To commemorate 100 years since the end of the First World War, English National Ballet revive their “moving and ambitious” (The Independent) triptych reflecting the experiences of those who fought, and those who stayed behind.
The programme features works by two Sadler’s Wells Associate Artists: Russell Maliphant’s Second Breath, in which 20 dancers rise and fall, and Akram Khan’s award-winning Dust which is “full of pain and power” (The Independent), as well as Liam Scarlett’s No Man’s Land – evoking the entwined destinies of the soldiers and munition workers.
The award-winning all-male comedy ballet company, Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo (or “The Trocks,” as they’ve become known) heads back to The Peacock with their side-splitting send-ups and hilarious homages to classical ballet.
Programme A features the Trocks’ trademark take on the Petipa’s masterpieces, storming their way through the second act of Swan Lake and the quirky tale of The Little Humpback Horse, with the company’s fabulous sense of fun and their flawless dance. In Trovatiara they take on Verdi in a pirate-based pastiche of traditional opera ballets and is set to delight audience of all ages.
Programme B features The Trock’s comic, and immaculately danced, interpretations of Fokine’s “ballet blanc” Les Sylphides, the colourful and joyous pas de six from the Bournonville classic Napoli and the wedding scenes from the 19th century Petipa ballet, Raymonda.
Random Acts has partnered with Sadler’s Wells to present original films from three distinctive dance artists, to coincide with their new commissions for the Reckonings stage production.
Reflecting a variety of dance styles from post-modern dance to contemporary African and hip hop theatre, the films are informed by themes such as race representation, gender and identity.
Director Billy Boyd Cape collaborates with dance artist, choreographer and director Botis Seva and his hip hop theatre collective, Far From The Norm, to explore the themes of love, abandonment and fatherhood. On a journey of independence, we discover a man’s inner struggle of his mind versus his soul in this emotional dance film, made in association with Sadler's Wells.
Cape has directed music videos for FKA Twigs, Pussy Riot and Pendulum, as well as commercial and artistic short films.
Working across theatre and hip hop, Botis Seva is founder and Artistic Director of Far From The Norm.
Commissioned for Sadler's Wells' 20th anniversary, Reckonings premieres at the theatre from 11 until 13 October.