Natalia Osipova leaps into the city that never sleeps
Natalia Osipova and Friends dazzled the big apple with four performances at New York City Center. As Broadway World write, “ripples of applause” broke out in the audience as they watched Natalia and Sergei “believably embody a 21st century movement aesthetic [in a way that] was both astonishing and heartening.”
Pictured above are Natalia Osipova, Sergei Polunin, James O’Hara, and Jason Kittelberger warming up on the stage at New York City Center before getting ready to wow the crowd.
Next stop on the Osipova tour: Athens.
Missed out on Sutra’s Japanese tour? Control your tempura
Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, the monks of the Shaolin Temple, Ali Thabet, and a team of musicians and technicians embarked on a tour of Japan with performances at Orchard Hall, Bunkamura Tokyo, Aichi Prefectural Arts Centre, Nagoya and Kitakyushu Performing Arts Center.
All the performances were received incredibly well, with Japanese fans showing their glee on social media.
The final performance at Kitakyushu marked the one hundred and ninety fourth performance of Sutra. So if you missed out, make sure you are there for the two hundredth performance. And if you want to know where that’ll be visit this page or the Sadler’s Wells touring page to keep up to date.
Photo above: Sutra’s monks of Shaolin Temple outside Kitakyushu Performing Arts Center, taken by Company Stage Manger, Marius Arnold-Clarke.
Acosta la Vista
Over the course of this week thousands upon thousands of fans have flocked to the Royal Albert Hall to wave goodbye to Carlos Acosta as he retires from ballet.
Carlos Acosta: The Classical Farewell has filled up London’s iconic venue with fans treating Carlos like a rockstar, whooping and shrieking as he leaped and spun across the stage, reminding us with each step why he is at the top of the game.
The repertoire includes classical excerpts from well-known ballets and the full orchestra and choir only add to the epic feeling.
If you missed it, you missed out – but watch this space for more Carlos news.
Hasta la vista Carlos!
Photo credit: Johan Persson
It’s a ballet takeover with Natalia Osipova bowling us over
Last week Natalia Osipova and friends returned to Sadler’s Wells stage with performances running all week dazzling crowds of all ages. Older ballet fans enjoyed her leaps and spins, whilst younger children waited outside stage door for autographs and threw flowers at the stage.
The triple bill opens with Arthur Pita’s Run Mary Run, before Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui’s absorbing Qutb – danced with James O’Hara and Jason Kittelberger, and closes with Russell Maliphant’s dazzling Silent Echo.
If you missed this in London then fly to New York where the show is on at New York City Center in November.
Photo credit: Bill Cooper
Crowds O-trip-ova to see Natalia Osipova in Edinburgh
Touring began for Natalia Osipova and Guests with three performances at Edinburgh International Festival over the weekend. The show, which features new work choreographed by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Russell Maliphant, and Arthur Pita was performed to tremendous success and packed audiences.
Latitude shows some gratitude for our Cuban attitude
The Sadler’s Wells Waterfront stage was given some Cuban caliente-y spirit on Friday night as an excerpt of Vamos Cuba! was performed to the huge crowd who gathered around the stage at every direction bopping along with the dancers. The atmosphere was buzzing and music popping as the show dazzled from reggaeton emcee-ing to cha-cha-cha to some sexy salsa. As The Daily Telegraph put it: “Sadler’s Wells have curated a first-rate selection of dance, all performed on a beautiful lakeside stage, the highlight of which was ¡Vamos Cuba!, a whirlwind of salsa and jazz that bristled with colour and energy”
If you couldn’t make Latitude this weekend do not worry for a moment, because Vamos Cuba! is at Sadler’s Wells all summer bringing the Havana heat to London; opening on July 26 – August 21. You can buy your tickets here.
Pictured below are some of the female dancers settling into the traditional British festival campsite!
Na-star-lia in your eyes
Sadler’s Wells was graced with Natalia Osipova’s debut contemporary performance last week. The show featured three brand new especially commissioned works from world-renowned choreographers Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Russell Maliphant, and Arthur Pita.
The audience were moved and mesmerised as Natalia bedazzled in Sidi Larbi’s trio with James O’Hara and Jason Kittelberger, before dancing two duets by Maliphant and Pita with Sergei Polunin. As The Guardian put it they are: “dancers of rare individual talent whose offstage love affair brings a startling extra wattage to their onstage partnership”.
Don’t worry if you missed out on this run as Natalia is back in September for more dazzling performances of the same show. Get the tickets while you can – click here.
Photo credit: Bill Cooper
Ain’t No Body Gonna Light Me Better
Last week saw the whole of Sadler’s Wells totally transformed into an interactive installation of lights, sounds, and videos – but no people. And by the whole of Sadler’s Wells – I mean the whole, with backstage areas, the control room, wardrobe, and even under the stage open to the public to explore.
It was a tremendous success as crowds and crowds of people headed from Michael Hulls’ ‘Lightspace’ on stage through Nitin Sawhney’s ‘Indelible’ before finishing at Lucy Carter’s ‘Hidden’. Accompanying the journey were videos by Siobhan Davies and David Hinton and Russell Malliphant.
The press also had a great time with The Guardian describing No Body as ‘a radiant choreography of light and sound’.
Want to see more photos from No Body? Click here to see our storify with some of the best photos taken by the public.
Photo credit: Heathcliff O’Malley
SAMPLE-Y THE BEST
As part of The Movement, Sadler’s Wells’ super fantastic regional touring partnership with The Lowry and Birmingham Hippodrome, Dance: Sampled was at the Hippodrome for two nights in May.
The huge theatre was crammed before the show with a host of pre-show activities from bhangra, to Bollywood, belly dancing to break dancing – even spilling out onto the street in front of the theatre drawing in a crowd.
The show consisted of Company Wayne McGregor’s beautiful Outlier, a pas de deux from Birmingham Royal Ballet, more local talent with a stunning solo by Vidya Patel, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui’s Faun, two incredible duets from world tango champions German Cornejo and Gisela Galeassi, before Lyon’s own Pockemon Crew topped the night off.
Love don’t Acost-a thing
Carlos Acosta’s A Classical Farwell has just finished its UK tour: A two part show with over ten different performances beautifully executed by Carlos and his team of young Cuban ballet talent. The show visited Royal Concert Hall Nottingham, Birmingham Hippodrome, Mayflower Southampton, and The Lowry Salford before the cast and crew flew back to Havana.
The tour was incredibly successful with Carlos astounding audiences with his athletic and graceful leaps as well as pleasing their eyes with his body and charisma, further the Manchester Camerata orchestra provided fantastic live music, and the Cuban ballet dancers brought energy, emotion, and beauty to the UK stages.
Pictured above are some of the dancers with producer Sandra.