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Press Release: Northern Light – a season of Nordic dance at Sadler's Wells Sept - Nov 2014


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Northern Light – a season of Nordic dance at Sadler’s Wells

 

 

Sadler’s Wells celebrates Nordic dance culture this Autumn with Northern Light, a season of six productions, including five UK premieres, across the main stage and Lilian Baylis Studio, as well as off-site at the Platform Theatre in King’s Cross. From 18 September to 14 November 2014, the season showcases dance created by established and emerging contemporary artists from Sweden, Finland, Iceland, Denmark and Norway.

 

Opening the season is Danish artist Mette Ingvartsen with the UK premiere of The Artificial Nature Project on 18 &19 September at the Platform Theatre. 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 examines the relationship between the animate and inanimate world.

 

The first Northern Light performance in the main house at Sadler’s Wells is Royal Swedish Ballet with Mats Ek’s Juliet & Romeo, from 24 - 27 September. Set to the Tchaikovsky score, the UK premiere of Ek’s full-length adaptation of the timeless love story has a dark, urban setting. Royal Swedish Ballet is the fourth oldest ballet company in the world, and returns this September to perform in London for the first time since 1995. Juliet & Romeo was created to celebrate the company’s 240th anniversary in 2013.

 

In the Lilian Baylis Studio, Iceland’s Margrét Sara Guðjónsdóttir presents the UK premiere of Variations on Closer on 2 & 3 October. Showing her work for the first time in London, Guðjónsdóttir brings an investigative piece that questions what it means to be engaged in the act of watching, as the audience comes face to face with three charismatic female performers who explore different levels of physical closeness between themselves and their observers.

 

Finnish choreographer Maija Hirvanen’s For those who have time receives its UK premiere in the Lilian Baylis Studio on 10 & 11 October. Hirvanen is one of the rising names of the contemporary performance scene in the Nordic region. She 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.

 

One of Norway’s leading dance companies zero visibility corp. returns to Sadler’s Wells with …it’s only a rehearsal in the Lilian Baylis Studio on 11 & 12 November. 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. Directed by acclaimed choreographer Ina Christel Johannessen, …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.

 

Sweden’s Cullberg Ballet makes its Sadler’s Wells debut and concludes the Northern Light season with the UK premiere of Plateau Effect, choreographed by Jefta van Dinther, on 13 & 14 November. Cullberg Ballet has performed across the world since its inception in 1967 by the pioneering Swedish choreographer Birgit Cullberg. 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.

 

Northern Light is Supported by the Nordic Culture Fund

 

 

Listings Information:

 

Mette Ingvartsen
The Artificial Nature Project
Thursday 18 and Friday 19 September                                                       
PLATFORM THEATRE, N1C
Tickets: £17
Performances at 8pm
Ticket Office: 0844 412 4300 or www.sadlerswells.com

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

 

Royal Swedish Ballet                                         
Mats Ek’s Juliet & Romeo                                                                                                       
Wednesday 24 - Saturday 27 September
SADLER’S WELLS
Performances at 7.30pm
Ticket Office: 0844 412 4300 or www.sadlerswells.com
Free post-show talk with Mats Ek (BSL-interpreted): Thursday 25 September

 

Margrét Sara Guðjónsdóttir
Variations on Closer                                                            
Thursday 2 & Friday 3 October                                                    
LILIAN BAYLIS STUDIO
Tickets: £17
Performances at 8pm
Ticket Office: 0844 412 4300 or www.sadlerswells.com

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

 

Maija Hirvanen
For those who have time
Friday 10 & Saturday 11 October
LILIAN BAYLIS STUDIO
Tickets: £17
Performances at 8pm
Ticket Office: 0844 412 4300 or www.sadlerswells.com

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

 

zero visibility corp.                                               
…it’s only a rehearsal              
Tuesday 11 & Wednesday 12 November                                                            
LILIAN BAYLIS STUDIO
Tickets: £17
Performances at 8pm
Ticket Office: 0844 412 4300 or www.sadlerswells.com
Free post-show talk with Ina Christel Johannessen: Tuesday 11 November

 

Cullberg Ballet                                                         
Plateau Effect
Thursday 13 & Friday 14 November
SADLER’S WELLS
Tickets: £12 - £27
Performances at 7.30pm
Ticket Office: 0844 412 4300 or www.sadlerswells.com

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

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