News: A String of Rites - unfurls this week

Monday 8 April 2013 by Carmel Smith

A String of Rites – Sadler’s Wells series of performances celebrating the centenary of the premiere of Igor Stravinsky’s landmark, riot inducing work Rite of Spring kicks off this week with another chance to see Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre’s version of the work, which was first seen here at the London Coliseum in 2009, receiving enthusiastic reviews and an Olivier Award nomination. It was described as one of the few accounts that truly realised Stravinsky’s vision. The evening also features Artistic Director Michael Keegan-Dolan’s new interpretation of Petrushka, composed by Stravinsky in 1911

The season continues in May with iTMOi (in the mind of igor) – a new Sadler’s Wells commission from Akram Khan (28 May -1 June). The full length work for an international cast of 12 dancers features an original score by Nitin Sawhney, Jocelyn Pook and Ben Frost. Khan’s piece explores the human condition and the way in which Stravinsky transformed his work by evoking emotions through pattern, rooted in the concept of a woman dancing herself to death.

On 8 June, RIOT Offspring (produced by Sadler’s Wells’ Creative Learning programme) features a large cast of around 80 non-professional participants of all ages and abilities, including over 60s performers from Sadler’s Wells resident company The Company of Elders. RIOT Offspring will be performed in a double bill alongside the debut performance of the new National Youth Dance Company, directed by Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist Jasmin Vardimon, the company’s first guest artistic director.

In this video Michael Keegan-Dolan, Akram Khan and Birdgang Dance Company’s Simeon Qsyea (choreographer for RIOT Offspring) talk about their part in A String of Rites – with an introduction from Sadler’s Wells’ Artistic Director, Alistair Spalding.

Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre, The Rite of Spring / Petrushka
Sadler’s Wells, 11 – 13 April 2013

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