Monthly Archives: April 2016

National Youth Dance Company celebrates Get Creative Day at Sadler’s Wells

On 2 April, hundreds of arts and cultural organisations in the UK marked Get Creative Day. Part of the BBC’s Get Creative campaign, the event celebrated and encouraged participation in arts, culture and creativity across the country.

At Sadler’s Wells, National Youth Dance Company members invited people to join them in the foyer for a group improvisation. Audiences, many of them children and young people, danced along or simply travelled with the dancers as they performed throughout the building. A measure of the success of the day was the transition of some visitors from shy spectators to enthusiastic participants – from entering the building,  in the space of less than half an hour they were jumping, crawling, clapping and moving with the 40 NYDC dancers.

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The company also offered the public the opportunity to learn a sequence inspired by its new work In – Nocentes, created by leading choreographer Michael Keegan-Dolan, which had its world premiere at Sadler’s Wells on 7 April.

NYDC is jointly funded by Arts Council England and the Department for Education from the National Lottery and Grant in Aids funds.

 

Images: National Youth Dance Company dancers lead the group improvisation at Sadler’s Wells. Photo: Giulia Ascoli

Sadler’s Wells, The Lowry and Birmingham Hippodrome form new partnership

Sadler’s Wells, The Lowry and Birmingham Hippodrome have joined forces in a new collaborative producing partnership, supported by an Arts Council England’s Ambition for Excellence fund, to develop and deliver an ambitious programme of high-quality large-scale dance.

The Movement is a dynamic partnership among three of the country’s leading dance venues. Through a two-year pilot initiative that has been awarded a grant of £749,948, the partners aim to nurture dance talent and reach and develop new audiences for dance through a programme of work that will be co-produced by the three venues.

The Movement launches at Birmingham Hippodrome on 17 and 18 May with Dance: Sampled, the first production to be presented under the auspices of the partnership, as part of the International Dance Festival Birmingham 2016. Dance: Sampled is inspired by the popular Sampled format first pioneered by Sadler’s Wells, which offers audiences a taster selection of different dance styles all in one programme. The production will then run for two nights at The Lowry in February 2017.

The line-up includes Company Wayne McGregor, Birmingham Royal Ballet, BBC Young Dancer finalist Vidya Patel, world tango champions German Cornejo and Gisela Galeassi from Buenos Aires, French hip hop company Pockemon Crew and Faun, by Sadler’s Wells’ Associate Artist Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui.

“We have been working with The Lowry and Birmingham Hippodrome for a number of years,” said Alistair Spalding, Sadler’s Wells’ Artistic Director and Chief Executive. “I am delighted that we now have a great opportunity with The Movement to build on this relationship and work more closely to commission and stage ambitious dance together, helping to support talent and inspiring large audiences across the UK.”