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Press Release: Sadler’s Wells Digital Stage launches its Video on Demand platform with Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Curated by Carlos

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Sadler’s Wells Digital Stage launches its Video on Demand platform with Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Curated by Carlos  

Sadler’s Wells Digital Stage is delighted to announce the launch of its new Video on Demand platform with Birmingham Royal Ballet’s triple bill Curated by Carlos. Curated by Carlos will be available as a digital screening, for audiences around the world to watch wherever they may be. This creates access for a global audience to witness the triple bill which includes the world premiere at Sadler’s Wells Theatre of a new pas de deux created especially for Carlos Acosta and Alessandra Ferri by Chacona choreographer Goyo Montero. Sadler’s Wells is thrilled to announce this launch on World Ballet Day, celebrating long-standing partnerships between Sadler’s Wells, Birmingham Royal Ballet and Carlos Acosta.   

Curated by Carlos will be available to rent on Sadler’s Wells Digital Stage at any time between 12:00pm GMT (noon) on Thursday 11 November 2021 and 12:00pm GMT (noon) on Thursday 18 November 2021Curated by Carlos will be available to rent from anywhere in the world from £8 - £15. Once purchased, each rental will be available for 48 hours. An Audio Described version of the film will also be available.  

Curated by Carlos is a triple bill which includes the world premiere of a new pas de deux created especially for Carlos Acosta and guest artist Alessandra Ferri, and two recently premiered works. Chacona is a powerful ensemble piece for 16 dancers set to music by J.S. Bach, played on stage by violin, guitar and piano created by Spanish choreographer Goyo Montero (Nuremberg Ballet / Acosta Danza). It is preceded by a brand new pas de deux performed by Carlos Acosta and guest artist Alessandra Ferri.   

Brazilian/British choreographer Daniela Cardim’s Imminent has been created with a team of international talent, including renowned composer Paul EnglishbyImminent explores the sensation of knowing that something isn’t right, that something inside is pulling at us, and it’s telling us we need to make change. Though the world around us seems to be flowing harmoniously, sometimes we need to listen to our instincts, resist the status quo and find the strength to see opportunities in paths unknown, embracing both the fear and the hope as we do so.

City of a Thousand Trades is a love letter to Birmingham, commissioned by Acosta to celebrate the city's richly diverse heritage and melting pot of cultures. It is brought to the stage by Havana-born choreographer Miguel Altunaga, and dramaturg and co-Director Madeleine Kludje from Birmingham Repertory Theatre, with music by Mathias Coppens, inspired by the city’s soundscape. 
Chacona, including the world premiere pas de deux performance by Carlos Acosta and Alessandra Ferri will be filmed at Sadler’s Wells and directed by Dan Ormerod. This will accompany the recordings of Imminent and City of a Thousand Trades which were filmed at Birmingham Repertory Theatre in June 2021, directed by Ross MacGibbon.  

Artistic Director & Chief Executive of Sadler’s Wells, Alistair Spalding, said: “It’s fitting that we launch our Video on Demand offering with a company that started its life at Sadler’s Wells, curated by an artist and leader who has a long-standing relationship with Sadler’s Wells. It's the perfect way to celebrate our shared history and future. 

Director of Birmingham Royal Ballet, Carlos Acosta, said: “I am thrilled to see Birmingham Royal Ballet and Sadler’s Wells collaborate on such an exciting initiative.  I am particularly proud that Sadler’s Wells Digital Stage’s Video on Demand offering will open with Curated by Carlos – a programme that illustrates everything that I want this Company to be and highlights our commitment to diverse talent.”

Director of Digital Stage & Studio, Ankur Bahl, said: “Sadler’s Wells Digital Stage has celebrated a number of firsts in the last two years, making and sharing dance experiences enjoyed by millions of people all around the world. It’s an exciting milestone for us to launch the Video on Demand offering on our new website, giving audiences access to world-class dance wherever in the world they may be.” 

Live music performed by Birmingham Royal Ballet's acclaimed orchestra, the Royal Ballet Sinfonia.   

City of a Thousand Trades and Imminent are Ballet Now commissions, Birmingham Royal Ballet’s programme which seeks to find exciting, diverse, international creative talent. 

The rental price of Curated by Carlos is £10 to watch by yourself and £15 to watch with others. Tickets are discounted to £8 for members of Sadler’s Wells’ schemes that give access to discounted tickets and Birmingham Royal Ballet supporter programmes. For Sadler’s Wells this includes Barclays Dance Pass, Access for All Scheme, Members, Rehearsal Members and Patrons. For Birmingham Royal Ballet, this includes Birmingham Royal Ballet Friends and Dancers’ Circle. 
For further details and to sign up to receive email reminders and alerts please visit https://www.sadlerswells.com/digital-stage/curated-by-carlos-birmingham-royal-ballet/ 


Audiences are invited to register their interest on Sadler’s Wells Digital Stage, with options to receive an email reminder for Curated by Carlos, sign up to the Sadler’s Wells mailing list, and an option to sign up to the Birmingham Royal Ballet mailing list, to receive further information about upcoming work and offerings. Further information can be found on the new Sadler’s Wells website: https://www.sadlerswells.com/digital-stage/ 
About Sadler’s Wells Digital Stage 
Sadler’s Wells Digital Stage is our online programme of performances and experiences designed to entertain and connect global audiences through dance. Since lockdowns began in March 2020, this programme has been enjoyed by audiences all over the world, generating over 5 million unique video views. 

Our most recent presentation on Sadler’s Wells Digital Stage include a collection of four short films created by Sadler’s Wells Young Associates titled Introducing the next generation of choreographers, William Forsythe’s The Barre Project (Blake Works II), Movement in still form, a digital exhibition of dance photography by Camilla Greenwell and Dancing at Dusk – A moment with Pina Bausch’s The Rite of Spring, in partnership with Pina Bausch Foundation and École des Sables. 


Sadler’s Wells 
Sadler's Wells is a world-leading dance organisation. We strive to make and share dance that inspires us all. Our acclaimed year-round programme spans dance of every kind, from contemporary to flamenco, Bollywood to ballet, salsa to street dance and tango to tap. 
We commission, produce and present more dance than any other organisation in the world. Since 2005, we have helped to bring close to 200 new dance works to the stage, embracing both the popular and the unknown. 
Each year, over half a million people visit our three London theatres - Sadler’s Wells Theatre, Lilian Baylis Studio and Peacock Theatre. Many more attend our touring productions nationally and internationally or explore our digital platforms, including Sadler’s Wells Digital Stage. In 2023 we’re opening a fourth London venue in Stratford’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Sadler’s Wells’ new space will house a 550-seat mid-scale theatre, as well as facilities for a choreographic centre and a hip hop theatre academy.  
Supporting artists is at the heart of our work. We have associate artists and companies, which nurture some of the most exciting talent working in dance today. We host the National Youth Dance Company, which draws together some of the brightest young dancers from across the country. Sadler’s Wells Breakin' Convention runs professional development programmes to champion and develop the world’s best hip hop artists, as well as producing, programming and touring groundbreaking hip hop performances.  
Around 30,000 people take part in our learning and engagement programmes every year. We support schools local to our theatres in Islington and Stratford, designing experiences for children and young people to watch, explore and critically engage with the arts. We also run Company of Elders, a resident performance company of dancers aged over 60 who rehearse with renowned artists to make new work for public performances locally, nationally and internationally. 
Sadler’s Wells is an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation.  
About Birmingham Royal Ballet 
Based at Birmingham Hippodrome, Birmingham Royal Ballet is the United Kingdom’s leading touring ballet company performing a range of traditional, classical and heritage ballets as well as ground-breaking new works with the aim of encouraging choreographers of the future.

The Company’s Director since January 2020 is the internationally renowned Carlos Acosta.

Birmingham Royal Ballet performs at Birmingham Hippodrome for approximately ten weeks of the year and the remainder of the year tours throughout the United Kingdom and overseas. On average, the Company performs 175 shows a year nationally and internationally.

The Royal Ballet Sinfonia is Birmingham Royal Ballet’s permanent orchestra, it is also Britain's busiest ballet orchestra. The Sinfonia also plays frequently for The Royal Ballet and other leading ballet companies, including performances with: The Royal Ballet, Paris Opéra Ballet, New York City Ballet, Australian Ballet, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, the Kirov, Norwegian Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, San Francisco Ballet and La Scala Ballet.

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