Monthly Archives: March 2015

Sadler’s Wells hosts pre-election hustings

In the run up to the general election in May, Sadler’s Wells has invited all candidates standing to be elected for Islington South and Finsbury to participate in a public meeting with the local community.

The event is a unique opportunity for those who live and work in the constituency to meet the local party candidates, raise concerns and ask questions during a live debate. Architect and chair of the Islington Society David Gibson will chair the conversation and give each candidate an opportunity to answer the questions put to them by audience members.

Join the hustings for a chance to question the party candidates and hear what they have to say about the issues that matter to you, from housing to education, jobs, sustainability, safety and the cost of living.

The candidates for Islington South and Finsbury are: Charlie Kiss (Green Party), Dr Mark Lim (Conservative Party), Pete Muswell (UK Independence Party), Terry Stacy (Liberal Democrat party) and Emily Thornberry (Labour).

The event will take place on Monday 13 April in the Lilian Baylis Studio at 7pm. Admission is free but strictly by ticket only. Call the Ticket Office on 0844 412 4300 to register for a place. Seats will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. To submit a question, email A number of questions will be selected to be put to the party candidates during the event.

The hustings is held in collaboration with the Islington Gazette.


Photo: Lucy White


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The Future of Creative Leadership

Sadler’s Wells was delighted to have supported Emerging Legacy Leaders East (elle), The Legacy List’s coaching programme for women at the outset of their creative careers, who held their inaugural symposium last week. Sadler’s Wells’ Chief Executive and Artistic Director Alistair Spalding joined a group of cultural leaders in sharing thoughts and advice for an introductory video.

Pupils take to the Sadler’s Wells’ stage in national dance project

Pupils from four London schools celebrated the end of a national dance project this week with a special performance for friends and family at Sadler’s Wells.

Sadler’s Wells worked with pupils aged 11 to 16 from Petchey Academy, Central Foundation Boys’ School, Gladesmore Community School and Holloway School as part of DanceQuest, a project funded by The Prince’s Foundation for Children & the Arts delivered in partnership with Wayne McGregor | Random Dance.

Over the last seven weeks, the pupils attended dance performances on Sadler’s Wells’ main stage and at The Peacock theatre, participated in seven contemporary workshops delivered by Wayne McGregor | Random Dance artists and started to build their Bronze Arts Award portfolios, which will lead to accreditation.

This week, the four participating schools were invited to Sadler’s Wells for the final Celebration Day. The 71 pupils had the opportunity to take part in a hip hop workshop led by an artist from ZooNation Dance Company, hear an Insight Talk to find out more about the theatre and meet and interview professional artists. The event culminated with an exciting performance of their dance pieces for friends and family in the Lilian Baylis Studio.

Photo: Gladesmore Community School at DanceQuest 2015, by Foteini Christofilopoulou

New London Dance Championships looking for young talent

The London Dance Championships, a new open dance competition for the young people of London, will take place on Friday 27 November 6 – 10pm as part of UFest, the capital’s largest ever youth-led cultural festival that will take over Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park later on this year. bottes ugg pas cher The London Dance Championships will bring London’s most exciting contemporary youth dance groups together with some of London’s leading dance organisations, including the Barbican Centre, Breakin’ Convention, East London Dance and Sadler’s Wells. Groups will gather in the jaw-dropping setting of the London Aquatics Centre to battle it out for £3,500 worth of prizes. asics gel quantum 360 Over a three-hour dance extravaganza, 16 youth dance groups aged between 14 and 25 will compete through a series of competitive heats, alternated with performances by partner dance organisations, with the winner of each one decided by a ‘clapometer’, which measures the volume of the audience response- the most democratic way to decide a winner. adidas femme Tickets to the UFest and the London Dance Championships are priced at £10, and can be purchased at: Alistair Spalding, Sadler’s Wells’ Chief Executive and Artistic Director, said: “We are excited to be taking part in UFest by supporting the London Dance Championship and presenting work at the festival. Soldes 2017 Asics The future of dance is in the hands of the young talent of today and I very much look forward to seeing the performances by the competing dance groups on 27 November.” Groups who would like to put themselves forward to take part can register online at by Monday 19th October.

=dance marks first birthday

This month, Sadler’s Wells marks the culmination of the inaugural year of =dance, its programme celebrating work by deaf and disabled artists and inclusive companies. On 21 March, it will present a performance of Equation, a mixed bill including highlights from featured companies and artists, followed by a talk discussing the impact the series has had so far on the dance sector.

Find out more and book tickets here

Photo: Andrea Testoni