Voices of America

Sadler's Wells, London
12 - 21 Apr

Robbins / Forsythe / Barton

Jerome Robbins. William Forsythe. Aszure Barton. Three generations of choreographers in New York. Each with a distinct style, but with work infused with the raw, in-your-face attitude of American-style neo-classical ballet.

World premiere: A New Creation by William Forsythe
The world premiere of a new work by one of the most revered choreographers working today, created especially for English National Ballet, this is his first creation for a UK ballet company in over 20 years.

Approximate Sonata 2016, William Forsythe
Originally created in 1996, Forsythe recently reworked this piece for Paris Opera Ballet. A series of pas de deux that deconstruct the classical ballet vocabulary, Approximate Sonata 2016 is accompanied by a new version of the original score by Thom Willems.

Brilliant, inscrutable and wildly entertaining by turns, he is at once a ballet purist and the high priest of post-structural contemporary dance.
Luke Jennings, The Observer

The Cage, Jerome Robbins
Animal desire, predatory instinct and natural selection come together in Robbins’s powerful work, where a female ‘insect’ comes to see the male counterpart as prey. This arresting piece is performed to Stravinsky’s haunting Concerto in D, played live by English National Ballet Philharmonic.

A chilling dance drama.
The New York Times

Fantastic Beings, Aszure Barton
The programme concludes with a reworked version of Aszure Barton’s inventive Fantastic Beings. Originally created as part of English National Ballet’s She Said programme in 2016, Fantastic Beings is a vigorous, energetic work for 16 dancers,  accompanied by Mason Bates’s dynamic score performed live by English National Ballet Philharmonic.

One of the most innovative choreographers of this generation.
Mikhail Baryshnikov on Aszure Barton



Approximate Sonata 2016

William Forsythe

Choreography and Lighting Design

Thom Willems


William Forsythe

Set Design

Stephen Galloway

Costume Design

The Cage

Jerome Robbins


Igor Stravinsky


Jean Rosenthal

Set Design

Ruth Sobotka

Costume Design

Jennifer Tipton

Original Lighting

Perry Silvey

Recreated Lighting

Fantastic Beings

Aszure Barton


Mason Bates


Burke Brown

Staging and Lighting Design

Michelle Jank

Costume Design

Tobin del Cuore

Voices of America. Dancer: Aaron Robison. Photo © Jason Bell. Art Direction: Mia Matson


“Pure imagination pulled off with enormous technical skill ”
“Barton inflects the classical language with a wonderful strangeness ”


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