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Sadler’s Wells will present an excerpt from the hugely popular Sadler’s Wells Production, The Most Incredible Thingat this year’s Latitude Festival on Sunday 15 July 2012 on the Waterfront Stage, adding to a diverse and exciting dance line-up.


A collaboration between pop legends Pet Shop Boys and choreographer/director Javier De Frutos, The Most Incredible Thing won the Evening Standard’s inaugural Beyond Theatre Award after its premiere in 2011, and recently enjoyed a return run at the theatre this Spring. The Latitude performance features soloists from the original production; South Bank Show Breakthrough Award winner Aaron Sillis and Clemmie Sveaas.


The full programme presented this year compliments both Sadler’s Wells’ and Latitude’s artistic vision, appealing to audiences of all ages and reflecting the theatre’s reputation for exhibiting world class dance in all its forms.


Latitude Festival’s Curator of the Arts Tania Harrison comments: “As the UK’s leading dance house, Sadler’s Wells brings the most exciting dance companies and performers to Latitude and this is a brilliant partnership for the festival. Whether it is hip hop, contemporary, ballet or kathak, the audiences at Latitude have embraced each and every bill. It has always been inspirational and absolutely worth it. Seeing new audiences discover the beauty and brilliance of dance at Latitude has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my festival programming career.”


On both days the programme features Candoco Dance Company, the UK’s leading contemporary dance company of disabled and non-disabled dancers. They perform Set and Reset/Reseta restaging of the celebrated American choreographer Trisha Brown’s signature work, Set and Resetwhich was premiered in 1983. Using the original concepts from her playful choreography, the work is set to a score from Laurie Anderson’s album Long Time No See.


Completing the line-up for both days isAeroplane Man, a hip hop dance piece created by Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist and hip-hop pioneer Jonzi D, Artistic Director and curator of Breakin’ Convention and Jonzi D Projects.


Aeroplane Man explores the concept of ‘home’; based on the true story of a black man’s journey from East London on a global quest to find his spiritual homeland. With a unique fusion of rhyme, lyrically motivated movement, classical and hip hop dance, plus live breakbeats; the universal theme of detachment is delivered with Jonzi’s trademark bold, ironic wit.


Emma Gladstone, Sadler Wells Producer comments: “We are excited to be returning to Latitude for our fifth year, to the cracking atmosphere, enthusiastic audience, and fine location of the Waterfront stage. Latitude Festival continues to provide us with a platform to present dance to a wider audience beyond our theatre and I hope this year’s exciting and varied programme of dance with its strong music influences, will appeal to all Latitude goers and dance enthusiasts alike.”








Latitude Festival

Thursday 12 – Sunday 15 July 2012

Sadler’s Wells at Latitude

Waterfront Stage

Saturday 14 & Sunday 15 July 2012

Saturday 14 July: Candoco Dance Company, Jonzi D

Sunday 15 July: Candoco Dance Company, Jonzi D, The Most Incredible Thing

Tickets: www.latitudefestival.co.uk




Sadler’s Wells Offsite

Sadler’s Wells first took dance to festivals in 2007 with a mixed programme at Glastonbury, followed by presentations at Glastonbury in 2008 and Latitude in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011. Committed to delivering dance to the widest possible audiences both at home and abroad, Sadler’s Wells has presented off site works in the UK at venues including Tate Modern, Roundhouse, Young Vic, Trafalgar Square, London Coliseum, Fabric nightclub and Village Underground. The theatre’s annual international festival of hip hop dance theatre Breakin’ Convention will embark on its fourth UK tour in 2012.


About Sadler’s Wells

Sadler's Wells is the UK's leading dance house, committed to producing, commissioning and presenting new works and to bringing the very best international and UK dance to London audiences. Under the Artistic Directorship of Alistair Spalding the theatre’s cutting edge programme spans dance in all its forms, from contemporary to flamenco, bollywood to ballet, salsa to street dance and tango to tap. Its international award-winning collaborative productions and commissions include Sutra, zero degrees, and PUSH. Sadler’s Wells also provides a home to world class Associate Artists and Resident Companies including Sylvie Guillem, Akram Khan, Hofesh Shechter, Wayne McGregor | Random Dance, Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures and ZooNation.

Located in Islington in north London, the current theatre is the sixth to have stood on the site since it was first built by Richard Sadler in 1683. The venue has played an illustrious role in the history of theatre ever since with The Royal Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet and English National Opera all having started at Sadler’s Wells.


Candoco Dance Company was co-founded in 1991 by Celeste Dandeker and Adam Benjamin; since then Candoco Dance Company has commissioned and performed work created by world-class choreographers for national and international touring. Choreographers include Rafael Bonachela, Hofesh Shechter, Nigel Charnock, Arthur Pita, Stephen Petronio, Wendy Houstoun and Sarah Michelson.

Jonzi D has been actively involved in British Hip Hop culture, rapping and b-boying since its genesis in the early eighties. After graduating from the London Contemporary Dance School, he has played a key role in the development of hip hop theatre, creating Lyrikal Fearta in 1995, and Aeroplane Man in 1999 and has performed and created dance theatre pieces all over Europe, North America, Russia, Israel, Australia, New Zealand, Cuba, Uganda, and Southern Africa. As an emcee Jonzi has worked with The Roots, Steve Williamson, MC Mell’o’, Wordsworth, Hymphatic Thabs, and toured europe with Jeru Da Damaja and Gangstarr in the early nineties.

About Breakin’ Convention

Still the only event of its kind in the UK, and curated and directed by Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist Jonzi D, Breakin’ Convention returns for its ninth year over the May bank holiday weekend, from Saturday 5 - Monday 7 May 2012.

Featuring some of the very best UK and international acts in hip hop dance, Breakin’ Convention offers audiences a range of different styles from breaking and popping to locking, b-boying and newer styles such as house dance, devised from the dance floors and born out of club culture. There are also dozens of extra events in the mix including workshops, film screenings, DJ demos, impromptu foyer freestyle sessions and even live aerosol art.

Since its inception in 2004 Breakin’ Convention has showcased over 400 UK and international companies, and a total of over 3,900 performers to audiences in excess of 75,000. For more information please visit: www.breakinconvention.com


About The Most Incredible Thing

Sadler’s Wells Production, The Most Incredible Thing is an award-winning collaboration between Pop legends Pet Shop Boys and choreographer/director Javier De Frutos. Premiering at Sadler’s Wells in March 2011, this modern fairytale based on Hans Christian Andersen’s fable, adapted by Matthew Dunster, centres on a contest to produce ‘the most incredible thing’, with a prize of half the kingdom and marriage to the princess at stake. The production was created by an impressive team including long-time Pet Shop Boys collaborator Sven Helbig, Tony Award-winning designer Katrina Lindsay (Les Liaisons Dangereuses), and BAFTA-winning film animator, Tal Rosner.


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