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  • Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

    Masazumi Chaya, Associate Artistic Director

    Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is one of the most iconic dance companies in the world. Founded by Alvin Ailey in 1958, the group performs worldwide as the United States’ Cultural Ambassador to the World, thrilling audiences with the rich emotions of its repertory and the extraordinary talents of its dancers. Before his untimely death in 1989, Alvin Ailey designated Judith Jamison as his successor, and over the next 21 years she brought the Company to unprecedented heights. In July 2011, Ms. Jamison passed the mantle of Artistic Director to Robert Battle.

    Recent highlights of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s work include nationwide US touring, sell out seasons in New York, London and Paris, and guest appearances in major cities including Oslo, Moscow, Berlin, Barcelona, Copenhagen, Geneva, Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires and Johannesburg.

    During the Autumn of 2019, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater made a highly-acclaimed return to Sadler’s Wells in London, opening the season with three programmes of recent work set alongside Alvin Ailey’s timeless masterpiece, Revelations.

    Dating from the early 17th century, Kabuki is one of Japan’s oldest and most spectacular art forms. Its performances are highly-stylized, with magnificent sets, flamboyant costumes, elaborate make up and live music played on traditional instruments.

    Askonas Holt has toured and presented Kabuki on several occasions, most recently with one of its greatest young stars, Ichikawa Ebizo XI, who possesses film-star looks and also the consumate skill required to perform both male and female (onnegata) roles. His first visit to London’s Sadler’s Wells Theatre in 2006 was hugely popular with audiences and critics alike; a success he has emulated in Paris, Amsterdam and Monte Carlo. In June 2010, Ebizo returned to London to perform extracts from the epic play “Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura”, including one of the most famous scenes in all of Kabuki, “Shi-no-Kiri”.

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  • Nederlands Dans Theater 1

    Nederlands Dans Theater, under the artistic leadership of Paul Lightfoot, is one of the leading contemporary dance companies in the world. The company originated in 1959, when 22 people broke free from the Nederlands Ballet. These rebels were impassioned by dance and by the desire to give it a style all their own.

    Through the years, and particularly under former artistic director Jiri Kylian, NDT has done pioneering work in contemporary dance, building up a rich repertoire of over 600 ballets. These include masterpieces by Kylian and Hans van Manen, as well as the work of house choreographers Sol León and Paul Lightfoot, associate choreographers Crystal Pite, Johan Inger and Alexander Ekman, and pieces by guests such as Nacho Duato, Mats Ek, William Forsythe, Marco Goecke, Wayne McGregor and Ohad Naharin.

    NDT’s dancers are renowned for their virtuosity, astonishing technique and unparalleled expression. The company contributes to various art forms by involving visual art, music composition, and innovative light and set designs, all the while developing new talent. In its theatre in The Hague, all this comes together daily in surroundings that are regarded as a breeding ground, constantly moving ahead to let the future of dance take shape.

    The ‘big company’, NDT1, consists of thirty dancers of seventeen different nationalities. They vary in age from 23 to 42, and each one of them excels in their solo qualities. These phenomenal dancers, and the multifaceted repertoire they bring to the stage, attract full houses all over the world.




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  • Nederlands Dans Theater 2

    Nederlands Dans Theater, under the artistic leadership of Paul Lightfoot, is one of the leading contemporary dance companies in the world. NDT’s dancers are renowned for their virtuosity, astonishing technique and unparalleled expression. Moreover, the company contributes to various art forms by involving visual art, music composition, and innovative light and set designs, all the while developing new talent. In its theatre in The Hague, all this comes together daily in surroundings that are regarded as a breeding ground, constantly moving ahead to let the future of dance take shape.

    NDT2 was founded in 1978. In its almost 35 years of existence, it has developed into a top quality, internationally-recognized company performing in theaters all over the world.

    NDT2 consists of 16 dancers between the age of 17 to 23, all of whom completed a classical ballet training. Dancers are recruited from all over the world. The initial aim of NDT2 is to ‘feed’ the main company NDT1 with its young dancers. It therefore serves as ‘bridge’, to mature freshly graduated dancers from various classical conservatories and schools, and to prepare them for a professional career in dance. Today over seventy percent of the dancers of NDT1 started their career in NDT2.

    The repertoire of NDT2 is diverse, working with established choreographers such as Hans van Manen, Ohad Naharin, Sol León and Paul Lightfoot and Johan Inger. But also, more importantly, working with upcoming choreographers like rising star and associate choreographer Alexander Ekman. NDT2 works closely with young choreographers and, confronted by different choreographic styles and techniques, gives its dancers the opportunity to react to contemporary developments in music and art. These talented young performers are able to mirror the realities of today and incorporate these elements into new productions as a kind of Zeitgeist of the 21st century.

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  • Royal New Zealand Ballet

    Based in Wellington, the Royal New Zealand Ballet (RNZB) is a company of 40 dynamic dancers, performing a broad repertoire of outstanding dance for national and international audiences, whilst continuing to build a style that is unique to the company and to New Zealand. Since June 2017, the company has been under the artistic direction of Patricia Barker, distinguished former principal dancer with Pacific Northwest Ballet, and previously Artistic Director of Grand Rapids Ballet, Michigan.

    During the 2018 season, the RNZB presented a new full-length ballet based on Jane Campion’s The Piano, by Jiří and Otto Bubeníček; Dancing with Mozart, a mixed bill including Balanchine’s Divertimento No. 15, Corey Baker’s The Last Dance and Jiří Kylián’s Petite Mort and Sechs Tänze; Strength & Grace, four new works by Penny Saunders, Sarah Foster-Sproull, Danielle Rowe and Andrea Schermoly to commemorate the 125th anniversary of women’s suffrage in New Zealand; and a new production of The Nutcracker by Val Caniparoli.

    In 2019 the RNZB will perform in 20 centres around New Zealand, including a programme of new commissions by New Zealand and international choreographers; Mário Radačovský’s Black Swan, White Swan; Bold Moves, a mixed bill of Balanchine’s Serenade, Forsythe’s Artifact II and Andrea Schermoly’s Stand to Reason; and a new production of Hansel & Gretel by Australian / New Zealand choreographer Loughlan Prior.

    Recent seasons have seen the Royal New Zealand Ballet complete three major tours in China, including Beijing, Suzhou, Guangzhou, Wuhan, Zhengzhou and three visits to the Shanghai Oriental Arts Centre. Repertoire for these appearances included Giselle, in a stunning new production by Ethan Stiefel and Johan Kobborg, Prokofiev’s masterpieces Romeo and Juliet and Cinderella in vibrant modern versions by Christopher Hampson, as well as triple bill repertoire by Hampson, Javier de Frutos, Cameron McMillan and Andrew Simmons.

    In 2004, the RNZB undertook a major six week tour of the United Kingdom, winning two prestigious Olivier Award nominations for its performances at Sadler’s Wells Theatre in London. Subsequently the company returned to the UK in 2011 and 2015, garnering much critical and audience acclaim, including further nominations at the Olivier and UK National Dance awards, most recently for Javier de Frutos’ Pacific-inspired work The Anatomy of a Passing Cloud, performed at notable dance venues including the Linbury Studio Theatre at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. The company has also toured to France (Carcassonne, 2011), the USA (Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Minneapolis, New York City, 2014) and Italy (Udine, Vicenza, Rome, 2015).

    Askonas Holt’s latest project with the Royal New Zealand Ballet saw the company give sell-out performances of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, in a new production by Liam Scarlett, at Hong Kong’s Sha Tin Town Hall during October 2016.

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  • Russell Maliphant Company

    “Dancing bodies rarely look more beautiful than in the work of Russell Maliphant” THE GUARDIAN

    Russell Maliphant Company was established in 1996 as the framework for Russell Maliphant to initiate productions and to work with his own ensemble of dancers. Since that time, he has received two Laurence Olivier awards, two South Bank Show awards and three Critics’ Circle National Dance awards in the United Kingdom for best modern choreography, amongst many other national and international awards and nominations.

    Russell Maliphant’s work is characterised by a unique approach to flow and energy, and an ongoing exploration of the relationship between movement, light and music. For 20 years, Maliphant has worked closely with pioneering lighting designer Michael Hulls to explore and realise these ideas. Maliphant has created works for renowned companies and artists including Sylvie Guillem, Robert Lepage, English National Ballet, BalletBoyz, Munich’s Bayerisches Staatsballett and Lyon Opera Ballet.

    In April 2018, the Russell Maliphant Company became one of Arts Council England’s National Portfolio Organisations. This starts an exciting new chapter in the company’s history, becoming Company in Residence at DanceEast, Ipswich.

    Russell Maliphant is an Associate Artist of Sadler’s Wells.

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  • San Francisco Ballet

    As America’s oldest professional ballet company, San Francisco Ballet has enjoyed a long and rich tradition of artistic “firsts” since its founding in 1933, including performing the first American productions of Swan Lake and Nutcracker, as well as the first 20th-century American Coppélia. San Francisco Ballet is one of the three largest ballet companies in the United States.

    Guided in its early years by American dance pioneers and brothers Lew, Willam and Harold Christensen, San Francisco Ballet currently presents more than 100 performances annually, both locally and internationally.

    Under the direction of Helgi Tomasson, the Company has achieved an international reputation as one of the preeminent ballet companies in the world. In 2005, San Francisco Ballet won the prestigious Laurence Olivier Award in the category of “Outstanding Achievement in Dance” and, in 2006, it was the first non-European company elected “Company of the Year” in Dance Europe magazine’s annual readers’ poll.

    In 2008, the Company marked its 75th anniversary with a host of initiatives including an ambitious New Works Festival. In October 2013, the Company performed at New York’s David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center, where The New York Times declared SF Ballet “a national treasure.”

    2015 marked the 30th anniversary of Helgi Tomasson’s tenure as artistic director of San Francisco Ballet.

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  • Stuttgart Ballet

    One of the world’s leading ballet companies, Stuttgart Ballet is synonymous with the name of John Cranko, who directed the company from 1961 until his tragic, early death in 1973. His legacy includes legendary productions of Romeo and Juliet, Onegin and The Taming of the Shrew, which are lynchpins of the company’s repertoire to this day. Since 1996, Stuttgart Ballet has been directed by Reid Anderson, who danced under Cranko during a distinguished, 17-year performing career with the company.

    In partnership with Sadler’s Wells and Raymond Gubbay Limited, Askonas Holt presented the Stuttgart Ballet as part of the 2008 Spring Dance at the London Coliseum season. This was the company’s first visit to London in many years, and was met with huge acclaim.

    In January 2015, Askonas Holt was delighted to work once again with Stuttgart Ballet, for the company’s debut performances at the Royal Opera House, Muscat.