News: Out of Asia - in North London

Monday 5 September 2011

Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui 'Tezuka'

Out of Asia – a season of work from China, Vietnam, Bangladesh, Japan and Taiwan – opens at Sadler’s Wells this week with the world premiere of a new production Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui’s TeZukA – a dance theatre work inspired by Japanese manga artist Osamu Tezuka. The season runs through the autumn and includes performances by Ea Sola (seen recently at the Edinburgh Festival), Beijing Dance Theatre, Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan, TAO Dance Theater (from China) and UK based dance artist Akram Khan.

Alistair Spalding says “At this time of rapid economic development in Asia it seems to me that aside from seeking commercial and business links, we should also explore collaborations on a cultural level. And so, in this season we have invited a number of artists and companies from the region to perform as well as presenting the results of artistic collaboration between East and West, particularly with the TeZukA project.”
__Alongside work performed in the main house and Lilian Baylis Studio, pre and post-show talks are led by Sadler’s Wells Artistic Director and Chief Executive Alistair Spalding, Professor Christopher Bannerman, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Akram Khan, Tezuka expert Helen McCarthy and co-founder of Beijing Dance Theater Wang Yuanyuan.

Watch Out of Asia: the future of contemporary dance? – including interviews with Alistair Spalding, Akram Khan and choreographer Jia-Yu Corti, alongside extracts of work.

Out of Asia
6 Sep – 16 Nov 2011

Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui
_*_Tue 6 – Sat 10 September* **Belgian/Moroccan choreographer Cherkaoui’s latest work for nine dancers includes a specially commissioned score from award-winning composer and Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist Nitin Sawhney, lighting and visual design by Willy Cessa and projections of Tezuka’s original illustrations alongside work by video artist Taki Ueda.

Ea Sola
Drought and Rain
_*_Monday 19 & Tuesday 20 September* **French Vietnamese choreographer Ea Sola brings a re-creation of her poignant work Drought and Rain to London, featuring a group of elderly Vietnamese women whose singing consoled soldiers in the front lines of the Vietnam War.

Akram Khan
_*_Tue 4 – Sat 8 October* **A new full-length solo from celebrated choreographer and performer Akram Khan, inspired by his homeland of Bangladesh. Khan has teamed up with Oscar-winning Chinese visual artist Tim Yip (production designer for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon), fellow Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist and lighting designer Michael Hulls, Indian writer and poet Karthika Nair and Olivier Award-winning composer Jocelyn Pook.

Beijing Dance Theater
_*_Thu 13 – Sat 15 October* **Beijing Dance Theater makes its first performance at Sadler’s Wells with the UK Premiere of Haze, choreographed by Wang Yuanyuan as a creative response to the economic and environmental crises of early 2009. Wang Yuanyuan is one of the most sought after choreographers to emerge from China in recent years having served as resident choreographer for the National Ballet of China and guest choreographer for New York City Ballet. Her work Raise the Red Lantern was performed by the National Ballet of China at Sadler’s Wells in 2003. Established by Wang and visual artists Han Jiang and Tan Shaoyuan, Beijing Dance Theater has built an impressive reputation for collaborating with leading dance artists and cultivating dance and the arts in China.

Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan
_*_Wed 9 – Sat 12 November* **Directed by internationally renowned choreographer Lin Hwai-min, Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan was the first contemporary dance company in any Chinese speaking community. This is the UK premiere of White, which is divided into three distinct parts – each part presenting a different type of ‘white’. Twenty dancers perform, with music by Japanese composer Atsuhiko Gondai, The Bowed Piano Ensemble founder Stephen Scott and percussionist composer Alex Cline.

TAO Dance Theater
2 and Weight x 3
_*_Tue 15 & Wed 16 November* **TAO Dance Theatre has performed in every modern dance festival throughout its homeland of China and collaborated with leading Chinese artists across genres including theatre, experimental music, visual arts and installation. The company’s visit to Sadler’s Wells closes its 2011 world tour. 2 is a duet performed by Artistic Director and company founder Tao Ye and Duan Ni. Weight x 3 is a triptych of pieces concerned with perceptions of physical practice, performed to the music of Steve Reich.

Full season details:

Image: Beijing Dance Theater in Haze

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