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Press Release: Sadler’s Wells increases UK touring in 2013/14

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Sadler’s Wells increases UK touring in 2013/14

Audiences around the UK have an unprecedented opportunity to see some of the world’s best contemporary dance locally, as Sadler’s Wells undertakes tours of seven acclaimed works over the coming year.


The UK’s leading dance house presents shows in 27 venues around the UK - from Bournemouth to Belfast, Ipswich to Inverness - between September 2013 and summer 2014, offering more audiences from outside London the chance to see work produced by its outstanding Associate Artists and resident companies.


The first production to tour is Still Current, a new evening of solos, duets and a trio by internationally acclaimed choreographer and Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist Russell Maliphant, which opened on 26 September at The Point in Eastleigh and tours until May 2014.


This is followed from 21 October by Lyrikal Fearta: The Letter & Broken Lineage, a triple bill from Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist Jonzi D, including his acclaimed solo The Letter, which uses choreopoetry to explore the responses to Jonzi being offered an MBE through the eyes of an animated cast of characters. The show visits 11 venues in 2013 and continues touring into 2014.

Also in October, Made at Sadler’s Wells, a showcase of Sadler’s Wells productions comprising work by three of the venue’s acclaimed Associate Artists, visits Belfast and Edinburgh. The evening includes UNDANCE by Wayne McGregor, AfterLight by Russell Maliphant, and Faun by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui. Cherkaoui’s most recent work, the Tango-inspired m¡longa has its UK premiere at Sadler’s Wells from November 6 – 10, and is set to visit Birmingham in May 2014 as part of an international tour. Also touring internationally and visiting Birmingham is Sylvie Guillem’s 6000 Miles Away, on 6 & 7 May 2013. 


International hip hop dance theatre festival Breakin’ Convention, curated by Jonzi D, tours to 10 venues in May and June 2014 with an international bill of artists that includes ILL-Abilities, Ukweli Roach and Wanted Posse. Breakin’ Convention has received support from Arts Council England’s Strategic Touring Programme and Dance Consortium to visit a number of locations that have low levels of participation in the arts or rarely receive touring productions.


The final show to tour in summer 2014 is a newly created work from the National Youth Dance Company (NYDC), choreographed by Guest Artistic Director Akram Khan.


This increased level of UK touring is in addition to Sadler’s Wells’ ongoing international touring programme, which includes productions of Russell Maliphant and Sylvie Guillem’s PUSH and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui’s Sutra.


Sadler’s Wells has recently been nominated for The Renee Stepham Award for Best Presentation of Touring Theatre in the TMA UK Theatre Awards. The winner is announced on 20 October 2013.


Sadler’s Wells Chief Executive and Artistic Director Alistair Spalding said “Sadler’s Wells has a growing reputation for international touring, and last year we presented 12 Sadler’s Wells Productions across 51 international cities. This is the first time we have toured so extensively here in the UK, and I think it’s very important to undertake these tours, so that we can offer some of the best work from top artists working today to the widest possible audience.”


For information on tour dates for all Sadler’s Wells productions visit www.sadlerswells.com/touring   

For Breakin’ Convention tour dates visit http://breakinconvention.com/events/festival


Notes to editors

About Sadler’s Wells 
Sadler’s Wells is the UK’s leading venue for dance, bringing a diverse range of world-class international and UK dance to the widest possible audiences. Under the Artistic Directorship of Alistair Spalding, the theatre’s acclaimed programme spans cutting edge contemporary works by artists such as William Forsythe, Hofesh Shechter and Wayne McGregor, sell-out runs from Matthew Bourne and his company New Adventures, hugely successful tango, street dance and flamenco shows, and award-winning Sadler’s Wells Productions including Sylvie Guillem and Russell Maliphant’s PUSH, and groundbreaking cross-art form collaborations such as zero degrees and Shoes. Since 2005 Sadler’s Wells has commissioned, co-commissioned, produced and co-produced over 80 new productions.


 The theatre is dedicated to working with celebrated artists, performers and companies at the forefront of the arts, many of whom are Associate Artists and resident companies of the theatre including Balletboyz, Matthew Bourne and his company New Adventures, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Jonzi D, Sylvie Guillem, Michael Hulls, Michael Keegan Dolan, Akram Khan, Russell Maliphant, Kate Prince and her company ZooNation UK Dance Company, Nitin Sawhney, Hofesh Shechter, Jasmin Vardimon, Christopher Wheeldon, Wayne McGregor and his company Wayne McGregor | Random Dance.


About Sadler’s Wells Productions & Touring
As well as bringing the very best international and UK dance to London audiences, Sadler’s Wells has an impressive portfolio of its own productions that tour throughout the world.  In the last year alone, Sadler’s Wells has presented 140 performances of 12 productions in 51 international cities to audiences of over 130,000 at venues and festivals. Since 2005, Sadler’s Wells has produced 25 new shows, many of which have been nominated for international awards, and has presented shows at some of the most prestigious venues and festivals around the world including Sydney Opera House, Lincoln Center (New York), Hong Kong Festival, Berliner Festspiele, Abu Dhabi Festival, Theatre Chaillot (Paris), Palacio de Bellas Artes (Mexico) and the National Centre for Performing Arts (Beijing). 


About Breakin’ Convention
Breakin’ Convention is committed to celebrating, elevating and supporting hip-hop dance theatre. Spearheaded by the ubiquitous Jonzi D, we work with the most respected, innovative and inspirational artists. Through our world-renowned international festival, professional development, youth projects and educational programme we seek to position hip-hop dance alongside more historically established art forms. Breakin' Convention is based at and supported by Sadler's Wells.


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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