Known as London’s Dance House, Sadler’s Wells has played host to innumerable companies and productions since its first incarnation in 1683 and along the way it has earned a reputation for being one of the world’s leading dance venues. The Sadler’s Wells has expanded over the years becoming a production house, receiving house and managing the program at their West End base in the Peacock Theatre. Sadler’s Wells brings dance from all over the globe to a London audience. The dance featured in their venues ranges from classic and traditional to contemporary and avant-garde. This season at Sadler’s Wells there is something for everyone, but we’ll give you a little taste of some of the shows we think you shouldn’t miss along the way.
Rambert — Ghost Dances and other works: In 1981 Christopher Bruce choreographed Ghost Dances for Rambert and it has become one of the most iconic and celebrated modern dances pieces of the generation. It was originally created in response to a letter from the widow of a murdered Chilean folk singer as a tribute to victims of political oppression in South America. The dancers, as death, tell stories of love and compassion by interjecting themselves into the day to day lives of regular people. The iconic ghost dancers are visually reminiscent of Day of the Dead celebrations and the Ghost Dances are fueled by the hypnotic rhythms of traditional Latin American music. The piece is both intensely moving and relatable and not to be missed.
Sergei Polunin—Project Polunin: Sergei Polunin has been grabbing headlines for much of his life for his moves on and off the stage. On the heels of his new documentary Dancer, Sergei returns to the UK with Project Polunin in an attempt to mesh dancers, musicians, and choreographers with other contemporary artists. This production aims to inspire dancers and audiences alike through live performances. You will leave this production feeling that the laws of physics don’t apply on Sergei’s stage.
Tango Fire at the Peacock Theatre: Authentic Argentine tango with a twist, this show is presented by world-renowned tango star German Cornejo and his company of extraordinary dancers. The show is playful and disciplined, evocative yet surprising, sensuous and sophisticated. The dancers and musicians keep up a pace that will have you on the edge of your seats. The show will leave you in awe but itching to try your hand (or feet) at the tango, and on February 7 and 14 this is possible with post-show tango lessons, free to those with same day tickets.
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