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Press Release: Sadler’s Wells, The Lowry and Birmingham Hippodrome join forces in collaborative partnership

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Sadler’s Wells, The Lowry and Birmingham Hippodrome join forces in collaborative partnership


Sadler’s Wells, The Lowry and Birmingham Hippodrome have formed a collaborative producing partnership, supported by funding from 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 between 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 will 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 Tuesday 17 and Wednesday 18 Maywith 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 McGregorBirmingham 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 Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui’s Faun.


Alistair Spalding, Artistic Director and Chief Executive of Sadler’s Wellssaid: “We have been working with The Lowry and Birmingham Hippodrome for a number of years. 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.”


Julia Fawcett OBE, Chief Executive of The Lowry, said: “We are delighted to have joined forces with Sadler’s Wells and Birmingham Hippodrome – whose passion and commitment to presenting the very best in contemporary dance mirrors that of The Lowry. We look forward to working closely with these prestigious institutions to encourage and commission exciting new productions for our audiences to enjoy.”


Fiona Allan, Artistic Director and Chief Executive at Birmingham Hippodrome, added: “Our investment in dance has always been very important to us, and our long-standing associations with Birmingham Royal Ballet, DanceXchange, Matthew Bourne and our award-winning International Dance Festival will be further enhanced through The Movement, an exciting new initiative. In Sadler’s Wells and The Lowry we have like-minded partners who share our commitment to growing new audiences together.”





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 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 100 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, an Associate Company and two International Associate Companies. It also nurtures the next generation of talent through its New Wave Associates and Summer University programmes, its Wild Card initiative and hosting of the National Youth Dance Company.


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. 


About Birmingham Hippodrome

Birmingham Hippodrome is an independent, not-for-profit, registered charity welcoming an average 500,000 visits annually making it the most popular single auditorium in the UK. Birmingham Royal Ballet and DanceXchange are resident partners; the theatre presents all of Welsh National Opera’s repertoire, co-produces the award-winning International Dance Festival and welcomes the best in international dance, major touring dramas, and West End musicals. It is home to the world’s biggest Pantomime and also houses the 200-seat Patrick Centre for the Performing Arts, with extensive events facilities and its own restaurant.  


As a charity with no public revenue funding, Birmingham Hippodrome receives generous support from the business community through sponsorship and other partnerships; from individuals through donations and memberships; and from grant-making Trusts for special programming and infrastructure projects. It is a major employer and plays a leading role in the Southside Business Improvement District.


Hippodrome CREATIVE delivers successful projects in education and the wider community.  With numerous supportive partners it has recently co-produced and produced new events including Minimum Monument, The Voyage, Summer in Southside, About Town, Blitz, the 4 Squares Weekender (celebrating the opening of the Library of Birmingham) and Birmingham Weekender. It will shortly launch an extensive Heritage project and is presenting Furious Folly this summer co-commissioned by 14-18 NOW for the World War One commemorations.


About The Lowry 

The Lowry is the most visited cultural destination in the North West. It plays host to one of the one of the UK’s most vibrant and diverse theatre programmes, as well as a visual arts programme that features the largest public collection of works by LS Lowry alongside contemporary exhibitions.


Set in a magnificent waterside location of Salford Quays at the heart of MediaCityUK, The Lowry is an architectural flagship with a unique and dynamic identity. The centre opened in 2000 and later this month will launch its new Week 53 festival – bringing together contemporary dance, visual arts, music and theatre in interactive installations, exhibitions and performances.

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