Monthly Archives: July 2015


Closed-captioning can now be found on all new Sadler’s Wells videos on our YouTube channel (, meaning that any speech in the films is subtitled.

This forms part of our strategy of increasing audience enjoyment and understanding of dance. As we commission an increasing number of short documentary films (featuring artists, cultural commentators, and our programming team), this important development ensures that even more people can enjoy the work on our stages, and discover more about our artistic programming.

These closed-captions will also be automatically translated into over 60 different languages, so whichever country the video content is watched in, many international viewers will also be able to deepen their enjoyment of dance.

To switch on this facility, start watching any of our YouTube videos, and in the black bar at the bottom of the footage, click on the fourth symbol from the right – the white box with lines on it (when hovering the mouse over it, ‘Subtitles/CC’ will appear).


Sadler’s Wells’ director advises Tanztheater Wuppertal on new commissions

Sadler’s Wells’ Chief Executive & Artistic Director Alistair Spalding said it was “an honour and a privilege” to be on the advisory panel who worked with Tanztheater Wuppertal to commission international choreographers to create new pieces for the company.

For their 2015-2016 season, Tanztheater Wuppertal has invited UK choreographers Tim Etchells and Theo Clinkhard and the Argentine-French duo Cecilia Bengolea & François Chaignaud to work with dancers from the ensemble and present work in a triple bill that will open the season in Wuppertal in September.

The selection of choreographers to commission was made in consultation with Spalding – who, over the years, has regularly invited the company to perform at Sadler’s Wells – as well as Myriam De Clopper, artistic director of deSingel in Antwerp, where the company has also performed, and Stefan Hilterhaus, executive and artistic director of PACT Zollverein.

Spalding said: “Our aim in devising this programme was to give the dancers of Tanztheater Wuppertal the possibility of a variety of different experiences in the creation period. The artists that we have chosen come from a broad range of backgrounds and experience and they will all bring their own specific approaches to the process. We are looking forward to seeing that process evolve and the results in September.”

Alongside the new works, in 2015-16 Tanztheater Wuppertal will be presenting 10 different pieces by Pina Bausch.


Photo: Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch ensemble performing Auf dem Gebirge hat man ein Geschrei gehört, by Karl-Heinz Krauskopf