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The Spring / Summer 2015 Season at Sadler’s Wells
The Spring / Summer 2015 season is on sale from Monday 10 November 2014 at 10am
Sadler’s Wells & Lilian Baylis Studio Ticket Office: 0844 412 4300

The Peacock Ticket Office: 0844 412 4322 or

PLEASE NOTE the ticket office numbers stated on the brochure cover are not for publication
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Eugénie Dunster on 020 7863 8122 or for login details
To view the Spring / Summer 2015 season brochure click here
An interactive iPad version of the Sadler’s Wells season brochure is available for free download – search ‘Sadler’s Wells’ on the Apple App store. For more information:
For further information or to arrange interviews regarding the season, please call the press representative listed for each production

The Spring / Summer 2015 season at Sadler’s Wells in detail:
The Royal Danish Ballet – Soloists and Principals THE PEACOCK

Bournonville Celebration

Friday 9 & Saturday 10 January

Tickets: £18 - £48
Ten years since The Royal Danish Ballet’s last visit to Sadler’s Wells, principals and soloists from the company perform a programme featuring excerpts from works by August Bournonville, the acclaimed 19th century Royal Danish Ballet choreographer and ballet master who created more than 50 works for the company.
The essence of the Bournonville style is showcased in excerpts from his ballets such as La Sylphide, Napoli, A Folktale and Conservatory.
Press night: Friday 9 January at 7.30pm

Press contact: Ulrik Birkkjaer on +45 51683556 or



Wednesday 14 - Sunday 18 January

Tickets: £12 - £38
Young Men is a new full-length production from BalletBoyz, winners of the National Dance Awards Best Independent Dance Company 2013. In an intensely moving portrayal of love, friendship, loss and survival, Young Men explores the theme of war and the bonds that develop between the men consumed by it. Choreographed by rising star Iván Pérez, the production is a compelling hybrid of dance, theatre and screen performance from the ever-inventive BalletBoyz and their all male dance company theTALENT.
Young Men features a newly commissioned original score from the cult singer songwriter Keaton Henson. Performed to live music by the ten award-winning dancers of theTALENT, Young Men is a co-production with Sadler’s Wells and 14-18 NOW WW1 Centenary Arts Commissions.
A Sadler’s Wells Co-production
The Monument Trust supports co-productions and new commissions at Sadler's Wells
Press night: Wednesday 14 January at 7.30pm

Press contact: Judy Lipsey on 020 7292 8366 or


Some of the most exciting and innovative dance today is being created and performed by deaf and disabled artists and inclusive companies. After sell out performances in 2014, Sadler's Wells’ =dance presents three new programmes in the Lilian Baylis Studio. Presenting work by both established and emerging inclusive dance companies, =dance also includes a programme of workshops, discussions and professional development opportunities alongside each performance. For more information on the =dance series see




Friday 16 January

Tickets: £6 - £12
Celebrating its 30th anniversary year at the forefront of dance for people with learning disabilities, contemporary dance company Magpie Dance unlocks individual potential and ability through performance, workshops and training programmes. For Flying High, Magpie Dance presents a mixed programme including a specially commissioned piece choreographed by David Willdridge (Stopgap Dance Company).
Workshop on Friday 16 January from 3.45pm - 5.45pm; tickets £4, suitable for aspiring dancers with learning disabilities aged 18 - 30

Press night: Friday 16 January at 7.15pm

Press contact: Agnish Ray on 020 7863 8114 or and Eugénie Dunster on 020 7863 8122 or

Compagnie 111 / Aurélien Bory / Kaori Ito THE LONDON INTERNATIONAL MIME FESTIVAL


Thursday 22 & Friday 23 January

Tickets: £12 - £28
Following his Olivier Award-nominated What’s Become of You? for flamenco dancer Stéphanie Fuster, Plexus is Aurélien Bory’s creation for acclaimed dancer Kaori Ito. Ito trained in classical ballet in Japan and America and has performed and choreographed with Philippe Decouflé, Angelin Preljocaj, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, James Thierrée, and Alain Platel’s les ballets C de la B.
Entrapped by five thousand cords, a warrior woman conquers her environment so that she floats, like a black angel, in a cage that she can only leave by vanishing completely. Plexus is presented by Sadler’s Wells and London International Mime Festival, and features lighting by Arno Veyrat, sound by Stéphane Ley and costumes by Sylvie Marcucci.
Contains nudity
Free post-show talk with Aurélien Bory & Kaori Ito: Thursday 22 January, on stage
Press night: Thursday 22 January at 7.30pm

Press contact: Andrew Greer on 020 7836 7660 or

Richard Alston Dance Company

Rejoice in the Lamb / Burning / Nomadic / Madcap                        WORLD PREMIERE

Monday 26 & Tuesday 27 January

Tickets £12 - £38
Richard Alston Dance Company celebrates its 20th anniversary with a programme unique to Sadler’s Wells.
Alston’s latest work Nomadic, a Sadler’s Wells commission, is set to music by Usari Gypsy band Shukar Collective. Alston has invited the young hip hop choreographer and performer Ajani Johnson-Goffe to collaborate with him - a first in his 45-year career - to explore the meeting point between hip hop and world music. 
The programme also includes the London premieres of Alston’s Rejoice in the Lamb to Britten’s setting of Christopher Smart’s poetry and Martin Lawrance’s new work Burning to Lizst’s Dante Sonata. Finally, Lawrance’s Madcap has Julia Wolfe’s percussive score played live by iconic new music ensemble Icebreaker.
Nomadic is a Sadler’s Wells commission
The Monument Trust supports co-productions and new commissions at Sadler's Wells
Press night: Monday 26 January at 7.30pm

Press contact: Sue Lancashire on 07973 819984 or


Flames of Desire

Tuesday 27 January - Saturday 14 February

Tickets: £15 - £42
Tango Fire returns to The Peacock after an acclaimed sell-out season in 2013. Since its formation, Tango Fire has become an international leading tango company, with a fan base across the USA, Europe and Asia, and a YouTube audience in excess of 18 million.
Tango Fire encompasses all that defines Argentine tango; dancing which sizzles with sensuality, accompanied by four of Argentina's brilliant young musicians playing the music of the great tango masters including Piazzolla, Pugliese and Gardel. The shows features tango stars German Cornejo and Gisela Galeassi, plus a cast including world tango champions and the best dancers from the tango houses of Buenos Aires.
Free post-show dance classes: Tuesday 3 & Tuesday 10 February
Press night: Tuesday 27 January at 7.30pm

Press contact: Agnish Ray on 020 7863 8114 or

Jonathan Burrows and Matteo Fargion LILIAN BAYLIS STUDIO

One Flute Note and Body Not Fit For Purpose

Monday 2 & Tuesday 3 February

Tickets: £17
Collaborators for 25 years, choreographer Jonathan Burrows and composer Matteo Fargion combine humour and intellectual rigour in thought-provoking works. The artists clash the formality of classical music composition with an open and often anarchic approach to performance, which has brought them an international following. In this one hour performance they present two recent pieces.
One Flute Note is a meditation on memory and music, which generates accumulating worlds of sound and action out of a single event. Body Not Fit For Purpose is their first overtly political work, commissioned by the 2014 Venice Biennale and taking as its starting point the uselessness of dancing to express anything of any real concern and at the same time the inherent, gloriously foolish radicality of the attempt.
Press night: Monday 2 February at 8pm

Press contact: Caroline Ansdell on 020 7863 8125 or

The Associates                                                                                                                       UK PREMIERE

Crystal Pite / Kate Prince / Hofesh Shechter

Thursday 5 - Sunday 8 February

Tickets: £12 - £29
Sadler’s Wells’ Associate Artists represent some of the most dynamic and exciting talent working in contemporary dance today. For this very special programme, three of the Associates present new and critically acclaimed work.
Newest Associate Artist Crystal Pite presents A Picture of You Falling, a duet for a man and a woman. It centres on Pite’s fascination with the shared narratives that live in our bodies, the familiar repetitive storylines that move across cultures and generations, and the body’s role as illustrator.
Inspired by the complex beauty of baroque music, Hofesh Shechter presents his new work, the barbarians in love, set in a sparse world in which six dancers move with mathematical precision and passion.
Completing the bill is another new work, SMILE, choreographed and performed by Tommy Franzén and directed by Kate Prince (ZooNation). Inspired by the song Smile, originally composed by Charlie Chaplin, the piece looks behind the smiling face of one of the world’s greatest entertainers.
A Sadler’s Wells co-production
The Monument Trust supports co-productions and new commissions at Sadler's Wells
Press night: Friday 6 February at 7.30pm

Press contact: Jolene Dyke on 020 7863 8112 or

Sally Marie and John Ross LILIAN BAYLIS STUDIO

Questions and Dancers

Saturday 7 February

Tickets: £7
Question and Dancers is a double bill of new works for young people, bringing together new dance talent Sally Marie, nominated for the Critic’s Circle National Dance Award for new talent, and John Ross, winner of the New Adventures Choreographer Award. Sally and John each create an original short dance piece with final year students from the London Contemporary Dance School (LCDS), inviting feedback and questions after the show.
Sally Marie presents I am 8, a world in which children’s personal stories and dancers’ lives blend in a tale of discovery, spanning the ages between eight and 21. In There, There Stranger by John Ross, is set in a labyrinth where anything is possible, and the dancers go on a quest moving through darkness and light, from the scary to the absurd.
Both works are commissioned thanks to The Choreography for Children Award 2014 produced by Sadler’s Wells, Company of Angels, The Place and LCDS in partnership with MOKO Dance.
Age Guidance: 8+
Free post-show talk with Sally Marie & John Ross: Saturday 7 February, on stage
A Sadler’s Wells co-comission
The Monument Trust supports co-productions and new commissions at Sadler's Wells
Press performance: Saturday 7 February at 2.30pm

Press contact: Agnish Ray on 020 7863 8114 or

Ultima Vez

What the Body Does Not Remember

Tuesday 10 & Wednesday 11 February

Tickets: £12- £27
In 1987, the debut of Wim Vandekeybus and Ultima Vez’s What the Body Does Not Remember stunned the world of dance. Vandekeybus and composers Thierry de Mey and Peter Vermeersch received New York’s prestigious Bessie Award for their ‘brutal confrontation of dance and music’. Now, 28 years later and with a new cast, the show is once again on a world tour.
Dancers are driven to act and react at high speed and with split second timing, to each other, and the music. Moments of humour thread through explosions of aggression, fear and danger in this

adrenaline-fuelled physical performance.

Free post-show talk with Wim Vandekeybus (BLS-interpreted): Tuesday 10 February, on stage
Presented by Dance Touring Partnership, as part of a national tour
Press night: Wednesday 11 February at 7.30pm

Press contact: Tony Shepherd on 0207 288 0266 or

Wayne McGregor | Random Dance


Friday 13 & Saturday 14 February

Tickets: £12 - £32


Atomos, the most recent full-length work by cutting-edge contemporary choreographer Wayne McGregor, returns to Sadler’s Wells following a rapturous reception at its world premiere in 2013. Atomos is performed by the ten dancers from the award-winning Sadler’s Wells Resident Company Wayne McGregor | Random Dance in McGregor's unique style - sculptural, rigorous, jarring and hauntingly beautiful.


Atomos brings together McGregor’s longtime collaborators, lighting designer Lucy Carter and filmmaker Ravi Deepres, along with costumes by Studio XO and a score by neoclassical ambient composers A Winged Victory For The Sullen.


McGregor’s choreographic curiosity hasn’t lost its power to thrill” The Guardian


A Sadler’s Wells co-production
The Monument Trust supports co-productions and new commissions at Sadler's Wells
Valentine’s Day performance in support of Random Spaces
Press night: Friday 13 February at 7.30pm

Press contact: Caroline Ansdell on 020 7863 8125 or

Flamenco Festival London

Monday 16 February - Sunday 1 March

Tickets: £12 - £40
Antonio Canales, Carlos Rodríguez, Jesús Carmona, Karime Amaya

Gala Flamenca UK PREMIERE

Monday 16 - Wednesday 18 February
Directed by Ángel Rojas, this programme presents various different flavours of flamenco: Antonio Canales, one of Spain’s most powerful dancers; the unforgettable choreographer of Carlos Rodríguez, of Nuevo Ballet Español; the riveting performer and young star Jesús Carmona; and Karime Amaya, much admired for her performances with Farruquito in 2013’s Flamenco Festival London.
Press night: Monday 16 February at 7.30pm

Arcángel and guest dancer Patricia Guerrero

Olor a Tierra UK PREMIERE

Thursday 19 February
Arcángel is one of the leading lights of a new generation of flamenco vocalists, known for his creative renditions of the classical ‘cante jondo’ repertoire and critically acclaimed as the heir of the late and great Enrique Morente. The refinement of Arcángel’s singing is matched by the subtle accompaniment of Danide Morón, a rising star of modern flamenco guitar, and the graceful movements of guest dancer Patricia Guerrero.
Press night: Thursday 19 February at 7.30pm

Ballet Flamenco de Andalucía / Director Rafaela Carrasco

Images: 20 Years UK PREMIERE

Friday 20 & Saturday 21 February
Ballet Flamenco de Andalucía, one of the most important representatives of flamenco art in Spain, returns under the direction of Rafaela Carrasco. Images: 20 years commemorates the 20th anniversary of the company, revisiting five of the most celebrated choreographies of its repertoire. The show is a tribute to the company’s former directors who inspired Carrasco during her career, as well as an interpretation of the rich history of the company.
Press night: Friday 20 February at 7.30pm

Gerardo Núñez / guest dancer Carmen Cortés


Sunday 22 February
Famed guitar master Gerardo Núñez is known for his amazing speed and cross-cultural collaborations. His soulful performances “show brilliancy of means and beguiling charm”

(Financial Times) and recordings encompass traditional flamenco with innovative jazz and latin inspired rhythms. He is joined on stage by the electrifying gypsy dancer Carmen Cortés renowned for her performances of flamenco puro.

Press night: Sunday 22 February at 7.30pm

Eva Yerbabuena


Monday 23 & Tuesday 24 February
Theatrical performer Eva Yerbabuena is a Flamenco Festival favourite. Her performances of ¡Ay! in 2013 showed her as a “terrific flamenco performer, her form and footwork both precise and nuanced” (The Guardian). Returning once more with this dynamic and dramatic show, Yerbabuena balances the need to take the art form in exciting new directions with a reverence for the flamenco tradition.

Press night: Monday 23 February at 7.30pm

Ballet Nacional de España / Director Antonio Najarro

Grito and Suite Sevilla UK PREMIERE

Thursday 26 - Saturday 28 February

Ballet Nacional de España is undergoing a creative revival under the direction of the contemporary creator Antonio Najarro. His recent work, Suite Sevilla, featuring 35 dancers on stage with live music, fuses cutting-edge trends in both music and dance with Najarro’s unique approach to choreography, and a powerful and evocative score from Rafael Riqueni. The choreography in Grito, created by Antonio Canales, aims to showcase the wide variety of styles in flamenco.

Press night: Thursday 26 February at 7.30pm

Compañía Manuel Liñán


Sunday 1 March

Nómada is the fourth creation from the multi-award-winning performer Manuel Liñán as a choreographer, bringing together a cast of six dancers, three singers and two guitarists. Hugely respected and admired, “Liñán’s gift is transcendental. He awakens rhythms, images, wildest possibilities of dance, and banishes the predictabilities of sitting in a theatre watching carefully staged flamenco” (Financial Times).
Press night: Sunday 1 March at 7.30pm


Press contact: Agnish Ray on 020 7863 8114 or

Cirque Éloize THE PEACOCK


Tuesday 17 - Sunday 28 February

Tickets: £15 - £42
A world leader in contemporary circus and a firm favourite in the West End, Cirque Éloize returns to The Peacock with a bold new show, following the success of iD in 2013.
Cirque Éloize combines circus arts with music, dance and theatre. In Cirkopolis, 12 acrobats and multidisciplinary artists rebel against monotony, reinvent themselves and challenge the limits of the

factory-city. In a world where fantasy provokes reality, the veil of anonymity and solitude is lifted and replaced by bursts of colour and imagination.

There are much bigger shows than Cirkopolis, but I’d bet there aren’t more beautiful ones” New York Times
Free post-show talk: Tuesday 17 February, on stage
Part of a Dance Consortium tour

A full tour schedule can be found at   

Press night: Tuesday 17 February at 7.30pm

Press contact: Caroline Ansdell on 020 7863 8125 or

Rasta Thomas’ THE PEACOCK

Romeo and Juliet UK PREMIERE

Tuesday 3 - Sunday 29 March

Tickets: £15 - £40
The greatest love story of all time becomes a love story for the 21st century in this adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. A contemporary interpretation of Shakespeare’s romantic tragedy merges classical ballet and music of past centuries with popular music and dance of today.
Choreographer Adrienne Canterna and Artistic Director Rasta Thomas have created a unique style of dance, ranging from ballet, to hip hop to acrobatics to martial arts retold against a backdrop of state-of-the-art architectural lighting and original video projections.
Press night: Wednesday 4 March at 7.30pm

Press contact: Kevin Wilson on 020 8673 0658 or

François Chaignaud & Cecilia Bengolea LILIAN BAYLIS STUDIO

altered natives’ Say Yes To Another Excess – TWERK UK PREMIERE

Thursday 5 & Friday 6 March

Tickets: £17
François Chaignaud and Cecilia Bengolea have been provoking audiences from Paris to Tokyo with their fresh perspective on dance. Their trademark sexually-charged work springs from a wide outlook on what constitutes dance, and a desire to challenge how dance history is written.
In their new work, they delve into their personal history of clubbing with an unusual anthropological take, physically examining free styles such as Jamaican dancehall, 70s’ voguing and today’s twerking. The piece is an exploration in grime music, combining sounds from dancehall, hip hop and UK garage. DJs Elijah and Skilliam mix live on stage in this bold and energising performance.
Contains strong language and nudity
Free post-show talk with François Chaignaud and Cecilia Bengolea: Thursday 5 March, on stage
Press night: Thursday 5 March at 8pm

Press contact: Jolene Dyke on 020 7863 8112 or

English National Ballet

Modern Masters: Icons of 20th Century Choreography

Tuesday 10 - Sunday 15 March

Tickets: £12 - £45
Modern Masters honours the work of three of the most influential choreographers of the 20th century: Jiří Kylián, John Neumeier and William Forsythe. Bold and galvanising, their choreographies are full of invention, energy, driven by music.
Jiří Kylián’s poetic Petite Mort features six men, six women, and six fencing foils, symbolising energy, silence and sexuality. Performed to the slow movements of two Mozart Piano Concerti, the foils slowly become dancing partners, as the brutality of everyday life is revealed.
Not in the repertoire of any other UK company, Spring and Fall was created by Hamburg Ballet’s John Neumeier. Set to Dvořák’s Serenade for Strings in E Major, it is a work for two couples and corps de ballet and takes its narrative from the tension in the music.
With In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated, William Forsythe started a new school of choreography, deconstructing classical ballet. Set against a bare stage it is danced by nine individuals culminating in a fierce display of technical and physical wizardry.
Free post-show talk with Tamara Rojo (BSL-interpreted): Wednesday 11 March, on stage
English National Ballet is a Sadler’s Wells Associate Company
Press night: Tuesday 10 March at 7.30pm

Press contact: Rob James on 020 7590 2933 /

Wild Card

Wild Card returns with more specially curated evenings from a new generation of dance makers, bringing fresh perspectives to the stage. For each Wild Card, an emerging artist or producer is given the opportunity to present work they admire alongside their own work. Wild Card is part of Sadler’s Wells’ programme of support for young and emerging dance talent, alongside hosting the National Youth Dance Company, the New Wave Associates initiative and the Sadler’s Wells Summer University programme.


Casson & Friends UK PREMIERE

Wednesday 18 March

Tickets: £17
Tim Casson’s show invites audiences to join performers for an evening to explore the wonderful things that can happen when people work together.
Casson is a London-based performer and choreographer with an interest in collaboration, interactivity and technology. Best known for his innovative record-breaking dance project The Dance WE Made, Casson presents a night of work created through unexpected and unique collaborations – between dancers, artists and the audience. The evening includes the London premiere of Casson's solo work Fiend; a magical reimagining of Nijinsky's iconic Afternoon of a Faun, created in collaboration with computer programmer Tom Butterworth, which sees the dancer multiplied and seeking a connection in his virtual world.
BSL-interpreted performance
Pre-show activities from 7pm and extra content to be announced. See website for details
Wild Card is supported by The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation and The Garrick Charitable Trust
Press night: Wednesday 18 March at 8pm

Press contact: Agnish Ray on 020 7863 8114 or

Candoco Dance Company / Jérôme Bel

The Show Must Go on

Friday 20 & Saturday 21 March

Tickets: £12 - £27

Candoco Dance Company - the renowned contemporary dance company of disabled and non-disabled performers - presents a restaged version of Jérôme Bel’s award-winning The Show Must Go On, bringing together a UK-wide cast of 20 performers, 19 pop songs and one DJ.

The Show Must Go On was created in 2001 and is one of the iconic works in the career of French choreographer Jérôme Bel. The show examines the relationship between art and life, constantly surprising and challenging the viewer's expectations. Controlled by a DJ and audio feed, the performers follow lyrics of the songs, ranging from musicals to well-loved pop songs.

A Sadler’s Wells co-production
The Monument Trust supports co-productions and new commissions at Sadler's Wells

Press night: Friday 20 March at 7.30pm

Press contact: Sheridan Humphrey on 07966578607 or



Saturday 21 March

Tickets: £6 - £12
Equation is the culmination of the inaugural year of Sadler’s Wells’ =dance, presenting highlights from featured companies and artists, followed by a debate around the contribution of their work to the =dance series and its impact on the dance sector.
Free post show BSL-interpreted talk
Press night: Saturday 21 March at 5pm

Press contact: Eugénie Dunster on 020 7863 8122 or



Sunday 22 March

Tickets: £6 - £12
Corali presents a mixed programme including its acclaimed work Empty Theatre Dream and two new works resulting from collaborations with Wayne McGregor | Random Dance and Impermanence Dance Theatre.
Free post show BSL-interpreted talk, on stage
Press night: Sunday 22 March at 4pm

Press contact: Eugénie Dunster on 020 7863 8122 or

Northern Ballet

The Great Gatsby

Tuesday 24 - Saturday 28 March

Tickets: £12 - £42
After its sell out success in 2013, Northern Ballet returns to Sadler's Wells this spring with The Great Gatsby. Set on New York’s Long Island in the 1920s, young Midwesterner Nick Carraway meets his infamous neighbour Jay Gatsby - a mysterious millionaire with a secret past and a penchant for lavish parties. As the sparkling façade of Gatsby’s world begins to slip, Carraway comes to see the loneliness, obsession and tragedy that lie beneath.
Adapted from the classic novel by F Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby is directed and choreographed by artistic director David Nixon OBE, with co-direction from Patricia Doyle, sets by Jérôme Kaplan, lighting by Tim Mitchell and costumes also by David Nixon.
Insight/movement workshop: Saturday 28 March at 10.30am
Touch tour: Saturday 28 March at 12.15pm
Audio-described performance: Saturday 28 March at 2.30pm
Press night: Tuesday 24 March at 7.30pm

Press contact: Catherine Worthington on 0113 220 8000 or

Scottish Ballet

A Streetcar Named Desire

Tuesday 31 March - Thursday 2 April

Tickets: £12 - £42
Scottish Ballet returns to Sadler’s Wells with A Streetcar Named Desire following a South Bank Sky Arts Award-winning tour in 2012.
Set to a specially commissioned jazz-inspired score by composer Peter Salem, Scottish Ballet presents its thrilling adaptation of Tennessee Williams’ play which won an Olivier Award in 2013. The company continues to push the boundaries of modern ballet in a collaboration with theatre and film director Nancy Meckler and choreographer Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, creating a powerful infusion of drama and dance.
Age Guidance 12+
Press night: Tuesday 31 March at 7.30pm

Press contact: Kirsten Cockburn on or Charlotte Gross on / 0141 331 6293

English National Ballet and English National Ballet School THE PEACOCK

My First Ballet: Swan Lake

Thursday 2 - Sunday 12 April

Tickets: £8 - £25

Family Ticket: £65 (including at least two under 16)
Following the success of their children-friendly adaptations of Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and Coppélia, English National Ballet and English National Ballet School return with a new addition to the My First Ballet series – My First Ballet: Swan Lake. With a narrator to help the young audience follow the story and a shortened version of Tchaikovsky’s music, these performances are created to make ballet accessible and enjoyable to children from the age of three upwards.
This unique collaboration between English National Ballet and English National Ballet School is created by English National Ballet’s Associate Artist George Williamson and performed by second year students from English National Ballet School. A range of symbol resources are available to make the story more accessible to children with learning difficulties and disabilities. Check for details.
Age Guidance: 3+
English National Ballet is a Sadler’s Wells Associate Company
Press night: Thursday 2 April at 7pm

Press contact: Robert James on 020 7590 2933 or

Sadler’s Wells Family Weekend
Family Weekend is Sadler’s Wells’ annual two-day festival with an array of activities happening all over the building, offering entertainment for all the family.

Sally Cookson & Wilkie Branson


Friday 3 & Saturday 4 April

Tickets: £7 - £12
Varmints is a rich visual piece of original dance theatre for young people and their families, choreographed by B-boy and Sadler’s Wells New Wave Associate Wilkie Branson, in collaboration with children’s theatre director Sally Cookson. Based on the award-winning book by Helen Ward with illustrations by Marc Craste, it tells the poignant tale of one small creature’s struggle to preserve a world in danger of being lost forever.
Following a successful 2013 tour, Varmints returns to the LBS with a specially added interactive post show discussion in which the audience can meet the cast and discover more about the show.

Age Guidance: 7+
Free post-show discussion after all performances with Wilkie Branson
Family dance workshops: Friday at 12.30pm & 3.30pm and Saturday at 11am, £2
A Sadler’s Wells Co-production
The Monument Trust supports co-productions and new commissions at Sadler's Wells
Wilkie Branson is a New Wave Associate
The New Wave Associate Programme is supported by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation
Press performance: Friday 3 April at 2pm



Saturday 4 April

Tickets: £8 - £16
Aracaladanza has been a favourite at Sadler’s Wells since the award-winning company’s Family Weekend debut in 2008.
Constelaciones is a new piece, inspired by the work of Barcelona born painter Joan Miró. A national icon in Spain and one of the 20th century’s most celebrated artists, Miró is known for his surrealist and experimental approach to his art. Constelaciones is a cocktail of colours, shapes and games, inviting the audience to explore the colourful universe Miró composed with his paintings.
Age Guidance 4+
Family dance workshops at 12.30pm & 3.30pm, £2
Press performance: Saturday 4 April at 2pm
Press contact: Caroline Ansdell on 020 7863 8125 or

National Youth Dance Company / Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui     

Friday 10 April

Tickets: £6 - £12
Now in its third year, the National Youth Dance Company is fast establishing a reputation for producing high quality performances from a company of dancers who are expressive, brave and influential. Having completed two sold out UK tours, the National Youth Dance Company returns to Sadler’s Wells to premiere a new work created by the 2014-15 Guest Artistic Director Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui.
Cherkaoui, a Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist, is one of the most prolific choreographers working today and has created more than 20 works. This new commission sees him revisiting moments from his established catalogue of work: Sutra, Babel(words), Puz/zle, Genesis and TeZukA, while incorporating new ideas and movement material from the young dancers. The work is created in partnership with Eastman.
National Youth Dance Company is funded jointly by Arts Council England and the Department for Education, from the National Lottery and Grant in Aid funds.
Under 5s admitted
Press night: Friday 10 April at 7.30pm

Press contact: Agnish Ray on 020 7863 8114 or

Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch

Auf dem Gebirge hat man ein Geschrei gehört and Ahnen UK PREMIERE

Wednesday 15 - Sunday 26 April

Tickets: £12 - £60
Beginning her work as a choreographer in 1968, Pina Bausch invented tanztheater as it is known today. During 40 years as Artistic Director of Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch, she nurtured an ensemble of vivid imagination and grand scale and developed an artistic canon renowned for its diverse cultural influences and rich visual style. Since her untimely death in 2009, the company has continued to tour her 46 choreographic works around the world.
For this visit, the company performs two pieces from the 1980s never before seen in the UK, which capture Bausch at the height of her powers.1984’s Auf dem Gebirge hat man ein Geschrei gehört (On the Mountain A Cry Was Heard) is set upon a soil-strewn stage and features music from Billie Holiday, Edith Piaf and Henry Purcell. Ahnen, first performed in 1987, has a similarly diverse score, and takes place in a thorny desert-scape conceived by set designer Peter Pabst. The incredible set designs for these productions include no less than 40 fir trees on stage, 20 cubic metres of potting soil, a large aquarium and real snow.
Press nights: Auf dem Gebirge hat man ein Geschrei gehörst, Wednesday 15 April at 7.30pm; Ahnen, Thursday 23 April at 7.30pm

Press contact: Caroline Ansdell on 020 7863 8125 or

London Children’s Ballet THE PEACOCK

Snow White

Thursday 23 - Sunday 26 April

Tickets: £14 - £55
With a cast of 55 talented dancers, aged nine – 16, London Children’s Ballet returns to the West End with a production of Snow White based on the original Grimms’ fairy tale. The ballet includes an original musical score performed by a live orchestra. Founded in 1994, London Children’s Ballet gives talented young dancers the opportunity to perform as part of a professional ballet production. They have an extensive repertoire of 14 ballets, including The Secret Garden, A Little Princess, Ballet Shoes and Rumpelstiltskin.
Age Guidance: No under 3s admitted
Press night: Friday 24 April at 6.30pm

Press contact: Zoe Vickerman on 020 8969 1555 or
Wild Card


Friday 24 April

Tickets: £17
Katye Coe is a dance artist practising as a performer, curator, dance maker and teacher. Her practice reaches across forms and communities, informed by the belief that thinking happens differently when it is located in dancing or moving. Improvisation and collaboration are core aspects of her work.
She curates an evening in conversation with Charlie Morrissey, dance artist and collaborator (Steve Paxton, Siobhan Davies). Sound artist Graeme Miller and philosopher Alva Noe also contribute works igniting the idea of ‘preparation’.
Pre-show activities and extra content to be announced. See website for details.
Wild Card is supported by The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation and The Garrick Charitable Trust
Press night: Friday 24 April at 8pm

Press contact: Jolene Dyke on 020 7863 8112 or

Breakin’ Convention ’15

International Festival of Hip Hop Dance Theatre

Saturday 2 & Sunday 3 May

Tickets: £15 - £20
Sadler’s Wells’ critically acclaimed international festival of hip hop dance theatre, Breakin’ Convention, is back, with performances from UK and international companies. Now in its 12th year, this hugely popular Sadler's Wells Production is hosted and curated by Associate Artist Jonzi D.
Breakin’ Convention also sees Sadler’s Wells’ foyer transformed with live DJs, freestyle dance jams, graffiti exhibitions, and workshops from top international artists.Tickets are just £20 or £15 standing.
Full line-up to be announced in March 2015, check for updates.
Under 5s admitted
A Sadler's Wells Production
Press nights: Saturday 2 & Sunday 3 May at 6pm (doors open at 4pm)

Press contact: Jolene Dyke on 020 7863 8112 or

Rojas and Rodríguez THE PEACOCK


Tuesday 5 - Saturday 23 May

Tickets: £15 - £38
Titanium fuses the rich dance heritage of flamenco with the rawness of hip hop and break dance culture. It is a fresh incarnation of urban flamenco, winning a National Dance Award in Spain and high praise in a tour across Europe. Featuring a band of four on stage, mixing flamenco with hip hop beats, Titanium offers audiences a new perspective on how flamenco, urban and street dance have more in common than one might think.
The show is directed by Rojas and Rodríguez of Nuevo Ballet Español. The multi-talented cast numbers three flamenco dancers, three hip hop dancers, and three b-boys including Chey Jurado, Spain’s national b-boy champion.
Press night: Wednesday 6 May at 7.30pm

Press contact: Agnish Ray on 020 7863 8114 or

BBC Young Dancer 2015


Saturday 9 May

Tickets: £12 - £25
The Grand Final of the inaugural BBC Young Dancer comes to Sadler’s Wells, with the UK’s best young dancers performing for this prestigious award.
Announced as part of BBC Arts, dancers aged 16-20 from all over the UK were invited to enter four categories: ballet, contemporary, hip hop and South Asian Dance. The winners of the Category Finals (to be shown on BBC Four) plus two additional candidates chosen by the judges, will dance at the Grand Final.
Each dancer will premiere a new solo piece created especially for them by a leading young choreographer. They will also dance a solo, duet (pas de deux/battle) and an ensemble piece. The judging panel for the Grand Final features some of the leading names in British dance: Matthew Bourne, Akram Khan, Wayne McGregor, Tamara Rojo, Kenrick Sandy and Alistair Spalding. The Grand Final will be televised on BBC Two as part of the BBC’s continuing commitment to the arts and support of new talent.
BBC Young Dancer is part of BBC Four’s 'Year of Song and Dance'
Press night: Saturday 9 May at 6.15pm

Press contact: Alexandra Heybourne on 020 361 43888 / /


with Tredegar Town Band and the Rambert Orchestra

Tuesday 12 - Saturday 16 May                                                                                                          

Tickets: £8 - £38

Family ticket for Saturday matinee: £40 (Four tickets including at least one child)
This spring, Rambert’s new triple bill of work showcases the diversity and brilliance of Britain's national dance company.
The full ranks of Tredegar Town Band, the 2013 British Open Champion brass band, propel Rambert's wonderful dancers in Dark Arteries, the world's first brass band dance work, created by composer Gavin Higgins and Rambert Artistic Director Mark Baldwin. The programme also includes the latest work from Sadler’s Wells New Wave Associate Alexander Whitley and a revival of Four Elements by celebrated US choreographer Lucinda Childs, which both feature commissioned scores played live by the Rambert Orchestra. 
Sign language interpreted show: Wednesday 13 May at 7.30pm
Free pre-show talk with Artistic Director Mark Baldwin (BSL-interpreted): Wednesday 13 May at 6.30pm, on stage
Free pre-show talk with Music Director Paul Hoskins: Friday 15 May at 6.30pm, on stage


Alexander Whitley is a New Wave Associate
The New Wave Associate Programme is supported by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation
Press night: Tuesday 12 May at 7.30pm

Press contact: Nicola Osmond-Evans on 020 8630 0612 or
Boris Charmatz / Musée de la danse PART OF MUSÉE DE LA DANSE IN LONDON


Tuesday 19 & Wednesday 20 May

Tickets: £12 - £27
For this new work, manger, Boris Charmatz investigates how to set bodies in motion not with the eyes or with the limbs, but with the mouth. The mouth acts as the crossroads where food, voices, breath and words meet; a space where the self and the other engage, and ingest each other. Charmatz uses this metaphor as the vehicle for his choreography in manger, challenging the role that the mouth and eating play in choreography, dance and performance. Standing at the boundaries between a mobile installation and a performance piece, manger offers what Charmatz terms a ‘swallowed reality’: a slow digestion of the world.
Charmatz has been the director of the Centre choregraphique national de Rennes et de Bretagne since 2009. He made his daring and provocative Sadler’s Wells debut in 2014 with the UK premiere of enfant, an intergenerational ensemble piece exploring the borders between the young and the old.
Pre-show talk with Boris Charmatz and Alistair Spalding (BSL-interpreted): Wednesday 20 May, details below
Musée de la danse in London: presented by Sadler's Wells and Tate Modern
Press night: Tuesday 19 May at 7.30pm

Press contact: Agnish Ray on 020 7863 8114 or

Director’s Conversations PART OF MUSÉE DE LA DANSE IN LONDON

Alistair Spalding in conversation with Boris Charmatz

Wednesday 20 May

Tickets: £4
The discussion explores Charmatz's Musée de la danse (Museum of Dance), the Centre chorégraphique national de Rennes et de Bretagne in France, and the creation of his new work manger.
Musée de la danse in London: presented by Sadler's Wells and Tate Modern
Press night: Wednesday 20 May at 6pm

Press contact: Agnish Ray on 020 7863 8114 or

Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, Boris Charmatz and Amandine Beyer

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