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Sadler's Wells to present two UK premieres from Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

THE internationally renowned Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch, a Sadler’s Wells International Associate Company, returns with the company’s first full-length works created by guest choreographers.

These two new pieces, by Dimitris Papaioannou and Alan Lucien Øyen, make their UK premieres at Sadler’s Wells from February 14 to February 25, 2019.

The unmistakable style of Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch was forged over decades performing Pina Bausch’s huge catalogue of works. Following the choreographer’s death a decade ago, the company has embarked on the expansion of this repertoire with these new works.

New Piece I – Since she marks the first work that Greek choreographer Dimitris Papaioannou has created outside of his own company. Creative director of the 2004 Olympic Opening Ceremony in Athens, Papaioannou’s work is renowned for its dream-like atmosphere, inhabited by a circus of contorted and absurd creatures.

Norwegian choreographer, director and award-winning playwright Alan Lucien Øyen creates the second new work, New Piece II – Bon Voyage, Bob… As resident choreographer of the Norwegian National Ballet and for his own company winter guests, Øyen seeks to reflect the human experience using dance, theatre and text.

Tickets: £12 – £60. To book, call the ticket office on 020 7863 8000 or visit

Times: New Piece I – Since she at 7:30pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 4pm on Sunday; New Piece II – Bon Voyage, Bob… at 7pm on Friday, Saturday and Monday and 4pm on Sunday.

Also at Sadler’s Wells: Sadler’s Wells Sampled (February 8 and 9); BalletBoyz: Them/Us (March 5 to March 9); and Russell Maliphant and Vangelis: The Thread (March 15 to March 17, 2019).