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Thu 10 - Sat 19 Apr 2025
Sadler's Wells, London

Booking opens Autumn 2024

A world premiere and two classics by William Forsythe

“Absolute joy”. “First time I’ve danced in my seat at the ballet!”. “I will carry the bounce in my step and smile on my face for a long time”. “The minute it ended I wanted it to start again”. In 2022, William Forsythe’s Playlist (EP) brought the house down.

Following an acclaimed run, the exhilarating piece is back to bring pure happiness into our lives! Combining ballet classicism and athleticism with the music of Barry White, Natalie Cole, Khalid and more, it will leave you “tipsy with delight” (Financial Times) and “cheering and breathless with joy” (The Observer). What’s not to like?

Our dancers will also perform New Suite, an arrangement of eight early Forsythe pas de deux. Set to Händel, Berio and Bach, these memorable vignettes showcase his signature style – rooted in the classical tradition yet layered with unconventional juxtapositions of ballet’s kinetic logic.

Completing this special programme will be your chance to experience a world premiere from the master choreographer. For this new work, Forsythe will build upon the 2nd movement of Prokofiev’s piano concerto number 3 in C major Opus 26;  “Tema con Variazioni”. The music possesses a rich palette of dynamic variation and startling rhythmical passages. With stylistic references to Haydn and Mozart, it sits aptly alongside the score of New Suite, while its irrepressible vigour aligns it with the propulsive energies of Playlist (EP).

Tickets will go on sale in Autumn 2024. Become a Friend of English National Ballet to enjoy priority booking and discounts (T&Cs apply).

Main image dancer: Erik Woolhouse. Photo © Jason Bell. Creative Direction: Charlotte Wilkinson Studio.


New Suite

William Forsythe
Choreography, Stage Design and Lighting Design
Yumiko Takeshima
Costume Design
Stefanie Arndt
Noah Gelber

New Work

William Forsythe
Choreography and Stage Design
Tanja Rühl
Lighting Design
Ayman Harper
Assistant to the Choreographer

Playlist (EP)

William Forsythe
Choreography, Stage Design, Costume Design: William Forsythe
Tanja Rühl
Lighting Design


“Classical bravura matched with pop songs”


New Suite

George Friedrich Händel
Luciano Berio
Johann Sebastian Bach

New Work

Sergei Prokofiev (Piano concerto number 3 in C major Opus 26; 2nd movement: “Tema con Variazioni”)

Playlist (EP)

Peven Everett – Surely Shorty
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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