Award-winning Betroffenheit at Sadler’s Wells broadcast on BBC4

Sadler’s Wells’ co-production Betroffenheit, created by Associate Artist Crystal Pite and author and actor Jonathon Young, will be broadcast on BBC4 this Sunday 7 May at 9pm.

Described as “an astonishingly ambitious, brilliantly realised, tender-hearted meditation on the nature of bereavement, grief, and the coping strategies of the mind”, the production is a sensitively and exceptionally crafted mix of choreography and theatre that investigates the state of shock, speechlessness and confusion experienced by an individual following traumatic events.

As well as having authored the script, Young performs in the central role, for which he won the Outstanding Performance in Modern Dance award at the 2016 Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards. Pite’s choreography demonstrates her absolute command of the dance-making territory at the intersection between narrative and abstraction.

The work received plaudits from critics and public alike during its two successful runs at Sadler’s Wells, and in April won the 2017 Olivier award for best new dance production. Betroffenheit is an extraordinary and affecting work – watch it on BBC4 on 7 May, or catch the production on iPlayer for the 30 days after the broadcast.


Image: Betroffenheit. Photo: Micheal Slobodian.

Crystal Pite, Mats Ek and Sylvie Guillem triumph at Olivier Awards

Choreographers Mats Ek and Crystal Pite and dancer Sylvie Guillem were among the artists honoured at the 2015 Laurence Olivier Awards ceremony on 12 April.

The Best New Dance Production award was shared by Mats Ek’s Juliet and Romeo by the Royal Swedish Ballet at Sadler’s Wells and Belgian collective Peeping Tom’s 32 Rue Vandenbranden at the Barbican, London.

Sadler’s Wells’ Associate Artist Crystal Pite won the Outstanding Achievement in Dance award for her choreography in A Picture of You Falling – presented as part of production The Associates – The Tempest Replica and Polaris at Sadler’s Wells.

Sylvie Guillem, also an Associate Artist at Sadler’s Wells, collected a special award honouring her groundbreaking, 39-year performing career.


Photo: Polaris, by Andrew Lang.