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Press Release: Sadler's Wells Sampled returns 3 & 4 February 2017

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Sadler’s Wells Sampled

Friday 3 & Saturday 4 February 2017
Performances: Fri & Sat at 7.30pm, Doors 6pm
Fri Schools matinee at 1pm
Tickets: Fri & Sat £15, £8 standing, Fri Schools matinee £8, £4 standing
Ticket Office: 020 7863 8000 or www.sadlerswells.com


“The message was clear: dance is cool” The Times


Sadler’s Wells starts the new year with the return of the dance taster festival Sadler’s Wells Sampledfeaturing world-class dance and a series of workshops and foyer activities, on 3 & 4 February 2017.The festival gives audiences a chance to experience the broad range of dance presented at Sadler’s Wells at affordable prices, with proms style standing tickets available for just £8, and all other tickets at £15. Following its London run, Sampled will then tour to The Lowry, Salford Quays and Birmingham Hippodrome in early 2017 as part of The Movement, a new producing partnership with the venues.


A regular fixture at Sadler’s Wells since 2007, Sampled features a wide variety of dance, from classical ballet to hip hop, contemporary and tango. Alongside the performances audience members can also participate in an array of beginners’ workshops throughout the day on Saturday 4 February.


The 2017 festival includes work from Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist Russell Maliphant, whose own company performs his work Still, last seen at Sadler’s Wells in 2014.  


Maliphant is one of the longest-standing Associate Artists of Sadler’s Wells. He trained at the Royal Ballet School and graduated into Sadler's Wells Royal Ballet Company before leaving to pursue a career in independent dance.


Throughout his career Maliphant has set works on renowned companies and artists including: Sylvie Guillem, Robert Lepage, The Ballet Boyz, Lyon Opera Ballet, Ricochet Dance Company, CobosMika, The Batsheva Ensemble, and Ballet de Lorraine. He has been the recipient of several awards including two Olivier Awards, a Critics’ Circle National Dance Award for Best Choreography (Modern) and a South Bank Show Award. Earlier in 2016, his work Silent Echo for Royal Ballet dancer Natalia Osipova received its World Premiere at Sadler’s Wells.


Spain’s award-winning Iron Skulls Co. presents the surreal Sinestesia, a dynamic work where these skilled dancers morph into post-apocalyptic survivors. The piece received its world premiere at Breakin’ Convention, at International critically acclaimed international festival of hip hop dance theatre in 2015 and toured throughout the UK with Breakin’ Convention during the 2015 season.

dotdotdot dance, a new company of three young British flamenco dancers take to the stage for the 2017 festival. The group all trained in different dance styles prior to dedicating themselves to Flamenco in it's native land, SpainThey had been performing in prestigious venues across Spain as solo dancers before joining forces in 2014 to create their first full length original production. The trio were one of the highlights of the Spring / Summer 2016 season, performing in the Lilian Baylis Studio as part of Sadler’s Wells Wild Card initiative. dotdotdot dance aims to make work which explores how flamenco can be expressed in a contemporary context, acknowledging the intertwining of cultures that shape our lives.


Julia Hiriart Urruty and Claudio González, two dancers from the Sadler's Wells Production m¡longa choreographed by Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui return to Sampled to introduce the popular Latin American dance of Argentine tango. The duo were part of the 2015 line-up, performing two show-stopping dance routines.


Shobana Jeyasingh Dance presents an extract from Bayadère - The Ninth Life, a dance theatre work commissioned by the Royal Ballet Studio Programme in 2015 and inspired by French choreographer Marius Petipa’s ballet La Bayadère


Direct from New York, tap dance group Dorrance Dance performs Boards & Chains, an excerpt from their work ETM: Double Down. The performance features choreography by company founder Michelle Dorrance and Nicholas Van Young, previously seen off Broadway in STOMP. The troupe has performed Dorrance’s choreographic works at various venues including Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, the Joyce Theatre, and Danspace Project, as well as at numerous festivals throughout North America and Europe.


Dorrance is a tap dancer and choreographer reinvigorating a uniquely American dance form in works that combine the musicality of tap with the choreographic intricacies of contemporary dance.


Completing the bill is an extract from Northern Ballet’s Casanova, choreographed Kenneth Tindall. Tindall was nominated for Best Classical Choreography and the Emerging Artist Award at the 2015 National Dance Awards. The full length production of Casanova will tour the UK in spring 2017, visiting Sadler’s Wells in May 2017. The production features a new score from composer Kerry Muzzey and set & costume design by Christopher Oram. The work tells the sensational story of the infamous Italian adventurer in a seductive masquerade of passion and politics. Sampled will offer audiences a first glimpse at this major new production prior to the start of its UK tour.


Workshops taking place include a contemporary dance workshop with dancers from Russell Maliphant Company; an Argentine tango workshop led by Julia Hiriart Urruty and Claudio González; hip hop with Iron Skulls Co.; tap dance with World Tap Dance champion and West End performer Jack Evans; contemporary circus with My Ariel Home, exploring how dance and circus seamlessly combine; and an open ballet class with English National Ballet.


For information on workshops and foyer activities, see: sadlerswells.com


Please note: workshops are £3 per person and are available to Sampled ticket holders. Workshops are for participants aged 18 +, and can be booked via telephone on 020 7863 8000.


The Movement is a dance producing partnership between Birmingham Hippodrome, The Lowry and Sadler’s Wells. Supported by Arts Council England, The Movement aims to nurture talent and bring large scale dance productions to wider audiences.

Sampled is supported by American Express


Notes to Editors

Listings information
Sadler’s Wells Sampled
Friday 3 & Saturday 4 February 2017
Performances: Fri & Sat at 7.30pm, Doors 6pm
Fri Schools matinee at 1pm
Tickets: Fri & Sat £15, £8 standing, Fri Schools matinee £8, £4 standing
Ticket Office: 020 7863 8000 or www.sadlerswells.com


Additional tour dates:

The Lowry, Salford Quays
Friday 24 & Saturday 25 February 2017
Performances: Fri & Sat at 7.30pm
Ticket Office: 0843 208 6000 or www.thelowry.com


Birmingham Hippodrome
Friday 3 & Saturday 4 March 2017
Performances: Fri & Sat at 7.30pm
Ticket Office: 0844 338 5000 or www.birminghamhippodrome.com

Please note the line-up varies at each tour venue.


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 9% of its revenue from Arts Council England. 

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