Cheap Akram Khan Company: Desh tickets at Sadler's Wells
Celebrated charegrapher and performer Akram Khan’s latest work made its world premiere in 2011 to undisputed critical praise. DESH, his most personal work to date, is a full length contemporary solo performance that was hailed as "a masterpiece" by The Observer and won an Olivier Award for Best New Dance Production.
Reflecting on life in Bangladesh, the choreography portrays several characters through Khan’s own body and voice. For this solo performance, he has joined with Oscar-winning Chinese visual artist Tim Yip (production designer for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon), Olivier Award-winning composer Jocelyn Pook and British slam poet Polar Bear.
Although born in London, Khan has a strong attachment to his homeland of Bangladesh. DESH, which means ‘homeland’ in Bengali, is a full-length performance inspired by the artist’s motherland. After critically acclaimed collaborations with artists including Sylvie Guillem, Anish Kapoor and Antony Gormley, DESH is set to be one of Khan’s most personal works, as he seeks to reconnect with his cultural roots.
The show explores the idea of transformation portrayed through themes of body, land, identity and memory as Khan examines the contradictions of his own British-Asian identity.
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The Stalls are level with and closest to the stage. The Dress Circle (or simply the Circle) is the level of seating above the Stalls. The Upper Circle or Grand Circle is above the Dress Circle. The Balcony, above the Upper Circle, is the highest level of seating.
Sadler's Wells is situated on Rosebery Avenue in Islington, close to Angel tube station. Originally constructed in 1683, Sadler’s Wells was completely rebuilt several times prior to its current incarnation as a 1560 seat venue.
It's been a music hall and a cinema, and was restored as a theatre in the early 20th century.
Today, Sadler’s Wells enjoys consistent success and is known as both a producing and receiving house (a theatre that hosts productions it hasn’t originated itself). It presents theatre, dance and contemporary music performances.
Like any long-serving institution, it’s experienced its fair share of changes over the years. With the exception of the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, the site on which Sadler’s Wells stands is the longest established continuous place of entertainment in the United Kingdom. An entertainment venue has occupied its site since the 1683 construction of the Musick House. That old wooden venue was demolished in 1765 to make room for a new brick theatre, which was opened in April of that year.
In 1772 the interior of the theatre was reconstructed. Ten years later the theatre was demolished completely and rebuilt on the same site. In 1879 the interior of the theatre was remodelled once more, with only the exterior walls remaining.
After a number of different managers during the 20th century the theatre became run down and closed in in 1915. It reopened in 1931, and the Sadler’s Wells Ballet School and the Vic-Wells Ballet Schools were established. Sadler’s Wells closed during WWII and did not reopen again until 1945.
The current theatre opened in 1998. The new design provided a larger stage, allowing larger companies and performances in the theatre.
Recent successes include Zero Degrees, Push, Rambert Dance Company, Matthew Bourne’s Early Adventures and Matthew Bourne’s A Play Without Words.
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