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New York City Ballet withdraw from Nico Mulhy: Drawn Lines at Sadler's Wells

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DUE to concerns about the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak, New York City Ballet has decided to limit its international travel and will no longer perform at Sadler’s Wells from Thursday, March 19 to Saturday, March 21, 2020.

The company was due to perform Rotunda, a new work by choreographer Justin Peck, as part of Nico Mulhy: Drawn Lines, a programme of work set to the music of the contemporary composer.

Performances of Drawn Lines will go ahead at Sadler’s Wells as scheduled and will still feature works by choreographers Michael Keegan-Dolan and Julie Cunningham. These will now take place alongside a revival of Flutter, created on and featuring ballet star Natalia Osipova, choreographed by Iván Pérez.

Set to Mothertongue composed by Nico Muhly, Flutter was originally seen as part of Natalia Osipova – Pure Dance at Sadler’s Wells in autumn 2018.

Sadler’s Wells thanks Natalia Osipova for agreeing to take part in the programme at short notice.

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Sadler’s Wells continues to monitor developments around the current coronavirus outbreak and is following government, NHS and Public Health England guidance. Based on the current advice, Sadler’s Wells theatres remain open, with shows going ahead as scheduled.

Alistair Spalding, Artistic Director and Chief Executive of Sadler’s Wells, said: “We are very sorry that New York City Ballet will not be performing on our stage as part of the Nico Muhly: Drawn Lines programme on 19-21 March. We understand and respect their decision and look forward to presenting the company at a future date, when the international travelling situation will go back to normal.

“We are delighted that Natalia Osipova has agreed to perform Iván Pérez’s Flutter as part of the Drawn Lines evening and that we are still able to offer our audiences a full programme set to the music of Nico Muhly.”

Updated preview

The third of Sadler’s Wells’ Composer Series is with prolific contemporary composer Nico Muhly. This one-off triple bill is led by the music of Muhly, played live by Britten Sinfonia. Choreography comes from Sadler’s Wells New Wave Associate Julie Cunningham, Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist Michael Keegan-Dolan and choreographer Iván Pérez. The production receives its world premiere at Sadler’s Wells on Thursday, March 19.

Sadler’s Wells’ Composer Series was launched to challenge choreographers to respond to the music of living composers by making new work, designed to enable collaboration between leading lights in the world of music and dance, and to exchange ideas. Muhly follows programmes inspired by the music of Mark-Anthony Turnage in 2011 and Thomas Adès in 2014.

The composition from Muhly interpreted by Michael Keegan-Dolan is dark folk-song arrangement The Only Tune, based on murder ballad The Two Sisters, sung live by folk artist Sam Amidon. Julie Cunningham selects Drones, a reflection on the subtle and constant noise in most dwelling places.

Choreographed by Iván Pérez and featuring ballet superstar Natalia Osipova, Flutter is a vibrant work which explores stepping into the unknown. The piece is set to Muhly’s Mothertongue and received its world premiere as part of Natalia Osipova – Pure Dance at Sadler’s Wells, in 2018.