London’s Dance House, Sadler’s Wells, is bringing its new season of shows in with the focus seemingly on dramas and fairy tales. Following up on the heels of Nutcracker, which was a real treat for Christmas, they are going to be showing Snow White, Sleeping Beauty and a folk tale from Hans Christian Andersen.
It is the job of Matthew Bourne to rewrite Sleeping Beauty for 2012, in a similar way to his previous jobs of rewriting Swan Lake and Cinderella. The shows will be made contemporary for the modern culture and should be excellent.
The Most Incredible Thing is the folk-tale by Hans Christian Andersen where a town holds a contest to create the eponymous ‘Most Incredible Thing’. Created by the Pet Shop Boys and Javier de Frutos, it is back for a brand new run.
Snow White has been choreographed by Angelin Preljocaj. This fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm has been recreated by Preljocaj and it has his stamp of original performance all over it.
In this Olympic year, with the world’s eyes turned to London, the dance sector is hoping to attract its gaze with these new shows. Sadler’s Wells is hoping that it’s reduced circumstances can be hidden behind the big style of these shows for 2012.
This will be 25th year that Matthew Bourne has been working with his company New Adventures. They will be providing two other nights of entertainment this year with popular revivals of previous works including Spitfire, Town and Country and Play Without Words.
Another returning act is Akram Khan, who is bringing back his brilliant solo act DESH. A Streetcar Named Desire is going to be performed by the Scottish Ballet, and the BalletBoyz are coming back as well.
Sadler’s Wells audience figures have doubled between 2010 and 2004, and they will be hoping to continue this trend. For the last 91 productions there have been 899 performances, with more than 700,000 tickets sold.