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English National Ballet The Forsythe Evening

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A male dancer in black shorts and a sequined vest jumps lit by a round disco ball light

Returning to Sadler’s Wells Theatre, English National Ballet honour master choreographer, William Forsythe, in a special programme celebrating his enduring love and curiosity for ballet.

In 2018, William Forsythe and English National Ballet’s dancers gave audiences a high when they premiered Playlist (Track 1, 2) at Sadler’s Wells as part of Voices of America. In 2022, the programme returns to contrast ballet classicism and athleticism with the beats of neo-soul and house music. Now expanded into Playlist (EP), with six music tracks ranging from Khalid and Barry White to Lion Babe, and up to 30 dancers on stage. This dance party just got bigger.

Blake Works I is a soulful piece for 21 dancers set to seven songs from James Blake’s album The Colour in Anything. Solos, duets and intricate group formations reflect the poetic melodies and words of Blake’s music.

Approximate Sonata 2016 is a series of stripped-down duets: their complex choreography surprises and seems to carve out the air around the dancers. Originally created in 1996, Forsythe reworked this piece for Paris Opera Ballet.

Image description: A young man in sequinned blue and green top and shorts is lit dramatically by shafts of light from a mirrorball above, against a midnight blue background. He spirals, legs twisted round each other, one arm thrown up to the sky, the other extended behind him, chin lifted to look out to the left.

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