Interviews

BBC YOUNG DANCER 2019: WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN THIS YEAR’S WINNER AS TOLD BY JONZI D

With one day to go until the overall winner of BBC Young Dancer 2019 is unveiled at the grand final at Birmingham Hippodrome this Saturday, we ask judge and Sadler’s Wells’ Associate Artist Jonzi D about the top five things he is looking for in a dancer.

“When you free your mind, that’s when creativity happens”: Sadler’s Wells Gets Creative with Clara Andermatt

Ahead of next week’s Get Creative Festival we speak to renowned Portuguese choreographer Clara Andermatt about what creativity means to her, working with the Company of Elders & the secret to a life-long dance career.

“We break down the fourth wall. It’s the true hip hop experience.” Breakin’ Convention: The story so far

We speak to Michelle, Head of Breakin’ Convention, about the festival’s genesis, its evolution and what audiences can expect from its 16th year.

ON THE ROAD WITH PRODUCING & TOURING

This International Dance Day, we go behind the scenes for an exclusive look at our productions currently on tour, speaking to the people who produce our shows to find out just what it takes to bring them to the world stage.

Dancing with Deborah Hay: “It was so very personal”

We speak candidly with dancers Stephanie McMann and Flora Wellesley Wesley, about fulfilling their dream of working with the mighty Deborah Hay.

“They’re from all walks of life, but they’re already like a family”: NYDC from behind the scenes

We spoke to Jordan Douglas and Ezra Owen, members of the hip hop theatre collective Far From the Norm and assistant choreographers to Olivier-award winning Guest Artistic Director Botis Seva, about the journey with NYDC so far.

Damien Jalet: “It can make people uncomfortable, but I think that’s where art should go sometimes.”

The Olivier Award-winning choreographer on trusting your intuition, dance as the language of witchcraft, and flooding the Sadler’s Wells stage for the UK premiere of Vessel.

Sadler’s Wells’ Voices: Diana Sam

As part of National Apprenticeship Week, we talk to Diana Sam about her experience working as our Technical Apprentice.

Christopher Wheeldon: “Most people like to know where they are going, but I struggle with that notion”

“I have never found it hard to turn a corner and walk down a new pathway without a map,” says Sadler’s Wells’ Associate Artist Christopher Wheeldon, with a grin.  “I know most people like to know where they are going, but I struggle with that notion.  It’s not who I am at all.  Maybe I

Alan Lucien Øyen: “If I think of the historical weight of the project, it will break me”

As the son of a dresser, Alan Lucien Øyen grew up in a small theatre; the Den Nationale Scene (established by Ibsen himself) in the town of Bergen, Norway. Here he would watch theatre religiously from the age of seven: classical productions as well as contemporary masterworks. Inevitably, he went on to establish himself as