Barre Project on Sadler's Wells Digital Stage

Published: 25 April 2021
Reporter: Vera Liber

William Forsythe's Barre Project: Brooklyn Mack, Tiler Peck, Lex Ishimoto, Roman Mejia Credit: Geovanny Santilian

The Barre Project (Blake Works II), conceived by William Forsythe and New York City Ballet principal Tiler Peckis to the music of singer-songwriter James Blake and filmed and produced by CLI Studios in California, will available on Sadler’s Wells Digital Stage from Thursday 6 to Sunday 16 May 2021.

Created via Zoom, with all rehearsal, filming and assembly taking place remotely, it features in the cast Tiler Peck, Lex Ishimoto, Brooklyn Mack and Roman Mejia and consists of five musical episodes that focus on the most primary feature of ballet training: barre.

William Forsythe said: “The Barre Project is designed to celebrate the deep commitment that all dancers bring to their chosen form. Irrespective of genre, a dancer’s irrepressible capacity to summon fierce joy through their work gives testament to the resilience of the human spirit.”

Sadler’s Wells Artistic Director and Chief Executive Alistair Spalding said of the project, “it is a bold celebration of the resilience of dancers during the uncertainty of the pandemic. It also represents an exciting and successful new model for how artists and collaborators can make and share world-class dance with global audiences. This exquisitely crafted piece of work by William Forsythe and CLI Studios is representative of the hybrid digital and in-person future that will remain at the heart of the Sadler’s Wells artistic programme, even after the pandemic.”

The Barre Project will be available on demand for free 6–16 May. An audio described version will also be made available.