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2FaCeD DaNcE is one of the UK’s leading dance companies, scooping an abundance of 5 star reviews, picking up awards and selling out their first UK tour. This brand new work takes their unique fusion of break, street and contemporary dance to a new level.
A magical journey through a winter's night. Join us for a new dance and circus performance for little ones and their families. Alone in the world and scared of the dark, young Jack opens his bedroom curtains to find a familiar friendly face, The Moon. The Moon shinning bright, teaches Jack how to be brave by taking him on an amazing adventure across the world, showing him all that he sees and teaching him all that he knows. Watch Jack's world come to life in this short interactive tale of dance, circus and music, bringing you a trove of secrets and surprises that will delight, excite and charm the whole family this festive season. For the ultimate Christmas adventure come dressed in your pyjamas!
Arshad Khan envelops the audience through afternoon ragas, with the esraj, an earthy and soul stirring string instrument. Table master, Shabaz Hussain, accompanies.
No judges, just dancing. Join Anton du Beke and Erin Boag from BBC's 'Strictly Come Dancing' in a glamorous celebration of Ballroom and Latin song and dance.
The event focuses on artistic and soulful renderings of much loved Arabian songs and graceful, elegant belly dance. The audience get to boogie in both halves of the program creating a fun, inclusive and richly diverse night out.
The highlight of the evening will be the stunning professional guest dancers from Italy, Laura Cergniliaro and Daniela Belluati!
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.
Join Snigel, the inquisitive snail, in their cozy home underneath the leafy canopy; a colourful and sensory world where Snigel and their insect friends, brought to life by dancers Caroline Bowditch, Welly O'Brien (Falling in Love with Frida) and performer and musician Zac Scott, dance, play, sing and make music in the undergrowth while uncovering secret treasures. They dance, play, sing and make music in the undergrowth while uncovering secret treasures. An inviting new work for children aged 0 - 12 months and their adult.
Between two heartbeats, the light creeps closer and closer to your number. It won't be everyone, it can't be everyone tonight, but it might be you. Someone is looking for their teeth, someone else is in brilliant pain, all of them are spinning like gods and then something happens that is irreversible.
Pandit Ram Kumar Mallick and Samit Kumar unfold their morning ragas, accompanied by Surdarshan Chana on the jori, a powerful percussion instrument from Punjab.
Eun-Me Ahn was born and raised in Korea, and continued her training in New York. In recent years she has enjoyed Europe-wide success including multiple invitations to her great friend Pina Bausch's Wuppertal Festival.
Eun-Me Ahn is recognised as one of Asia's most irreverent yet sophisticated dance makers. Let Me Change Your Name embodies the wit and choreographic complexity of her work. Moving from deep solemnity through to nonchalant exhibitionism and psychedelic abandon, nine dancers play with ideas of identity and androgyny helped by their interchangeable neon costumes. This surreal treat is set to a score of natural and composed sounds by Young-Gyu Jang.
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Fresh is an evening of dance with and for young people. Uniquely at Fresh, dynamic youth companies share the bill with top professional artists.
An evening of bitesize extracts from the freshest dance companies for teens or anybody up for a high speed, fierce, go-getting performance. Be inspired and get energised with this annual opportunity to load up on exciting ideas and physical wonderment. This year, FRESH features among many more: the acrobatic maverick duet Nikki and JD, BBC young dancer winner Nafisah Baba, The Place's innovative senior Youth Dance Company Shift and the premier screening of a brand new collaboration between National Youth Dance Company and Corali.
Igor and Moreno make work about people and what makes us such special animals. Across all their works they have always tried to create a frame to share their views without dictating a single reading, instead creating space for reflection for the viewer.
The theatre is filled with smoke and scent as you are taken on a journey into a haze of uncertainty, time and love in Andante by Igor and Moreno, Developed With The Lowry.
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.
Leviathan follows Ahab, a ship captain hell-bent on capturing the white whale: Moby Dick, a beast as vast and dangerous as the sea itself, yet serene and beautiful beyond all imagining. Ahab's crew is drawn into the unhinged charisma of their captain, blindly following him on his perilous adventure towards almost certain destruction.
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.
Blending elements from dance, physical and object theatre, The North follows a man's journey in search of meaning in an unpredictable environment. A place with its own sense of time and space, where being lost is the norm and letting go the only way to survive.
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.
LiveVibe is an original concept which offers a rare opportunity for young artists from the worlds of dance, music and spoken word to present work in a professional environment during the early stages of their careers, as well as the invaluable experience of performing in a top arts venue alongside established professional companies. LiveVibe Samples & Interpolations celebrates iconic original music used as popular samples in songs we know today. Approaching it from a hip hop angle, choreographers will create their own artistic interpretations of the music given. Expertly Mc'd by Hakeem ?Mr. Impact? this is an evening of celebration, reminiscing, music, dance and a whole lot more with invited guest artists: Boy Blue Entertainment, Impact Dance and poet Ana Paz. Also featuring exciting fresh work from Ajani Michael Johnson-Goffe, Yukiko Masui, Myself UK Dance Company and Nathan (Neo) Gordon featuring Urdang Academy.
Lost Dog formed in 2004, their first work Pave up Paradise Burgos won first prize at the International Choreographic competition and second prize at the prestigious Hanover choreographic festival. Since then they have created and toured four full length dance theatre works in the UK and Europe to critical acclaim.
Juliet and Romeo Live is a remarkable reimagined version of Shakespeare's deeply pessimistic teenage love story in which Juliet and Romeo somehow survive through into middle age; where we see them now, struggling under the stresses and strains of supposedly being the world's most romantic couple... Join us for this humorous and heartfelt investigation into love, loss and longevity.
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.
Enjoy one of the most famous ballets of all time together, in this beautifully adapted new version for children aged three upwards. The evil magician Rothbart has turned the beautiful princess Odette into a swan; only at night can she return to human form. Will Prince Siegfried be able to save her or will he fall for Rothbart's sorcery? This shortened version with Tchaikovsky's wonderful music is the perfect introduction to the magic of ballet for young children, and a fantastic family day out.
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.
Pivot Dance is a three year programme for choreographers, producers and audiences which stimulates and enables conversation about the creation of new dance work. It takes place simultaneously in three European dance houses (The Place, Nederlandse Dansdagen and Comune di Bassano del Grappa) and is funded with the support of the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.
These three double-billed evenings are the culmination of a two year project that has spanned three European countries. Choreographers, producers and audiences from Italy, The Netherlands and from London have collaborated to create six new, very different dance pieces.
Blending high drama with comic insight, Protein Dance are fast making their mark as sly and subversive humourists in contemporary dance.
A thought-provoking yet poignant commentary on multicultural Britain through dance, live music and dialogue compiled from the performers' personal experiences. Border Tales looks at post-Brexit Britain seen through the eyes of an international cast and gazes satirically on stereotypical thinking about migrant outsiders and bigoted homelanders.
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
A world-class exponent of flamenco, Roc?o Molina has established a reputation for her remarkable dancing, rare in its beauty, formidable technique and expressive freedom. Dedicated to the progression of her art form, she develops work with a 21st-century outlook, embracing the possibilities of sound and music in unexpected ways.
In her latest work Fallen from Heaven (Ca?da del Cielo), Molina takes us on a very personal journey through womanhood. With designs ranging from a virginal confection, to matador jackets, to some inventive uses of leather, the piece is at times intensely raw and at others extremely witty. Molina's Olivier nominated Bosque Ardora was one of the hits of DU2014 and we are delighted to welcome her back. A study in concentration and technique, Molina's flamenco is physically exhausting and she is not afraid to show it.
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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.
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.
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.
Bro. Hipster. Lumbersexual. Wreckhead. Nerd. Player. Social Justice Warrior. Rude Boy. Absent Father. Where are the positive role models for young men? Vincent Dance Theatre joins forces with Audio Active, a ground-breaking music organisation working with young people and contemporary urban culture, to premiere VDT's first ever all-male production. Shut Down is a highly charged performance, fusing street and contemporary dance, rapping and real-life testimonies, directed by Vincent and devised by an extraordinary cast of men and boys.
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.