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English National Ballet at Sadlers Wells

Erik Woolhouse in Playlist (Track 1, 2) by William Forsythe © Laurent Liotardo

Erik Woolhouse in Playlist (Track 1, 2) by William Forsythe © Laurent Liotardo

Any lover of modern ballet should hurry themselves across to the Sadlers Wells this week to see the Voices In America programme being performed by the English National Ballet (ENB), on until 21 April 2018.

I was there this past weekend and enjoyed a tremendous evening of technical and artistic brilliance. Sure, it’s always possible to nitpick here and there but nothing should detract from the sheer pleasure of watching some exemplary modern dance choreography and performance at the Sadlers Wells.

Especially, for a wheelchair user, as Sadlers Wells is such a wonderfully wheelchair friendly, wheelchair accessible arts venue – one of the best in London for access and parking (request a car park space at the time of booking plus, if you don’t, there are a couple of blue badge spaces right outside which we often are able to park in).

I’ve written about great access at the Sadlers Wells many times before before so no more to add on that and here, I include images, courtesy of the ENB, details on the programme from the ENB website and the YouTube promo video for a mere hint of the joys to come:

Jerome Robbins. William Forsythe. Aszure Barton. Three generations of choreographers. Each with a distinct style, but with work infused with the raw, in-your-face attitude of American-style neo-classical ballet.

World premiere: Playlist (Track 1, 2) by William Forsythe
The world premiere of a new work by one of the most revered choreographers working today. Created especially for 12 male dancers of English National Ballet, this is his first creation for a UK ballet company in over 20 years. Playlist (Track 1, 2) is set to neo-soul and house music.

Approximate Sonata 2016, William Forsythe
Originally created in 1996, Forsythe recently reworked this piece for Paris Opera Ballet. A series of pas de deux that deconstruct the classical ballet vocabulary, Approximate Sonata 2016 is accompanied by a new version of the original score by Thom Willems.

The Cage, Jerome Robbins
Animal desire, predatory instinct and natural selection come together in Robbins’s shocking classic, where a female ‘insect’ comes to see the male counterpart as prey. This arresting piece is performed to Stravinsky’s haunting Concerto in D, played live by English National Ballet Philharmonic.

Fantastic Beings, Aszure Barton

The programme also features a reworked version of Aszure Barton’s “deliriously delightful” Fantastic Beings (The Daily Express). Originally created as part of English National Ballet’s She Said programme in 2016, Fantastic Beings is a vigorous, energetic work for 20 dancers, accompanied by Mason Bates’s dynamic score performed live by English National Ballet Philharmonic.

My personal favourites were the new Forsythe and Aszure Barton’s piece which, whilst not without fault, was beautifully performed with some lovely, striking elements but the entire programme is, as I’ve said, a joy for any modern dance lover.

Treat yourself to some tickets and enjoy ENB at the Sadlers Wells whilst you can.

Erik Woolhouse in Playlist (Track 1, 2) by William Forsythe © Laurent Liotardo

Erik Woolhouse in Playlist (Track 1, 2) by William Forsythe © Laurent Liotardo

Crystal Costa in Fantastic Beings by Aszure Barton © Laurent Liotardo

Crystal Costa in Fantastic Beings by Aszure Barton © Laurent Liotardo

Giorgio Garrett and English National Ballet in Playlist (Track 1, 2) by William Forsythe © Laurent Liotardo

Giorgio Garrett and English National Ballet in Playlist (Track 1, 2) by William Forsythe © Laurent Liotardo

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