Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre — The Rite of Spring & Petrushka

11 & 12 Apr 2014

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Sadler's Wells

Rosebery Avenue, London, EC1R

 

Originally created to mark the 100th anniversary of Stravinsky’s masterpiece The Rite of Spring, this “glorious” (The Independent) and unique double bill returns to Sadler’s Wells.

The two halves of Associate Artist Michael Keegan-Dolan’s thrilling programme are a contrast in light and dark that mirrors Stravinsky’s epic score. The imagery in his “inspired” (The Times) The Rite of Spring is dark, shocking, violent and sexual, as the rhythmic elements of the music are played out in scenes of a pagan fertility rite, as age is sacrificed and mother earth is worshipped. By contrast Petrushka is white, bright and light, with elements of folk dances and warmer days conjured, as the company dance to achieve transcendence.

**** "There's no doubting the spell of Keegan-Dolan's imagination"
THE GUARDIAN

Performed by an international cast of 13, both pieces together create an intoxicating evening of dance theatre that honours the searing modernity of Stravinsky’s music. Both pieces in this thrilling double bill will be accompanied by a 65-piece orchestra from the Royal Ballet Sinfonia, including pianist Sanja Bizjak.

 

Sadler's Wells

Rosebery Avenue, London, EC1R