Bringing together world-class choreographers Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Yabin Wang and Aszure Barton for She Said was Rojo’s highly-publicised approach to weighing in on the ongoing, albeit intermittent, debate about the shortage of women making dance.
Admittedly, the individual works within She Said received mixed reviews. Nonetheless, the underlying message – that women have a voice, a vision and an essential role to play in shaping the dance that we watch – is indisputable.
Rojo is now building on her initial all-female offering with a follow-up, She Persisted.
This triple bill will see the revival of Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s colourful ballet, Broken Wings, as well as Pina Bausch’s unforgettable interpretation of Stravinsky's Le Sacre du Printemps. It also features the first main-stage commission from English National Ballet dancer Stina Quagebeur.
Broken Wings is inspired by the Mexican painter Frida Kahlo. Ochoa’s vibrant 50-minute piece of dance theatre is based on Kahlo’s life and work, vividly showing how her experiences informed her art.
Le Sacre du Printemps (The Rite of Spring) was first danced by English National Ballet during sold-out performances in 2017. Bausch’s ground-breaking work had not been seen in the UK since 2008 – and it had never been danced by a British company.
Pina Bausch, Le Sacre to Printemps
This landmark production places a tribe of 13 male and 13 female dancers on a stage covered in soil. Every movement echoes the unnerving sense of dread in Stravinsky’s gut-wrenching score as they dance the selection and sacrifice of a terrified victim.
English National Ballet First Artist Stina Quagebeur has been inspired by the protagonist of Henrik Ibsen’s play A Doll’s House in her new work, Nora. As one of the most complex characters of 19th-century drama, Nora Helmer evolves from a passive, doll-like wife into a capable woman on the path to independence.
Three ballets created by women, showcasing contemporary choreography and the theme of female empowerment, She Persisted undeniably builds on a conversation worth continuing.
|What||English National Ballet, She Persisted, Sadler's Wells Preview|
|Where||Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, London, EC1R 4TN | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Angel (underground)|
04 Apr 19 – 13 Apr 19, 19:30 Dur TBC two intervals
|Website||Click here to book via Sadler's Wells website|