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Press Release: FranceDance UK: Emanuel Gat Dance presents WORKS at Sadler's Wells

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Emanuel Gat Dance
Sadler’s Wells, EC1R 4TN 
Monday 11 & Tuesday 12 November
Performances: 7:30pm
Tickets: £20 - £25
Ticket Office: 020 7863 8000 or 




On 11 & 12 November, as part of the Institut français’ festival FranceDance UK, Emanuel Gat Dance returns to Sadler’s Wells to celebrate its dancers’ unique virtuosity and fearlessness. In WORKS, 10 dancers share the stage in a series of seven short pieces, varying in structure, musical composition and choreographic direction.


From July - November, dance from France and francophone countries features across the UK, with 50 performances across 9 major cities. Sadler’s Wells is one of the 16 partners of FranceDance UK and presents four works as part of its Autumn season: Preljocaj’s La Fresque (30 September - 2 October), CROWD by Gisele Vienne (8 & 9 October), Danse Élargie: Dance Expanded (11 & 12 October) and Emanuel Gat’s WORKS completes the French season finishing in November.

Ranging from Nina Simone to The Chordettes, to music from Gat himself; the dancers move through musical landscapes showcasing their responses, relationships and interpretations to create a powerful togetherness in real time. The piece premiered at Montpellier Danse Festival in 2017 and is also presenting at The Lowry on 9 November as part of FranceDance UK.


Emanuel Gat, the Bessie Award-winning Israeli choreographer, has had his work celebrated and presented across the world for over 25 years. Originally, Gat trained as a classical music conductor before a stint in the military. He had never danced professionally but at 23, with a natural talent for syncing music to movement, he began dancing with Israel’s Liat Dror Nir Ben Gal Company. He founded Emanuel Gat Dance in Tel Aviv in 2004, before deciding to settle in Istres, France in 2007. 


He has been invited to create works for a variety of dance companies across the globe including The Paris Opera Ballet, Sydney Dance Company, Candoco Dance Company, Royal Swedish Ballet, Polish National Ballet, Ballet British Columbia and Cedar Lake among others. He is an Associate Artist of the National Theater of Chaillot in Paris.


The company was last at Sadler’s Wells with Brilliant Corners in 2011.


Listings information:
Emanuel Gat Dance
Sadler’s Wells, EC1R 4TN
Performances at 7:30pm
Tickets: £20 - £25
Ticket Office: 020 7863 8000 or www.sadlerswells.com

Notes to Editors


Sadler's Wells is a world-leading creative organisation dedicated to dance in all its forms. With over three centuries of theatrical heritage and a year-round programme of performances and learning activities, it is the place where artists come together to create dance, and where people of all backgrounds come to experience it – to take part, learn, experiment and be inspired.


Audiences of over half a million come to its London theatres each year, with many more enjoying its touring productions at venues across the UK and around the world, and accessing its content through digital channels.


Sadler's Wells commissions, produces and presents more new dance work than any other theatre in the world, embracing the popular and the unknown. Since 2005, it has helped to bring over 160 new dance works to the stage, many of them involving its 16 Associate Artists, three Resident Companies and four Associate Companies – the most exciting talents working in dance today.


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. Sadler's Wells' learning and engagement activities reach over 25,000 annually through programmes that take dance out into the community and invite communities into the theatre. Projects include community productions and the renowned Company of Elders, its resident over-60s performance group, while events range from pre and post-show talks with dance artists to classes, workshops and assisted performances.


Located in Islington, north London, the current building is the sixth to have stood on site since entrepreneur Richard Sadler first established the theatre 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 having all started at Sadler's Wells.




Launched by the Institut français, FranceDance UK is a unique contemporary dance festival running from August - November 2019. 16 leading institutions throughout the UK hosts over 50 performances by 14 young and promising French artists. With a focus on creation and innovation, the festival highlights the diversity and work of female choreographers, many of whom are presenting in the UK for the first time.


Partners of FranceDance UK:

Ace Dance and Music Birmingham, Belfast International Arts Festival, Birmingham Hippodrome, Brighton Dome, Dance4 Nottingham, Dance International Glasgow, Dance Umbrella, Edinburgh International Festival, In Between Time Festival Bristol, Linbury Theatre, Scottish Dance Theatre, Siobhan Davies Dance, Southbank Centre, The Coronet Theatre, The Lowry


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