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Press Release: Sadler’s Wells Digital Stage presents Ballo Arthur Pita’s The Little Match Girl and Second Hand Dance’s Night Tree Films for the festive season

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Sadler’s Wells Digital Stage presents Ballo Arthur Pita’s The Little Match Girland Second Hand Dance’s Night Tree Films for the festive season 

Sadler’s Wells is delighted to announce that Ballo Arthur Pita’s The Little Match Girl and Second Hand Dance’s Night TreeFilms will be available on Sadler’s Wells Digital Stage for the festive season. The Little Match Girl will be available to rent from 12:00pm (noon) GMT on Tuesday 30 November 2021 on Sadler’s Wells Digital Stage’s Video on Demand platform, at a cost of £5 - £25. Night Tree Films will be available from 12:00pm (noon) GMT on Tuesday 7 December 2021 for audiences to experience for free.

Ballo Arthur Pita’s magical dance-theatre production of The Little Match Girl, filmed specially for audiences 5+, is now available for audiences to experience from their own homes. On an icy cold Christmas eve in an imaginary Italian town, the little match girl wanders the streets with just one final match to keep her warm. Along her journey she encounters kindness and cruelty in a fable about family, friendship and hope. Based on Hans Christian Andersen’s’ classic story, beautifully reimagined through dance, song and Frank Moon’s atmospheric music, The Little Match Girl will enthrall children and their adults alike. An audio described version will also be made available for rent.

Night Tree Films is a pair of dance films for children aged 3 – 7 and their adults and takes audiences on a wintery walk through the forest, exploring nature through movement. Come into the woods and dance as we go on a gentle, sensory journey through the beautiful wintery forest to find a very special tree. Squidge through mud, sip hot chocolate, and play amongst the pines! Night Tree Films are based on Eve Bunting’s book of the same name. The films are available with audio description and illustrated, animated creative captions for young D/deaf audiences or anyone who enjoys reading and singing along. Interactive sensory activities can be downloaded for free in print or audio format. 

Artistic Director of Ballo Arthur Pita, Arthur Pita, said: I am absolutely delighted with the filmed stage production of The Little Match Girl. Last year, the day before we were to open on the main stage at Sadler's Wells for our Christmas run, the second lockdown closed all theatres. We were devastated, but so moved that everyone worked with such energy and commitment to make this film a possibility. We put all our love and passion into the film. T MAX did a beautiful job, not only capturing the detail of the performance with wonderful close-ups, but also the entire theatrical experience in a unique cinematic way. It’s looks beautiful and sounds great! I am so thankful to Sadler's Wells for taking the plunge in presenting this commission, to the Ballo Arthur Pita team for their dedication during lockdown and T MAX for their fantastic work. It means it’s preserved forever. The viewers are in for a treat!! Happy festivities from all of us at Ballo Arthur Pita."

Artistic Director of Second Hand Dance, Rosie Heafford, said: The Night Tree Films were made in lockdown two and premiered in lockdown three, and I’m thrilled they will be presented on Sadler's Wells Digital Stage this festive season. The Films were made at time when we were limited in what we could do or where we could go - we created Night Tree Films to ignite a bit of wonder about the natural world around us. It’s so important to continue presenting digital work for audiences that aren’t yet able to enjoy a live experience. We’ve threaded access throughout the Night Tree Films with beautifully illustrated creative captions and delightful audio description created specifically for young audiences. I hope as many children and their adults as possible, wherever they are, will enjoy being together and going on this wintery adventure with us.

Director of Digital Stage & Studio, Ankur Bahl, said: “This festive season we’re thrilled to make young audiences the focus of our programme on Digital Stage. The Little Match Girl and Night Tree Films give everyone a way to share the joy of dance from comfort of their own homes. These films have been made specifically for young audiences to enjoy with their adults and have been beautifully choreographed and shot to be watched on screens big and small. Night Tree Films are free to access; and audiences can select the price point that feels right for them for The Little Match Girl. We hope there is holiday treat for every young person on Digital Stage.”

Ballo Arthur Pita’s The Little Match Girl will be available to rent from anywhere in the world at 12:00 pm (noon) GMT on Tuesday 30 November 2021 until 12:00 pm (noon) GMT on Tuesday 4 January 2022. Once rented, the film can be played until 12 pm (noon) GMT on Thursday 6 January 2022 as many times and in as many intervals as needed in the hopes of giving young people and their adults maximum flexibility. Rentals will be available for between £5 and £25; audiences can select the price point that feels right for them during this festive season.

Second Hand Dance’s Night Tree Films will be available to watch on Sadler’s Wells Digital Stage free of charge from 12:00pm (noon) GMT on Tuesday 7 December 2021 until 12:00pm (noon) GMT on Tuesday 4 January 2022. 

Sadler’s Wells is delighted to present these works on Sadler’s Wells Digital Stage, alongside work on our in-person stages: Birmingham Repertory Theatre’s The Snowman at Peacock Theatre from Saturday 20 November, and Matthew Bourne’s Nutcracker! at Sadler’s Wells Theatre from Tuesday 7 December. 

Ballo Arthur Pita’s The Little Match Girl was originally commissioned by DanceEast and is supported using public funding by Arts Council England. The film adaptation is commissioned by Sadler’s Wells. Filmed and edited by TMAX Films.

Second Hand Dance’s Night Tree Films are based on NIGHT TREE by Eve Bunting, illustrated by Ted Rand. Text copyright © 1991 by Eve Bunting. Adapted by permission of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved. 

Commissioned by Pavilion Dance South West

Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. With thanks to Epsom & Ewell Borough Council, Surrey County Council and the Join Our Journey Expert Panel. 

For further details on The Little Match Girl and to sign up to receive email reminders and alerts please visit https://www.sadlerswells.com/digital-stage/ballo-arthur-pita-the-little-match-girl/

For further details on Night Tree Film, please visit https://www.sadlerswells.com/digital-stage/night-tree-films/


Notes to editors

Ballo Arthur Pita’s The Little Match Girl Credits
Director & Choreographer Arthur Pita
Performed by Corey Annand, Karl Fagerlund Brekke, Frank Moon, Faith Prendergast & Angelo Smimmo
Composer Frank Moon 

Set & Costume Designer Yann Seabra
Associate Director Valentina Golfieri
Lighting Designer Ed Yetton
Relighter Carly Hook
Production Manager Mihaly Bekesi
Deputy Stage Manager Carly Hook
Assistant Stage Manager Roan Torrance
Executive Producer for Ballo Arthur Pita Matthew Jones
Admin Producer for Ballo Arthur Pita Roberta Spicer

Second Hand Dance’s Night Tree Films Credits
Director & Choreographer Rosie Heafford
Nina Amarnah Amuludun
Kit Keir Patrick
Deer Mariana Camiloti
Owl Takeshi Matsumoto
Filmmaker Kate Flurrie
Deputy Director Andy Manley
Music and Lyrics Amir Shoenfeld
Costume and Props Design Ben Pacey
Costume Maker Rebecca Gunstone
Hair & Makeup Rachel Porter
Deputy Hair & Makeup Lois Morrow
Location Manager Froud
Drone Operator Fabian Pop
Audio Description Willie Elliott
Creative Captions Johnny Luu
Illustrations Karin Eklund
Executive Producer Claire Summerfield at Tandem Works
Producer Olive Kane
Participation Producer Sonya Mould
Access Worker for Rosie Heafford Lauryn Pinard
Photography Foteini Christofilopoulou
A special thank you to Mark Austin – location finder!  
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 Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Curated by Carlos, 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.

Ballo Arthur Pita
Ballo Arthur Pita produces the work of award-winning choreographer and director Arthur Pita. To date the company has produced six critically acclaimed productions that have toured the UK and internationally: God’s Garden, The Little Match Girl, The World’s Greatest Show, Stepmother Stepfather (five National Dance Award nominations) and Ten Sorry Tales.  

The Little Match Girl has enjoyed five festive seasons at Sadler’s Wells since it first premiered in 2013. In 2020, the show's sixth season at the Wells was cancelled in its opening week due to the pandemic. Instead, the mounted production was filmed for Sadler’s Wells’ Digital Stage and is now available for a global audience. 

Ballo Arthur Pita's work is distinguished by its accessible, dance-theatre aesthetic and high production values. Pita's work is informed by his curiosity about the absurdity of the human experience and his distinctive, inclusive and pioneering choreographic approach unites performers from all ages, disabled and culturally diverse. 

“Pita has established himself as one of his generation’s leading storytellers” The Guardian

Second Hand Dance
Second Hand Dance is a disabled led dance company based in Surrey, England that works locally, nationally and internationally. Established in 2013, we create touring shows and digital dance experiences for children and adults. We collaborate with dancers, film makers, animators, musicians and our audiences in a co-creation process to produce joyful, inspirational shows that hold the audience experience at its centre. 

Our work has a growing international profile as well as local and regional impact. We have toured the globe – from the UK to Europe, China, Canada, and the USA. We are a recipient of Arts Council England strategic Funds, Elevate, and sit on the Assitej International Access Committee. www.secondhanddance.co.uk

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