Sadler's Wells 2017 season
North London’s top dance house, Sadler’s Wells, has announced a varied and exciting programme for 2017
Among the most exciting “firsts” is English National Ballet’s rendition of Pina Bausch’s earthy and intense The Rite of Spring, choreographed on Stravinsky’s powerful score. This work hasn’t been seen in the UK since 2008, and ENB, under its visionary Artistic Director, Tamara Rojo, become the first ever UK company to perform it (23 March - 1 April).
The profile of the Ukranian dancer Sergei Polunin is made up of equal parts exhilarating talent and annoying unpredictability. Possibly hoping to herald a return to more regular performing, he brings his brand new Project Polunin to Sadler’s Wells (14 - 18 March).
Having hit the headlines most recently with the announcement of his off-stage partnership with the great Natalia Osipova, Polunin subsequently appeared on stage alongside her at Sadler’s Wells last season.
Osipova and Polunin in Arthur Pita's Run Mary Run
Osipova may well be one of the guests of his Project Polunin, though the names of the dancers joining him won’t be announced for a while yet.
A lot more rigorous, cerebral and uncompromisingly contemporary is the work of choreographer Alexander Whitley. He’ll present his first full-length piece, 8 Minutes, on 27 & 28 June.
Culture Whisper is delighted to learn that Scottish Ballet’s extraordinary double bill of works by Crystal Pite and Angelin Prejlocaj, first performed to huge acclaim at the 2016 Edinburgh Festival, is coming to Sadler’s Wells in the new season (dates to be announced).
This programme must absolutely not be missed.
Among other new pieces there will be work by the prolific choreographer Wayne McGregor (4 - 11 March); Sadler’s Wells regular Russell Maliphant (dates to be announced); and the ever-exciting BalletBoyz (dates to be announced).
Old faithfuls returning include Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker’s Rosas (13 & 14 June), Tanztheatre Wuppertal Pina Bausch (9 - 12 February) and, of course! Breakin’ Convention, the world's largest festival of hip hop dance (29 & 30 April).
Among the more experimental artists in the programme are James Thierrée, with his unique mixture of acrobatics, surreal humour and mechanical marvels; and the cutting edge French dancer and choreographer Boris Charmatz.
Carlos Acosta’s new project, Acosta Danza, will make its UK debut at Sadler’s Wells in September 2017.
The full programme will be announced to the general public soon.
Booking opens at 10am on 7th November.