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Lucy and Raedie are Mother and Son. They both REALLY love the singer Sia. They love her music, her videos and especially her hair. They love the way it moves in a choppy, black-on-platinum swivel. They decided to use the iconic motifs of this Australian pop superstar to make their own performance. Somehow Sia became the catalyst in examining this relationship between a 14-year-old son and his 37-year-old mother, between a legally identified adult and child, Woman and Boy, and two artists creating and sharing something. This high-energy performance exposes the inherent narcissism that is at the centre of motherhood and how this becomes a burden to the child embarking on adulthood. It shares something of Lucy and Raedie, past and present. It discovers their new dynamic. So hold on for dear life through this all singing, all dancing journey of rejection and nurture, disappointment and interdependency, of transforming, growing, hurting and becoming...
Arshad Khan envelops the audience through afternoon ragas, with the esraj, an earthy and soul stirring string instrument. Table master, Shabaz Hussain, accompanies.
Celebrated director and choreographer Arthur Pita returns to the Lilian Baylis Studio this Christmas with his magical dance theatre show. Based on Hans Christian Andersen's classic story, this tale of a young street girl's hopes and dreams is told through dance, song and original music performed live. Our unlikely heroine is an impoverished girl, who wanders the ever-darkening streets with just one final match to keep her warm on a cold Christmas Eve. The Little Match Girl is a timeless fable about kindness and helping others, which will enthral young children and the whole family alike.
A fascinating expose on the life of a star dancer. Long-standing soloist of the iconic Pina Bausch Tanztheater Wuppertal, Morganti, performs an irresistible self-portrait in two voices: her inner self (Cristiana) and her alterego (Jessica). With irresistible charm, talent, comic flair and a pair of oversize red stilettos, she offers a tantalising glimpse into her relationship with dance. Stay after the show for a discussion with Morganti.
EDge is the Postgraduate Performance Company of London Contemporary Dance School. The company is made up of dancers on the cusp of their professional careers.
Immerse yourself and your pupils in the energy and skill of 14 exceptional dancers as they perform unusual work by a collection of new and award-winning choreographers. Featuring a selection of dance from three freshly created works by Tony Adigun, Patricia Okenwa, Karen and Allen Kaeja and Strange Blooms, a restaging of the Shobana Jeyasingh creation that explores the anatomy of plant cells under a microscope. Prepare for your pupils to question their expectations and discover their love of dance. This matinee provides an opportunity to experience live dance in a theatre with a supporting introduction by dance education specialist, Peter Laycock. This inspiring experience is a must for any Key Stage 2+ groups wishing to see accessible contemporary dance in a relaxed environment.
EDge is the Postgraduate Performance Company of London Contemporary Dance School. The company is made up of dancers on the cusp of their professional careers.
Three freshly created works by Tony Adigun, Patricia Okenwa, Karen and Allen Kaeja appear alongside Strange Blooms, a restaging of the Shobana Jeyasingh creation that explores the anatomy of plant cells under a microscope.
Pandit Ram Kumar Mallick and Samit Kumar unfold their morning ragas, accompanied by Surdarshan Chana on the jori, a powerful percussion instrument from Punjab.
Godmother, Birth mother, Working mother, Earth mother, Mother-tongue, Motherland, MothercareTM, MILF. Frauke Requardt (a mother) dunks you in the mess. Mothers is a dance across sticky surfaces with slippery bodies. Time is interrupted (MUMMY!) time drags on (AGAIN! AGAIN!) . This is relentless, this is ferocious, this is euphoric. This is tiny and tender. Frauke has been making odd, dark and chaotic work for over ten years. In this new performance she is joined by Neil Callaghan and Jake Ingram-Dodd for the mother lode of the mother of all Mothers for everyone... and their mother.
S/He - a dance performance. A duet between a man and woman. It is a reflection on the questions 'do men need feminism?' and 'does feminism need men?' Influenced by real stories, science fiction and menstruation, S/HE uses movement and text to question gender constructs in western society. Rather than providing answers S/HE wants to give audiences space to imagine new possibilities for coexisting. Toys - a wild pursuit of pleasure to trick the passing of time, it is the disguise of human tragedy as a constant celebration, the morning after the hangover, the oblivion.
Multi-award winning show May-We-Go-Round? is a collision of fiercely energetic dance and comedic? theatre. Cristina and Chess jangle through the merry-go-round of romance, taking audiences along for the bitter-sweet ride. Accompanied by a charming soundtrack, they open a window into their romantic encounters, exploring the clich?s that are all so familiar. Honest, provocative and laugh-out-loud funny, it celebrates love and lust in all their enjoyable and confusing forms. But ultimately, it's a show about friendship, the bond between these two women generating an enthralling, endearing portrait for audiences to relish. They are enthralled and compelled by their romantic encounters, yet at times flummoxed and irritated by the whole process.
A rare chance to see two internationally acclaimed dance artists. Kathak dancer Aditi Mangaldas, and bharatanatyam soloist Mavin Khoo who performs with vocalist OS Arun, plus one of India's most distinctive sitarists of her generation Shahana Banerjee with Supreet Deshpande on tabla.
An innovative and enjoyable programme of contemporary dance
Excitement, drama, exceptional dancing and youthful talent - all words to sum up an evening with INTOTO DANCE.
A deserted mansion. A young woman returns to the place of her bleak childhood. No longer able to suppress memories of her cruel parents and strange sister, she is forced to confront the past and some terrible truths. Jakop Ahlbom's imaginative homage to the horror-movie genre is ingenuously gruesome, genuinely scary and frequently very funny. Referencing spine-chillers like The Shining, Rosemary's Baby and The Exorcist, Horror will have you shuddering on the edge of your seat.
UK Premiere. One of the most original Belgian choreographers of his generation, Jan Martens present his new work RULE OF THREE. Falling somewhere between concert and short stories, it features American drummer NAH performing live with three dancers to recreate the atmosphere of a nightclub. Rhythm, light and movement accumulate, before being stripped back in an untamed meditation.
UK Premiere. On The Habit of Being Oneself is an arresting dance experiment enticing us to pay attention to what dancing does. On a stripped back stage, seven exceptional dancers relentlessly navigate complex choreographic puzzles. The result is a challenging yet immediate encounter with dancers and dancing. A new solo and film installation open the evening. Joe Moran creates work concerned with dance's potential as a contemporary art form, both in theatres and galleries and is currently a Sadler's Wells Summer University artist.
Celebrating 119 years of Philippine Independence.
Performance group from this world famous school.
The highlight of London Contemporary Dance School's performance calendar sees students perform works by a line-up of four national and international choreographers. Watch premieres by Liz Aggiss, Hannes Langolf, Victor Quijada and a creation by Lauren Potter inspired by Rosemary Butcher's work Still Slow Divided. Experience the power and physicality of the very best student choreography and performance, the culmination of three years intensive dance education.
For centuries, troublesome, disobedient and independent women have been labelled: witch. Today this term is being re-appropriated. In HUNTED, up and coming French choreographer Maud Le Pladec collaborates with New York writer and performer Okwui Okpokwasili to create a chant of words and movement, with music by one of Finland's foremost contemporary composers, Kalevi Aho. Performed in London by Doroth?e Munyaneza, this powerful solo uses storytelling and ritual.
The My First Ballet series brings young audiences their first taste of ballet through the magic of fairy tales, captivating music and beautiful dance. The ballets feature graduating dancers of outstanding potential from English National Ballet School in performances produced by English National Ballet.
Dancers Eleanor Sikorski and Flora Wellesley Wesley, AKA Nora, return with their bold programme of duets by renowned choreographers Jonathan Burrows and Matteo Fargion, Simon Tanguy and Liz Aggiss. Eleanor And Flora Music overflows with free-ranging, rhythmical dancing whilst Digging slips between road trips, plant biology and sexual desire, and BLOODY NORA! concludes with a riot of hormones.
UK Premiere. Movement, video and sound combine in Pepa Ubera and Josefina Camus' duet Ellipsis Land as they explore the relationship between the body and the technology surrounding it. They invite us to consider the body as a container of energy in a sensorial set up, heightening our perceptions. With an original sound score by Simone Salvaticci creating an ambient immersive landscape, they aim to awaken unnoticed connections between the concrete and the digital. This is a development of the work presented in Sadler's Wells Wild Card curated by Ubera in 2016. She is currently a Sadler's Wells Summer University artist.
Britain's biggest and most exciting touring dance company who often tour two programmes at a time. Dancing to a mixture of musical styles they provide enormously watchable evenings.
Itzik Galili's party piece for Rambert returns to Sadler's Wells for a percussion-fuelled carnival of dance. 28 dancers, four samba drummers and a dazzling light show contribute to its infectious energy. Rising star Ben Duke's dance theatre creation is inspired by the music and spirit of Nina Simone, with a selection of her best-loved songs performed live on stage. The programme also features a celebration of the dancers' virtuosity choreographed by Andonis Foniadakis, director of Greek National Opera Ballet, with a newly commissioned score by Ilan Eshkeri.
Since 2015 2Faced Dance Company, in partnership with Arts Council England and The British Council, have been developing work with female choreographers in India, as part of their Re: Imagine India Fund. The work that has been created will be presented in RE: IMAGINE INDIA
This exciting new double-bill pairs the hugely popular Dreamers by critically acclaimed choreographer Anton Lachky, with the world premiere of new work TuTuMucky by award winning choreographer and Hip Hop dancer Botis Seva, a fresh new voice in British dance. Together they promise an evening of high energy, humorous, and engaging work.
Indrani Mukherjee is one of the finest classical vocalists performing today. In this intimate baithak (traditional floor seated concert) she will perform night time ragas into the small hours, accompanied by Sanju Sahai on tabla and Milind Kulkarni on the harmonium.
Seeta Patel is a dynamic young British talent, highly acclaimed for her skill, unique perspective and contemporary presentation style she brings to the beautiful and ancient South Indian classical art form of Bharatanatyam.
In Something Then, Something Now, Seeta brings together an intimate evening of Bharatanatyam, accompanied by a live Carnatic music orchestra and featuring a stunning light design by Guy Hoare. The evening will lead the audience through the nuances of expression and technical excellence of this beautiful classical art form through Patel's interpretations of a variety of works in the Bharatanatyam repertoire.
Company of the leading choreographer Shobana Jeyasingh.
This new many-layered narrative presents a fresh vision of dance belonging to both India and Europe, with originally commissioned music by Gabriel Prokofiev. Expect a visually stunning performance packed with visceral energy and choreographic virtuosity, from an international cast of exceptional dancers.
UK Premiere. Sadler's Wells partners with Shubbak, London's largest biennial festival of contemporary Arab culture, to introduce the poignant work of Syrian dancer and choreographer Mithkal Alzghair. In a double bill evening, he draws attention to the human being amidst the complexities of migration and war. Deconstructing Syrian traditional dances, he brings to the surface the paradox of a deeply rooted culture and its current experience of displacement.
When a little boy builds a snowman in his garden, little does he know what Christmas Eve has in store for him. That night, he can't sleep, so he opens the front door and amazingly the snowman has come to life. The boy shows him into a cozy home and, in return, the snowman introduces the boy to his wintry world. They join hands and fly up into the night. As they fly, other snowman from the surrounding gardens take off to join them as they travel to the Snowman's Ball where Father Christmas gives the boy a present of a scarf. Next morning, having returned home, the boy is saddened to find the snowman has melted. His tears turn to joy however when he discovers the scarf and he remembers his fantastic journey.
Inspired by Indian cinema and choreographed by the industry's top choreographers Vaibhavi and Shruti Merchant, a Bollywood story is told through dazzling dance moves, shimmering costumes, fast-paced footwork and blockbuster musical hits, bringing the joy of India to life. Taj Express showcases a captivating fusion of classical Indian and contemporary dance, with music from Academy Award-winning composer A R Rahman (Slumdog Millionaire), and acclaimed Bollywood composers, Salim and Sulaiman Merchant and Monty Sharma. Get wrapped up in the swirling colours, show-stopping spectacle and electrifying energy of the world's most prolific film industry.
The Merchant dynasty return to The Peacock with the internationally acclaimed musical, Taj Express, in a stunningly vibrant celebration of the glitz and glamour of Bollywood.
The sizzling spectacular from celebrated Cuban choreographer Nilda Guerra returns to London, in a new collaboration with acclaimed director Cal McCrystal, whose work includes One Man Two Guvnors and productions with Cirque du Soleil. Set in the crazy chaos of Havana airport, Vamos Cuba! is an exuberant mix of traditional and modern dance styles including salsa, rumba, cha-cha-cha and reggaeton, with a live band led by Julito Padron and a cast of the hottest dancers Cuba has to offer.
In February 2016, Cyclone Winston hit Fiji. It was the worst recorded tropical storm in the history of the South Pacific, killing 42 people and causing tens of thousands to flee their homes. This is a response to the disaster from Fijian dance company VOU - an impassioned cry from the front line of climate change.
Wild Card is a Sadler's Wells initiative that gives artists the opportunity to present the work of their choice. It aims to bring fresh ideas to the stage by giving young creators a platform to share the work they admire.
At the crossroads of hip hop, latin and theatre, the multi-faceted dancer and choreographer Ella Mesma curates Guerreras ('Female warriors' in Spanish), an evening focusing on the female perspective and the tempestuous history of the latin dance style, rumba. Guest artists will perform alongside extracts from Mesma's latest production Ladylike.
Wild Card brings fresh perspectives from a new generation of dance-makers curating special evenings. Originally from Italy, choreographer and curator Gianluca Vincentini is passionate about nurturing dance artists. Curious about the entwined nature of movement and emotion, Vincentini believes that dance can reveal the complexity of our intimate connections to each other, without compromising entertainment. For Wild Card, he showcases some of the most promising dance-makers based in the North of England: Carlos Pons Guerra, Crystal Zillwood and Jamaal Burkmar (New Adventures Choreographer Award Winner). The evening also introduces Vincentini's company M?bius Dance devoted to working with early career artists.