Christopher Wheeldon: “Most people like to know where they are going, but I struggle with that notion”

“I have never found it hard to turn a corner and walk down a new pathway without a map,” says Sadler’s Wells’ Associate Artist Christopher Wheeldon, with a grin.  “I know most people like to know where they are going, but I struggle with that notion.  It’s not who I am at all.  Maybe I

Sadler’s Wells’ Artistic Director receives lifetime achievement award

Our Artistic Director and Chief Executive Alistair Spalding was honoured with a lifetime achievement award by the International Society for the Performing Arts (ISPA). He received the International Citation of Merit for distinguished service to the profession at a ceremony held at TheTimesCenter in New York last month. “He is the international leader in presenting

Alan Lucien Øyen: “If I think of the historical weight of the project, it will break me”

As the son of a dresser, Alan Lucien Øyen grew up in a small theatre; the Den Nationale Scene (established by Ibsen himself) in the town of Bergen, Norway. Here he would watch theatre religiously from the age of seven: classical productions as well as contemporary masterworks. Inevitably, he went on to establish himself as

Everything you need to know about the new production choreographed by Kate Prince, set to the music of Sting

Sadler’s Wells and Universal Music UK have announced a new dance theatre production by Associate Artist Kate Prince, set to the iconic music of multi-Grammy award-winning artist, Sting, and co-produced with Birmingham Hippodrome and The Lowry. The spectacular production will include hits from across Sting’s catalogue, including Every Breath You Take, Roxanne, Every Little Thing She

6 TIMES GANDINI JUGGLING BROKE THE MOULD

It takes a lot of balls to push the boundaries of juggling… but world renowned company Gandini Juggling, masterminded by Sean Gandini whose juggling career spans more than 30 years, has succeeded in filling venues around the world with spectacles that delight the senses. Gandini have continuously reinvented the art-form of juggling with their cleverly

Our Most Memorable Circus Moments

“The circus is the only fun you can buy that is good for you.” Ernest Hemmingway. Roll up!

Swan Lake curtain raiser is ‘once-in-a-lifetime experience’ for students

Our Learning & Engagement team and our Resident Company New Adventures worked with 18 students from our Associate Schools programme over two weeks this month to create a short piece inspired by Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake. Following intense rehearsals in our Studio A, the project culminated with the students premiering their new piece on our

SW Voices: Katy Stephens, Events Sales Executive

Katy Stephens joined us in September 2018 as Events Sales Executive. With over 20 years’ experience in London’s

My first NYDC residency: I feel achy, accepted and privileged

National Youth Dance Company (NYDC), the UK’s leading incubator for young talent run by Sadler’s Wells, has started to rehearse its new piece, MADHEAD, under Botis Seva’s artistic guidance. The ensemble had their first residency at DanceEast in Ipswich in October. Among them is Harriet Musgrove, a 18-year-old dancer coming from Exmouth in Devon. Following the

Ai Weiwei designs Flag for Human Rights

A nationwide campaign jointly led by arts and human rights organisations launched today with the unveiling of a human rights flag by artist Ai Weiwei. Marking the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the new flag was commissioned as part of Fly The Flag for Human Rights. Confronted by the real and present dangers of

National Youth Dance Company announces new cohort

The National Youth Dance Company (NYDC) has started to work with 2018-19 Guest Artistic Director Botis Seva on a new piece titled MADHEAD. Twenty-eight new members – 19 female and nine male – were selected through experience workshops held throughout the UK over the summer. They joined ten returning dancers from last year to form

Sadler’s Wells backs plan to increase diversity of theatre workforce

Sadler’s Wells joined a group of nearly 100 UK theatres in signing up to an innovative action plan designed to increase diversity among theatre professionals working offstage. Developed by BECTU, the UK’s media and entertainment trade union, the Theatre Diversity Action Plan aims to encourage greater diversity within the sector’s staff working in non-performance roles, and particularly to

Top gift ideas for dance fans

Struggling to find the perfect gift? In all the excitement of festive lights, decorating trees, singing carols and filling stockings, we know Christmas shopping can be overwhelming. To make life a little easier, we’ve handpicked our top gift picks for the dance fan or culture-curious friend in your life. Happy shopping! 1. Sadler’s Wells Gift

SHIZUKA HARIU: THE ARCHITECT OF DANCE

In the early 2000s, an architecture student from Japan visited Sadler’s Wells for the first time and fell in love with the theatre. What she saw was Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker’s iconic dance piece, Rain, in which designer Jan Versweyveld hangs a wall of ropes around the stage. His idea was simple, but the overall

A Beginner’s Guide to Bharatanatyam – Darbar Voices

What are the themes behind bharatanatyam? How did the dance style get its name? In our final instalment