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Press Release: Sadler's Wells - Wild Card: Laura Dajao - Take a Closer Look - UK Premiere - 27 November

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Wild Card
Laura Dajao - Take a Closer Look
UK Premiere
Lilian Baylis Studio, EC1R

Wednesday 27 November 2013
Performance at 8pm, pre-show activity from 7pm
Tickets: £17
Ticket Office 0844 412 4300 or www.sadlerswells.com


The final Wild Card programme of work is from dancer, choreographer and founder of DaJance Arts Collective, Laura Dajao who presents Take A Closer Look on Wednesday 27 November. Based on her condition, multiple sclerosis, the evening features work by a range of different artists and interactive staging, inviting audiences to take their own journey and challenge their perspectives.

The evening includes a re-working of Marionette, by Dajao’s DaJance Arts Collective. A solo performed by Dajao, the piece explores multiple sclerosis, an ongoing battle of symptoms including spasms and stiffness, the piece looks to who is in control, the person or the disease. Also included in the programme is a piece performed by Dajao and singer Jazz Bailey


Take a Closer Look sees Sardines Dance Collective’s new work Me, me, me… and you? Based in East London, Sardines Dance Collective aim to strengthen the world of inclusive dance by giving dancers the freedom to move and think expressively alongside highly experienced dance artists. There will also be a performance of 12 Months On from CoDa Dance Company, which looks at how we deal with the illness of a loved one and explores emotions brought on by someone else’s extreme adversity.


The programme also sees a performance directed Hakeem Onibudo, who will present a re-work of his duet with Dajao, Human; a dance theatre piece from 10KMega Productions featuring three hip hop dancers and five alternative musicians; and new work from Chi-Lin Nim featuring music from Oktawia Petronella and Chanelle Hall inspired by multiple sclerosis.


As part of Take a Closer Look Dajao has worked with a design team to create an interactive art installation that audiences are invited to explore pre-show, during the interval and post-show.


Wild Card is supported by the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation and the Garrick Charitable Trust.


About Wild Card

This year Sadler’s Wells launched a new initiative, Wild Card, which opens up the Lilian Baylis Studio to the next generation of creative artists interested in programming and presenting work. Each season young creatives have the opportunity to present the work of their choice in the Studio space at Sadler’s Wells, fully supported by the theatre. 


Sadler’s Wells Autumn 2013 Access Performances


The Birmingham Repertory Theatre      
The Snowman
Peacock Theatre
Audio-Described Performance: Saturday 14 December at 2.30pm
Tickets: £12 - £32, family ticket: £95 (4 tickets inc. at least one child)

When a young boy’s snowman comes to life on Christmas Eve, the two set off on a night-time quest for adventure. On their travels they meet dancing penguins, reindeer and naturally, Father Christmas. Watch spellbound as the Snowman flies through the night sky, before escaping the clutches of the evil Jack Frost to return home for Christmas morning.

The stage show based on Raymond Briggs’ classic book and the subsequent film has become a much-loved festive tradition at the Peacock Theatre, and returns for a record-breaking 16th year. Featuring Howard Blake’s Walking In the Air, performed by a live band, choreographed by Robert North and directed by Bill Alexander, this is the perfect Christmas treat for all the family with its wonderful mix of storytelling, spectacle and magic.


Travelling Light & Bristol Old Vic                               
Lilian Baylis Studio
BSL-interpreted performance: Monday 23 December at 11.30am
Tickets: £5 - £12

In collaboration with Champloo Dance Company, Travelling Light and Bristol Old Vic have created an energetic and enchanting piece of children’s dance theatre combining comedy, acrobatics and breakdance. Set on Christmas Eve, BOING! captures the delirious excitement of waiting for Santa to arrive on the most magical night of the year. BOING! is directed by children’s theatre specialist Sally Cookson and choreographed and performed by Champloo founders Wilkie Branson and Joêl Daniel.

Age Guidance: 3+


Sadler’s Wells runs an Access Scheme for people with physical, sensory or cognitive disabilities. Patrons can apply to the scheme if they are entitled to disability-related state benefits which entitle them to a reduction on the cost on their ticket as well as reduced booking fee. The scheme also provides free access to the car park next to Sadler's Wells Theatre.

For more information on the Access Scheme and to apply please visit the Sadler’s Wells website: www.sadlerswells.com/page/access-scheme

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