Monthly Archives: June 2015

Sadler’s Wells partners with digital broadcasting agency for live streaming events

Sadler’s Wells has partnered with digital broadcasting agency Streaming Tank to offer live streaming, webcasting and encoding to events clients.

The agency, which has been delivering award-winning online events for venues, agencies, fashion shows and concerts for a decade, is now the preferred supplier for Sadler’s Wells. This allows the organisation to now offer live streaming and webcasting services as part of its corporate events offering. The new partnership follows the recent refurbishment project, which included a £700,000 investment in improving technological facilities at the venue.

Sadler’s Wells Event Manager Georgie Smith said: “We’re delighted to be able to offer such a high-level of technical support to our clients. With our in-house tech support team and now the partnership with Streaming Tank, we’re really proud to be taking things up a notch in terms of our tech offering here at Sadler’s Wells.”

Streaming Tank’s CEO James Wilkinson added: “We’re absolutely delighted to be announced as the preferred supplier by Sadler’s Wells. We have already delivered many live streams from the venue and it’s such a flexible space, with such a wide range of events, that we can see a huge opportunity here. We’re really looking forward to working alongside the tech team at the venue and helping to support Sadler’s Wells’ clients with any webcasting, social streaming and live streaming requirements they may have – allowing productions to deliver the event experience to those outside the venue and around the world.”


Image: Preparations for a corporate event at Sadler’s Wells.

Associate Artists win gongs at South Bank Sky Arts, Astaire and Tony Awards

On 7 June 2015, two of Sadler’s Wells’ Associate Artists and its Associate Company celebrated winning prestigious awards at two separate ceremonies.

In London, English National Ballet collected the Dance award at the South Bank Sky Arts Awards 2015 for Lest We Forget, including choreographies by Liam Scarlett and Sadler’s Wells’ Associate Artists Akram Khan and Russell Maliphant. The company will bring the successful production to Sadler’s Wells in September.

The Award for Outstanding Achievement was bestowed on dancer Sylvie Guillem for her 35-year career, which has seen her shine in both classical ballets and modern works and, in the process, redefine what a female dancer can be.

In New York, Christopher Wheeldon received the award for best choreography for An American in Paris at the 2015 Tony Awards. The musical also won the awards for Scenic design, Lighting design and Orchestrations.

A few days earlier, on 1 June, Wheeldon had shared the Best Choreographer gong at the Astaire Awards with Joshua Bergasse of On the Town. At the same ceremony, Akram Khan won the Best Choreographer in a Feature Film category for Desert Dancer.

This award bonanza follows the success of Sylvie Guillem and Crystal Pite at the 2015 Laurence Olivier Awards in April – where Guillem was honoured with a special award and Pite won the Outstanding Achievement in Dance award for her choreography in A Picture of You Falling (as part of production The Associates), The Tempest Replica and Polaris (as part of Thomas Adès : See the Music, Hear the Dance) at Sadler’s Wells.

Congratulations to all artists on these much-deserved honours!


Image: English National Ballet performing Akram Khan’s Dust, part of Lest We Forget. Photography by ASH

Sadler’s Wells reduces its electricity usage by 10%

Sadler’s Wells recorded a 10% decrease in electricity usage throughout the building for the period from January to March 2015, compared with the same period last year. The theatre is undergoing an extensive refurbishment project aimed at improving facilities and energy efficiency. The second stage of development was completed in September 2014.

The 10% year-on-year energy saving is a result of a targeted investment in switching to more efficient technologies, as part of Sadler’s Wells ongoing commitment to minimise its impact on the environment and develop increasingly sustainable ways of operating. Works have so far included the installation of energy saving LED lighting, chillers and air handling units, as well as solar panels to generate power.

Sadler’s Wells’ Event Manager Georgie Smith said: “Sustainability is very much a key topic on the events industry agenda so we’re delighted to be offering such great facilities here at Sadler’s Wells. The refurb project has meant that we can offer the very best, state-of-the-art facilities in terms of tech-support for our clients, while also making sure that we have the procedures in place to really reduce our carbon footprint. We aim to achieve a total 12% reduction in carbon emissions by the end of this year.”

As part of its sustainability monitoring, Sadler’s Wells also recently carried out a staff travel survey, which found that 95% of its employees use public transport to travel to work. The organisation also offers a cycle to work scheme and cycling facilities to encourage staff to travel to and from work by bicycle. Other initiatives include the sponsorship of a polar bear through taxi supplier Green Tomato and WWF. Sadler’s Wells is currently working toward obtaining the ISO20121 sustainability accreditation.


Image: Derek Kendall © English Heritage