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Sadler's Wells, London
2 hours 20 minutes including 2 intervals
A dazzling triple bill celebrating the creativity and innovation of contemporary repertoire.

Renowned Swedish choreographer Mats Ek creates a new version of The Rite of Spring – his first for English National Ballet.

Ek revisits the iconic ballet to confront themes of sacrifice and renewal. The piece for 20 dancers will feature new choreography, costume and set designs by Marie-Louise Ekman, lighting by Linus Fellbom, and Stravinsky’s visceral score played live by English National Ballet Philharmonic.

“It is a huge honour and a privilege to have Mats Ek create a new work on us”, says Tamara Rojo, Artistic Director. “He is a master choreographer with a long history of impactful and imaginative works, and I can’t wait to see him create closely with our dancers.”

This new work will be performed alongside Blake Works I, a soulful piece by William Forsythe set to seven songs from James Blake’s album The Colour in Anything. Solos, duets and intricate group formations brilliantly combine to reflect the poetic melodies and words of Blake’s music.

Completing the bill is Take Five Blues by Associate Choreographer Stina Quagebeur, which premiered last year and will be expanded for 2022. Under moody lights, dancers let loose to a jazz-inflected soundtrack, flaunting their talent and spurring each other on. As the recording of Nigel Kennedy’s arrangements of classical and jazz standards reaches its peak, so do their dancing feats.

A bold night of new directions
★★★★ The Times
A company on a roll
★★★★ The Independent
Virtuosic programme
★★★★ The Stage

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Main image: Emily Suzuki & Isaac Hernández in Blake Works I for THE FORSYTHE EVENING © Laurent Liotardo

The Rite of Spring contains references to death.


Please note that casting is subject to change


The Rite of Spring

Mats Ek
Ana Laguna
Rehearsal Director
Marie-Louise Ekman
Costume and Set Design
Linus Fellbom
Lighting Design
Igor Stravinsky
Gavin Sutherland
Music Director and Conductor
Timothy Henty
Guest Conductor

Blake Works I

William Forsythe
Choreography, Stage Design, Costume Design and Lighting Design
Ayman Harper
Tanja Rühl
Lighting Design
Dorothee Merg
Costume Design
James Blake

Take Five Blues

Stina Quagebeur
Choreography and Costume Design
Simon Bennison
Lighting Design
Nigel Kennedy


“Almost unbearably beautiful... It's heavenly”
“The ballet positions are pristine but the phrasing is playful and explosive”


Meet the principal cast

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