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Press Release: Sadler's Wells returns to Latitude Festival

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Sadler’s Wells, the UK’s leading dance house, returns to the Waterfront Stage at Latitude Festival for a ninth year to present a diverse programme of world-class dance in all its forms, from Thursday 14 – Sunday 17 July 2016. Since 2008 Sadler’s Wells has presented dance to audiences in excess of 58,000 people across the years. 

This year’s highlight is an excerpt from Vamos Cuba! (Let’s Go Cuba!) a spectacular new Sadler’s Wells Production created by the team behind the smash-hit dance show Havana Rakatan, which has been seen by more than 200,000 people worldwide and has enjoyed six seasons at The Peacock, Sadler’s Wells’ West End venue. The high-energy production includes salsa, mambo, rumba, cha-cha-cha and reggaeton. Following the Latitude performance; Vamos Cuba! will be performing at Sadler’s Wells from Tuesday 26 July – Sunday 21 August 2016.

Opening the programme on Thursday evening will be Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist Hofesh Shechter’s company, one of the world’s leading dance companies. The company will perform tHE bAD the middle section from Shechter’s most recent work, a trilogy called barbarians, a Sadler’s Wells co-commission. Created during night-time rehearsals, this piece for five dancers is accompanied by a multi-layered score – a volatile explosion of dubstep grooves alongside Shechter’s trademark percussive electronics.

Also performing on the Waterfront Stage is an artist who was mentored by Hofesh Shechter; rising hip hop dancer and choreographerBotis Seva and his company Far From The Norm. For Latitude, Seva presents H.O.H. Combining hip hop, physical theatre and contemporary dance the work centres on the nation’s favourite sport, football. Seva explores the relationship between multi-cultural British people and football, as well as the social and political issues surrounding the sport.

Returning to Latitude for the third year is the National Youth Dance Company (NYDC), the country’s flagship organisation for young dancers, which is run by Sadler’s Wells. They perform a new creation by the company’s Guest Artistic Director Michael Keegan-Dolan, an Associate Artist of Sadler’s Wells. The work, entitled In – Nocentes is set to Max Richter’s re-composition of The Four Seasons by Antonio Vivaldi and is a ritualistic piece with which Keegan-Dolan celebrates the natural and instinctive way in which young people can move and behave.

The line-up includes work from other leading figures in contemporary dance, including one of the founding fathers of contemporary dance in the UK, Richard Alston, considered to be one of the world’s most musical choreographers. The Richard Alston Dance Companypresents a double bill of work for Latitude, including extracts from Sadler’s Wells commission Nomadic - Alston’s electric collaboration with young hip-hop choreographer Ajani Johnson-Goffe danced to Shukar Collective’s fusion of Romany and electronic music. The double bill also includes Stronghold II, choreographed by the company’s Associate Choreographer, Martin Lawrance. Set to a score by Pulitzer Prize winner Julia Wolfe this fiercely intense work reflects the turbulent character of the music, richly scored for eight double basses.

Completing the Sadler’s Wells line up in a collaboration between music and dance entitled Veils. Cutting-edge Manchester acoustic-electronica trio GoGo Penguin collaborated with choreographer Lynne Page to create a contemporary response to 80s underground club culture. Inspired by mirrors and palindromes, the work is an epic piece of music with dance that becomes the absolute visual representation of the composition. The piece was first performed at the EFG London Jazz Festival 2015.

Over the weekend, Sadler’s Wells will also be providing workshop and classes on the Waterfront Stage.


Latitude Festival

Henham Park, Suffolk
Thursday 14 – Sunday 17 July 2016
Tickets: www.latitudefestival.co.uk

Sadler’s Wells at Latitude
Waterfront Stage
Thursday 14 – Sunday 17 July 2016


Thursday 14 July

Hofesh Shechter company

Friday 15 July

Far From The Norm


Vamos Cuba!

Saturday 16 July

Far From The Norm


GoGo Penguin & Lynne Page

Sunday 17 July

Richard Alston Dance Company


National Youth Dance Company



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