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Sadler's Wells Theatre

Rosebery Avenue, LONDON, EC1R 4TN
020 7863 8000

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ZooNation: The Kate Prince Company - Mixtape
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Some Like It Hip Hop, Into the Hoods, The Mad Hatters Tea Party and Message In A Bottle, are some of the shows revisited in Mixtape, an explosive evening sweeping through 20 years of storytelling by Kate Prince and ZooNation.

Since 2002 ZooNation has inspired the next generation of theatregoers and theatre makers with its work inspired by the music and culture of hip hop. Mixtape presents excerpts of past shows reworked with a twist, paying tribute to the dancers, performers, creative teams and audiences.

Co-directed by Dannielle ‘Rhimes’ Lecointe and Bradley Charles, with Musical Director DJ Walde, Designer Ben Stones and Lighting Designer Charlie Morgan Jones, plus live vocalists and guest performers.

As part of this celebration, free foyer exhibitions showcase the productions and artists that have created ZooNation: The Kate Prince Company, with a special exhibition honouring the life of the late Teneisha Bonner.

Running Time: 1 hour 55 minutes (including one 20 minute interval)

This performance contains haze effects, theatrical smoke, loud music, flashing lights and references to bereavement/loss/death.

Audio Described Performances - Sat 8 October at 2:30pm
Touch Tour Performances - Sat 8 October at 2:30pm

Dickson Mbi - Enowate
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A dancer of extraordinary power and grace, Dickson Mbi summons multiple identities in this mesmerising solo performance inspired by a life-changing journey to his ancestral home in Cameroon.

The symbolic presence of a two-headed snake, the tiger whose roar vibrated as part of a funeral ritual, the knowing touch of a blind elder… it was these unnerving encounters that profoundly affected the London choreographer during a recent trip to his family’s village. They have all brought him closer to the animistic practices of his African heritage and to the mystical place where they meet with his modern East End upbringing.

Enowate, meaning ‘truth stands’, draws on sinuous elements of hip-hop and contemporary dance in combination with original music and otherworldly animated projections. In asking the relatable question, ‘who am I?’, he connects with enigmatic forces to reveal himself and emerge from the shadows.

Running Time: 1 hour

Aakash Odedra Company - Samsara
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Aakash Odedra Company and Bagri Foundation invite you to enter the world of Samsara. Inspired by the classic Chinese novel Journey to the West, Samsara is a spellbinding piece that traces the steps we take, both forward and backward, in search of our higher selves.

UK/Indian dancer Aakash Odedra and Chinese dancer Hu Shenyuan draw on their diverse disciplines of ballet, Chinese folk, kathak and contemporary dance to explore the notion of samsara: the wheel of life, birth, existence and re-birth.

This compelling journey of self-development, fear and love traces a path across lands and through time, exploring the idea that if we let attachments go and allow light in, we might find a place of truth and peace. Drawing on thinking and imagery at the heart of Buddhist philosophy, Samsara’s mythological storytelling merges with personal experience from two globally opposite perspectives in a seductive, astonishing journey of twin movement.

Running Time: 1 hour (no interval)

This performance contains partial nudity.

Oona Doherty - Navy Blue
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Award-winning choreographer Oona Doherty makes her Sadler’s Wells stage debut as she returns to Dance Umbrella Festival following critically acclaimed productions Hard to Be Soft (named Best Dance Show of 2019 by The Guardian) and Hope Hunt and the Ascension into Lazarus (included as part of Sadler’s Wells and BBC Arts’ Dancing Nation series).

Using her distinctive choreographic style, Doherty creates an unsettling atmosphere for latest work Navy Blue as a dark night descends and a group of 12 dancers generate a sense of dread, trapped within a destructive algorithm. Featuring music from Sergeï Rachmaninoff and Jamie XX this new piece considers where we have been and where we are heading, as it urgently appeals for societal change.

Doherty is a Big Pulse Dance Alliance selected artist and Associate Artist at Dublin Dance Festival. In 2021 she was named winner of the Venice Biennale Danza Silver Lion Award.

Young Associates / Ben Duke - To Start With
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In November 2021, the Young Associate Artists introduced their refreshing voices at sell-out performances in the Lilian Baylis Studio.

This next step sees John-William Watson, Magnus Westwell, Olive Hardy and Vidya Patel take the leap to the Sadler’s Wells stage. Under the artistic guidance of Ben Duke (Co-Founder and Artistic Director, Lost Dog) the young choreographers will be creating an ambitious evening of new works.

The Young Associates are collaborating with a team of young creatives from a range of art-forms, giving a platform to a new generation of artistic voices.

World premiere

This performance contains themes of violence, loud music, haze and strobe lighting effects.

Audio Described Performances - Wed 26 October at 7:30pm
BSL interpreted Performances - Wed 26 October at 7:30pm

Jasmin Vardimon Company - Alice
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A woman, or perhaps a child, unsure of her identity and where she is going.

Escaping or exploring, discovering the powers within her changing body. The world around her is different, curious, and compelling – at times absolutely bonkers.

Following the internationally acclaimed success of her adaptation of Pinocchio (‘This is a show of dazzling imagination’ – Evening Standard), award-winning choreographer Jasmin Vardimon’s newest creation is a re-imagining of the ground-breaking classic, Alice in Wonderland and promises a sensory feast of arresting images, powerful performers and striking kinetic scenery.

First coming to life through a VR experience touring the UK early in 2022, Jasmin Vardimon Company brings Alice to the stage this autumn.

Running Time: approximately 1 hour 30 minutes

Audio Described Performances - Sat 29 October at 7:30pm
Touch Tour Performances - Sat 29 October at 7:30pm

Birmingham Royal Ballet - Into the Music
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Birmingham Royal Ballet return to the Sadler’s Wells Stage after recent work Don Quixote with a triple bill.

Much-missed German choreographer Uwe Scholz worked regularly with classical repertoire – and never more dramatically than in his setting of Beethoven’s vibrant Seventh Symphony, a work famously described by Wagner as ‘the apotheosis of the dance’. Choreographer Morgann Runacre-Temple and composer Mikael Karlsson team up for the world premiere of Hotel, a surreal journey into the secrets and lies that live behind closed doors. And to close, Jirí Kylián’s magnificent Forgotten Land is ‘a great primer to why Kylián is one of the most revered choreographers of the 20th century’ (The Guardian) – a gripping journey into memory and loss set to Benjamin Britten’s magnificent Sinfonia da Requiem.

This performance contains haze and dry ice.

Audio Described Performances - Sat 5 November at 2:30pm
Touch Tour Performances - Sat 5 November at 2:30pm

English National Ballet - Ek/ Forsythe/ Quagebeur
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November 2022 sees English National Ballet return to Sadler’s Wells for a triple bill of contemporary work.

Mats Ek will choreograph a new version of The Rite of Spring. The piece for 20 dancers will revisit Ek’s 1984 version and feature new choreography, costume and set design by Marie-Louise Ekman, lighting by Linus Fellbom and live music by English National Ballet Philharmonic.

The work will be performed alongside Take Five Blues by English National Ballet’s Associate Choreographer, Stina Quagebeur, and William Forsythe’s Blake Works I.

Created for the Company’s 2020 Digital Season and first performed on stage when theatres reopened in spring 2021, Take Five Blues is an exploration of jazz and classical music which will be extended to a longer one act ballet. Blake Works I is a piece for 21 dancers set to songs from James Blake’s album The Colour in Anything, first performed in spring 2022.

Running Time: 2 hours (including two 20 minute intervals)

The Rite of Spring contains references to death.

Audio Described Performances -Sat 12 November at 2:30pm
Touch Tour Performances - Sat 12 November at 2:30pm

Bruno Beltrão / Grupo de Rua - New Creation
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Bruno Beltrão, celebrated Brazilian choreographer brings his new work to London.

It’s hip hop but not as you expect! Beltrão has revolutionized the genre, deconstructing the dance form as he grapples with the changing politics of his native Brazil. Expect high jumps, head spins, summersaults, fast kicks and twirling twists. His intense choreography with Grupo de Rua is characterized by physical urgency and an analytic understanding of music and space.

Responding to the radical shift to the right, he ponders what happens when a political scene creates disharmony, polarises the people and limits freedom and equality. The artistic community provides glimmers of creative resistance and uses art to drive change.

His previous work “Inoah”, was an eye-popping, jaw-dropping, gravity-defying blitz of artistic brilliance. He combines sophisticated stage craft with contemporary dance and raw hip-hop which casts a spell over audiences worldwide.

UK premiere

Running Time: 1 hour (no interval)

Israel Galván - La Consagración de la Primavera (Rite of Spring)
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Flamenco innovator Israel Galván returns with a new show weaving Flamenco with Igor Stravinsky’s The Rite Of Spring.

Following in the footsteps of the first choreographer/dancer of the Sacre, Vaslav Nijinski who caused a scandal when the piece premiered in 1913 – this work promises to be one to watch!

‘This is my contribution to Stravinsky: I use my body as the percussive instrument of his work,’ says Galván. Using his body as a sound box, he becomes consumed by the Sacre’s piano score, where rhythm is the driving force. Accompanied by two pianists who play live on stage to expose the mechanics behind the music of this imposing score.

UK premiere

Running Time: 1 hour 10 minutes (no interval)

Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty
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Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty reawakens in 2022, celebrating 10 years since its premiere at Sadler’s Wells, when it became the fastest selling production in the company’s history.

Now established as a firm favourite in the New Adventures repertoire, the award-winning Sleeping Beauty has enchanted international audiences throughout the UK and across the globe.

Enter a wondrous world of magical fairies and vampires, where the timeless tale of good vs evil is turned upside-down, creating a supernatural love story that even the passage of time itself cannot hinder. Will Princess Aurora ever find her true love again?

With an unforgettable score, sumptuous sets and costumes, evocative lighting and masterly storytelling, the beloved fairy tale is brought to life by the uniquely talented New Adventures company. Get ready to be transported in time from the halcyon days of the late Edwardian era through to the modern day in this dazzling gothic romance.

Running Time: 2 hours (including one 20 minute interval)

Sadler’s Wells Patrons’ Night - Thursday 1 December

Audio Described Performances - Sat 7 January at 2:30pm
Touch Tour Performances - Sat 7 January at 2:30pm




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Sadler’s Wells Car Park
We have 15 spaces available in the Sadler’s Wells car park, located at the back of the theatre off Arlington Way. The postcode is EC1R 1XA.

If someone in your group is over 65, a member of our Access for All Scheme or a Blue Badge holder, you can use the Sadler’s Wells car park.

It costs £6 for over 65s and is free for Access for All Scheme members and Blue Badge holders.

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Sadler’s Wells is embedded in the heart of Islington, near Angel, and is currently the sixth theatre to be on the site since 1683. It has two theatres: Sadler’s Wells Theatre and the Lilian Baylis Studio, both owned by the Sadler’s Wells Trust, which works with charitable trusts and foundations to present their year-round programme.

Sadler’s Wells is acknowledged as being one of the world’s pinnacle dance venues. The theatre acts as a stage for visiting companies, as well as producing its own work with a number of closely associated artists and companies. In recent years it has notably hosted the London International Mime Festival, which features the best in physical and visual theatre from international performers.

The current building was constructed in 1998, replacing the previous space, which was established in 1765. It has a capacity of 1,500, spread across three seated levels in one venue whilst the other - the Lilian Baylis Studio - seats 180 people. Both of these spaces were formed with the assistance of a large funding grant from the National Lottery.

The Lilian Baylis Studio is named in recognition of Lilian Baylis, a prolific theatre producer and manager, who oversaw The Old Vic, the Sadler’s Wells theatres, an opera company (later to be the English National Opera), a theatre company (which became the English National Theatre), and a ballet company (later to become The Royal Ballet).

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