Call for participation in first European Dansathon!

Initiated by BNP Paribas Foundation and Maison de la Danse Lyon, Dansathon is the first European dance hackathon. Sadler’s Wells, together with Théâtre de Liège, is one of the partners to produce this 3-city event from 28 to 30 September 2018. The UK chapter will take place at Plexal at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

Sadler’s Wells partners with BBC Four on new DanceWorks series

DanceWorks, four 30-minute artist-led films for broadcast on BBC Four this May as part of their forthcoming dance season, was announced at a press conference at Sadler’s Wells this morning. Co-produced with Islington-based production company ClearStory, each film in the DanceWorks series introduces the audience to a different artist: Zenaida Yanowsky, Dickson Mbi, Carlos Pons

Rashmi Becker on Dance and Disability

On 9 May, inclusive dance company Step Change Studios will present a dance showcase at Sadler’s Wells’ Lilian Baylis Studio. Founder Rashmi Becker shares her journey into inclusive dance and creating Fusion. One of my earliest memories is holding my brother’s hands and swinging side to side to music. He has a huge smile of

Alistair Spalding: My Favourite William Forsythe Dance Pieces

“William Forsythe changed my view of what dance can be”, says Sadler’s Wells Artistic Director and Chief Executive Alistair Spalding, who has closely followed the work of this ground-breaking choreographer throughout his career. Forsythe’s style, which questions and reimagines the norms of dance, continues to inspire artists across the world. As a master of contemporary

William Forsythe’s A Quiet Evening of Dance shorlisted for FEDORA Prize

We are delighted to announce that our new commission, William Forsythe’s A Quiet Evening of Dance, has been shortlisted for the FEDORA Van Cleef & Arpels Prize for Ballet 2018. The FEDORA Platform is a collection of cultural institutions from across Europe. We have been members of FEDORA since 2015 and we are very excited

Dance meets Virtual Reality in Celestial Motion

We are excited to announce Celestial Motion, a virtual reality dance experience, produced by The Guardian’s award-winning in-house VR team and made in association with Sadler’s Wells. The piece is the Guardian’s first arts-inspired VR experience and was directed by Shehani Fernando and produced by Anetta Jones. Choreographed by Alexander Whitley, Celestial Motion was adapted

OUR TOP 5 TAP DANCE SCENES FROM THE MOVIES

Australia’s finest tap-dancing troop, The Tap Pack, will be bringing a touch of old school cool to The Peacock this May with their toe-tapping show combining songs, sharp wit and slick suits for an evening of pure entertainment. In the countdown to their arrival, we’ve been inspired to look back at the some of our

Dance Writes Sampled review: a diverse and life-affirming show

Sadler’s Wells has launched Dance Writes, a new initiative giving Islington residents the opportunity to experience dance performances and gain new skills by writing about what they have seen. Part of our community engagement programme Get into Dance, the pilot scheme is designed to help participants convey their thoughts and feelings about a performance, and to offer

Over 60s Get Creative with dance workshop

A group of over 60s enjoyed learning new dance moves at Sadler’s Wells as part of the Get Creative Festival 2018. Motionhouse Rehearsal Director Junior Cunningham led a free workshop in the theatre’s Rosebery room as part of the nationwide celebration of art and creativity. Thirty people joined him to try out some moves inspired by Charge, the company’s latest production

Cascade of light illuminates Sadler’s Wells’ curtain

As part of the celebrations marking the 20th anniversary of Sadler’s Wells current building, we commissioned our Associate Artist Michael Hulls to create a light installation for the stage curtain of our main auditorium, which is usually lit with red light. “I immediately imagined a slow wave of light descending the curtain that would be understated and

Richard Alston: “I wanted to be a zookeeper for a while and then decided to be Margot Fonteyn”

Renowned choreographer Richard Alston is celebrating his 50-year career in dance. During this time, he has created over 140 dance works, some of which will be presented alongside brand new pieces in Mid Century Modern at Sadler’s Wells this week. We spoke to Alston to discover more about the man behind some of the most

Reworking a Requiem

Dramaturg Hildegard De Vuyst discusses her work with composer Fabrizio Cassol and director Alain Platel, adapting Mozart’s Requiem in a powerful new production coming to Sadler’s Wells. Cassol has made it abundantly clear that this reinterpretation of Mozart’s Requiem is the most perilous musical undertaking he has ever attempted. This artistic adventure began some three

Local Ambassadors Enjoy New Dance Experience

Over the last few months, as part of its ‘Get Into Dance’ scheme, Sadler’s Wells has appointed some local people new to dance as Dance Ambassadors, and supported them in their first steps of dance discovery. Two of our Ambassadors – local residents Janice Gittens and Kate Marshall – came to see the new work

15 Women who shaped dance at Sadler’s Wells

In the week marking HeForShe Arts Week and following on from International Women’s Day, we look at some of the inspirational women who have shaped Sadler’s Wells’ history and continue to influence the world of dance today. 1. Lilian Baylis (pictured above) Lilian Baylis is one of the most important figures in the history of

Liv Lorent: “I was inspired by the rule-breaking women in dance”

Choreographer Liv Lorent has been creating award-winning dance in the UK for over 20 years. She established her company balletLORENT aged 20, making the move from dancer to director. Her production of Rumpelstiltskin, which has been adapted into a new retelling of the story by Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, will be presented at Sadler’s