On a stage covered in soil, 13 male and 13 female artists dance the selection and sacrifice of a terrified victim as a rite to mark the arrival of Spring. Bausch’s masterpiece is as gut-wrenching and galvanising as Stravinsky’s score, which will be played live by English National Ballet Philharmonic.
This exciting mixed programme also includes In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated by William Forsythe and Hans van Manen’s Adagio Hammerklavier.
William Forsythe changed ballet forever with In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated, allowing his dancers to take exciting risks and explore the outer limits of their technique. Set against a bare stage, this deconstruction of classical ballet stars a bravura principal female role alongside a further eight dancers. The piece has been in ENB's repertoire for a while and the company clearly relish its challenges.
Three couples slowly walk to the opening notes of Beethoven’s pensive piano Sonata No 29, Op 106 in Hans van Manen’s austere Adagio Hammerklavier.
This lyrical work by one of the great living choreographers investigates just how slow a movement can be. Indeed, van Manen himself calls the ballet ‘an ode to deceleration’.
Expect to be impressed by its refined, ‘less is more’ quality.
|ENB Rite of Spring Triple Bill, Sadler's Wells
|Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, London, EC1R 4TN | MAP
23 Mar 17 – 01 Apr 17, 19:30 matinee Sun 16:00 End Time TBC
|Click to book via the ENB website