News - The Rite of Spring at English National Ballet

From 23rd March - 1st April 2017, English National Ballet presents Pina Bausch’s masterpiece The Rite of Spring at Sadler’s Wells...

Not seen in the UK since 2008, English National Ballet is only the second ballet Company in the world, and the first in the UK, to perform Pina Bausch’s masterpiece, Le Sacre du printemps (Rite of Spring) and Stravinsky’s riotous score will be performed live by English National Ballet Philharmonic.

Artistic Director of English National Ballet, Tamara Rojo said: “Pina Bausch was an incredible artist, and remains one of the most influential people in modern culture today. Her work transcends description; it affects you on a deep emotional level, speaking to your spirit and defying logical analysis. Pina’s Rite of Spring is of great significance, and it gives me so much joy that English National Ballet has been entrusted to perform the work. I’m proud to present it alongside masterpieces from William Forsythe and Hans van Manen, and I am truly honoured and humbled to be able to perform these works to audiences at Sadler’s Wells in 2017.”

Salomon Bausch, Chairman of the Board of Trustees and Executive Director of the Pina Bausch Foundation added “We are very much looking forward to working with Tamara Rojo and her remarkable company. It is going to be a new experience not only for the dancers but vice versa for the piece, which is going to have a new home in London.”

The programme also includes William Forsythe’s In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated and Adagio Hammerklavier by Hans van Manen.

First performed by the company in 2015, William Forsythe created In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated at the invitation of Rudolf Nureyev when he was Director of the Paris Opera Ballet. Set against a bare stage it is performed by nine dancers to an electronic score by Dutch composer Thom Willems, culminating in a display of technical brilliance.

Another work new to the English National Ballet’s repertoire is Adagio Hammerklavier, choreographed by Hans van Manen. Performed by three couples, this lyrical work is set to Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No 29, Op 106.

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Image - Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch performing Le Sacre du printemps - photo by Ulli Weiss © Pina Bausch Foundation