Tamara Rojo introduces ‘She Said’, her latest commission, a programme choreographed by women.

by Brit Es Magazine
Precious Adams © Perry Curties

Tamara Rojo introduces ‘She Said’, her latest commission, a programme of new one-act ballets all choreographed by women. Frida Khalo, the great Mexican painter, is the subject of one of three new works choreographed by women at Sadler’s Wells, a triple bill of new works by world-class choreographers Aszure Barton, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa and Yabin Wang.

Their credits list is a roll call of the world’s best dance companies and artists, from Dutch National Ballet and Ballet Nacional de Cuba (Lopez Ochoa), to Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Sydney Dance Company (Barton) and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui (Wang). The world premiere of She Said is a rare opportunity to experience their talent and vision on a single stage.  

Aszure Barton’s Fantastic Beings is a piece fuelled by the individuality of the dancers, which will develop from an intense process of collaboration. Set to a new score by Mason Bates, a composer and DJ known for his innovative orchestral writing, and featuring costume designs by Michelle Jank, it promises to live up to Barton’s reputation as “one of the most innovative choreographers of this generation” (Mikhail Baryshnikov).   

Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s Broken Wings tells the story of one of the most iconic artists of the 20th century, Frida Kahlo, from her life-changing accident as a teenager to her stormy relationship with painter Diego Rivera. Lopez Ochoa collaborates with director Nancy Meckler and composer Peter Salem, with whom she created the award-winning dance version of A Streetcar Named Desire for Scottish Ballet.  

Yabin Wang is a leading figure in contemporary dance in China and an international performer. She produces works which foster collaboration between Chinese and international artists (the most recent, The Moon Opera, will come to Europe next year).  For She Said she brings the Greek heroine Medea into the realm of classical China, with music by Jocelyn Pook using Western and traditional Chinese instruments and costumes by Kimie Nakano (Akram Khan’s Dust). 

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to experience three of the world’s most talented choreographers in a single evening.


All info from: http://www.ballet.org.uk
Photo: Precious Adams © Perry Curties


She Said
Sadler’s Wells Theatre
13 – 16 Apr 2016


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