 Nov at 4.15pm & Sunday 2 Nov at 3.15pm, £2

Presented in association with MOKO Dance

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



Akram Khan & Israel Galván



Monday 3 - Saturday 8 November Tickets: £12 - £38

Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist Akram Khan is one of the most celebrated and respected dance artists today. In just over a decade he has created an imaginative, highly accessible and relevant body of work including productions such as DESH, Vertical Road, Gnosis and zero degrees. The multi award-winning
Israel Galván has been at the forefront of contemporary flamenco for 20 years. Galván is known for his innovative choreography and exquisite dancing technique.

With this new collaboration, Khan and Galván have created TOROBAKA, bringing together kathak and flamenco to create something altogether distinct, defying classification or genre. Performed for the first time in the UK, TOROBAKA takes its name from a Maori-inspired phonetic poem by Tristan Tzara. The bull (toro) and the cow (vaca) are sacred animals in the dancers’ two traditions and represent the coming together of dance styles.

Free post-show talk with Akram Khan & Israel Galván (BSL-interpreted): Monday 3 November
A Sadler’s Wells Co-production

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


Wild Card

Neil Callaghan


Transforming Matter

UK PREMIERE Friday 7 November Tickets: £17

The second programme in this season’s Wild Card series is from dancer and theatre maker, Neil Callaghan. Since 2002 he has been creating performances both as a solo artist and in collaborations, including the 2010 Sadler’s Wells commission Electric Hotel by David Rosenberg and Frauke Requardt. His programme includes work by Mette Ingvartsen returning to Sadler’s Wells for the second time this season, Jeremy Wade, and an extract from Callaghan’s latest duet with long-time collaborator Simone Kenyon. These three pieces explore how we engage with the world and each other.

In a theatre stripped of seating, this triple bill aims to draw attention to the different ways in which an audience member is an active participant in co-creating a dance. This is an invitation to take part in an evening of shared experiences and multiple transformations.

Wild Card is supported by The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation and The Garrick Charitable Trust



Jasmin Vardimon Company


Monday 10 & Tuesday 11 November Tickets: £12 - £27

Sadler's Wells Associate Artist Jasmin Vardimon is a leading force in British dance theatre. Enjoying sell- out performances across the UK and internationally, her company’s works include Freedom, Justitia, 7734 and Yesterday. She returns this Autumn with a new version of her hit show PARK.

PARK is an urban oasis, a place of refuge from ordinary life where eight characters play, fight, fall in love and learn to survive. Their stories intertwine creating a modern day fairytale that is alternately sharp, funny and cruel. The production has been reworked for 2014 with new 3D imaging, presenting a breathtaking collision of highly acute physical theatre, text, athletic dance and music, delivering fresh statements about our time.

Contains nudity and themes of an adult nature



zero visibility corp. (Norway)


…it’s only a rehearsal

LILIAN BAYLIS STUDIO Tuesday 11 & Wednesday 12 November Tickets: £17

zero visibility corp., one of Norway’s leading dance companies returns to Sadler’s Wells for the Northern Light season, under the direction of acclaimed choreographer Ina Christel Johannessen. Taking inspiration from the Greek myth of Artemis and Acteaon, this powerful, physical duet revolves around a pair of lovers, who explore their relationship using pure physical expression.

…it’s only a rehearsal is one of the company’s best known works, having been performed across the world from New York to Paris, Sydney and Avignon for the last ten years. The show features company members Line Tørmoen and Dmitri Jourde, a collaborator with Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui’s Eastman company.


Free post-show talk with Ina Christel Johannessen: Tuesday 11 November




Cullberg Ballet (Sweden)


Plateau Effect

UK PREMIERE Thursday 13 & Friday 14 November Tickets: £12 - £27


Cullberg Ballet has performed across the world since its inception in 1967 by the pioneering Swedish choreographer Birgit Cullberg. As part of the Northern Light season, the company makes its Sadler’s Wells debut with the UK premiere of Plateau Effect choreographed by Jefta van Dinther.

In Plateau Effect, the dancers form a community that is constantly on the move as they progress through a series of disorienting and intriguing large scale environments. The viewer’s attention intersects between the dancers’ movements and the materials they interact with, as the choreographer encourages audiences to embrace what they do not understand.

Free Post-show talk with Jefta van Dinther: Thursday 13 November



Candoco Dance Company

Curious Encounters and Close Encounters

LILIAN BAYLIS STUDIO Sunday 16 & Monday 17 November Tickets: £6 - £12

The UK’s leading contemporary dance company made up of disabled and non-disabled dancers, Candoco Dance Company, presents two events in =dance; Curious Encounters and Close Encounters.

Curious Encounters is an interactive performance tailored to young people that gives an insight into Candoco’s work. Featuring Two for C by award-winning choreographer Javier de Frutos and an extract from Thomas Hauert’s Notturnino, Curious Encounters offers younger audiences the opportunity to ask questions and find out more about inclusive contemporary dance. Close Encounters presents an extract of a new work created for Candoco by Sadler’s Wells New Wave Associate Hetain Patel and Two for C by Javier de Frutos. The performance event includes conversations with de Frutos and Patel.

BSL-interpreted performances

Workshop introducing the work of Candoco Dance Company: Sunday 16 November from 3 - 6pm; Tickets £10 (includes entrance to Curious Encounters at 3pm); Suitable for disabled and non- disabled young dancers aged 13+ and families

Free pre-show company open rehearsal for ticket holders free to ticket holders for Close Encounters: Monday 17 November at 6pm




Triptych - Mark Baldwin, Shobana Jeyasingh, Ashley Page

Tuesday 18 - Saturday 22 November Tickets: £12 - £38 Family Ticket: £40 (4 tickets including at least one child, matinees only)

This Autumn, Rambert returns with Triptych, a triple bill from three of British dance's most distinctive artists. The discovery of the 'God Particle' inspires The Strange Charm of Mother Nature, the new work by Rambert's Artistic Director Mark Baldwin. Subterrain is a sensuous, enigmatic voyage underground, created by former Scottish Ballet Director Ashley Page. A first work for Rambert by choreographer Shobana Jeyasingh completes the programme. Accompanied by live orchestral music, ranging from JS Bach to Mark-Anthony Turnage, Triptych showcases the diversity and brilliance of Britain's national dance company.

Sign language interpreted show: Wednesday 19 November

Free pre-show talk with Mark Baldwin (BSL-interpreted): Wednesday 19 November at 6.30pm

Free pre-show music talk with Paul Hoskins and Rambert Orchestra: Friday 21 November at 6.30pm



Sylvie Guillem & Akram Khan Sacred Monsters Tuesday 25 - Saturday 29 November Tickets: £12 - £52

First performed in 2006, Sacred Monsters is the hugely acclaimed collaboration between Sadler’s Wells Associate Artists Sylvie Guillem and Akram Khan. Together, the pair explore the dynamics and language of two classical dance forms, kathak and ballet. This landmark production features additional choreography by Guari Sharma Tripathi and Lin Hwai-Min, artistic director of Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan, with music by Philip Sheppard.

‘Sacred monsters’ is a term that marks the birth of contemporary stardom, in which the icons of arts and sports worlds are given divine status by their audience and the media. The pressure of living up to these expectations leaves no room for failure. The divine status becomes inhuman and monstrous.

“An exhilarating evening of humour, charm and extraordinary tenderness” Sunday Telegraph

A Sadler’s Wells Co-production



The Birmingham Repertory Theatre Production

The Snowman TM
Wednesday 26 November 2014 - Sunday 4 January 2015 Tickets: £15 - £35 Family Ticket: £100 (4 tickets inc at least one child)

The stage show based upon the book by Raymond Briggs and the subsequent film has become a much- loved festive tradition at the Peacock Theatre. The production features music and lyrics by Howard Blake including Walking In the Air performed by a live orchestra with choreography by Robert North and directed by Bill Alexander.

Created by The Birmingham Repertory Theatre 21 years ago, The Snowman has been delighting young and old alike for 17 years at the Peacock Theatre with its wonderful mix of storytelling, spectacle and magic.

Suitable for all ages

Touch Tour: Saturday 13 December at 1pm Audio-described performance: Saturday 13 December at 2.30pm



New Adventures

Edward Scissorhands

Tuesday 2 December 2014 - Sunday 11 January 2015 Tickets: £12 - £55 Family Ticket: £150 (4 tickets inc. at least 1 child, not available on all performances)

Matthew Bourne’s magical dance production of Edward Scissorhands has carved a place in the hearts of thousands across the world since its premiere in 2005. It returns to Sadler’s Wells this Christmas for a six week season.

With the production’s first major revival, Matthew Bourne takes a fresh look at this modern fairytale, revitalizing it for a whole new generation of dance lovers and theatregoers. Based on the classic Tim Burton motion picture and featuring the beautiful music of Danny Elfman and Terry Davies with sets and costumes by Olivier-Award winner Lez Brotherston, this touching love story tells the bittersweet tale of a boy left alone and unfinished in a strange new world. It is a parable for our times about the ultimate outsider, whose journey builds to an unforgettable finale filled with theatrical magic.

After global success with Bourne’s inspired interpretations of Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella and Nutcracker!, this new production is guaranteed to delight the whole family.

Touch Tour: Saturday 10 January at 1pm

Audio described performance: Saturday 10 January at 2.30pm




=dance Statement Pieces

LILIAN BAYLIS STUDIO Thursday 11 December Tickets: £6 - £12

=dance Statement Pieces features new and restaged work from leading artists in the sector. The mixed bill is followed by a post-show discussion with the artists, on creativity and developing a distinctive movement language and style. Full programme details to be announced shortly.

Post show discussion with the artists about the creative process (BSL-interpreted): Thursday 11 December



Arthur Pita

The Little Match Girl

LILIAN BAYLIS STUDIO Saturday 13 December 2014 - Sunday 4 January 2015 Tickets: £6 - £16

Celebrated choreographer Arthur Pita brings his magical dance theatre show The Little Match Girl to Sadler's Wells this Christmas. Based on Hans Christian Andersen's classic story, this tale of a young street girl's hopes and dreams is beautifully told through dance, song and original live music.

A snowy stage sets the scene for an icy cold Christmas Eve, where the little match girl paces the emptying streets, trying to sell her matches. Cold, hungry and with just one final match flame to keep her warm, she sees a vision of her beloved grandmother. Leaving her troubled life behind, she is guided up into the night sky by her grandmother who takes her to the moon. Now, on a clear night, if you look closely, you might see the light of a shooting star, or is it a match burning brightly?

Award-winning choreographer Arthur Pita returns to Sadler’s Wells following recent successes Mischief and The Metamorphosis, winner of Olivier, Southbank Sky Arts and Critics Circle National Dance Awards.

Age Guidance: 5+




Young Men


Wednesday 14 - Sunday 18 January 2015 Tickets: £12 - £38

Young Men is a new full-length production from BalletBoyz, winners of the National Dance Awards Best Independent Dance Company 2013. In an intensely moving portrayal of love, friendship, loss and survival, Young Men explores the theme of war and the bonds that develop between the men consumed by it.

Choreographed by rising star Iván Pérez, the production is a compelling hybrid of dance, theatre and screen performance from the ever-inventive BalletBoyz and their all male dance company theTALENT.

Young Men features a newly-commissioned original score from the cult singer songwriter Keaton Henson. Performed to live music by the ten award-winning dancers of theTALENT, Young Men is a co-production with Sadler’s Wells and WW1 Centenary Arts Commissions, 14-18 NOW.

A Sadler’s Wells Co-production

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



Magpie Dance


Flying High

LILIAN BAYLIS STUDIO Friday 16 January 2015 Tickets: £6 - £12

Celebrating its 30th anniversary year at the forefront of dance for people with learning disabilities, contemporary dance company Magpie Dance unlocks individual potential and ability through performance, workshops and training programmes. For Flying High, Magpie Dance will work with one of Sadler’s Wells’ Associate Artists to create a newly commissioned piece of work. Full programme details to be announced shortly.


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