English National Ballet's exciting Bausch / Forsythe / van Manen programme arrives at Sadler's Wells in March. Pina Bausch's masterpiece The Rite of Spring must be the highlight of the evening, though Hans van Manen's Adagio Hammerklavier and William Forsythe's In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated certainly won't disappoint.
With the performances of The Rite of Spring, ENB will become the second ballet company in the world, and the only UK Company, to perform the work.
ENB's Artistic Director, Tamara Rojo, commented,
Pina's Rite of Spring is of great significance, and it gives me so much joy that English National Ballet has been entrusted to perform the work.
Salomon Bausch, of the Pina Bausch Foundation, is thrilled too:
We are very much looking forward to working with Tamara Rojo and her remarkable company. It is going to be a new experience not only for the dancers but vice versa for the piece, which is going to have a new home in London.
Of Bausch, Rojo said,
Pina Bausch was an incredible artist, and remains one of the most influential people in modern culture today. Her work transcends description; it affects you on a deep emotional level, speaking to your spirit and defying logical analysis.
Adding that she was was “truly honoured and humbled” to present the piece in London.
Thursday 23 March – Saturday 1 April 2017 at 7.30pm
Tickets: £12 – £55
Box Office: www.ballet.org.uk or 020 7863 8000
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