Sadler’s Wells Announces Sylvie Guillem World Premiere

Sadler’s Wells is delighted to announce the world premiere in July 2011 of a mixed programme devised and performed by internationally acclaimed dancer and Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist Sylvie Guillem.

Widely recognised as one of the world’s greatest dancers, Sylvie Guillem stars in a new evening of work by three of today’s most important choreographers; Mats Ek, William Forsythe, and Jiří Kylián. Tickets for the world premiere of this mixed programme at Sadler’s Wells are on sale from 10am on Monday 21 March 2011.

Sadler’s Wells Artistic Director Alistair Spalding says “Sylvie’s stellar career has defied the usual conventions, taking a thrilling turn with contemporary dance, and this mixed programme continues our partnership with her which has developed through collaborations such as PUSH and Eonnagata. A project of this kind is complex to pull off so I’m delighted to have enabled this new evening of work from four of the most respected artistic forces in dance today.”

For this Sadler’s Wells / Sylvie Guillem production, William Forsythe creates a new duet for her andParis Opera Ballet étoile Nicolas Le Riche, with a commissioned score by David Morrow. Commissioned by Sadler’s Wells, the iconic dance-maker works with Guillem again following his now legendary In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated,createdon her in 1987 at Paris Opera. This duet is the fourth work he has created for her, preceded by France/Dance, In the Middle Somewhat Elevated, and Firstext.

As an American working internationally for the last 35 years, William Forsythe is considered one of the world’s foremost choreographers. His work has received over 40 awards including three Oliviers, four Bessies and an Evening Standard Award.

Also at Guillem’s request, acclaimedSwedish choreographer Mats Ek creates a new solo for her, set to Beethoven’s last piano sonata. The fourth collaboration between Ek and Guillem, commissioned by Sadlers Wells follows Wet Woman for television, the duet Smoke for Guillem and Niklas Ek, and the title role of Carmen staged by Mats Ek at The Royal Ballet in London; a work he originally created for the Cullberg Ballet.

The playful title Ajö (Bye) is described by Ek as being “… about a woman who takes leave of a certain stage in her life. It is a conversationthat she has with herself that leads to new experiences.” Ajö features interactive video by set and costume designer Katrin Brännström. It was previewed in Stockholm in December 2010 and described as a “masterpiece” by Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung writerWiebke Hüster.

Guillem also invites Jiří Kylián, another choreographer that she has worked with many times in her career, to contribute a new work for her. In response, Kylián has chosen to create a film, the medium that has fascinated him particularly through his previous collaboration with the film maker Jason Akira Somma, with whom he worked as a Rolex mentor. Kylián and Somma’s film, featuring Guillem and Sabine Kupferberg, completes the evening along with a duet from Kylián’s work 27’52” performed by dancers handpicked by the choreographer.

Jiří Kylián has created nearly 100 ballets to date, primarily for Nederlands Dans Theater where he was Artistic Director from 1975-1999, but also for companies including Stuttgart Ballet, Paris Opéra, Tokyo Ballet and the Bayerisches Staatsoper München.

A Sadler’s Wells / Sylvie Guillem Production
Co-produced by Holland Dance Festival with support from Dansenshus Stockholm

Release issued by: Sadler’s Wells


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