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Press Release: Sadler's Wells Family Weekend - Snow White & Digitopia, 25 & 26 March 2016

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Family Weekend

Snow White & Digitopia 

Sadler’s Wells & Lilian Baylis Studio

Friday 25 & Saturday 26 March

Performances: Snow White on Friday at 3pm; Saturday at 11am & 3pm
Digitopia on Friday at 2pm; Saturday 10.30am & 2pm

Tickets: Snow White £12 - £18 Digitopia £7 - £12 | Family Dance workshops £2

Ticket Office: 0844 412 4300 or www.sadlerswells.com



Family Weekend, Sadler’s Wells’ annual two-day festival of family friendly events, returns from Friday 25 and Saturday 26 March 2016. Family Weekend takes over the building, offering something for all ages with fun activities complementing the shows on the Sadler’s Wells and Lilian Baylis Studio stages: Snow White and Digitopia

Following the award winning and critically acclaimed RapunzelballetLORENT brings its latest dance theatre fairytale production, Snow White to Sadler’s Wells theatre. This production takes inspiration from the original Brothers Grimm fairytale, where Snow White’s real mother, rather than her stepmother, becomes consumed by jealousy for her beautiful daughter. 

balletLORENT’s Artistic Director Liv Lorent (MBE) directs and choreographs, reuniting with the team of world renowned collaborators who created RapunzelDame Carol Ann Duffy (Whitbread, T.S. Eliot and Pinter Prize winner); five time BAFTA nominated composer Murray Gold (Doctor Who); set designer Phil Eddolls (joint TMA award winner for Improbable’s The Hanging Man); OBIE and Outer Critics Circle award-winning lighting designer Malcolm Rippeth; and the Royal Northern Sinfonia, the UK’s only full-time chamber orchestra.

balletLORENT also welcomes three new collaborators to the artistic team for Snow White: Olivier and Tony Award-winning actress Lindsay Duncan (Narrator), costume illustrator for HBO’s Game of Thrones Libby Everall (Costume Designer) and renowned soprano Elin Manahan Thomas, who performed at the Paralympics Opening Ceremony in London, 2012. balletLORENT’s 11 professional dancers will be joined by a cast of 12 local children from the Islington borough, aged 6 - 9 years old. 

At the Lilian Baylis studio, Tom Dale Company has partnered with MOKO Dance to presentDigitopia – A dancing digital wonderland. Dotty’s friend Hex is a simple two dimensional line. One day Hex really wants to make a curve. With lots of effort he learns to bend, then multiply, and suddenly he can turn into anything he wants to, eventually popping into three dimensions.. 

Testing the boundaries of contemporary dance, Tom Dale Company’s collaborative practice focuses on the synergy between urban contemporary dance, electronic music and digital art. Digitopia integrates live dance and digital technology to create an abstract world that defies the usual rules of gravity and physics. This bold and innovative work takes young audiences into a sci-fi-like environment, where digital animations of brightly coloured patterns explode and morph with the movement of dancers. 

Sadler’s Wells’ Director of Programme, Katy Arnander, said: “We are committed to programming work that children and their families can enjoy together, with the same high production values that audiences experience at Sadler’s Wells throughout the year. We aim to offer memorable theatrical experiences to capture children’s imaginations and engender an interest in live performance from a young age, making them feel that the theatre is somewhere they want to come back to.”

Age guidance: Snow White 7+; Digitopoa 5+ 

Digitopia inspired Creative Dance Workshops: Fri 25 March12-1pm & 3.30-4.30pm
Sat 26 March, 12-1pm 
(£2 per person. Children must be accompanied. Maximum three children per adult. Tickets are available to Digitopia ticket holders only.)


An hour-long Creative Dance Workshop brought to you by MOKO Dance, exploring themes from Digitopia and aimed at children aged 5-8 years and their grown-ups. The workshop will offer a fun environment with emphasis on musicality and creativity, and will also involve working in pairs or small groups. No previous dance experience necessary. 


Snow White inspired Family Dance Workshops: Friday 25 & Saturday 26 March1.30-2.30pm

Dance workshops for parents and children of all abilities based around music and dance from Snow White (£2 per person. Children must be accompanied. Maximum three children per adult. Tickets are available to Snow White ticket holders only.) 


Stay and Play Workshop: Friday 25 March, 3.00-3.30pm, Saturday 26 March, 11.30-12.00pm & 3.00-3.30pm (£1 per child. Adults must be present but do not need a ticket. Tickets are available to Digitopia ticket holders only).

A thirty minute session on stage with the performers exploring dance and technology, led by Tom Dale Company. Suitable for 5-10 year olds and limited to a capacity of up to 20 participants. Pre-booking essential.



Notes to editors: 


The two-day festival adds to the wealth of family dance shows on offer in Spring 2016, including: 

English National Ballet and English National Ballet School: My First Ballet: Sleeping Beauty24 March - 2 April

London Children’s Ballet: Little Lord Fauntleroy21 - 24 April                                                                            

Northern Ballet: Tortoise & the Hare, 27 May

Breakin’ Convention ’16 International Festival of Hip Hop Dance Theatre30 April & 1 May

ZooNation Dance Company: Into the Hoods: Remixed4 - 21 May

Snow White is co-produced by Northern Stage and commissioned by Sadler's Wells


balletLORENT is supported by Arts Council England as a National Portfolio Organisation in its endeavour to emotionally connect with adults, young people and children through its all-ages dance programme. 

Supported by Arts Council England, MOKO Dance is a national dance partnership dedicated to opening the eyes of children and their families to the power of dance


About Sadler’s Wells

Sadler's Wells is a world-leading dance house, committed to producing, commissioning and presenting new works and to bringing the very best international and UK dance to London and worldwide audiences. Under the Artistic Directorship of Alistair Spalding, the theatre’s acclaimed year-round programme spans dance of every kind, from contemporary to flamenco, Bollywood to ballet, salsa to street dance and tango to tap. Since 2005 it has helped to bring over 90 new dance works to the stage and its award-winning commissions and collaborative productions regularly tour internationally. Sadler’s Wells supports 16 Associate Artists, three Resident Companies and an Associate Company and nurtures the next generation of talent through hosting the National Youth Dance Company, its Summer University programme, Wild Card initiative and its New Wave Associates.


Located in Islington, north London, the current theatre is the sixth to have stood on the site since it was first built by Richard Sadler in 1683. The venue has played an illustrious role in the history of theatre ever since, with The Royal Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet and English National Opera all having started at Sadler’s Wells. 


Sadler’s Wells is an Arts Council National Portfolio Organisation and currently receives approximately 10% of its revenue from Arts Council England.


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