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The dance related awards were


Gillian Lynne award for best theatre choreographer
Arlene Phillips with James Cousins for Guys and Dolls at the Bridge theatre


Best new dance production
La Ruta by Gabriela Carrizo, part of Nederlands Dans theater – NDT 1 at Sadler’s Wells


Outstanding achievement in dance
Isabela Coracy for her performance in NINA: By Whatever Means, part of Ballet Black: Pioneers at the Barbican theatre




Best new opera production
Innocence by the Royal Opera at the Royal Opera House


Outstanding achievement in opera
Antonio Pappano for his role as Musical Director of the Royal Opera House


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For immediate release: Monday 15 April 2024

La Ruta wins Best New Dance Production at the Olivier Awards


Last night, Gabriela Carrizo took home the Olivier Award for Best New Dance Production for La Ruta, presented at Sadler’s Wells as part of a triple bill by Nederlands Dans Theater - NDT1. Gregory Maqoma and Thuthuka Sibisi’s Broken Chord, Seeta Patel’s The Rite of Spring, and Time Spell by Michelle Dorrance, Jillian Meyers and Tiler Peck as part of Turn it Out with Tiler Peck and Friends completed the nominees in the Best New Dance Production category, all of which received their UK premieres at Sadler’s Wells last year. 

Jonzi D was also nominated in the Outstanding Achievement in Dance Award for his artistic direction of Breakin’ Convention Festival 2023, the annual international hip hop dance theatre festival that takes place at Sadler’s Wells

Sir Alistair Spalding CBE, Artistic Director and Co-CEO of Sadler’s Wells, said: “Congratulations to Gabriela Carrizo who won the Best New Dance Production award for La Ruta. Gabriela took our audiences into an utterly unique world in La Ruta for NDT – she creates such vivid dreamscapes full of menace and humour in equal measures. We’re thrilled that the category this year reflected the breadth of work that we present here at Sadler’s, from Bharatanatyam to tap, dance theatre to Xhosa and contemporary African styles. This wouldn’t be possible without the support of our generous donors including Brenda Leff and the Blavatnik Family Foundation, so we are extremely grateful for their continued support, which enables us to demonstrate the diversity and richness of the art form.”

We’re also delighted that our dear friend, colleague, and inspirational leader Jonzi D was recognised at this year’s Olivier Awards for his huge contribution to hip hop dance theatre with a nomination in the Outstanding Achievement in Dance category. Last year, Breakin’ Convention Festival marked its 20th anniversary with its biggest celebration to date at Sadler’s Wells, spearheaded by Jonzi D and Michelle Norton. We’re delighted to be working on our next enterprise, Academy Breakin’ Convention, with Jonzi, Niquelle LaTouche and the Breakin’ Convention team, which will open at Sadler’s Wells East as part of East Bank. This will continue to recognise the importance of, and platform, hip hop in the wider dance ecology by nurturing and developing young talent. The future is bright.”

Gabriela Carrizo, winner of the Best New Dance Production said: “It is with great honour that I receive this award. Special thanks to Emily Molnar, Artistic Director of NDT, the incredible dancers of NDT1, the talented NDT1 technical crew, Louis-Clément da Costa, Raphaëlle Latini, Amber Vandenhoeck, Tom Visser, Francesca Caroti and Peeping Tom. I would like to thank Sir Alistair Spalding from Sadler’s Wells for his support and for bringing La Ruta to London. This award is for all of you, may we continue creating and dreaming together!”

Brenda Leff, Sadler’s Wells’ Trustee and Co-Chair of its Development Council: “Dance has always been my passion and it’s a genuine thrill and pleasure to be supporting Sadler’s Wells, making it possible for them to present works that are recognised at prestigious award ceremonies such as the Oliviers. World-leading productions of this quality are an essential part of a great cultural institution and I know from my experience in the US just how much of a difference philanthropy can make. I’m proud to support the talented and visionary creators making work for Sadler’s Wells, and always look forward to many wonderful occasions in the theatre shared by the passionate audiences”.   

Sadler’s Wells is a registered charity which relies on voluntary support from individuals and organisations to deliver its world-class, award-winning, international programme. Donors make a big difference to Sadler’s Wells’ future as the organisation moves to expand in critical areas. In addition to the recent major gift which has enabled the launch of the new Rose Choreographic Prize and Rose Choreographic School, American philanthropists Brenda and Alexander Leff have pledged £1m over five years to support dance makers and Sadler’s Wells’ artistic programme. The Blavatnik Family Foundation also generously supports major presentations at Sadler’s Wells Theatre including Tiler Peck, NDT and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. These gifts are among the largest ever given to Sadler’s Wells.   


About 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 more than 200 new dance works to the stage, embracing both the popular and the unknown. Our acclaimed productions tour the world. Since 2005 we’ve produced 64 new full-length works and performed to audiences of more than two million, touring to 51 countries.    


Each year, over half a million people visit our three London theatres - Sadler’s Wells Theatre, Lilian Baylis Studio and Peacock Theatre. Millions more attend our touring productions nationally and internationally or explore our digital platforms, including Sadler’s Wells Digital Stage.   

Sadler’s Wells East   
In 2024 we’re opening a fourth London venue in Stratford’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Sadler’s Wells East will house a 550-seat mid-scale theatre, as well as facilities for the new Rose Choreographic School and the hip hop theatre training centre, Academy Breakin’ Convention.   

Sadler’s Wells East joins the rich cultural heritage of Stratford, opening in London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park as part of the East Bank development alongside the BBC, UAL’s London College of Fashion, UCL and the V&A. Sadler’s Wells East will support artist development and training, and the creation of new work. It will build the infrastructure for dance and make it accessible to more people. Sadler’s Wells East will house a flexible theatre presenting a wide variety of dance performances. Community will be at the heart of Sadler’s Wells East with a large open foyer that can be used by everyone as a meeting or performance space. There will also be dance studios and world-class dance facilities for dancemakers to train, create and rehearse productions.  

Supporting artists  
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. 

Learning and community links  
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.    



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