Watch our Artistic Director and Chief Executive Alistair Spalding’s interview on dance in the UK and the importance of celebrating great dance artists and their work at the Olivier Awards.
Take part in free dance workshops and celebrate Get Creative Weekend with us on Friday 7 April!
Sadler’s Wells will be joining millions of people, landmarks and businesses around the globe in support of Earth Hour, the world’s largest demonstration of support for action on climate change, by switching off our external lights on 25 March 2017, 8.30-9.30pm.
A global movement organised by WWF, Earth Hour has been working since 2007 to achieve positive environmental impact through a number of initiatives, such as pushing for climate-friendly policy changes and lighting up homes and lives with renewable energy.
Join us in marking Earth Hour by turning off non-essential lights for an hour. Find out more on how to take part at https://www.earthhour.org/celebrate-the-hour
Visiting Sadler’s Wells has just become even easier – in fact, you don’t even have to get out of your room.
Our building has been mapped with Google Street View cameras and you can now see the images using this link, or access them directly from Google Maps. You simply need to zoom in on Sadler’s Wells and drop the yellow peg man, in the lower right corner, on any of the blue lines that appear inside the building, which indicate the routes that have been captured.
Enjoy having a look around!
From 1 February 2017 our discount schemes are changing. There are now two ways to save – save 20% on tickets through our membership scheme, and save 10% by entering the ‘promo code’ SAVE10 in your online basket.
To save 20% and get priority booking with Sadler’s Wells membership, join online now to start getting your discounts. For details visit www.sadlerswells.com/membership
Save 10% on tickets with promo code SAVE10 when you book 2 or more shows at the same time.
Just add SAVE10 in the promo code box when purchasing tickets. This SAVE10 scheme replaces our old ‘multibuy’ scheme.
Until 31 January 2017 you can still save with our ‘Multibuy’ scheme: save 20% when you book 2 or more shows at the same time. Discount is automatically added in your online basket.
Terms and conditions apply – please visit www.sadlerswells.com/save for details.
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 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.
In the run up to the EU referendum on 23 June, we invited four high-profile speakers to make their case in a public debate at Sadler’s Wells on 23 May.
Former Deputy Mayor for Culture Munira Mirza and Dr Peter Chadha, Deputy Chairman of Business for Britain, London, argued for Brexit, while Shadow Leader of the House of Commons Chris Bryant MP and barrister and Women’s Equality Party candidate Harini Iyengar explained why they believe the UK is stronger in the EU.
The free event – moderated by Financial Times commentator and Chatham House fellow Quentin Peel and attended by nearly 100 people – gave the audience an opportunity to hear arguments both in support of and against British membership of the EU, and ask questions to the panellists on the impact of a potential Brexit on issues such as trade, immigration and the arts.
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.
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 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.”