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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.
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.
Part of Dance Umbrella
Hood is a contemporary ballet with original music, based on a modern adaptation of two beloved German stories: Faust and Little Red Riding Hood. Featuring Tchaikovsky-esque electroacoustic music, theatrical dance, string quartets and elements of cabaret, Hood examines the relevance of tradition in our society through temptation and the taboo
Part of the Camden Fringe Festival
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.
The connection between body and mind is something we all experience but what happens when we disrupt these connections. Living in an ever-changing world of politics, social acceptance and drive for habitual stability, Inhabitant explores what happens to our internal connections when our external ones seem to be drifting further and further apart.
Part of the Camden Fringe Festival
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.
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.
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
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.
Part of Dance Umbrella
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.
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.