English National Ballet performs Pina Bausch's iconic Le Sacre du Printemps (The Rite of Spring), in an electrifying triple bill also featuring William Forsythe's In The Middle, Somewhat Elevated and Hans van Manen's Adagio Hammerklavier.
IN THE MIDDLE, SOMEWHAT ELEVATED
With “this classic loaded with extreme moves and killer attitude” (The Times), William Forsythe started a completely new school of choreography, deconstructing classical ballet.
Set against a bare stage it is danced by nine individuals culminating in a fierce display of technical and physical wizardry.
“A shot of pure adrenalin”
The Daily Telegraph
As the first notes of Beethoven’s pensive piano Sonata No 29, Op 106 play out, three couples slowly walk on stage.
Eyes downcast, they set the tone for this cool, lyrical work by Hans van Manen, “one of the great masters” (The Guardian) of ballet.
“Choreography of exquisite refinement”
LE SACRE DU PRINTEMPSPina Bausch’s production features 13 male and 13 female dancers and a stage covered in soil. Dancing the selection and sacrifice of a terrified victim, it is as gut-wrenching and galvanising as Stravinsky’s score, performed live by English National Ballet Philharmonic.
English National Ballet is honoured to be only the second ballet Company in the world, and the only UK Company, to perform Bausch's masterpiece, not seen in the UK since the 2008 Tanztheater Wuppertal performances.
“Hot, dark and terrifying”
A co-production between English National Ballet and Pina Bausch Foundation in collaboration with Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch