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Press Release: Sadler's Wells Wild Card returns with UK Premiere from artist Dan Daw - March 2017

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Wild Card: Dan Daw

UK Premiere
Lilian Baylis Studio, EC1R 
Thursday 30 & Friday 31 March at 8pm
Tickets: £17
Ticket Office: 020 7863 8000 or www.sadlerswells.com

Sadler’s Wells Wild Card returns offering a bespoke evening of works curated by the next generation of dance makers. This edition invites UK-based artist Dan Daw to the Lilian Baylis Studio on Thursday 30 and Friday 31 March 2017.

Dan Daw is interested in collaboration and the potential for dance to transcend expectations, and proposes that both ‘success’ and ‘failure’ are equally fascinating. Alongside other artists, Daw performs ON ONE CONDITION, a stripped back, affecting solo made in collaboration with Graham Adey, taking audiences on a whirlwind journey through struggle, belonging, comfort, need and home.

Growing up in rural South Australia, Dan Daw first set foot on the stage when he was 12 and has gone on to forge an international career. Now 33, Dan takes time to reflect on the rollercoaster ride that has led him to ON ONE CONDITION. Drawing on stories from lived experiences, this production asks us to question our own perceptions of ‘normal’ while offering a bare bones, stripped back look at the world we live in. The audience is invited into Dan’s childhood home and on a journey overseas to share in one man’s undying search for perfection, as he attempts to hold the world on his shoulders in all its beauty and grotesqueness. ON ONE CONDITIONperforms at the Adelaide Fringe in March.

The programme also includes the UK Premiere of Graham Adey and Keren Rosenberg's Gender ****[er], and a durational performance pre-show and during the interval in The Kahn space at Sadler’s Wells, which is presented with Hannah Buckley and Lucy Suggate.

Currently working with Murmuration, Sydney’s first professional integrated performance company, as Associate Director to commission, develop and produce new work and co-managing support for the company’s independent artists, Dan Daw plays an integral role in the development and delivery of the artistic programmes and community activities. He completed a Bachelor of Creative Arts at the Flinders University Drama Centre in 2004 and joined Restless Dance Theatre in 2002. In early 2006, Daw danced with UK company FRONTLINEdance and in 2007 performed with Scottish Dance Theatre. In 2009, he co-produced CRUSH (Best Dance, Adelaide Fringe 2009) with balletLORENT and Dance City. Daw joined Candoco Dance Company in 2010, performing with them until 2014.

A Candoco Associate Artist and currently a student at the Sadler’s Wells Summer University(2015 – 2018), Daw continues to work at the forefront of collaborative performance making in the UK. He is a recipient of the BBC/South East Dance Performing Arts Fund Fellowship, the Outlet Dance Award and the Russell Page Fellowship in Contemporary Dance amongst others. He has been a part of Dance UK’s Mentor Bursary and the National Theatre Step Change programme, furthermore evidencing his ambitions as a disabled artist to impact and lead the conversation on dance and disability. Daw was recently announced as an award recipient of the second edition of the Jerwood Choreographic Research Project, a National Dance Network initiative supported by Jerwood Charitable Foundation.

Wild Card is supported by The Mercers’ Company

Captioned performance: Friday 31 March at 8pm


Wild Card: Dan Daw
Lilian Baylis Studio, EC1R 
Thursday 30 & Friday 31 March at 8pm
Tickets: £17
Ticket Office: 020 7863 8000 or www.sadlerswells.com


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 three International Associate Companies. It also nurtures the next generation of talent through research and development, running the National Youth Dance Company and a range of programmes including Wild Card, New Wave Associates, Open Art Surgery and Summer University.

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. 


Wild Card is the unique initiative providing a glimpse of the rich variety of work that makes up the current dance landscape. Increasingly popular with audiences and artists alike, Wild Card opens the stage to an exciting and adventurous community of dance makers, giving a broad range of artists the unique opportunity to curate their own programmes of dance. These specially curated evenings feature exploratory approaches to choreography and combine different mediums, broadening audiences’ perspectives on dance made today. 

Wild Card is part of Sadler’s Wells’ programme of support for young and emerging dance talent, alongside other initiatives including the New Wave Associates programme, Sadler’s Wells Summer University and hosting the National Youth Dance Company.



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