Dance

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

What happens when fashion meets dance

Sadler’s Wells’ production Gravity Fatigue, created by designer Hussein Chalayan in collaboration with choreographer Damien Jalet in 2015, is featured in a brand new video exploring what happens when fashion and dance meet.

The video has been released as part of Arts Council England’s digital initiative Canvas, which  aims to engage new and young audiences with the arts by bringing them videos on exciting cultural projects each week.

You can watch the video here.

 

Photo: Hugo Glendinning.

Sadler’s Wells has a Big Lunch in the Park

On Sunday 5 June, Sadler’s Wells joined  the Big Lunch celebrations by presenting dance to a large audience in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Over 8,000 people took part in the Big Lunch in the Park event in east London, enjoying a picnic, performances and free activities for all the family.

As part of the day, Sadler’s Wells presented a performance of Motionhouse’s Captive, an exciting blend of dance, acrobatics and aerial work set inside a large cage.

Sadler’s Wells signs up as Fit to Dance Space

Sadler’s Wells has joined a number of dance venues in adopting the Fit to Dance Space Charter, a new standard for dance audition and rehearsal spaces developed by performers’ trade union Equity and One Dance UK.

The ten-point charter sets out the minimum requirements to be met by large and small-scale dance venues across the UK in order to be recognised as Fit to Dance Spaces. A voluntary scheme, the initiative aims to promote safe spaces for performers – celebrating good practice, encouraging better practice and informing dancers, choreographers, teachers and producers on those venues committed to providing environmental conditions suitable for dance.

Emma Wilson, Director of Technical and Production at Sadler’s Wells, said: “We are delighted to support the Fit to Dance Space initiative. The safety, health and well-being of dance professionals are paramount to what we do, and we welcome the Charter and the setting of minimum standards for the venues where dance is created and performed.”

More information is available on the Equity website.

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

New Year’s Honours list recognises Matthew Bourne, Tamara Rojo and Christopher Wheeldon

Sadler’s Wells’ Associate Artists Matthew Bourne and Christopher Wheeldon and Tamara Rojo, Artistic Director of Sadler’s Wells’ Associate Company English National Ballet, received a knighthood, an OBE and a CBE respectively as part of the 2016 New Year’s Honours list. Our warmest congratulations to all!

Innovative online project reveals artists’ dance portraits

On Monday 4 January, Sadler’s Wells launched 52 Portraits, an online project by choreographer Jonathan Burrows, composer Matteo Fargion and video maker Hugo Glendinning, which sees a portrait of a different artist being released every Monday throughout 2016.

The 52 subjects are drawn from the vibrant UK dance scene, as well as from the many international companies visiting Sadler’s Wells during the course of the year. Each portrait takes the form of a very personal dance, filmed with the artist sitting at a table and accompanied by a song based on their biography, inspired by a tune of their choice. Participants span all ages, disciplines and cultural backgrounds and include both well-known performers and makers and younger artists.

52 Portraits builds on the success of the Olivier Award-nominated The Elders Project, created by Burrows and Fargion for the Elixir festival presented at Sadler’s Wells in September 2014. Like The Elders Project, this new initiative represents an epic love song written to an art form, while at the same time revealing the stories, thoughts and struggles of dancers in an unprecedented way.

Subscribe to receive a weekly portrait direct to your inbox at www.52portraits.co.uk52 Portraits is supported and produced by Sadler’s Wells.

 

Image: still from the portrait of artist Kwame Asafo-Adjei.

New community engagement scheme offers Islington residents dance for £3

Creative innovation and collaboration are at the heart of Sadler’s Wells. Alongside nurturing  creative talent and bringing new and bold dance work on our stage, we are committed to providing accessible routes to our programme and strive to engage with people who would not otherwise come to our venues or participate in dance.

As part of this commitment, in November we launched Get into Dance – a new community engagement scheme designed to reach residents in low-income households in Islington, the north London borough Sadler’s Wells is located in. Working in collaboration with 20 partner organisations and charities that support local residents, Get into Dance aims to welcome new audiences by offering more than 3,300 tickets to an exciting range of performances for just £3 through referrals via our partners. Fiona Ross, Director of Community and Engagement described why the launch of scheme is so important on London Live.

Through the scheme we also aim to:

– Highlight employment opportunities at Sadler’s Wells and The Peacock;
– Invite local residents to career open days, rehearsals, backstage tours and events;
– Encourage residents to join participation projects and take part in community productions.

For more information, visit www.sadlerswells.com

BBC’s Imagine features Carlos Acosta

Renowned international dancer Carlos Acosta is the subject of an upcoming episode of BBC’s Imagine documentary.

Carlos Acosta: Cuba Calls will be broadcast on BBC One on Tuesday 8 December 2015 at 10.35pm and offer audiences a fascinating insight into the Cuban artist’s career as a ballet dancer and choreographer and his exciting plans for the future.

Acosta is celebrating his 26-year career on stage with a new production. Carlos Acosta – A Classical Selection will be at the London Coliseum from 8 to 13 December 2015. The programme will include some of Acosta’s favourite works from the classical repertoire and will see him perform alongside guests from The Royal Ballet. Tickets are available here.

 

Photo: Carlos Acosta by Johan Persson