Van Cleef & Arpels
Prize for Ballet 2018
A Quiet Evening of Dance © Sadler's Wells Theatre i
A Quiet Evening of Dance features four works by choreographer William Forsythe, two old and two brand new.
The two new works Forsythe will create for Sadler’s Wells will be devised with regular collaborators and a new emerging artist, Rauf Yasit aka ‘RubberLegz’. Forsythe is keen to continue developing and reinventing the vocabulary of dance, and of performance and how the audience react to the space, the sounds and the environment the work takes place in. As Forsythe has said about his work, “I like to make uncertain what takes place on stage and to extend what I call the poetry of disappearance”.
The previous works are:
DUO2015, explores the concept of time through movement: two dancers registering time in a spiraling way, making it visible and examining how it is into space.
Catalogue, is an intricate, almost baroque piece highlighting the special relationship and shared sensibilities of long time Forsythe dancers Jill Johnson and Christopher Roman.
Throughout his career, Forsythe has experimented with a freer approach to choreography in which the dancers are allowed to make choices about order and timing comparable to those made by musicians playing a cadenza. Forsythe continues to search for new shapes and modes of movement. He is looking back in order to re-invent himself.
Sadler’s Wells has been at the forefront of contemporary dance in London for the past 20 years. It has nurtured and developed emerging artists – choreographers, dancers, musicians, designers - and created a place where it is safe for these artists to work and experiment together and drive forward the language of dance. Working with William Forsythe there is a synergy and meeting of minds in his approach to creating dance, and how we choose to work. We are thrilled that he has chosen to create new works with us – and to introduce such an exciting emerging artist, Rauf Yasit, to our theatre and our audiences in London and Europe.
William Forsythe has spent his career sharing his passion for ballet and dance. He has worked with collaborators over many years, and has inspired choreographers and dancers throughout the world. He is creating two new pieces with a young, and innovative dancer/choreographer/artist, whose use of his body and movement defies any attempt to categorize them – Rauf “Rubberlegz” Yasit. Working across all these pieces are lighting designer Tanja Rühl and costume designer Dorothée Merg. The other dancers are: • Brigel Gjorka • Jill Johnson • Christopher Roman • Parvaneh Scharafali • Ander Zabala • Riley Watts. The opportunity for emerging artist Rauf Yasit to join this illustrious creative team is an exciting one. This wonderful team of dancers and creatives will collaborate together on the two new pieces and bring their varied points of views, experiences and shared knowledge together, collectively creating two startling new dance works that will inspire audiences.
Ander Zabala Gomez
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