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Ek / Forsythe / Quagebeur

Sadler's Wells TheatreRosebery Avenue, London, Greater London, EC1R 4TN, United Kingdom
Dates/times in London time zone
Wednesday 09 November 2022
Thursday 10 November 2022
Friday 11 November 2022
Saturday 12 November 2022
New WorkChoreography: Mats Ek
Blake Works IMusic: Blake, James
Choreography: William Forsythe
Take Five BluesMusic: Various
Choreography: Stina Quagebeur
English National Ballet
Marie-Louise EkmanSet Designer, Costume DesignerNew work, New work
Linus FellbomLighting DesignerNew work
William ForsytheSet Designer, Costume DesignerBlake Works I, Blake Works I
Dorothee MergCostume DesignerBlake Works I
Tanja RühlLighting DesignerBlake Works I
Stina QuagebeurCostume DesignerTake Five Blues
David RichardsonLighting DesignerTake Five Blues

A dazzling triple bill celebrating the creativity and innovation of contemporary repertoire.

Renowned Swedish choreographer Mats Ek creates a new work for the Company – his first for English National Ballet.

“It is a huge honour and a privilege to have Mats Ek create a new work on us”, says Tamara Rojo, Artistic Director. “He is a master choreographer with a long history of impactful and imaginative works, and I can’t wait to see him create closely with our dancers.” The piece will feature 22 performers and music played live by English National Ballet Philharmonic. More details to be announced.

This new work will be performed alongside Blake Works Ia soulful piece by William Forsythe set to seven songs from James Blake’s album The Colour in Anything. Solos, duets and intricate group formations brilliantly combine to reflect the poetic melodies and words of Blake’s music.

Completing the bill is Take Five Blues by Associate Choreographer Stina Quagebeur, which premiered last year and will be expanded for 2022. Under moody lights, dancers let loose to a jazz-inflected soundtrack, flaunting their talent and spurring each other on. As the recording of Nigel Kennedy’s arrangements of classical and jazz standards reaches its peak, so do their dancing feats.

© Laurent Liotardo
© Laurent Liotardo
November 2022
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