News: Sylvie Guillem world premieres

Friday 18 March 2011

One of the world’s greatest dancers, Sylvie Guillem presents an evening of new dance at Sadler’s Wells this July by three internationally renowned choreographers she particularly wanted to work with – William Forsythe, Mats Ek and Ji?í Kylián.

Sylvie Guillem has had a long and glittering career dancing with world class ballet companies including Paris Opera Ballet, The Royal Ballet, the Kirov,The Tokyo Ballet, Australian Ballet, American Ballet Theatre and La Scala. Now in her mid forties, in recent years she has developed her interest in contemporary dance, with *Broken Fall*, her collaboration with choreographer Russell Maliphant and Balletboyz Michael Nunn and William Trevitt in 2003 a turning point which lead to further groundbreaking collaborations.

Sylvie Guillem is an Associate Artist at Sadler’s Wells. Artistic Director Alistair Spalding says: “Sylvie’s stellar career has defied the usual conventions, taking a thrilling turn with contemporary dance, and this mixed programme continues our partnership with her which has developed through collaborations such as PUSH and Eonnagata. A project of this kind is complex to pull off so I’m delighted to have enabled this new evening of work from four of the most respected artistic forces in dance today.”

William Forsythe is creating a duet for Guillem and Paris Opera Ballet star Nicolas Le Riche – her frequent partner over the years – with a commissioned score by David Morrow. Forsythe made his now legendary *In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated*, with Sylvie in 1987 at Paris Opera Ballet. His _*France/Dance* _and _*Firstext* _were also created on her.

The programme also includes Swedish choreographer Mats Ek’s fourth work for Guillem – set to Beethoven’s last piano sonata. The title, *Ajö (Bye)*, is described by Ek as being “… about a woman who takes leave of a certain stage in her life. It is a conversation that she has with herself that leads to new experiences.” Ajö features interactive video by set and costume designer Katrin Brännström. It was previewed in Stockholm in December 2010 and described as a “masterpiece” by Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung writer Wiebke Hüster. Guillem’s other collaborations with Ek were *Wet Woman* _for television, the duet _Smoke for Guillem and Niklas Ek, and the title role of *Carmen* staged by Mats Ek at The Royal Ballet in London – a work he originally created for the Cullberg Ballet.

Netherlands based choreographer Ji?í Kylián, who has worked with Guillem many times has chosen to make a film with her for this programme. His fascination with the medium has been deepened by a recent collaboration the film maker Jason Akira Somma, with whom he worked as a Rolex mentor. Their film featuring Guillem and Sabine Kupferberg, completes the evening along with a duet from Kylián’s work *27’52”* performed by dancers selected by the choreographer. Ji?í Kylián has created nearly 100 ballets to date, primarily for Nederlands Dans Theater where he was Artistic Director from 1975-1999, but also for companies including Stuttgart Ballet, Paris Opéra, Tokyo Ballet and the Bayerisches Staatsoper München.

Sylvie Guillem Evening
Tue 5 – Sat 9 July (no performance Thu 7 July)
Tickets go on sale on Monday 21 March at 10am **“www.sadlerswells.com”:http://www.sadlerswells.com

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