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English National Ballet THE FORSYTHE EVENING

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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.

Listen to the music tracks featuring in this electrifying bill on Spotify

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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A dazzling joyride. It’s almost impossible to keep up with the breathtaking brilliance and sheer good fun in this double bill★★★★★ THE TIMES

You won’t get a more feel-good night at the ballet than this★★★★ THE GUARDIAN

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