She Said

13 Apr 2016 – 16 Apr 2016

Performances

Sadler's Wells, London

13 Apr 2016 – 16 Apr 2016

Supported by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, The Foyle Foundation, the She Said Production Syndicate, Cockayne – Grants for the Arts, The London Community Foundation and the PRS for Music Foundation.

Three New Ballets

English National Ballet’s new triple bill features new pieces created by world-class female choreographers: Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Yabin Wang and Aszure Barton

Their credits list is a roll call of the world’s best dance companies and artists, from Dutch National Ballet and Ballet Nacional de Cuba (Lopez Ochoa), to Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Sydney Dance Company (Barton) and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui (Wang). The world premiere of She Said is a rare opportunity to experience their talent and vision on a single stage. 

Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s Broken Wings tells the story of one of the most iconic artists of the 20th century, Frida Kahlo, from her life-changing accident as a teenager to her stormy relationship with painter Diego Rivera. Lopez Ochoa collaborates with director Nancy Meckler and composer Peter Salem, with whom she created the award-winning dance version of A Streetcar Named Desire for Scottish Ballet. 

Yabin Wang is a leading figure in contemporary dance in China and an international performer. She produces works which foster collaboration between Chinese and international artists (the most recent, The Moon Opera, will come to Europe next year).  For She Said she brings the Greek heroine Medea into the realm of classical China, with music by Jocelyn Pook using Western and traditional Chinese instruments and costumes by Kimie Nakano (Akram Khan’s Dust). 

Aszure Barton's Fantastic Beings is a piece fuelled by the individuality of the dancers, which will develop from an intense process of collaboration. Set to a new score by Mason Bates, a composer and DJ known for his innovative orchestral writing, and featuring costume designs by Michelle Jank, it promises to live up to Barton's reputation as “one of the most innovative choreographers of this generation” (Mikhail Baryshnikov). 

Please note the front cloth for She Said contains representations of nudity.

★★
Sunday Express

★★
Evening Standard

★★★★
The Independent

★★
The Times

"Really rather special... a beautiful and poignant spectacle"
The Daily Telegraph
(on Broken Wings)

"Gathers real power... and rises to a pitch of terror"
The Guardian (on M-Dao)

"Aszure Barton livens things up and shows off the company's dancers in Fantastic Beings, full of possibilities of the body"
Evening Standard (on Fantastic Beings)

"Terrific triple bill"
"Stunning visuals, imaginative"
"Phenomenal"
Read what audiences are saying about She Said here.

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Broken Wings
Choreography: Annabelle Lopez Ochoa

Music: Peter Salem*

La Llorona
sung by Chavela Vargas
Scenography: Dieuweke van Reij

Lighting Design: Vinny Jones

Dramaturg: Nancy Meckler
*By kind permission of Cool Music Ltd

M-Dao
Choreography: Yabin Wang
Music: Jocelyn Pook*
Singer: Tanja Tzarovska - Traditional Armenian song Dle Yarman
Set and Costume Design: Kimie Nakano
Lighting Design: Fabiana Piccioli
Video Design: Matt Deely
Dramaturg: Jorge de Juan
*By kind permission of Chester Novello Music

Fantastic Beings
Choreography: Aszure Barton
Music: 
Anthology of Fantastic Zoology - Mason Bates*
Assistant to the Choreographer: Tobin Del Cuore

Stage and Lighting Design: Burke Brown

Costume Design: Michelle Jank

Video: Tobin Del Cuore
*By kind permission of Aphra Music

Casting is subject to change. We will endeavour to give as much notice as possible via our website and social media.

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Broken Wings

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Wed 13 Apr 7.30pm

Tamara Rojo Lead Principal Frida Kahlo

Irek Mukhamedov Character Artist Diego Rivera

Thu 14 Apr 7.30pm

Tamara Rojo Lead Principal Frida Kahlo

Irek Mukhamedov Character Artist Diego Rivera

Fri 15 Apr 2.30pm

Begoña Cao Principal Frida Kahlo

Max Westwell Soloist Diego Rivera

Fri 15 Apr 7.30pm

Tamara Rojo Lead Principal Frida Kahlo

Irek Mukhamedov Character Artist Diego Rivera

Sat 16 Apr 2.30pm

Begoña Cao Principal Frida Kahlo

Max Westwell Soloist Diego Rivera

Sat 16 Apr 7.30pm

Tamara Rojo Lead Principal Frida Kahlo

Irek Mukhamedov Character Artist Diego Rivera

Wed 13 Apr 7.30pm

Laurretta Summerscales Principal Medea

Fernando Bufalá Soloist Husband

Madison Keesler First Artist Young Wife

Thu 14 Apr 7.30pm

Erina Takahashi Lead Principal Medea

James Streeter Soloist Husband

Laurretta Summerscales Principal Young Wife

Fri 15 Apr 2.30pm

Ksenia Ovsyanick Soloist Medea

Fabian Reimair First Soloist Husband

Alison McWhinney Soloist Young Wife

Fri 15 Apr 7.30pm

Laurretta Summerscales Principal Medea

Fernando Bufalá Soloist Husband

Madison Keesler First Artist Young Wife

Sat 16 Apr 2.30pm

Ksenia Ovsyanick Soloist Medea

Fabian Reimair First Soloist Husband

Alison McWhinney Soloist Young Wife

Sat 16 Apr 7.30pm

Erina Takahashi Lead Principal Medea

James Streeter Soloist Husband

Laurretta Summerscales Principal Young Wife

Fantastic Beings

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All performances

Erina Takahashi Lead Principal

Begoña Cao Principal

Crystal Costa First Soloist

Senri Kou Junior Soloist

Katja Khaniukova Junior Soloist

Rina Kanehara Artist of the Company

Anjuli Hudson First Artist

Isaac Hernández Lead Principal

James Forbat First Soloist

Junor Souza First Soloist

Ken Saruhashi Junior Soloist

Cesar Corrales First Soloist

Emilio Pavan Soloist

Barry Drummond First Artist

Francisco Bosch Artist of the Company

Guilherme Menezes Artist of the Company

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