Sadler's Wells autumn 2011/ early 2012 seasons announced - tickets available now
London's Sadler's Wells - Clerkenwell theatre has announced its autumn 2011 and early 2012 schedule, featuring a wide selection of contemporary and traditional performances from around the world. Matthew Bourne's 'Nutcracker!' is celebrating its 20th anniversary and is returning to Sadler's Wells for a seven-week Christmas run.
Looking further ahead, summer 2012 sees a month of performances celebrating of the work of legendary German choreographer Pina Bausch who passed away in 2009.
Tickets for all shows are available from £10 unless stated otherwise. For details, and to buy tickets, click on the accompanying images below.
Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui
TeZukA Japanese animator, visionary and 'God of Manga', Osamu Tezuka, provides the inspiration for Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui's brand new work - 'TeZukA'. Working with a cast of nine dancers, two musicians, an actor and a calligrapher, Cherkaoui explores Tezuka's fascinating world - a blend of tradition, science fiction and contemporary reality. Featuring a specially-commissioned score from award-winning composer Nitin Sawhney, TeZukA runs from 6th to 10th September 2011.
Ímã and Onqotô From Brazilian contemporary dance company Grupo Corpo and choreographer Rodrigo Pederneiras, 'Onqotô' tackles the origins of the universe through the surprising setting of a football match in Rio de Janeiro. 'Ímã' is inspired by the scientific law of magnetism and dancers engage in a constant game of union and dispersion as duos, trios and larger groups. From 13th to 16th September 2011.
Ea Sola: Drought and Rain
French Vietnamese choreographer Ea Sola left Vietnam during war, returning in 1990 to research the traditional music and dance of Vietnam and the lasting effect of the war on its people. The result was 1995's 'Drought and Rain'. With a group of elderly women from the north of Vietnam and an ensemble of six virtuoso traditional musicians, Ea Sola has recreated this moving work. From 19th to 20th September 2011.
6000 Miles Away Guillem has conceived a new evening of work by three of the most important choreographers working today: Mats Ek, William Forsythe and Jiří Kylián. This will be the second run, following July's sold-out world premiere. Swedish choreographer Ek presents 'Ajö' (Bye), a new solo created especially for Guillem and set to Beethoven's last piano sonata. Forsythe choreographs a new duet for Guillem and one of Teatro alla Scala's biggest stars, Massimo Murru. From 22nd to 25th September 2011.
Akram Khan Company
DESH From celebrated choreographer and performer, Akram Khan, 'DESH' is inspired by his homeland of Bangladesh. After acclaimed collaborations with artists Sylvie Guillem, Anish Kapoor and Antony Gormley, 'DESH' is one of Khan's most personal works, as he seeks to reconnect with his cultural roots, portraying several characters familiar in daily Bangladeshi culture. From 4th to 8th October 2011.
Emanuel Gat Dance
Brilliant Corners 'Brilliant Corners' is the title of Jazz musician Thelonius Monk's 1957 LP. Using the name of the album to prompt a line of thinking, 'Brilliant Corners' is the latest work from Israeli choreographer and performer Emanuel Gat - one of contemporary dance's most exciting young talents. His company previously performed at Sadler's Wells in both 2008 and 2010 to critical acclaim. From 10th to 11th October 2011.
Birmingham Royal Ballet
La Fille Mal Gardée and Autumn Glory Birmingham Royal Ballet returns with two contrasting evenings. The ever popular and charming love story of 'La Fille mal gardée', revolves around a love triangle between country beauty Lise, her true love Colas, and Alain, the son of a rich vineyard owner.
This season's triple bill, 'Autumn Glory', features Ninette de Valois' 'Checkmate', Frederick Ashton's 'Symphonic Variations' performed by six dancers to one of César Franck's finest works and 'Pineapple Poll', choreographed by John Cranko and danced to a Gilbert and Sullivan medley. From 18th to 22nd October 2011.
Cloud Gate Dance Theatre
White The Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan, the first contemporary dance company in any Chinese speaking community, is known for transforming ancient aesthetics into thrillingly original performances. White is in three distinct parts - each presenting a different type of 'white'. A visually captivating work, White plays with audiences' perceptions of light and presents the body in its purest, most beautiful form. From 9th to 12th November 2011.
Rambert Dance Company
Artistic Director Mark Baldwin presents the first of three pieces, 'Seven for a secret, never to be told', set to beautiful music based on Ravel's opera 'L'enfant et les sortileges'. Next, groundbreaking choreographer Javier De Frutos returns to create a world premiere inspired by the life and work of Tennessee Williams and set to music from 'A Streetcar Named Desire'. Concluding the bill is Merce Cunningham's spellbinding 'RainForest', performed to David Tudor's evocative score. All three works will be played live by the Rambert Orchestra. From 15th to 19th November 2011.
Turnage - McGregor - Wallinger This collaboration between acclaimed composer Mark-Anthony Turnage, Olivier Award-winning choreographer Wayne McGregor and Turner Prize-winning visual artist Mark Wallinger is a two-part evening, featuring a new staging of Turnage's emotional chamber opera 'Twice through the Heart'. The second part features a brand new choreographic work performed by the dancers of Wayne McGregor | Random Dance. Turnage's new score has been inspired by a text written by Wallinger. From 1st to 3rd December 2011.
Matthew Bourne's Nutcracker!
One of the most popular dance productions ever staged in the UK, Matthew Bourne's Nutcracker! returns to Sadler's Wells this Christmas to celebrate its 20th anniversary with a limited seven-week run. Tchaikovsky's glorious score performed by a live orchestra and Anthony Ward's unforgettable sets and costumes combine with sizzling choreography to create a fresh interpretation of the traditional Christmas favourite. From 6th December 2011 to 22nd January 2012.
Tanztheater Wuppertal - Pina Bausch
World Cities 2012 A month-long season of productions celebrating one of the most influential choreographers in dance, the late Pina Bausch. The season features ten works exploring ten global locations. Living in each city for a period, Bausch's company would then return to Wuppertal, Germany, to create a piece inspired by their visit. Led by Pina Bausch, Tanztheater Wuppertal has had an enormous impact on the development of modern dance and has been awarded some of the most prestigious prizes and honours worldwide. From 6th June to 9th July 2012, tickets start at £15.
Sister venues to Sadler's Wells also have plenty to offer this autumn/winter. The Lilian Baylis Theatre - Clerkenwell features 'Quarantine - Entitled' (27th Sept - 1st Oct), urban dance company Champloo Dance Company present 'White Caps' (21st to 23rd Oct) and the, for the children, Travelling Light Theatre Company present 'Boing!' (13th - 31st Dec). Tickets are available now from £12.
The Peacock Theatre - Covent Garden has also announced an extensive autumn/winter season. 'The Snowman' is the Christmas highlight, running from 30th November 2011 to 8th January 2012. Tickets are on sale now, starting at £12.