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In Swedish contemporary dance company GöteborgsOperans Danskompani’s first visit to Sadler’s Wells, the company brings two UK premieres choreographed by Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, with designs by his regular collaborator, the sculptor Antony Gormley.

ICON November 30, 2018 @ 7::30 pm

In Icon, three-and-a-half-tonnes of clay are molded, heaped and shaped by 18 dancers, drawn from both GöteborgsOperans Danskompani and Cherkaoui’s own company, Eastman.

Coating themselves and each other, they perform in the ritualistic creation, destruction and ultimate replacement of their graven idol to the sound of traditional songs from the Amami Islands, French ballads and medieval compositions.

"Icon is the year’s greatest, most sumptuous dance experience"–DAGENS NYHETER

NOETIC December 1, 2018 @ 7:30 pm

In Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui’s Noetic, 19 black-clad dancers, elegantly dressed by fashion design duo Les Hommes, manipulate pliable carbon fibres, designed by Cherkaoui’s regular collaborator, the sculptor Antony Gormley.

This exploration of noetic (from the Greek “noesis” meaning intellect) philosophy features live music by Szymon Brzóska, performed on stage by singer Miriam Andersén and taiko drummer Shogo Yoshii. Cherkaoui’s Noetic examines humanity’s need to both control the world, and escape from its rules.

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