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Sadler’s Wells Theatre Spring 2010 program announced
 In the more than three centuries since it first opened in 1683 London’s Sadler’s Wells Theatre has undergone reconstruction and reorganization numerous times. Today it presents primarily dance works from the UK and abroad, including collaborative productions and works produced by the theatre itself, as well organizing community dance outreach programs. The theatre’s name comes the founder, Sadler, and the medicinal springs that were discovered on the grounds shortly after the theatre opened (after which a spa was also opened).

A program of about 50 productions is scheduled for the spring of 2010, among which will be three world premieres, 16 UK premieres, three Sadler’s Wells productions and six co-commissions. Also to be presented from December 7th this year is a showcase called Sadler’s Wells Sampled featuring a diverse lineup of variety of artists, including the finalists of the recently conducted Sadler’s Wells’ online Global Dance Contest.
 Among the highlights of the spring program are a Kabuki production of Yoshitsune Sembon Zakura starring Ebizo Ichikawa XI, a Classical Opera Company production of Mozart’s unfinished opera Zaide, a 50th anniversary program by Nederlands Dans Theater and more. Attention also focuses on the Salder’s Wells co-production of a work inspired by Mussorgsky’s piano suite Pictures from an Exhibition with the Young Vic, a theatre that explores new definitions of the relationship between dance and theatre; Akram Khan’s solo dance performance of Gnosis with puppetry by Blind Summit Theatre and drumming by Yoshie Sunahata of Kodo; and a work titled bODY_rEMIX/gOLDBERG_vARIATIONS choreographed by Compagnie Marie Chouinard with a unique use of accessories such as crutches.
 Also on the program as a work by Sadler’s Wells associate artist Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui is Babel (words) , which concludes the trilogy of works on ethnicity and identity begun with FOI and Myth. There will also be performances of Political Mother, a collaborative production by Hofesh Shechter and the Brighton Festival.
 On the program for the smaller Lilian Baylis Studio are performances of You Are Here by deepblue and a collaborative work by Forced Entertainment director Tim Etchells and Fumiyo Ikeda of Rosas.

For details about the programs and schedule, refer to the Sadler’s Well website.
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