Carnival of Shadows

We’re deeply sorry to have to cancel our 20th anniversary plans at Sadler’s Wells this autumn. It was a difficult decision to make, but with the continuing spread of the Coronavirus we have to prioritise the safety and wellbeing of our teams and our audiences alike. We will return, and we will celebrate. We look forward to seeing you at Sadler’s Wells, soon.


“The beguiling thing about this very moment, is that I feel the past 20 years have been about finding my voice. And now that that voice is more present in the global community, it feels so exciting to start using it and discover its range into the future – starting with 
Carnival of Shadows. A celebration of our work and vision at Sadler’s Wells, my dancing home for the last 15 years.” – Akram


On 5th October 2000, Akram and Farooq presented Loose in Flight, Fix and Rush at the Midlands Arts Centre in Birmingham and marked their first official day as a Company. Two decades later, we’re still learning and discovering new things. We’re still experimenting and we’re evolving. We think that’s definitely something worth celebrating.

We’ll be taking over every corner of Sadler’s Wells in London for two full weeks of events from 28 September to 13 October 2020, making this anniversary a very special occasion to come together and celebrate our collective stories.


The festival line-up has been curated with works that represent the cyclical nature of our Company’s journey. Carnival of Shadows opens with the UK premiere of our latest ensemble piece Outwitting theDevil. Akram’s final full-length solo XENOS, returns to Sadler’s Wells once again, and as a very special feature for this anniversary, we are presenting Until the Lions at Sadler’s Wells for the first time. Akram will perform as Bheeshma in the exclusive three-show run.

To finalise the main house shows, we be will be presenting an evening of classical work. We are but Shadows comprises of two pieces that were programmed as part of Akram’s curation for Darbar Festival. Our Outwitting the Devil dancer Mythili Prakash will perform her solo Jwala and the second half of the evening will see I am Ravana, choreographed by our Creative Associate Mavin Khoo and performed by eight young dancers from Malaysia’s Temple of Fine Arts.

General public ticket sales go live Monday 10 February, and details of the full programme will be revealed in the coming months…
Photo by © Nicol Vizioli

"Twenty years on, it still feels like we're just beginning. It's exhilarating and beautiful to feel this way."

Farooq Chaudhry

Carnival of Shadows - Part I

A Film by Nicol Vizioli

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