For release: 24 June 2003 The 2003-4 season at Sadler's Wells
The season in summary
For 2003-4, Sadler's Wells enters a dynamic new phase in its artistic programme. Under the direction of Jean-Luc Choplin, the theatre confirms and reinforces its reputation for strong, contemporary dance programming with flair, sophistication and diversity. In recent years, the strength of the programme has been its range; from classical ballet and opera to cutting edge performance art, from flamenco to Butoh. This season sees that range expand and deepen with a series of high-profile co-productions and collaborations, marking the beginning of a transition from receiving house to producing house.
Sadler's Wells also re-embraces its roots as a lyric theatre for opera and music theatre with fresh vigour, in two special music projects in the autumn. Robert Wilson's stunning new collaboration with Bernice Johnson Reagon, The Temptation of Saint Anthony opens the season in September. A high-profile new project with the Châtelet in Paris, brings Jessye Norman to Sadler's Wells in October with two emotionally intense and dramatic one-woman operas, Schoenburg's Erwartung and Poulenc's La Voix Humaine.
The most lavish and spectacular production of the autumn is a large-scale new dance version by the National Ballet of China, of the 1991 award-winning film, Raise the Red Lantern, in November. Directed by Zhang Yimou with a cast and orchestra of 170, the ballet tells a tragic story of love, bitterness and jealousy.
Dance is constantly evolving - on the dance floor, in the studio, on the street. In a first for Sadler's Wells, a week-long hip-hop festival in May brings together an international mini-season, with the cream of hip hop talent and performers, under the artistic direction of Jonzi D. Rennie Harris PureMovement presents Facing Mekka, as part of the festival.
Jean-Luc Choplin, Chief Executive says:
'For this first season, I wanted to place the artist and the creative process centre stage in our work. We have outstanding talent in this programme, and our relationship with performers and creators is the essential ingredient, the special fizz, which brings a fresh spirit to everything we do here. I want us to work with artists to create and present the very best of dance and music theatre so that we can take Sadler's Wells to new artistic heights and engage new audiences in this adventure.'
Throughout the season there's an outstanding line-up of contemporary dance. This autumn, Dance Umbrella celebrates 25 years of acclaimed dance programming and tireless commitment to contemporary dance with a special gala in September.
There is a strong profile for American companies in the autumn, with a welcome return by Dance Theatre of Harlem after its hugely successful 2002 season at Sadler's Wells, and a special programme by the Bill T Jones/Arnie Zane Company, celebrating 20 years of innovation in dance. Trisha Brown appears for the first time at the new theatre, as part of Dance Umbrella, and the Martha Graham Dance Company will be warmly welcomed, now free to perform her work after a lengthy legal battle.
From Europe, a highlight of the season will be the last performances by Ballett Frankfurt under William Forsythe, marking the end of an era. There is an intimate new work by Rosas and two pieces which feature collaborations with rock musicians. Wim Vandekeybus introduces a wild rock score and live band in his new work, Blush, in February. Angelin Prejlocaj sets his new work, Near Life Experience, to the soundtrack by French ambient rock group, Air.
UK talent also has a high profile in the season, with new works by Michael Clark opening Dance Umbrella in October, and a premiere by 'Ballet Boyz', George Piper Dances, and a programme by Rambert under new Artistic Director, Mark Baldwin. Richard Alston brings two London premieres in February. Phoenix Dance, with new artistic direction by Darshan Singh Bhuller presents work by four international choreographers, and Northern Ballet Theatre borrows from theatre and film noir in its stylish new Midsummer Night's Dream.
International work which draws strongly on its cultural roots is well represented through the season. Saburo Teshigawara presents Luminous, a highlight from last year's Edinburgh International Festival. A festival of flamenco, fresh from New York, introduces a talented new generation of dancers in a two-week festival, set to banish February gloom. At the Peacock Theatre, the extraordinary Shaolin Monks are back with a dazzling production which shows off their legendary performance and martial arts skills in September. The Royal New Zealand Ballet brings four new works in April, including pieces by Mark Baldwin, Javier De Frutos and Christopher Hampson. Nina Ananiashivili and the Moscow Dance Theatre present two new programmes which offer classical ballet seasoned with new works in the spring.
Matthew Bourne returns with his hugely successful Swan Lake in July, ten years and dozens of awards after its first captivating performances at Sadler's Wells. At the Peacock, the atmospheric and much-loved production of The Snowman returns for Christmas 2003. Another family programme at Sadler's Wells in February introduces the Dutch company Introdans, with a quirky new programme on the theme of Beasts.
Opera has always had an important place in the Sadler's Wells programme and this season, Welsh National Opera present three programmes under new Artistic Director, Tugan Sokhiev in March. Opera North introduce a new concept in performance with eight intriguing one-act operas in June - a perfect taster menu for a fresh opera experience.
The season in detail
Robert Wilson and Bernice Johnson Reagon
The Temptation of St Anthony
11 - 15 September at 7.30pm
Tickets £13 - £40
Robert Wilson has been a major figure in experimental theatre for four decades. In a new co-production with Sadler's Wells to launch the 2003 season, Wilson presents his latest work, The Temptation of St Anthony, now touring internationally. Based on Gustave Flaubert's 1874 novel, The Temptation of St Anthony is a contemporary-music influenced meditation on religion.
Wilson has worked with legendary singer, composer, scholar and historian Bernice Johnson Reagon, leader of the a cappella African-American quintet, Sweet Honey in the Rock, who has written the music and lyrics for the piece.
Wilson is a multi-award-winning polymath, best known for his stage works such as Einstein On The Beach and Hamletmachine. His distinctive style crosses art-forms and during his prolific career, he has collaborated with Philip Glass, Merce Cunningham, Jessye Norman and Tom Waits. He is also an acclaimed visual artist.
George Piper Dances
23 - 27 September at 7.30pm and Saturday family matinee at 2.30pm
Tickets £8 - £40
In the 2001 television series 'Ballet Boyz', Michael Nunn and William Trevitt of George Piper Dances introduced millions of viewers to the intriguing world of classical ballet. This mixed programme in September features the world premiere of Christopher Wheeldon's Mesmerics, set to music by Philip Glass. Also included is Russell Maliphant's muscular male duet Critical Mass, last seen in London during George Piper Dances' inaugural Autumn 2001 season and widely considered to be its signature piece.
Dance Umbrella Festival
28 September - 25 October
Dance Umbrella Gala
Sunday 28 September at 7pm
Michael Clark presents New Work
1 - 4 October at 8pm and Saturday 4 October at 4pm and 9pm
Tickets £5 - £37
Michael Clark opens Dance Umbrella's 25th anniversary season. In a premiere of first class dance invention, Clark uses music ranging from the masterful austerity of Erik Satie to the rhythmic complexity of the 70s Krautrock group CAN, and works with his largest group of dancers to date.
6 - 8 October at 7.30pm
Mixed Programme: Set and Reset, Geometry of Quiet, Groove and Countermove
Tickets £5 - £27
Trisha Brown is a maverick spirit and a long-time collaborator with visual artists. In recent years she has emerged as an uncontested leader of new modern dance. Presented in association with Dance Umbrella, the company brings three contrasting pieces to Sadler's Wells in October.
Set and Reset won Trisha Brown international recognition when it first came to London in 1983. A rigorously structured romp, the exploration of visibility and invisibility is reflected in the translucent costumes and sets by pop artist Robert Rauschenberg. The commissioned score is by Laurie Anderson.
Geometry of Quiet integrates Salvatore Sciarrino's delicate, breathy flute score, with intimate choreography. Filled with moments of stillness and sustained physical shapes, two giant silk curtains embrace the dancers, in Brown's first set design, to create an eerie beauty.
The colourful, jazz-infused Groove and Countermove creates a world of intricate counterpoint and contrast. Working with two recent collaborators, visual artist Terry Winters and composer Dave Douglas, the dancers create an intriguing environment which is at once easy-going and vitally expressive.
Saburo Teshigawara's KARAS presents Luminous
11 and 12 October at 7.30pm
Tickets £5 - £27
Saburo Teshigawara - choreographer, dancer and visual artist - is at the forefront of Japanese innovation in dance. For his long-awaited return to Sadler's Wells, he brings the inspirational Luminous, a hit of the 2002 Edinburgh International Festival.
Luminous explores how the human body perceives and adapts to its visual and acoustic environment. Luminescent walls and dancers' costumes create a poetic and fantastic world of light, shade, shadows and scattered reflections. Sound and light reverberate, interacting with Teshigawara's delicate textural dance.
Teshigawara performs with six dancers from his company KARAS, joined by actor Evroy Deer and Stuart Jackson, a blind dancer from London who participated in Teshigawara's education project S.T.E.P. 2000. In a triumph of placement and speed, Jackson and Teshigawara perform a duo in which Jackson shows a remarkable freedom to move without guidance.
Rosas presents Small Hands (out of the lie of no)
15 - 17 October at 8pm
Tickets £20 (limited availability)
Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker is one of the most important choreographic talents to emerge in Europe in the last two decades. Last October she made her successful debut at Sadler's Wells with Rain. Now she returns with a new piece, Small Hands, in which she dances with Cynthia Loemij. Deliberately working on a small scale, she moves away from her previous work to create an intimate and introspective dance. The stage is shared by the audience whose proximity allows them to feel and sense the dancers pass in a unique and intense experience, removing the traditional barriers between stage and auditorium.
Ballett Frankfurt presents Kammer/Kammer
22 - 25 October at 7.30pm and Saturday matinee at 2.30pm
Tickets £10 - £45
World-renowned Ballett Frankfurt returns to Sadler's Wells for its final visit under acclaimed Artistic Director William Forsythe. The Company performs his full-length masterpiece Kammer/Kammer, made in 2000. This hybrid dance, theatre and film performance reflects Forsythe's commitment to breaching the boundaries of conventional forms and interweaves two stories depicting the pain of love.
A young man bemoans the frustrations of his relationship with his rock star lover while a university professor tortures herself with fantasies about a female student. Kammer/Kammer is an adaptation of the novel Outline of My Lover by Douglas A. Martin, and award-winning poet and scholar Anne Carson's Irony is Not Enough: Essay on my life as Catherine Deneuve.
Technologically spectacular, Kammer/Kammer deploys elaborately choreographed live filming. Video sequences are dispersed throughout the space on wide-screen monitors. Fast classical dance sequences are fused with highly co-ordinated leaping and tumbling. The work is set to a score ranging from Bach to minimalist composer and long time collaborator Thom Willems. Through multiplied, dislocated space, dancing bodies confront one another as Forsythe again combines choreographic invention with a distinct theatrical vision.
Jessye Norman presents Erwartung/La Voix Humaine
31 October, 4 and 8 November at 7.30pm
Tickets £13 - £80
Jessye Norman brings her sumptuous sound, joy of singing and spontaneous passion to Sadler's Wells in October in an exciting new co-promotion with the Châtelet in Paris. Her programme features two one-person operas; Schoenberg's Erwartung and Poulenc's La Voix Humaine.
Erwartung ('Expectation') is an expressionist masterpiece. In a moonlit forest of the mind a distraught woman searches for her lover, torn between the fear of his betrayal and his death. In La Voix Humaine ('The Human Voice') fear of betrayal vies with ecstatic desire, as a woman speaks on the telephone for the last time with her lover. The two compositions explore emotional and psychological extremes, and allow Jessye Norman to display the full range of her exceptional voice. Erwartung/La Voix Humaine are directed by André Heller and music is performed by London Sinfonietta.
Jessye Norman is renowned for her thoughtful music-making, innovative programming of the classics, and her fervent advocacy of contemporary music.
Sadler's Wells and Asia House present
National Ballet of China's Raise the Red Lantern
11 - 15 November at 7.30pm and Saturday matinee at 2.30pm
Tickets £10 - £40
The National Ballet of China and internationally celebrated director Zhang Yimou bring his cinematic vision, Raise the Red Lantern, to the stage.
Zhang Yimou's 1991 film adaptation of Su Tong's novel won a British Academy Award for Best Foreign Film. Renowned for his sumptuous movies, Zhang Yimou has joined forces with the National Ballet of China's director Zhao Ruheng, to bring Raise the Red Lantern to the stage. The dramatic atmosphere is enhanced by an orchestra of 70, conducted by Liu Ju, using both Western and traditional Chinese instruments.
Raise the Red Lantern is the haunting tale of a concubine, sold by her mother into a stifling world of jealousy and resentment. Her love for an opera actor and the jealousy of a rival concubine lead to tragic consequences as the women compete for the raised red lantern which signals they are favoured by their master.
The National Ballet of China is committed to incorporating the rich heritage of Chinese classical and folk dance into ballet. In this production they have collaborated with French set and costume designer Jérôme Kaplan, German-based choreographer Wang Xinpeng and composer Chen Qigang, currently Artistic Consultant of Cite de la Musique, Paris.
Martha Graham Dance Company
18 - 22 November at 7.30pm and Saturday matinee at 2.30pm
Two Mixed Programmes
Tickets £10 - £40
A central figure of the modern dance movement until her death in 1991, Martha Graham was not only a choreographer but a dramatist. She became the source of inspiration for many artists' contemporary dance forms.
The Martha Graham Dance Company reveals the staggering scope and beauty of Graham's work. The Company brings a repertory that spans eight decades: from the powerful all-women Chronicle and Heretic, the early 20s and 30s solos Satyric Festival Song, Lamentation, and Deep Song, to her last work, Maple Leaf Rag, an exuberant romp to Scott Joplin's quintessentially American music.
The Company also presents the classic works, Appalachian Spring, Night Journey, Errand into the Maze, and Diversion of Angels; collaborations between Martha Graham and artists of sculpture, music and light. They feature the innovative and beautiful set designs of sculptor Isamu Noguchi and original scores by American composers Aaron Copland, Norman Dello Joio, and Gian-Carlo Menotti, performed by the Birmingham Royal Ballet Sinfonia.
25 - 29 November at 7.30pm and Saturday family matinee at 2.30pm
Tickets £8 - £36
Mark Baldwin's first Sadler's Wells season as Rambert's Artistic Director is highlighted by a dynamic triple-bill, which includes two London premieres. Karole Armitage's first creation for Rambert is Living Toys which explores the precarious and surreal state where dreams and consciousness merge. Inspired by Thomas Adès' dark and sinister score of the same title, this large-scale work uses all of Rambert's 22 dancers.
Elsa Canasta, by Venezuelan choreographer Javier De Frutos, is performed to music and songs by Cole Porter including a recently rediscovered ballet score that Porter wrote in 1923. Completing the programme is Wayne McGregor's award-winning PreSentient performed to Steve Reich's Triple Quartet. Music is performed live by Rambert's Associate Orchestra, London Musici, under the direction of Paul Hoskins.
Flamenco Festival London
5 - 17 February
Sadler's Wells hosts a new Flamenco Festival showcasing some of the best contemporary artists from Spain:
Gala of Andalucia
5 February at 7.30pm
Tickets prices to be confirmed
The Flamenco Festival opens with a gala featuring musicians and dancers from Andalucia, representing the dazzling spectrum of flamenco in a colourful, extravagant show.
9 February at 7.30pm
Tickets £10 - £30
Flamenco singer, José Mercé spikes traditional song forms with his own international slant, with hints of rumba, fandango and Cuba.
10 - 14 February at 7.30pm and Saturday matinee at 2.30pm
Tickets £10 - £40
One of the leading innovators in modern Flamenco, Pagés infuses her creations with modern dance techniques, jazz and classical music. The show features María Pagés and her company of nine dancers.
15 - 17 February at 7.30pm (Sunday at 5pm and 8pm)
Tickets £10 - £38
Farruquito brings his elegant technique and flamboyant footwork to dances ranging from fandango to bulería through to the seguiriya, guajira and tangos.
Wim Vandekeybus and Ultima Vez present Blush
7 and 8 February at 8pm
Tickets £10 - £27
Directed by Wim Vandekeybus, Blush is confrontational and intensely physical. Central to the piece is the instinctive body: the restless, unpredictable, powerful yet fragile body, the body of reflexes.
Wild rock music by David Eugene Edwards and words from Peter Verhelst, form the background to an avalanche of images. A woman makes love to a man as he snores. An immense wall of bags is constructed, then brutally crushes two dancers. Diving from the stage into the screen, dancers seamlessly reappear on film, transformed into water-nymphs in an underwater netherworld.
Vandekeybus' work seems to push dancers and technology beyond their limits, in a total osmosis of live action, film and sound. Blush seethes with energy, danger, emotion and sensuality.
Introdans Ensemble for Youth presents Beasts
21 February at 2.30pm and 6pm and 22 February at 5pm
Tickets £10 - £20
The Dutch company Introdans Ensemble for Youth presents Beasts - five quirky pieces by Nacho Duato, Ton Wiggers, David Parsons, Patrick Delcroix and Robert Battle for children aged six and above. Dancers are transformed into riotous roosters, conniving cuckoos and tender doves, with the help of tailcoats and tattered tutus.
Richard Alston Dance Company
25 - 28 February at 7.30pm
Tickets £9 - £27
Returning to Sadler's Wells after its debut season in 2002, Richard Alston and his company present a brand new programme which includes two London premieres.
Overdrive is pulsating choreography, inspired by the resonating push of Terry Riley's Keyboard Studies. As the music creates ever more complicated layers of urgent rhythm, Overdrive sets the whole company in frenetic motion.
Hora Lunga, more intimate and astringent, matches the spirit of György Ligeti's powerful sonata for solo viola. Brisk Singing is the revival of a work not seen in London since 1998, performed to the baroque music of Jean-Philippe Rameau.
Nina Ananiashvili and the Moscow Dance Theatre
Programme 1: 2 - 4 March at 7.30pm
Programme 2: 5 and 6 March at 7.30pm and Saturday matinee at 2.30pm
Tickets £10 - £45
Nina Ananiashvili trained at the Bolshoi and her dancing combines classical purity with superb musicality. With other acclaimed dancers from the Bolshoi, she brings two new programmes to Sadler's Wells in March.
The first programme features Green, a one-act neo-classical ballet created for Ananiashvili by Australian choreographer Stanton Welsh and inspired by Antonio Vivaldi's violin concertos.
Second Before the Ground, choreographed by Trey McIntire, explores human emotions and is based on the belief of some African tribes that one second before death a man remembers all the happiest and most important moments of his life.
Leah, is created by Russian choreographer Alexei Ratmansky to Leonard Bernstein's Dibbuk. Based on the story of the same title, Leah is a traditional tale, full of magic, love and tragedy.
The second programme features Charms of Mannerism, created by Russian choreographer Alexei Ratmansky and using the harpsichord pieces of 17th century French court composer François Couperin. Four dancers are transformed from mannequins into performers in a spectacular display of neo-classical steps. Three Preludes is one of the most famous classical ballets of Ben Stevenson and is set to music by Sergei Rachmaninov. Dreams about Japan, conceived by Ananiashvili, combines the traditional forms of Kabuki Theatre with a musical score by the Japanese Taiko drumming group Kodo.
Welsh National Opera
Eugene Onegin 9 and 13 March at 7.30pm
Madam Butterfly 10 and 12 March at 7.30pm
Hansel and Gretel 11 March at 7.30pm
Tickets £10 - £63
WNO's dynamic young Russian Music Director, Tugan Sokhiev, presents his first new production for the company, Eugene Onegin. Based on Pushkin's classic poem with Tchaikovsky's score, the piece is full of passion, power, drama and excitement. Eugene Onegin is sung in Russian with surtitles.
WNO perform two of their most highly acclaimed and loved revivals; the Olivier award-winning Hansel and Gretel sung in English and Puccini's Madam Butterfly sung in Italian.
Northern Ballet Theatre presents A Midsummer Night's Dream
17 - 27 March (except 21 and 22 March) at 7.30pm
Wednesday 24 March matinee at 2.30pm and Saturday 20
27 March matinee at 2.30pm
Tickets £10 - £40
Northern Ballet Theatre presents a stylish new dance adaptation of A Midsummer Night's Dream, Shakespeare's much-loved tale of quarrelling lovers and feuding fairies - with a twist.
The romantic entanglements of a touring dance company are played out one Midsummer night as the company travels by sleeper train from London to Edinburgh. As night falls and the train enters a tunnel on its long journey northwards, tensions reach a climax, and the company find themselves in a strange, nocturnal realm where they must resolve their disputes, helped - or stage managed - by a very mischievous Puck.
Sets and costumes capture the mood of the late 1940s. Designer Duncan Hayler has created ingenious sets which contrast stylish monochromatic black and white with a dazzling technicolor dreamscape, to dramatic effect. David Nixon's glamorous costumes are inspired by Dior's post-war New Look. Artistic Director David Nixon has received great critical acclaim for his recent ballet productions of Madame Butterfly and Wuthering Heights, and now directs and choreographs this new three-act ballet.
Dance Theatre of Harlem
29 March - 10 April (except 4 April) at 7.30pm
Saturday 3 and 10 April matinees at 2.30pm
Dates of 3 programmes to be confirmed
Tickets £10 - £40
The Dance Theatre of Harlem enjoyed a hugely successful Sadler's Wells season in 2002 and is welcomed back in the spring with three diverse programmes featuring both classic favourites and recent works from the repertoire.
The first programme celebrates the choreography of George Balanchine with a triple bill: Agon set to music by Igor Stravinsky, The Prodigal Son - one of Balanchine's most celebrated ballets with its powerful Prokofiev score, and Apollo - an allegory unfolding through classical dance and its inversion.
The second programme contains Balanchine's Serenade, set to a score by Tchaikovsky, revealing the drama and ethereal beauty inherent in the music and A Song for Dead Warriors, a highly theatrical dance docu-drama telling the chilling story of a Native American's struggle against oppressive forces, choreographed by Michael Smuin.
The third programme features Geoffrey Holder's Dougla, the ever-popular Return, choreographed by Robert Garland to the music of James Brown and Aretha Franklin.
Royal New Zealand Ballet
Triple Bill 27 and 28 April
Romeo and Juliet 29 April - 1 May and 1 May matinee at 2.30pm
Tickets £10 - £40
The Royal New Zealand Ballet has earned a reputation for its versatility and spirited individuality. With a strong classical base and talent for contemporary innovation, the 50-year-old company makes its debut at Sadler's Wells in April with four new works.
Choreographer Christopher Hampson brings a fresh look and perspective to Romeo and Juliet. Set to a live version of Prokofiev's score, the production resonates with passion and dramatic intensity. From ballroom to balcony, the inventive choreography and elegant design is set off by bold brushstrokes of the richest and bloodiest red.
The contemporary triple bill features works from three of the UK's most exciting choreographers - Christopher Hampson's Saltarello; Javier De Frutos' Milagros, set to a pianola score of Stravinsky's Rite of Spring; and Mark Baldwin's FrENZy, a quirky homage to the music of 1980s Kiwi pop icons Split Enz.
Phoenix Dance Theatre
7 - 8 May at 7.30pm and Sunday 9 May at 5pm
£9 - £22
Following its relaunch under Artistic Director Darshan Singh Bhuller, Phoenix Dance Theatre return to Sadler's Wells with a dramatic mixed bill of new work from four international choreographers.
Rui Horta and Henri Oguike have created pieces for the company which juxtapose soloists and group work. Jerwood Prize winner, Maresa Von Stockert has drawn inspiration from daydreams and nightmares to make a surreal piece rich with dark humour. The programme is completed by a sinuous duet by Darshan Singh Bhuller. Inspired by mankind's reliance on the earth's resources, Source is suffused with emotion that seems to bubble just beneath the surface.
Hip Hop Festival
10 - 16 May
Under the artistic direction of London-based hip hop artist Jonzi D, Sadler's Wells presents a mini-season of hip-hop artists and companies from around the world. Highlights include the European premier of Facing Mekka, the new show by Rennie Harris PureMovement - creators of Rome and Jewels and Students of the Asphalt Jungle and new commissions from UK-based artists. Virtuoso displays, hip hop contests and workshops take place at the weekend.
Ballet Prejlocaj presents Near Life Experience
20 - 22 May at 7.30pm
Tickets £10 - £30
Ground-breaking French choreographer Angelin Prejlocaj returns to Sadler's Wells with Near Life Experience, an exploration of different physical states linked to transcendental experiences. Prejlocaj examines the moments that surface at the borders of consciousness, when swooning, when entranced, at the moment of ecstasy or orgasm.
The piece is set to a soundtrack performed by French ambient rock group Air, whose hits include Sexy Boy and the acclaimed soundtrack for Sofia Coppola's dazzling directorial debut The Virgin Suicides. Fashion costumes are by Gilles Rosier.
25 - 29 May at 7.30pm and Saturday family matinee at 2.30pm
Tickets £10 - £36
Rambert return to Sadler's Wells with a mixed bill. The programme will be announced in January.
Random Dance presents AtaXia
3 - 5 June at 7.30pm
Tickets £10 - £27
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Directed by choreographer Wayne McGregor, AtaXia follows Random Dance's large-scale work Nemesis and McGregor's recently-lauded commissions for Rambert, English National Ballet and The Royal Ballet.
AtaXia draws on McGregor's sense of vivid change to generate a fresh and radical look at human physicality. AtaXia is a medical condition which interferes with the body's ability to co-ordinate muscular movement, and explores dislocation and loss of control. Drawing from a new team of associates from the diverse worlds of neuroscience, composition, psychology, virtual design, spatial architecture and computer programming, AtaXia presents a creative friction which confounds expectation. The piece throws new light onto the investigation of the human body, its impulses, mechanisms and capabilities, using the complex technology that has become the company's hallmark.
Random Dance is the Resident Company of Sadler's Wells.
Bill T Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company present
The Phantom Project 20th Anniversary Season
15 - 19 June at 7.30pm
Tickets £10 - £40
Bill T Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company has created a show which revives some of the Company's best works, mixed with a selection of new pieces created by Bill T Jones.
The Phantom Project represents the Company's creative output over 20 years and marks the lasting reputation it has earned in the dance community. Founded as a multicultural dance company in 1982, Bill T Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company's work is a fusion of dance and theatre, with a repertoire highly diverse in subject matter and visual imagery. With a strong physical presence, the company specialises in highly energetic and compelling pieces.
Opera North presents Eight One Act Operas
22, 23 and 25 June at 7.30pm and 9pm
24 June at 7.30pm and 9.15pm and 26 June at 2.30pm, 4pm, 7.30pm and 9.15pm
Tickets (each opera priced differently) £3 - £25
Opera North presents an innovative week of short operas as part of its 25th anniversary season: The Dwarf by Alexander von Zemlinsky, La vida breve by Manuel de Falla,
Love's Luggage Lost by Gioachino Rossini, Il tabarro by Giacomo Puccini, Francesca da Rimini by Sergei Rachmaninov, Pagliacci by Ruggero Leoncavallo, Djamileh by Georges Bizet and The Seven Deadly Sins by Kurt Weill.
Matthew Bourne presents Swan Lake
13 July - 4 September at 7.30pm, Saturday matinees at 2.30pm and Sundays at 5pm (no Monday performances)
Tickets £8 - £45
Ten years ago Sadler's Wells opened its doors to a ballet phenomenon when Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake held its world premiere at the theatre. The fresh, radical take on this ballet classic went on to become the longest-running ballet in the West End and on Broadway and has toured worldwide, collecting over 30 international theatre awards including three Tonys.
The 2003-4 Season at the Peacock Theatre Shaolin Monks - Wheel of Life
8 September - 4 October at 7.30pm (except Sundays and Mondays)
and Saturdays and Sundays matinee at 3pm
Tickets £12.50 - £32
Shaolin are the ultimate masters of kung fu; Buddhist soldier monks who have refined defensive martial arts over a period of fifteen centuries to a rare and spectacular point of perfection. Wheel of Life combines the rich vocabulary of Chinese theatre, the traditional iconography of oriental Buddhism and the technical sophistication of the contemporary rock arena.
Wheel of Life showcases the near-miraculous feats of physical endurance which are the outward expressions of an inner peace, harmony and iron will. It tells the inspiring story of how the monks' loyalty to the Emperor was betrayed, how they were almost destroyed, and how five young monks survived to continue the Wheel of Life. Tango Pasión
10 - 18 October (no performance Monday 13 October)
10, 14, 15, 16 October at 8pm
Saturday 11 and 18 October at 5pm and 8pm
Sunday 12 October at 4pm and 7.30pm, Wednesday 15 matinee 3pm
Friday 17 at 6pm and 9pm
Tickets £11 - £32.50
Tango Pasión has been making temperatures soar in theatres around Europe and the USA for the last five years. Now the 30 virtuoso performers, dancers, musicians and singers of Tango Pasión return to the Peacock after their successful run in May 2003.
Director Mel Howard and choreographer Hector Zaraspe have taken the soul of the Buenos Aires brothels, carried it through the dance halls of the twenties and reincarnated it in a spectacular celebration of the irresistible fascination of the tango. Rennie Harris PureMovement presents Students of the Asphalt Jungle
21 - 25 October at 7.30pm and Saturday matinee at 3pm
Tickets £10 - £25
Rennie Harris PureMovement celebrates ten years of ground-breaking performances, presenting classic and new works from the company's repertoire. These include the haunting solo Endangered Species, Students of the Asphalt Jungle, March of the Antmen, and the uplifting barn-stormer P-Funk, along with brand new creations. The Snowman
10 December - 11 January
Tickets £12.50 - £30
Returning to the West End for a sixth spectacular year, The Snowman's unbeatable blend of music and dance provides a glorious evening of magical entertainment.
Raymond Briggs' The Snowman first appeared as a beautifully-illustrated picture book in 1978. It has since inspired the classic animated film and a video of this current show. The Snowman, originally produced by Birmingham Repertory Theatre is directed by award-winning Artistic Director Bill Alexander. Ticket office: 020 7863 8000
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