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This season at Sadler’s Wells

Posted on October 21, 2020

boy blue 18 CREDIT Paul Hampartsoumian

Sadler’s Wells has announced a special new season of live dance and digital content for autumn 2020, including further performances for socially distanced audiences in the theatre and new details for its online programme, Digital Stage In Focus. Live dance continues at the venue with more performances announced, including Christmas dates and a line-up of Sadler’s Wells associate companies and artists, including English National Ballet, Alexander Whitley Dance Company, Breakin’ Convention and Ballo Arthur Pita.

Christmas returns to the venue with performances of Ballo Arthur Pita’s family favourite The Little Match Girl at Sadler’s Wells, following five festive seasons in the Lilian Baylis Studio. Based on Hans Christian Andersen’s classic story, director and choreographer Pita presents a reimagining of The Little Match Girl from December 17 to 27, through dance, song and Frank Moon’s atmospheric music performed live on stage.

English National Ballet returns from November 19 to 21 with Reunion: An Evening with English National Ballet, a programme of world premieres from five of today’s leading choreographers: Arielle Smith, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Russell Maliphant, Yuri Possokhov and Stina Quagebeur. Alexander Whitley Dance Company’s Overflow receives its London premiere the same month, on November 27–28, following earlier cancellations. Featuring a light sculpture by Children of the Light, costumes from award-winning designer Ana Rajcevic and an original score by London-based producer Rival Consoles, whose music features in the Netflix series Black Mirror, Overflow delves into what it means to be human in the era of big data.

Breakin’ Convention returns to Sadler’s Wells from December 11–12 with Social DisDancing, featuring new performances from Boy Blue, AIM and O’Driscoll Collective. Hosted by Breakin’ Convention artistic director Jonzi D, Social DisDancing is a mini-festival of new work showcasing the best of hip hop dance. The event will also feature film screenings, including a showing of Jonzi D and jessica Care moore’s recent work, Our Bodies Back, a dance film that speaks out against anti-Black racism and honours the lived experiences of Black women past and present.

Digital Stage In Focus continues online, featuring collaborations with ZooNation: The Kate Prince Company and Candoco Dance Company, a new documentary charting the National Youth Dance Company’s residency at the venue, and Sadler’s Wells’ first Virtual Gala. Further information about all performances and ticket sales are available from sadlerswells.com.

Picture: Boy Blue at Breakin’ Convention. Photograph: Paul Hampartsoumian.

Nicola Rayner was editor of Dance Today from 2010 to 2015. She has written for a number of publications including The Guardian, The Independent and Time Out Buenos Aires, where she cut her teeth as a dance journalist working on the tango section. Today she continues to dance everything from ballroom to breakdance, with varying degrees of success. Her debut novel, The Girl Before You, was published last year in paperback, ebook and audiobook.

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