Sadler’s Wells in London has announced a new season for 2023 include four world premieres, seven UK premieres and work from artists from 17 countries across five continents.
Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist BalletBoyz assembles a multidisciplinary team of collaborators including fellow Associate Artist Russell Maliphant, Cassie Kinoshi, Charlotte Harding and Keaton Henson for the premiere of England on Fire (8-11 November 2023), inspired by Mat Osman and Stephen Ellcock’s book of the same name.
Sadler’s Wells Associate Company English National Ballet’s Our Voices features three works celebrating classical, contemporary and neo-classical dance, with music performed live by English National Ballet Philharmonic. Carlos Acosta returns to Sadler’s Wells Theatre in the role of The Bull in his new adaptation of Carmen (2-6 July 2024) for their International Associate Company Acosta Danza, premiering in 2024.
The new season features collaborations with internationally renowned musicians. Birmingham Royal Ballet brings the sound of metal to Sadler’s Wells Theatre in Black Sabbath – The Ballet (8-21 October) and Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan collaborates with Icelandic band Sigur Rós on Lunar Halo (30 November 2 December). Emanuel Gat’s LOVETRAIN2020 (17-18 November) plays out to a soundtrack of hits by British 80s duo Tears for Fears, while Associate Artist Michael Keegan-Dolan’s Olivier Award-nominated MÁM (5-7 October) returns to the stage with live performances from pan-European orchestral collective s t a r g a z e. In the Lilian Baylis Studio, Zinzi Minott’s Black on Black (29-30 September) explores Queerness, Blackness and the body as an archive with a specially commissioned score by Gaika.
Aditi Mangaldas explores how women, the world over, are persecuted for their sexual desire in a powerful solo, FORBIDDEN (14-14 October), co-commissioned by Sadler’s Wells. Maud Le Pladec takes inspiration from the conceptual Swiss artist Rémy Zaugg in Twenty-seven Perspectives (30-31 October). South African dance group Via Katlehong Dance brings two new works from Marco da Silva Ferreira and Amala Dianor, presented by Sadler’s Wells and Dance Umbrella.
In 2024, International Associate Company Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch returns with Pina Bausch’s iconic work Nelken (14-22 February 2024), performed in a huge field of 8,000 carnations. New York City Ballet brings a mixed bill featuring choreography from Kyle Abraham, Justin Peck and Pam Tanowitz.
In the Lilian Baylis Studio, the new cohort of Sadler’s Wells Young Associates share their work for the first time, while J Neve Harrington imagines alternative ways of ordering time in SOME TIMES (11-13 October), new full-length work performed in the round. Roberta Jean’s Ways of Being (9-10 November), a Sadler’s Wells commission, is a love letter to those who have experienced depression.
Sadler’s Wells West End venue the Peacock Theatre, welcomes the celebrated Kyiv City Ballet on its first ever UK tour, running from 26-30 September 2023. The Argentine Malambo is reimagined in the internationally acclaimed Malevo (31 Oct-4 Nov), and Arlene Phillips’ House of Flamenka, with choreography from James Cousins and Francisco Hidalgo, returns from 17-28 October.