Neighbours is a raw, powerful collaboration by two extraordinary artists each from a distinct movement and cultural heritage.
Pioneering abstract b-boy Rauf “RubberLegz” Yasit and established contemporary dancer Brigel Gjoka were inspired by their time on William Forsythe’s A Quiet Evening of Dance. Both at the cutting edge of their disciplines, they’ve created a work that brings together their diverse expertise and draws influence from their Kurdish and Albanian roots.
A new choreographic language forms as they examine moments of transformation and contemplation at the crossroads of urban, classical and contemporary dance. Through their shared experience a simple truth emerges, that dance is part of being human.
Choreographers and performers – Brigel Gjoka & Rauf “RubberLegz” Yasit
Part 1 created in collaboration with William Forsythe
Composer & Musician – Rusan Filiztek
Lighting Designer – Adam Carrée
Costume Designer – Ryan Dawson Laight
A Sadler’s Wells Production
with the support of Dance Reflections by Van Cleef & Arpels
Co-produced with PACT Zollverein Essen, Pôle européen de création – Ministère de la Culture/Maison de la Danse Lyon, Biennale de la danse de Lyon 2021, CNDC Angers, TAP – Théâtre Auditorium de Poitiers, La Filature, Scène nationale de Mulhouse, Julidans Amsterdam, Théâtre de Liège, MC2: Maison de la Culture de Grenoble, Teatro municipal do Porto, KDF / Kalamata Dance Festival, Torinodanza Festival / Teatro Stabile di Torino – Teatro Nazionale and ccn de Caen en Normandie.
Part I World Premiere: 29 & 30 November 2019 at PACT Zollverein, Essen, Germany.
Developed piece World Premiere: 3 & 4 March 2022 at CNDC Angers, France.