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Press Release: Sadler's Wells' annual celebration of dance - Sadler's Wells Sampled 2020

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Sadler’s Wells Sampled 


Friday 31 January & Saturday 1 February 2020

Performances: 7.30pm, Doors 6pm

Fri Schools matinee at 1pm 

Tickets: Fri & Sat £20, £5 standing, Fri Schools matinee £6, £3 standing

Ticket Office: 020 7863 8000 or www.sadlerswells.com




Sadler’s Wells starts the new year with the return of its dance taster festival, Sadler’s Wells Sampled, on Friday 31 January & Saturday 1 February 2020. Featuring a range of world-class dance, foyer activities and live DJs, 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 £5, and all other tickets at £20.


A regular fixture at Sadler’s Wells since 2007, Sampled features a wide variety of dance, including South Asian, hip hop, circus, contemporary and Argentine tango. Alongside the performances, audience members can also participate in an array of beginners’ workshops on Saturday 1 February at Sadler’s Wells. Details to be announced soon.


Marking its Sadler’s Wells debut is Machine de Cirque bringing circus, spectacle and live music, with two charming and masterful performances. Direct from Quebec, the company returns to the UK later this year with performances at The Peacock from 8 - 26 September 2020.


Solo performances come from two finalists of this year’s series of BBC Young Dancer. From the Street Dance category is competition winner Max Revell with his solo choreographed by Dickson Mbi, Unstrung. Throughout the process, Max was mentored by Artistic Director of CRXSS PLATFXRM Ivan Blackstock and House of Absolute founder, Julia Cheng. Mentored by Geetha Sridhar and Urja Desai Thakore, finalist of the South Asian Dance category Shree Savani dances Bharatanatyam solo, Devi. 


From France, Géométrie Variable, performs an excerpt of its signature style of popping combined with airtight tessellated formations. The company is also presenting as part of Breakin’ Convention’s UK tour in 2020. 


A genre-defying blend of hip hop dance and free form antics, the Olivier Award-winning Botis Seva presents an extract of the latest edition of BLKDOG which explores the inner battlefield of an ageing artist trying to retain his youth. Performed by Seva’s powerhouse company Far From The Norm, BLKDOG searches for coping mechanisms in the ultimate hunt for acceptance. The full-length work of BLKDOG begins its UK tour at Warwick Arts Centre on 11 February, and can be seen at Sadler’s Wells on 15 & 16 October 2020.


2015 World Tango Champions Ezequiel Lopez and Camila Alegre, two dancers from the much-loved show German Cornejo’s Tango Fire, bring their whirlwind of fast feet and flourishes with the ever-popular Argentine tango.


The festival also includes work from Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist Wayne McGregor, whose company, Company Wayne McGregor, performs an excerpt of his first commission for San Francisco Ballet in 2013. Borderlands was inspired by Josef Albers’ iconic square paintings.


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

Please note: Workshops are £5 per person and are for for participants aged 16 +. They can be booked via telephone on 020 7863 8000. 


Notes to Editors 


Listings Information

Sadler’s Wells Sampled
Friday 31 January & Saturday 1 February 2020
Performances: Thurs & Fri at 7.30pm, Doors 6pm
Fri Schools matinee at 1pm
Tickets: Thurs & Fri £20, £5 standing, Fri Schools matinee £6, £3 standing
Ticket Office: 020 7863 8000 or www.sadlerswells.com


About Sadler’s Wells

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, its mission is to make and share dance that inspires us all. 


Our vision is to create, through dance, a depth of connection beyond borders, cultures and languages, so we see ourselves in each other. 


Audiences of over half a million come to Sadler’s Wells’ three 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 dance than any other theatre in the world, embracing the popular and the unknown. Since 2005, it has helped to bring over 170 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. 


Sadler’s Wells nurtures the next generation of talent through a range of artist development initiatives and reaches over 30,000 annually through its learning and engagement programmes.


Located in Islington, north London, Sadler’s Wells’ 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.

Sadler’s Wells is to open an additional mid-scale venue in east London in 2022. The new space will be at the heart of the East Bank project, a new cultural and education district in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford, which will also include BBC, UAL’s London College of Fashion, UCL and the V&A in partnership with the Smithsonian Institution. As well as a 550-seat auditorium, Sadler’s Wells’ new venue will include a choreographic centre and a hip hop theatre academy, the first of their kind in the world to be run by a theatre.



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