"Rarely do we see artists so acutely responsive to each other's physical presence" Financial Times
Sadler's Wells and George Piper Dances
present the Ballet Boyz in
Naked World premiere
Saturday 4 - Saturday 11 June 2005
Performances at 7.30pm, Saturday matinee at 2.30pm
Tickets: £10 - £36
Ticket office 0870 737 7737 or via online www.sadlerswells.com
"In two series of video diaries, they did for the grand jeté what Jamie Oliver did for salsa verde. They de-mystified the workings of classical dance by giving it a human face in need of a shave, and they gave a cheerful two-finger salute to any lingering suspicion about men in tights." Independent On Sunday
2005 marks the 20th anniversary of today's greatest dance friendship, that of Michael Nunn and William Trevitt, aka the Ballet Boyz. Sadler's Wells has commissioned Nunn and Trevitt and their Olivier Award-winning company, George Piper Dances, to make a new work, Naked, which receives its world premiere on Tuesday 7 June. Recently appointed as an Associate Company of Sadler's Wells, Naked sees Nunn and Trevitt embark upon a new phase of choreographic collaboration with the critically acclaimed Russell Maliphant.
Naked explores themes of love, betrayal and revenge in a story of six characters, forever linked by a moment of irresistible desire that leads to fury and retribution. The highly acclaimed Oxana Panchenko and ex-Birmingham Royal Ballet Principal Monica Zamora also star.
William Trevitt and Michael Nunn danced with The Royal Ballet from 1987 to 1999. They have co-filmed and co-directed the Channel 4 documentary-style video diaries, Ballet Boyz (1999), Ballet Boyz II, The Next Step (2001) and the Rough Guide to Choreography (2004). They co-presented the 4Dance season on Channel 4 in Spring 2002 and July 2003. In January 2001 they founded George Piper Dances which was nominated for the 2001 and 2003 South Bank Show Dance Awards. Their most recent commission, Russell Maliphant's, Broken Fall, was awarded the Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Dance Production in 2004.
Russell Maliphant draws his influences from classical ballet, contact improvisation, yoga and capoeira. He studied at The Royal Ballet School from the age of 16 before working with a wide range of companies including Sadler's Wells Royal Ballet, DV8 Physical Theatre and Michael Clark and Company. He began creating and performing in his own works in 1991 and has choreographed more than 20 works to date. His awards include a Time Out Live Award (2002) for 'Outstanding Collaboration', the People's Choice Award from the Festival de Nouvelle Danse in Montreal 2002, and a South Bank Show Award in 2003.
William Trevitt and Michael Nunn give a post performance talk in the auditorium on Thursday 9 June 2005
The world premiere of Naked at Sadler's Wells is supported by The Robert Gavron Charitable Trust
Notes to Editors:
" William Trevitt trained at the Royal Ballet School, later joining The Royal Ballet in 1987. Promoted to Principal in 1994, his repertory included lead roles in Cinderella, La Fille mal gardee, Romeo and Juliet and Agon.
" Michael Nunn trained at the Bush Davies School and the Royal Ballet Upper School, joining the Royal Ballet in 1987. Promoted to First Soloist in 1997, he left the company with Trevitt in 1999. Later that year he and Trevitt became founder members of K Ballet.
" Monica Zamora
Born in Spain, Monica Zamora began her training in Bilbao. At the age of 15 she won the first scholarship at the prestigious Prix de Lausanne and in 1989 entered the Royal Ballet School. In 1991 she began dancing with Birmingham Royal Ballet. She was promoted to Principal in 1997 and while with BRB she toured all over the world and danced in a wide variety of choreographic styles. Zamora joined George Piper Dances for their Sadler's Wells Autumn 2003 season. She performed in Christopher Wheeldon's Mesmerics and Cathy Marston's work, Non Exeunt. She has also performed Steptext, Approximate Sonata I, V and Broken Fall with the Company.
" Oxana Panchenko
Born and trained in Kiev, Oxana Panchenko's professional career started in 1989 working with Kiev Opera House, English National Ballet, Munich Ballet, City Ballet of London, K Ballet, Adventures in Motion Pictures and, from April 2001, George Piper Dances. She has performed lead roles in major classical repertoire and works by Frederick Ashton, John Cranko, George Balanchine, Jiri Kylian, Twyla Tharp, David Bintley, John Neumeier, Michael Rolnick, Christopher Hampson, Matthew Bourne, Adam Cooper, Paul Lightfoot, Matthew Hart, Cathy Marston, Christopher Wheeldon, William Forsythe and Russell Maliphant. In 2002 Panchenko won the Time Out Award for her Outstanding Performance in Steptext, and in 2004 she won the Critics' Circle National Dance Award for Outstanding Female Artist (Classical).