Bringing world class dance to new audiences, Sadler’s Sampled is a two week taster festival of dance. In its second year, Sadler’s Sampled allows spectators to get closer to the action with standing tickets, and activities before and after each show. Opening the festival is the young South African dancer and choreographer Dada Masilo, with her interpretation of Swan Lake.
Having trained at the Dance Factory in Johannesburg and the Performing Arts Research and Training Studios (PARTS), Masilo has become one of the most renowned choreographers in South Africa, winning a number of awards. Known for her reworking of classical ballets, she has previously realised new versions of Romeo and Juliet and Carmen, touring them worldwide.
In her newest creation Swan Lake, Masilo uses a company of 13 male and female African dancers to revisit this great classic; its themes, Tchaikovsky’s music, its tutus and its pointes. Re-imagining this ballet through a South African eye, giving it a new breath and a new life, Masilo tackles the issues of sex, gender and homophobia in a country confronting the impact of AIDS on its people.