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Press Release: Thomas Ades at Sadler's Wells, 30 October - 1 November

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A Sadler’s Wells Production

Thomas Adès

See the Music, Hear the Dance

Karole Armitage / Wayne McGregor

Crystal Pite / Alexander Whitley

with Britten Sinfonia

World Premiere

Sadler’s Wells

Thursday 30 October - Saturday 1 November 2014

Performances at 7.30pm

Tickets: £12 - £45

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


From Thursday 30 October - Saturday 1 NovemberSadler’s Wells presents the world premiere of the second in its Composer Series, Thomas Adès: See the Music, Hear the Dance.


The production features some of Adès’ most celebrated works set against four contemporary dance pieces from Karole Armitage, Sadler’s Wells Associate Artists Wayne McGregor and Crystal Pite and Sadler’s Wells New Wave Associate Alexander Whitley.See the Music, Hear the Dance sees Adès conduct Britten Sinfonia and perform live on stage in his only London appearance in 2014.


The evening includes two world premieresCrystal Pite brings together six dancers from her company Kidd Pivot with a cast of 54 students from the London Contemporary Dance School and Central School of Ballet, accompanied by a 70-strong orchestra playing Adès’ Polaris. The second world premiere is emerging British artist Alexander Whitley’s The Grit in the Oyster, which sets a trio of dancers against Adès playing his Piano Quintet live.

The programme also includes the European premiere Outlier, choreographed by Associate Artist Wayne McGregor to the violin concerto Concentric PathsPlease note, Outlier will now be performed by dancers from Wayne McGregor | Random Dance.

Completing the evening, Karole Armitage presents her duet Life Story, set to Adès’ song cycle based on words by Tennessee Williams. It is performed by two dancers from her New York-based Armitage Gone! Dance Company and sung by British sopranoClaire Booth with Adès on piano.



Notes to Editors:


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


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



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