English National Ballet — Modern Masters

10 - 15 Mar 2015

Archived Show
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Sadler's Wells

Rosebery Avenue, London, EC1R


Modern Masters honours the work of three of the most influential choreographers of the 20th century: Jiří Kylián, John Neumeier and William Forsythe. Bold and galvanising, their choreographies are full of invention and energy, driven by music.

Jiří Kylián’s poetic Petite Mort features six men, six women, and six fencing foils, symbolising energy, silence and sexuality. Performed to the slow movements of two Mozart Piano Concerti, the foils slowly become dancing partners, as the brutality of everyday life is revealed.

Spring and Fall was created by Hamburg Ballet’s John Neumeier. Set to Dvořak’s Serenade for Strings in E Major, it is a work for two couples and corps de ballet and takes its narrative from the tension in the music. Spring and Fall is not in the repertoire of any other UK company.

With In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated, William Forsythe started a new school of choreography, deconstructing classical ballet. Set against a bare stage it is danced by nine individuals culminating in a fierce display of technical and physical wizardry.


“This wonderful show is full of romance, sex and stunning dancers”

Sadler's Wells

Rosebery Avenue, London, EC1R

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