Founded in 2003, New York\'s Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet has forged a strong reputation over the past decade for the exceptional calibre of its dancers and for commissioning new work from the world\'s most sought after choreographers. Following its critically acclaimed UK debut at Sadler\'s Wells in 2012, the company is returning to the UK for its first national British tour, which will visit just five venues across the UK. The Alhambra Theatre in Bradford hosts the only dates in the North of England, on Tuesday 15 and Wednesday 16 October at 7.30pm.
The company is presenting a characteristically innovative triple bill of works including two UK premieres. Indigo Rose, created by acclaimed Czech choreographer Jiří Kylián opens the programme with a virtuosic showcase for the company\'s talented ensemble. Fast-paced duets, trios and quartets are spiked with moments of humour. It is set against a driving score featuring works by the Baroque masters Bach and Couperin paired with 20th century American composer John Cage\'s prepared piano works.
This is followed by the UK premiere of Ten Duets on a Theme of Rescue, commissioned by Cedar Lake from Canadian choreographer Crystal Pite, who displays her deeply evocative and compelling aesthetic.
Of the work, Crystal Pite said, \"I love the word \'rescue\'. It captures a whole story in a single word. Similarly, the body can convey narrative through the simplest of actions. For me, this work for Cedar Lake was an act of excavation. After creating the choreography, I searched within it for images that specifically evoked rescue. I tried to liberate and expose these images for brief contemplation before releasing them back into the dance: saving and holding one picture of rescue in each of the ten duets.\"
This piece is set to music by ex-Red Hot Chili Pepper and film score composer Cliff Martinez (Spring Breakers, Only God Forgives, Drive, Solaris)
The bill is completed by Norwegian choreographer Jo Strømgren\'s spirited ensemble piece, Necessity, Again, the second UK premiere of the evening and another Cedar Lake commissioned work. At once playful and subconsciously sinister, the piece is an exploration of a pure expression of emotion, without need for narrative or reason, set against a selection of songs by the legendary singer Charles Aznavour, dubbed \'the French Frank Sinatra\'.
Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet - Triple Bill is at the Alhambra Theatre on Tuesday 15 and Wednesday 16 October. Performances are at 7.30pm. The production contains scenes of partial nudity and is suitable for age 12+. Tickets priced from £17.50 to £21.50, and £12 for Under 26s (best available seats, Tue only, no other discounts apply), are available from the Box Office on 01274 432000 or visit bradford-theatres.co.uk. Concessions £2.50 off. Booking fees apply: £1 per ticket on the phones / counter, £2.50 per ticket online. Additional postage charges apply.
Nominated for the 2013 My Theatre Matters! Most Welcoming Theatre Award in association with Classic FM, the Alhambra Theatre offers a warm welcome to audiences. Restaurant 1914 is open for pre-show dining, call 01274 431052 to book your table. A free post-show Q&A with the company is open to Tuesday\'s ticket holders. Online voting for the award is open until midnight on Monday 30 September, vote now at www.classicfm.com/theatre