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  • English National Ballet Triple Bill with Bausch, Forsythe & van Manen

    English National Ballet presents an incredible triple bill with stunning pieces from William Forsythe, Hans van Manen and Pina Bausch.

    English National Ballet Triple Bill with Bausch, Forsythe & van Manen

    Sarah Kundi is one of the few known British Asian ballet dancers in the UK

    English National Ballet brings an exciting triple bill to London’s Sadler’s Wells theatre on 23rd March 2017.

    Pina Bausch’s iconic ‘Le Sacre du Printemps (The Rite of Spring)’, William Forsythe’s ‘In The Middle, Somewhat Elevated’, and Hans van Manen’s ‘Adagio Hammerklavier’ take ballet to a new level.

    These reimagined performances by three iconic choreographers showcase a new side of ballet – one that is daring, contemporary and irresistibly edgy.

    William Forsythe’s ‘In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated’

    William Forsythe created this piece in 1987, and it was first performed by English National Ballet in 2015.

    Known for his modern interpretation of ballet as a visual art, Forsythe’s ‘In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated’ has been dubbed as changing ballet forever.



    Nine dancers perform the piece against a bare backdrop. It features a fast-paced electronic score by Dutch composer Thom Willems combining techno sounds with elegant movement.

    Principal casting includes the likes of Laurretta Summerscales, James Streeter, Tiffany Hedman, Precious Adams, Cesar Corrales, Crystal Costa, Isaac Hernández, Madison Keesler, and Sarah Kundi.

    Sarah Kundi is one of the few known British Asian ballet dancers in the UK. Read our interview with the talented dancer here.

    English National Ballet Triple Bill with Bausch, Forsythe & van Manen

    Hans van Manen’s ‘Adagio Hammerklavier’

    Hans van Manen is widely regarded as one of the “great masters” of ballet. His production of ‘Adagio Hammerklavier’ begins with Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 29.

    It sees three couples take to the stage for an exquisite piece of visual movement.

    Principal casting for van Manen’s production includes Fernanda Oliveira and James Forbat, Laurretta Summerscales and Fabian Reimair, and Tamara Rojo and Isaac Hernández.

    Pina Bausch’s ‘Le Sacre du Printemps (The Rite of Spring)’

    This iconic piece by modern German dancer Pina Bausch features 13 male and 13 female dancers on a soil-covered stage.

    The earthy piece is aggressive, seeing the selection and sacrifice of a helpless victim. The piece is made even more dark and terrifying by the musical soundtrack.

    The Stravinsky score is performed live by the English National Ballet Philharmonic.

    English National Ballet is the only UK company to perform the exquisite piece.

    Casting for this unmissable show is yet to be confirmed.

    Ballet and dance lovers will appreciate this incredible triple bill from English National Ballet.

    For more details of these ballet productions, and to book tickets, please visit the Sadler’s Wells website here.

    Aisha an English literature graduate, is a keen editorial writer. She adores reading, theatre, and anything arts related. She is a creative soul and is always reinventing herself. Her motto is: “Life is too short, so eat dessert first!”

    Images courtesy of Pina Bausch Foundation and Photography by ASH


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