Tag Archives: Sadler’s Wells

Breaking’ Convention @ Sadler’s Wells Review

What is meant by the term Hip Hop? I’m sure many will attribute the term to a style of music, and that in part would be correct. However, Hip Hop embodies so much more than that. Born in the late 70s in the Bronx, Hip Hop gripped the imaginations of many, spawning a culture that would initially begin underground, but would grip the world decades later. Consisting of 4 strands which are: B-boying, Dj-ing, Graffiti artistry and Mc-ing, the art form synonymous with the states has taken over the world, with Hip Hop references 2nd nature in many a music video!

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Tango Immortal @ Sadler’s Wells Review

As a long time admirer of Tango I have always found myself drawn to its versatility; what initially attracts me to this particular style of dance is how it is capable of so many emotions and how despite the rigid rules and etiquettes of its nature, Tango does not have to be inherently sexual or overtly flash. It is a dance that can be shared by two of the same gender, or a couple with a vast age difference, and what I have always loved is how in the moment of that dance, there is a great amount of context and respectively, expression.

Tango Immortal

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Digitopia @ The Lilian Baylis Studio (Sadler’s Wells) Review

It often feels like we are headed towards a technology-centric world. How many items around you can you think of that are technological? When thinking of the theatre as an activity, it serves multiple purposes, whether it be for escapism, addressing a range of societal issues or for pure entertainment. How often however do we watch a piece purely for the visual aesthetics, as well as entertainment? The Tom Dale Company and MOKO Dance‘s Digitopia revels in this and triumphs.

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Snow White @ Sadler’s Wells Review

The happily ever after conclusion is a concept that we have been candy coated with since the late 30s. Audiences root for a young protagonist bound by their low social standing in the hopes of love conquering all. Fairytales are often our introduction to the notion of storytelling in the west, finding that we’re brought up with a canon of tales we can all recite in our own ways but are perhaps glazed with a sickly sweet Hollywood glitz and glamour thanks to filmic interpretations. balletLORENT however are not afraid to press on the tale of Snow White‘s darker themes, making for a riveting watch.

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Farruquito & Farruca (Flamenco Festival London) @ Sadler’s Wells Review

Opening with a single guitar chord, this passionate amalgamation of live music and flamenco dance, is a dialogue of culture, language and expression. A commentary of Spanish manifestations provide the soundtrack to this sensual, semi-improvised production. Buen Arate presents Farruquito & Farruca, in collaboration with Flamenco Festival London. In this feast of live music, and dance, Buen Arate presents a twist on the traditional flamenco identity, incorporating contemporary choreography, demonstrating longevity, only derived from a dance practice that is culturally centred.

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Ballet Flamenco Sara Baras (Flamenco Festival London) @ Sadler’s Wells Review

If you were lacking some loving this Valentine’s Day, I strongly recommend going to see Ballet FlamencoSara Baras. It will perfectly seduce you with its deep rooted passion and fire, explored through the sensuous dance practice, Flamenco. In collaboration with The Flamenco Festival London, this show is bold, passionate and celebratory.

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Sadler’s Sampled @ Sadler’s Wells Review

What a place of inspiration! We enter to the bustle of people and dance everywhere! Breakers, Tango, salsa and contemporary dancers pop up in little bursts of performances, engaging with the audience and that’s just in the foyer and mezzanine. Once we are seated we are presented with short videos of the artists telling us a little about their background and piece.

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D’apres une histoire vraie @ Sadler’sWells Review

Unfortunately Christian Rizzo’s d’apres une histoire vraie is not a performance to write home about. The dance, if you can really call it that, does not surprise, engage or grab the audience’s attention whatsoever. Possibly due to it being very internal and closed off from the world (or stage space) around it, or simply just too abstract for people to understand.

D’apres une histoire vraie

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Gravity Fatigue @ Sadlers Wells Review

Truly Mesmerising and full of content, Gravity Fatigue catapults you into a captivating world of dance. Futuristic and innovative choreographer Damien Jalet has produced something quite stunning. Along with Artistic director and designer Hussein Chalayan it is a match made in heaven. The set is spectacular, with striking lighting effects and an intense musical arrangement that creates a moody atmosphere, that grabs the audience’s attention from the get go.

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Tiger Tale @ The Lilian Baylis Studio (Sadler’s Wells) Review

We walk down the steps, into the space and are instantly welcomed by what can only be described as a caged stage, roped fencing and orange fur cover the pathway, buckets strung up from the ceiling and present within the enclosure are three characters, everyone, masked with a bucket. The music plays and we begin to question the sense of absurdity, we take our seats within the ‘In the round’ style seating, analysing the simple movements and interaction of these characters. The lights go down and the show begins.

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