Cultural collaboration at Sadler’s Wells?

Five Movements, Three Repeats © Erin Baiano
Five Movements, Three Repeats © Erin Baiano

Finding Light (Choreography: Liang)

PresentPast and Two x Two (Choreography: Maliphant)

After the Rain and Five Movements, Three Repeats (Choreography: Wheeldon)

Cultural collaboration at Sadler’s Wells?

Sadler’s Wells present these five original works as an evening of British-Chinese cultural collaboration, but while full of beautiful moments, the evening falls short of this advertised purpose. Choreographers Russell Maliphant and Christopher Wheeldon each present two pieces, while Edwaard Liang presents one. The same four internationally renowned dancers perform all five pieces: the two women, Yuan Yuan Tan and Fang-Yi Sheu, are Chinese dancers; Damian Smith is Australian; and Clifton Brown is American. The artists involved are the only through-line of the evening: the choreographers worked individually, and the event does not hang together as a whole…

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This is my fourth dance review for Bachtrack, and my second since moving to London to become the dance & ballet representative at

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