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Press Release: Double Bill RIOT Offspring and National Youth Dance Company at Sadler's Wells

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A Sadler’s Wells Production

Double bill

Part of A String of Rites: RIOT Offspring &
National Youth Dance Company (in between)

Saturday 8 June 2013   

Performance at 7.30pm

Tickets: £5 - £10

Ticket Office: 0844 412 4300 or www.sadlerswells.com

 “Extraordinarily moving. Pulsing with life affirming energy and enthusiasm”.
Daily Express on Sum of Parts


In a special double bill on Saturday 8 June, Sadler’s Wells presents RIOT Offspring alongside (in between), the inaugural performance of the newly formed National Youth Dance Company (NYDC).


RIOT Offspring is the final production in Sadler’s Wells A String of Rites series marking the centenary of Stravinsky’s masterpiece The Rite of Spring. RIOT Offspring brings together a team of five international choreographers and a cast of 100 participants - to mark 100 years - accompanied by the Southbank Sinfonia playing Stravinsky’s score, conducted by Gerry Cornelius.


When The Rite of Spring was first performed in 1913 the music and choreography caused a near riot in the audience. It has since come to be regarded as one of the masterpieces of the 20th century and has been performed all over the world in many different interpretations. Produced by Sadler’s Wells’ Creative Learning programme RIOT Offspring features a cast encompassing all ages and abilities and includes Sadler’s Wells renowned Company of Elders as well as emerging dance artists and community groups.

Participants are drawn from several local groups, including Mimbre Youth Company,a youth dance initiative specialising in street dance and acrobatics for children aged 8 - 13 in Hackney, East London and the Inspire! Project for young mums and their babies which is run by Islington arts organisation All Change; the cast range in age from eight months to eighty nine years old.


The dancers have collaborated with five international choreographers - Sébastien Ramirez (Compagnie Sébastien Ramirez), Mafalda Deville (Jasmin Vardimon Company), Pascal Merighi (guest artist, Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch) Ivan Blackstock and Simeon Qsyea (BirdGang) to create a unique work that encompasses a range of styles including Hip Hop and contemporary dance.


Inspired by the now legendary riot around the premiere of The Rite of Spring and more recently by the riots that took place across the UK in August 2011, the cast of RIOT Offspring explore their own perceptions of rites, rituals and riots.  RIOT Offspring follows Sadler’s Wells Creative Learning programme’s 2012 production Compass and 2011’s Sum of Parts.


Completing the double bill will be (in between), the debut performance of the National Youth Dance Company, new company that brings together exceptional dancers aged 16 – 20 from across the country to create and perform innovative and influential youth dance. NYDC draws together some of the brightest young talent from across the country to work with Sadler’s Wells’ internationally renowned Associate Artists.


NYDC has 30 members, 11 male and 19 female dancers who were chosen following workshops that took place all over England. For its first performance, the members of NYDC have been working with their Guest Artistic Director and Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist Jasmin Vardimon to create (in between).


Jasmin Vardimon is celebrated as one of Britain’s leading female choreographers. Her company’s recent successes include sell-out performances of 7734, Yesterday and Freedom at Sadler’s Wells and at international venues across Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Born and raised in Central Israel, Vardimon trained at the Kibbutz Dance Company then moved to London in 1997 where she founded the Jasmin Vardimon Company


Notes for editors:

The Rite of Spring
Le Sacre de Printemps (The Rite of Spring) by Russian composer Igor Stravinsky was written for the 1913 season of Sergei Diaghilev’s Ballet Russes company with choreography by Vaslav Nijinsky and designs by Nikolai Roerich.

When the ballet was first performed at the Theatre des Champs Elysées on 29 May 1913, the avant-garde nature of the music and choreography caused a near riot in the audience. It has since become one of the masterpieces of the 20th century and has been performed all over the world in many different interpretations.

A String of Rites
Sadler’s Wells A String of Rites series includes two other works. The first was presented by Fabulous Beast Dance Company and choreographed by Sadler’s Wells newest Associate Artist Michael Keegan-Dolan, honouring two of Stravinsky’s most famous ballets The Rite of Spring and Petrushka (11-13 April). The second is the UK premiere of of iTMOi (in the mind of igor) by Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist Akram Khan.

Sadler’s Wells Creative Learning Programme 
Sadler's Wells' Creative Learning programme is a long-established department working to make Sadler's Wells and the companies performing on its stages more accessible to everyone. Creative Learning works directly with the theatre's local communities in Islington and neighbouring North London boroughs , as well as delivering dance development projects across London. Each year, the department produces a production on the Main Stage at Sadler’s Wells including participants from the groups it works with.  An evaluation report conducted by the Institute of Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship at Goldsmiths, University of London, during the creative process for 2012’s Compass found that the production should be “commended for developing a strongly professional, impactful and creative approach to community dance”. To read the report in full, visit: www.sadlerswells.com

National Youth Dance Company (NYDC)
Founded in 2012, and hosted at Sadler’s Wells, NYDC is an exciting new company that aims to create and perform innovative and influential youth dance, drawing together some of the brightest young talent from across the country to work with our internationally renowned Associate Artists. NYDC is funded jointly by Arts Council England and the Department for Education, from the National Lottery and Grant in Aid funds.


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