Awards

Wayne McGregor awarded Honorary Science Fellowship

Sadler’s Wells’ Associate Artist Wayne McGregor has been awarded an honorary fellowship by the British Science Association for his dedication to engaging and inspiring people with science.  He joins an illustrious rank of honorary fellows, including Professor Brian Cox and Sir David Attenborough.

Wayne’s work has long been at the forefront of dance innovation, exploring the possibilities of the human body and movement through our cognitive and scientific processes. He has worked closely with researchers to create work informed by cognitive science and social anthropology, and even devised a choreographic thinking tool, Mind and Movement, now used in schools and other educational environments.

His long-standing interest in scientific research is reflected in his choreographic works, which are often at the cutting edge of scientific and technological advancements. Atomos, performed at Sadler’s Wells in 2013, probes the idea of choreography growing from the form of an atom, exploring the movement and manipulation of the body with wearable technology mapping the dancer’s biometrics and reflecting their own emotional algorithms. His upcoming production Autobiography, premiering at Sadler’s Wells in October, is similarly ambitious, a deeply personal work stemming from world-leading geneticists sequencing Wayne’s genetic material, and thereby re-processing and exploring nature’s code through dance.

Many congratulations to Wayne on this important recognition!

Image credit: Nick Mead

Tal Rosner receives KOI Award nomination

Congratulations to Tal Rosner, who has been nominated for a Knight of Illumination (KOI) Award for his projection design work on 8 Minutes, a new production by Sadler’s Wells’ New Wave Associate Alexander Whitley.

Jerusalem-born, London-based Rosner is a Bafta-winning moving image and video artist. His work spans orchestral music, theatre and dance, including creating the video design and animation for The Most Incredible Thing at Sadler’s Wells back in 2012.

8 Minutes, created by Whitley in collaboration with Rosner and composer Daniel Wohl, draws inspiration from the images and data of solar science research to explore the spectacular forces at work in the universe. Rosner’s visual installation evokes the breathtaking scale of space through scientific footage and original artwork, contributing to create the striking, immersive environment of dance, music and film the production was acclaimed for following its world premiere in June.

Rosner is nominated for The Hawthorn Theatre Award for Projection Design, which honours outstanding examples of lighting design, video, graphic display and projection design.

The (KOI) Awards ceremony will take place at the Eventim Apollo on 17 September.

Images: 8 Minutes by Alexander Whitley Company. Photo: Johan Persson

Sadler’s Wells staff win Apprenticeship Awards

Two Sadler’s Wells staff members picked up awards at a ceremony celebrating the role of local young people and employers in delivering the legacy of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

HR Manager Lesley Owusu and our former Community and Engagement intern Jade Leatham were honoured at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park Apprenticeship Awards, held at Here East on 5 July.

Lesley won the Making it Happen Partnership of the Year Award for her work in offering high-quality, accessible employment and education opportunities to young people from the communities that surround the park in east London. Jade received the Best Intern Award for her work as Community Engagement Intern at Sadler’s Wells.

Jade was selected for the internship after taking part in the Creative Opportunity Programme and spent six months at Sadler’s Wells helping to engage local schools and communities in dance. You can read more about her experience with us here. She is now permanently employed as International Examinations Administrator at the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing.

Many congratulations to both!

 

Image: Sadler’s Wells’ HR Manager Lesley Owusu (L) and former Community Engagement Intern Jade Leatham (R).

Works for me: A foot in the door

Winner of the 2016/17 Apprenticeship Award for the Best Work Placement/Intern Jade Leatham, tells us how participating in LLDC’s Creative and Cultural Opportunity Week, helped her land a role at Sadler’s Wells as Community Engagement Intern.

“I’m from Walthamstow and went to De Montfort University in Leicester to study a degree in arts and festival management.

Dance has always been my driving force. When I left uni I picked up bits of work and I was getting interviews but just couldn’t get a full-time role. Then I came across the Creative and Cultural Opportunity Week and managed to get a place. It started at Sadler’s Wells and then moved to places like Whitechapel Gallery, Stratford Circus and Here East.

There was amazing moral support and really focused on everyone’s individual needs. A lot of us needed that – it was really insightful to have mentors to help you figure out what to do next. It was good to talk to people in similar situations. You create a network just by being there.

The hardest thing about the arts is getting a foot in the door. The workshop week led to my internship at Sadler’s Wells for a six-month community engagement role. My role involved going into local communities and schools and introducing them to dance in different ways. It was impossible not to enjoy it.

After my internship I’ve now secured a role as an international examinations administrator at the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing. The internship gave me the confidence I needed to push myself to the next level. Lots of people are capable of doing the jobs that are out there – you just need to prove you can actually do it.

I’m really passionate about getting people engaged in dance and I want to get my enthusiasm across. In the long-term I want to use all my skills and set up my own thing, although I’m not sure what that will be yet.”

Click here to find out more about the next Creative Opportunity Programme.

Nitin Sawhney receives Lifetime Achievement Ivor Novello award

Sadler’s Wells’ Associate Artist Nitin Sawhney picked up the lifetime achievement honour at the Ivor Novello awards earlier this month. The British musician, producer and composer was presented with the award, which is bestowed in recognition of exceptional creative talent, by actor and director Andy Serkis at the event on 18 May.

Speaking to Music Week magazine, Sawhney explained what the accolade means to him: “The Ivor Novello Awards are the awards that I respect the most, because it’s from composers and songwriters. I know how the board works, and they are all very accomplished and seasoned musicians and writes. From that point of view, it’s an incredible accolade. I’m very proud to get it.”

Sawhney may have received a lifetime achievement award, but he is definitely not one to rest on his laurels. Among the projects he is currently working on, he is co-devising a brand new dance production with dancer and choreographers Honji Wang and Sébastien Ramirez (Wang Ramirez). The production, which is being made to Sawhney’s acclaimed 2015 album Dystopian Dream, will premiere at Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg in September 2017 and receive its UK premiere at Sadler’s Wells in autumn 2018.

 

Image: Nitin Sawhney with his Lifetime Achievement award and its presenter Andy Serkis at the 62nd Ivor Novello Awards (2017). Photo: Mark Allan

Our associate artists and companies win four Oliviers

The winners of this year’s Olivier Awards were announced at the Royal Albert Hall on 9 April and we are thrilled that Sadler’s Wells’ associate artists and companies won four awards.

Our Associate Artist Crystal Pite and Jonathon Young received the Best New Dance Production award for Betroffenheit. Our Associate Company English National Ballet won Outstanding Achievement in Dance for expanding the variety of their repertoire with our Associate Artist Akram Khan’s Giselle and triple bill She Said at Sadler’s Wells. Our Associate Artist Matthew Bourne received the Best Theatre Choreographer award, while his latest production The Red Shoes, performed by our Resident Company New Adventures, won in the Best Entertainment and Family category.

Many congratulations to all!

 

Image: Crystal Pite and Jonathon Young’s Betroffenheit. Photo: Wendy D Photography

New Adventures wins International gong at The Stage Awards

Sadler’s Wells’ Resident Company New Adventures won the International award at The Stage Awards 2017. Winners were announced at a ceremony at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane last Friday.

The award recognised the company’s international touring and audience engagement activities, which in 2016 included a mammoth tour of New Adventures’ Sleeping Beauty in Asia, with audiences of over 70,000.

Many congratulations to Sir Matthew Bourne, Robert Noble and all the dancers and company members! We look forward to seeing New Adventures back on our main stage in April with Matthew Bourne’s Early Adventures.

Michael Hulls is nominated for Knight of Illumination award

Sadler’s Wells’ Associate Artist Michael Hulls has been nominated for a Knight of Illumination (KOI) award for his lighting design of Conceal / Reveal,  marking the 20th anniversary of his collaboration with choreographer Russell Maliphant. Hulls’ nomination in the Dance category of this year’s KOI Awards  comes as part of the shortlist announcement made today.

Besides his long-standing creative partnership with Maliphant, over the years Hulls has been collaborating with many leading choreographers and dancers, including , Akram Khan, Javier de Frutos and Liam Scarlett, as well as international dance companies.

The lighting designer won the KOI Dance award in 2009 for his work on Sadler’s Wells’ production Eonnagata, a collaboration with actor and theatre director Robert Lepage, dancer Sylvie Guillem and Russell Maliphant. Maliphant is also an Associate Artist at Sadler’s Wells, while Guillem, who retired a the end of 2015, is now Associate Artist Emeritus.

The KOI Awards’ ceremony will take place at London’s Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith on Sunday 18 September.

 

 

Image: Conceal / Reveal – Piece No. 43, performed by Russell Maliphant Company. Photo: Hugo Glendinning

National Dance Awards are announced

The 2015 Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards were announced during a ceremony at The Place today, with many of Sadler’s Wells associate artists, companies and friends featuring among the worthy winners.

Our Associate Artist Crystal Pite received the award for Best modern choreography for her epic work Polaris, produced by Sadler’s Wells as part of its Thomas Adès: See the Music, Hear the Dance programme.

The Outstanding company award went to our irrepressible Resident Company New Adventures, with their brilliant dancer Zizi Strallen receiving the Outstanding female performance (modern) award for her portrayal of Lana in Matthew Bourne’s The Car Man.

Our Associate Artist Wayne McGregor won the Best classical choreography award for Woolf Works, created for the Royal Ballet, while flamenco dancer Israel Galván was given a special award for exceptional artistry.

Finally, our Associate Artist Sylvie Guillem was honoured with the De Valois award for outstanding achievement, in recognition of her extraordinary career. She shared the award with Caroline Miller, who was recognised for her 10-year tenure as Chief Executive of Dance UK.

Many congratulations to all!

For a full list of nominations, visit londondance.com

 

Image: Crystal Pite’s Polaris, by Andrew Lang

Matthew Bourne to receive UK Theatre’s outstanding contribution award

Sadler’s Wells’ Associate Artist Matthew Bourne is to be honoured at the UK Theatre Awards 2015 for his contribution to theatre.

The choreographer and Artistic Director of dance company New Adventures will receive the The Stage award for outstanding contribution to British theatre at a ceremony in London on 18 October. A five-time Olivier Award-winner and the only British director to have won a Tony Award for both Best Choreographer and Best Director of a Musical, Bourne is one of the most popular and successful choreographers working today.

Following a 14-year career as a professional dancer, he quickly established himself as an audience favourite with his endlessly inventive and witty versions of classical ballets, such as Nutcraker!, Swan Lake and Cinderella, as well as innovative productions like The Car Man and Edward Scissorhands.

Rachel Tackley, President of UK Theatre, said: “I am a huge fan of Matthew Bourne’s work which has been inspiring and thrilling audiences all over the UK and around the world for many years. I am delighted that his incredible contribution to our industry is being honoured at this year’s award ceremony. I can’t wait to see what he has planned next.”

New Adventures will perform Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty at Sadler’s Wells between 1 December and 24 January 2016. To book tickets, visit www.sadlerswells.com

 

Image: Matthew Bourne. Photo: Hugo Glendinning