Lest We Forget

8 Sep 2015 – 24 Nov 2015


Sadler's Wells, London

8 Sep 2015 – 12 Sep 2015

Milton Keynes Theatre

20 Oct 2015

19:30 – 22:00

Palace Theatre Manchester

24 Nov 2015

19:30 – 22:00

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Generously supported by

The Foyle Foundation

After moving audiences and astounding critics at its premiere in London in 2014, this groundbreaking dance evening returns with performances in London, Manchester and Milton Keynes.

A poignant reflection on World War I, Lest We Forget features three works expressing the experiences of those who fought the war, and those who stayed behind.

Drawing on superb design and evocative scores, Liam Scarlett, Russell Maliphant and Akram Khan, three of the most sought-after choreographers working today, have created dance works full of unforgettable and haunting images. 

Liam Scarlett’s No Man’s Land evokes the entwined destinies of the women working in munition factories at home and the men fighting in the trenches, through emotional pas de deux set to a score by Liszt.

Twenty dancers tilt and sway in semi-darkness, rising and falling, in Second Breath, a “devastatingly effective” (Daily Telegraph) piece by Russell Maliphant set to recordings of survivors and live orchestra.

With “dancing full of pain and power” (Independent), a pounding soundtrack and atmospheric lighting, Akram Khan’s Dust grabs you from the start and does not let go. It won the Best Modern Choreography prize at the 2014 Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards.

Sunday Express

"Moving and ambitious" 
The Independent

"A remarkable evening" 
The Times

"A compelling evening" 
The Guardian

"Melancholic but thrillingly uplifting"
The Daily Telegraph

"Powerfully moving and often redemptively beautiful"
Mail on Sunday

Lest We Forget: Winner of The South Bank Sky Arts Dance Award 2015



Russell Maliphant: Second Breath
Choreographer: Russell Maliphant
Lighting Designer: Michael Hulls
Composer: Andy Cowton
Orchestrator: Ben Foskett
Costume Designer: Stevie Stewart
Collaborative Assistant: Dana Fouras
Assistant: Carys Staton

Liam Scarlett: No Man's Land
Choreographer: Liam Scarlett
Music/Composer: Excerpts from Harmonies Poétiques et Religieuses by Franz Liszt, arranged and orchestrated by Gavin Sutherland
Designs; Jon Bausor
Lighting Designer: Paul Keogan

Akram Khan: Dust
Choreographer: Akram Khan
Composer: Jocelyn Pook
Dramaturg; Ruth Little
Costume Design: Kimie Nakano
Lighting Design: Fabiana Piccioli
Set Design: Sander Loonen
Rehearsal Director: Jose Agudo and Andrej Petrovic


"Akram is the king of contemporary dance’’ BBC News

London, UK 

De Montfort University and Performing Arts at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance

Affiliations include
National Ballet of China; collaborations with actress Juliette Binoche, ballerina Sylvie Guillem; choreographer/dancer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui; singer Kylie Minogue; visual artists Anish Kapoor, Antony Gormley and Tim Yip; writer Hanif Kureishi; composers Steve Reich, Nitin Sawhney, Jocelyn Pook and Ben Frost. His creation for the London 2012 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony was received with unanimous acclaim 

Works created include
DESH, iTMOi, Vertical Road, Gnosis and zero degrees 

Other info
An Associate Artist of MC2: Grenoble and Sadler’s Wells and the recipient of numerous awards including the Laurence Olivier Award, the prestigious ISPA (International Society for the Performing Arts) Distinguished Artist Award, South Bank Sky Arts Award and several Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards. Awarded an MBE for services to dance in 2005, an Honorary Graduate of Roehampton and De Montford Universities and an Honorary Fellow of Trinity Laban


“Russell Maliphant is now Britain’s leading modern dance creator” Daily Express 

Ottawa, Canada 

Royal Ballet School 

Birmingham Royal Ballet, DV8 Physical Theatre, Michael Clark & Company 

Created work for
Sylvie Guillem, Robert Lepage, Isaac Julian, BalletBoyz, Bayerisches Staatsballet and Lyon Opera Ballet 

Other info
Formed Russell Maliphant Company in 1996 after various independent studies in anatomy, physiology and biomechanics, qualifying as a practitioner of the Rolfing Method of Structural Integration (or Rolfing®) in 1994. Awards include the Time Out Live Award for Choice; Olivier Award for Broken Fall with Sylvie Guillem, Michael Nunn and William Trevitt premiered at the Royal Opera House for Best New Dance Production. 2004 received the Critics’ Circle National Dance Award for Best Modern Choreography for Rise and FallSouth Bank Show Award and Olivier Award for Push in 2006, 2010 the Critics’ Circle National Dance Award for Best Modern Choreography and an Olivier nomination for Afterlight part 1 at Sadler’s Wells, In the Spirit of Diaghilev in celebration of the centennial of the Ballets Russes. His most recent work, Fallen was created for the BalletBoyz winning the Critics’ Circle National Dance Award for Modern Choreography 2013. 

An Associate Artist of Sadler’s Wells since 2005 and awarded an honorary doctorate of arts from Plymouth University in 2011 


‘’Dance's hottest property’’ The Independent

Ipswich, UK 

Linda Shipton School of Dancing, Royal Ballet Lower and Upper Schools 

Affiliations include
The Royal Ballet promoted to First Artist in 2008, in 2012 retired from the stage and was appointed Artist in Residence. New York Choreographic Institute; Miami City Ballet; BalletBoyz; K-Ballet; Norwegian National Ballet and New York City Ballet 

Works created include
Monochromatic; Allegro de Jeunesse; Gargoyles; Despite; Vayamos al Diablo; Of Mozart; Consolations and Liebestraum; Asphodel Meadows; Sweet VioletsDiana and Actaeon(Metamorphosis: Titan 2012); Viscera; Euphotic; Serpent; Firebird; Vespertine and Acheron 

Other info
Twice nominated for a Critics’ Circle Dance Award for Best Choreography for Of Mozart; Consolations and Liebestraum. Appeared on the panel of judges at the first Beijing International Ballet and Choreography Competition 2011. Choreographed for male and female competitors at the RAD’s Genée International Ballet Competition. Nominations include Time out London and The Hospital Club’s Top 100 in 2012 of the most influential people in the arts. Asphodel Meadows nomination for both a South Bank and Olivier and winner of the Critics’ Circle Award followed by Sweet Violets (2012) and ‘Diana and Actaeon’ (Metamorphosis: Titan 2012). Future commissions include San Francisco Ballet and American Ballet Theatre.

Casting is subject to change.

Tue 20 Oct, Milton Keynes Theatre
No Man's Land
Tamara Rojo and Junor Souza / Erina Takahashi and James Forbat / Crystal Costa and Max Westwell

Second Breath
Tamarin Stott and Joshua McSherry-Gray

Tamara Rojo, James Streeter, Fabian Reimair

Tue 24 Nov, Palace Theatre Manchester
No Man's Land
Begoña Cao and Junor Souza / Angela Wood and Fabian Reimair / Shiori Kase and Fernando Bufalá

Second Breath
Tamarin Stott and Joshua McSherry-Gray

Erina Takahashi, Fernando Bufalá

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