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Since 2008 Sadler’s Wells has presented dance at Latitude Festival to audiences in excess of 45,000 people across the years. This summer, the UK’s leading dance house, returns for an eighth consecutive year presenting a diverse programme of world-class dance in all its forms on the Waterfront Stage from Thursday 16 – Sunday 19 July 2014.

This year’s highlights include five of the BBC Young Dancer Grand Finalists performing together for the first time since the Grand Final which was held at Sadler’s Wells and broadcast on BBC Two on Saturday 9 May 2015; and Titanium, an unprecedented fusion between flamenco, hip-hop and breakdance, by award-winning flamenco duo Ángel Rojas and Carlos Rodríguez, co-founders of the flamenco dance company Nuevo Ballet Español.

Sadler’s Wells’ Chief Executive & Artistic Director Alistair Spalding says: “We are delighted to be returning to the beautiful setting of the Waterfront Stage for our eighth year and to be part of Latitude’s 10th anniversary. Latitude continues to provide us with a platform to present dance to new audiences, many of whom are seeing the art form for the first time. This year’s programme will be an exciting showcase of some of the work on offer at Sadler’s Wells and the many projects we support.”

Opening Sadler’s Wells’ programme and the inaugural performance on the Waterfront Stage for 2015 is Titanium by Rojas & Rodríguez onThursday 16 July at 8.30pm. This high-energy show sees an all-male cast of nine dancers bring together three dance styles - flamenco, hip-hop and breakdance - which all share a history of improvised movement, dance battles, live music and community spirit. Titanium is one of the most ambitious incarnations of urban flamenco, earning critical acclaim across a European tour, and winning a National Dance Award in Spain. Joining the multi-talented cast of three flamenco dancers, three hip hop dancers and three b-boys on stage is a live band mixing flamenco with urban beats, offering audiences a new perspective on the commonality between different dance traditions. The company perform again on Friday 17 July at 2.30pm.
On Saturday 19 July at 3.20pm Sadler’s Wells presents one of the UK’s leading dance companies Rambert. Featuring some of the most distinctive and creative dancers working in Britain today, the company return to Latitude with Christopher Bruce’s iconic production Rooster, a celebration of the swinging Sixties set to music by the Rolling Stones. A series of virtuoso courtship dances performed by sharp-suited, snake-hipped men and strong sassy women are accompanied by some of the Stones’ most famous tunes, including Not Fade Away, Paint It Black, As Tears Go By, Sympathy for the Devil and, naturally, Little Red Rooster. First created for Rambert in 1991, this hugely popular work is a firmly established modern classic.

On Sunday 20 July at 1pm Sadler’s Wells’ showcases the creativity of young people, opening with performances from the Grand Finalists of the first ever BBC Young Dancer Award. The final saw six young dancers aged 16-20 from the fields of ballet, contemporary, hip hop and South Asian dance compete on the Sadler’s Wells stage live on BBC Two earlier this year, following four programmes on BBC Four that provided an introduction to each dance form and followed the dancers’ journeys to the Grand Final. The title was won by contemporary dancer Connor Scott who will present one of his winning dances on the Waterfront Stage alongside performances by four other Grand Finalists - Harry Barnes, Kieran Lai, Jacob O’Connell and Vidya Patel. This BBC Young Dancer showcase will provide Latitude audiences with a taste of the best of British young dance talent capturing the energy and electricity of a hip hop solo, the versatility of contemporary dance and the grace and fine detail of a South Asian dance duet.

Jan Younghusband, BBC Head of Music Television Commissioning said: “The BBC is committed to helping new young talent find their way. We are delighted to work with Sadler’s Wells again to help our Young Dancers continue their journey and development by taking them to the cultural audiences at Latitude festival. I hope the festival goers enjoy seeing the dancers live on stage, we’re certainly excited to follow and support their progress in the oncoming months and years.”

Completing Sunday’s double bill and closing Sadler’s Wells’ programme on the Waterfront Stage is the National Youth Dance Company(NYDC) at 2.30pm, a dynamic cohort of 38 talented young dancers (aged 15-19) selected from all over the country. The company performs a new dance work called Frame[d] created by internationally renowned contemporary dance choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui.Cherkaoui’s unique choreographic process, combined with the fresh talent of NYDC dancers, illustrates the influence and creativity that emerging dance artists can bring to a professional dance collaboration. About to go into its fourth year, NYDC has established a reputation for innovative, high quality work that produces dancers that are open-minded, curious and brave.

Founded in 2012 and hosted by Sadler’s Wells, the NYDC aims to create and perform innovative and influential dance, drawing together some of the brightest young talent from across the country. Each year, 30 dancers aged 16 - 19 are selected from across England to form a new cohort within the Company and can stay with NYDC for up to three years.

One of Sadler’s Wells’ internationally renowned Associate Artists or visiting company directors is appointed Guest Artistic Director for each cohort, giving the members the opportunity to learn, create, rehearse and perform new and existing work for the theatre’s main stage and aUK tour, which Latitude is part of.

For more information on NYDC and the national tour visit http://www.sadlerswells.com/national-youth-dance-company/

Notes to Editor

About Sadler’s Wells
Sadler's Wells is a world leader in contemporary dance, committed to producing, commissioning and presenting new works and to bringing the very best international and UK dance to London and worldwide audiences. Under the Artistic Directorship of Alistair Spalding the theatre’s acclaimed year-round programme spans dance of every kind, from contemporary to flamenco, Bollywood to ballet, salsa to street dance and tango to tap. Since 2005 it has helped to bring over 90 new dance works to the stage and its international award-winning commissions and collaborative productions regularly tour the world.

Sadler’s Wells supports 16 appointed world class Associate Artists, three Resident Companies and an Associate Company and nurtures the next generation of talent through its National Youth Dance Company, Summer University programme, Wild Card initiative and its New Wave Associates.

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.

Sadler’s Wells is an Arts Council National Portfolio Organisation and currently receives approximately 9% of its revenue from Arts Council England.

About Latitude Festival
The UK’s finest multi-arts festival returns for its tenth edition, taking place from Thursday 16th to Sunday 19th July 2015 in the stunning grounds of Henham Park, Suffolk. Boasting the biggest names in comedy, theatre, dance, film, cabaret, literature and performance, Latitude is unrivalled for the breadth, depth and quality of its arts programming. 2015 is no different, offering a spectacular choice of major shows, star acts and ground-breaking commissioned works in celebration of the 10th edition of the festival which was started in 2006. Staged across the lush green acres of Henham Park and only a few miles from Suffolk’s stunning coast line, Latitude is surrounded by peaceful woodland and set around a beautiful wild lake. With award winning green credentials, Latitude is the perfect weekend getaway for anyone wanting to chill out while listening to music and being enriched by award winning arts performances.   For full details head to www.latitudefestival.co.uk

Weekend adult tickets: £192.50 face value + £8.00 booking fee per ticket
Accompanied teen ticket (13-15 years): £132.50 face value + £8.00 booking fee per ticket
Weekend child ticket (5-12 years): £8.00 (no booking fee)
Day adult ticket: £77.50 + £7.00 booking fee per ticket
Day child ticket: £5.00 (no booking fee)
Campervan Permit: £40.00/£60.00/£80.00 (depending on size) / Lockers £16.00

Tickets available from www.seetickets.com/tour/latitude-festival-2015

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