Sadler's Wells, London
Approx 1 hour 20 min including one interval
Dance ecstasy from legendary choreographer William Forsythe.

In 2018, choreographer William Forsythe and our dancers gave audiences a high when we premiered Playlist (Track 1, 2). Juxtaposing ballet classicism and athleticism with the beats of neo-soul and house music, it left the crowd whooping and wanting to join in.

In 2022, it returns – now expanded into Playlist (EP), with six music tracks ranging from Khalid and Barry White to Lion Babe, and up to 30 dancers on stage. This dance party just got bigger.

Completing this programme is Blake Works I, a soulful piece for 21 dancers set to seven songs from James Blake’s album The Colour in Anything. Solos, duets and intricate group formations reflect the poetic melodies and words of Blake’s music.

We are proud to honour this master choreographer in a special programme celebrating his enduring love and curiosity for ballet. Listen to the music tracks featuring in this electrifying bill, on Spotify here:

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Main Image: Dancer: Erik Woolhouse. Photo © Jason Bell. Creative Direction: Charlotte Wilkinson Studio



English National Ballet in William Forsythe's Playlist (Track 2) during the 70th Anniversary Gala © Bill Cooper.


“A dazzling joyride”
“Classical bravura matched with pop songs that left a packed house on its feet, tipsy with delight”
“The perfect showcase for a company in fantastic form. It should not be missed”


Only one discount per ticket. Subject to availability. Sadler’s Wells’ terms and conditions apply.

Friends of English National Ballet
20% off tickets, max 6 per person. Become a Friend today to receive your discount code.

Up to two children (under 16) can attend half price with every full paying adult at all matinee performances.
Please note children under 5 are not allowed in the auditorium.

Adult groups of 10+: 10% off seats for most performances.
Adult groups of 20+: 20% off seats for most performances.

School/College groups
Groups of 10+: £10 seats, one teacher free per 10 student tickets purchased.
Available on 5 – 7 April performances.

Discount available to members of Sadler’s Wells’ Access for All Scheme.
There is an Audio-Described performance and Touch Tour on Saturday 9 April 2022 2.30pm.


Blake Works I

Choreography, Stage Design
William Forsythe

Lighting Design
Tanja Rühl, William Forsythe

Dorothee Merg, William Forsythe

James Blake; songs from The Colour in Anything


Playlist (EP)

Choreography, Stage Design, Costumes
William Forsythe

Tanja Rühl

Peven Everett – Surely Shorty
Abra – Vegas
Lion Babe – Impossible (Jax Jones remix)
Khalid – Location
Barry White – Sha La La Means I love You
Natalie Cole – This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)

Meet the principal cast

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Please note that casting is subject to change