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Get Tanked Up At The Wells

Lindsey
By Lindsey Last edited 123 months ago
Get Tanked Up At The Wells
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Yes, yet another Londonist preview of a fantastically quirky arts event; we love it.

Half opera, half dance performance, part underwater extravaganza and mostly Greek tragedy, the innovative staging of England’s oldest opera by one of the stars of German dance theatre should be stunning and, quite possibly, splishy. The performance opens with a humungous, transparent water tank on stage in which, it is promised, an exquisite underwater dance will take place.

"Dido and Aeneas" is a classic, tragic love story and our eponymous heroes are each played both by a dancer and a singer in parallel roles. The fusion of art forms is complemented by a live orchestra and, of course, the power of swimming.

If you’ve never ‘done’ an opera or a ballet then this could be the ideal cultural deflowering for you but note that it’s a 90 minute performance without an interval and Sadlers won’t let you take your beer in. Tickets are swimming away fast so get in quick, culture vultures. Watch the trailer video and book tickets now here.

Sasha Waltz & Guests present the UK premiere of Purcell’s “Dido & Aeneas” at Sadlers Wells, 14-18 March.

Last Updated 07 March 2007

Greg

Dido and Aeneas can't really be called "England's oldest opera." That credit is usually given to The Siege of Rhodes, fist performed in 1656 (with music by several composers including Matthew Locke). Dido dates from about three decades later.