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Currents at Hackney Empire cancelled due to poor ticket sales

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A production of Currents by Israeli music and dance company Mayumana has been cancelled due to poor ticket sales.

It was scheduled to run at London’s Hackney Empire.

A spokeswoman for the venue said that Currents “did not ignite the public imagination in the way we had expected” and cancellation was “purely a business decision”.

Currents, which uses a mix of dance, music and percussion to tell the story of the feud between inventors Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla, was scheduled to run from April 18 to May 7.

The production is directed by Eylon Nuphar and Boaz Berman.

A spokeswoman for Hackney Empire said: “We have been admirers of Mayumana’s work since 2011 and been trying to bring them to Hackney Empire for a number of years.

“They are a very special and exciting company.”

The spokeswoman said that Hackney Empire had undertaken an “extensive marketing and press campaign” to promote the show.

She added: “However, sadly, the piece just did not ignite the public imagination in the way we had expected.

“Therefore, with huge regret, we were forced to cancel the season to avoid untenable financial losses for our organisation (which is also a charity in receipt of public funds) – the cancellation was purely a business decision.”