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New wave associates for Sadler’s Wells

Posted on October 31, 2012

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rociorojo_03_bSadler’s Wells has announced a “new wave” of associate artists, ranging from flamenco star Rocío Molina (pictured) to Chinese company TAO Dance Theatre. The new scheme is designed to promote and support the next generation of artists, alongside the existing associate programme of established performers and choreographers.







The young artists will receive a bespoke programme tailored to their needs, including practical production time in Sadler’s Wells’ studios and theatres, advice and introductions as well as direct financial support. The aim is to provide an artistic home. The scheme is supported by the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation.

In the first year of the scheme, Sadler’s Wells will support six artists:


oroviejo1byluis20castillaRocío Molina is a flamenco dancer and choreographer. In 2010, at the age of 26, she won the National Dance Award, presented to the best dancer in Spain. She studied at the Málaga Dance Conservatory, and toured Italy Japan, Canada and the US with the María Pagés Company. She created her first show, Entre Paredes, in 2005, and was the Dancing Times Dancer of the Month in June 2009. Reviewing Molina’s show Cuando las Piedras Vuelen in April 2011, Dancing Times called her “a fully mature flamenco star, with blazing charisma, superb technique and an absolute certainty of who she is”. She is currently working on a new show, Afectos, which combines a number of performances.  Photograph: Luis Castilla


alexander-whitleyAlexander Whitley trained at the Royal Ballet School. He has danced with Birmingham Royal Ballet, Rambert Dance Company, Michael Clark Company and joined Wayne McGregor | Random Dance in 2010. He has twice been nominated for Outstanding Performance in the Critic’s Circle National Dance Awards, and was the Dancing Times Dancer of the Month in June 2007. He has choreographed five pieces for Rambert, including Solo?, which was taken into the company’s repertoire. He is currently affiliate choreographer of The Royal Ballet. Photograph: courtesy of Sadler’s Wells


daniel-linehan-2012-c-peggy-jarrell-kaplanDaniel Linehan worked as a dancer and choreographer in New York before moving to Brussels in 2008, where he completed the Research Cycle at PARTS. He has collaborated with Michael Helland on multiple duet projects. His choreography has been performed in New York, Paris, Brussels/Lille, Antwerp, Ghent, Berlin and Amsterdam. In 2011 and 2012, he presented Not About Everything and Zombie Aporia at Sadler’s Wells’ Lilian Baylis Studio.

Photograph: Peggy Jarrell Kaplan


hetainpateljean-van-lingenHetain Patel is a visual artist and performance maker. Born in Bolton, of Indian and African heritage, he often focuses on identity and different kinds of background. His works have been shown at art galleries, including Tate Modern and Tate Britain, and on stage – his first theatre work, TEN, was selected for British Dance Edition, London (2012) and continues to tour internationally. This year, he completed new commissions for the Tanks at Tate Modern, the Southbank Centre and John Hansard Gallery, Southampton. Patel’s new work, Be Like Water, has its premiere at the Linbury Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House in November 2012.

Photograph: Jean van Lingen


tao photo of weight x 3 by jin hai_bTAO Dance Theatre was founded in 2008 by Tao Ye, a dancer with Jin Xing Dance Theatre in Shanghai and then Beijing Modern Dance Company, and Wang Hao, a specialist in Mongolian folk dance. The company has performed at every modern dance festival in China, collaborating with leading artists in theatre, music, film, visual arts and installation. The company has also performed and taught at festivals in Belgium, Switzerland, Sweden, Singapore, the US and Australia. Photograph: Jin Hai


wilkie-bransonWilkie Branson is an interdisciplinary artist, self-taught in dance and film, with roots in hip hop dance. He is co-director of Champloo Dance Company, an associate company of Bristol Old Vic. His most recent works, White Caps and Stronger are currently touring in Europe, North America and Asia. Awarded the Arts Foundation Choreographic Fellowship 2012, he is also a member of the Sadler’s Wells Summer Univeristy. With Champloo, he will perform in the delightful BOING!, a Travelling Light and Bristol Old Vic production for children, at Lilian Baylis Studio this Christmas. 

Photograph courtesy of Sadler’s Wells



Zoë was born in Edinburgh, and saw her first dance performances at the Festival there. She is the dance critic of The Independent, and has also written for The Independent on Sunday, The Scotsman and Dancing Times. In 2002, she received her doctorate from the University of York for a thesis on “Nationhood and epic romance: Ariosto, Sidney, Spenser”. She is the author of The Royal Ballet: 75 Years and The Ballet Lover’s Companion.

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