Alain Platel, the acclaimed founder and director of Belgian contemporary dance collective les ballets C de la B, returns to Sadler’s Wells for the London premiere of a new work, nicht schlafen. The work is inspired by the music of Gustav Mahler and the time the composer lived in, Platel explores parallels between the music and the troubled early years of the 20th century in Europe.
Platel collaborates with Steven Prengels, who uses African polyphonic chants, cowbells and the sounds of sleeping animals to create a soundscape, and visual artist Berlinde De Bruyckere, whose sculptures of dead horses piled up in a jumbled heap are placed around the stage.
Founded in Ghent, Belgium in 1984, les ballets C de la B is one of the most influential performing arts companies in Europe, Van Laecke, Platel and Prengels last worked together on Gardenia, their Olivier Award nominated production performed by lip-synching retired drag queens.
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