News: Dance in new spaces across London

Friday 23 January 2009

2009 is set to be the busiest year ever for Sadler’s Wells. As well as presenting a huge range of dance, from cutting edge European conceptual work in its Lilian Baylis Studio Theatre, to stars from Strictly Come Dancing at the Peacock Theatre, the leading London dance house is also presenting performances at seven other venues and spaces across the city including Tate Modern, Roundhouse, the Young Vic, Midland Goods Shed (a disused warehouse on the St Pancras development site) and Fabrik nightclub.

Artistic and financial risk taking has paid off for Sadler’s Wells in recent years as under Artistic Director and CEO Alistair Spalding the venue has been transformed into a production house, as well as continuing to be a receiving house for international companies. Several collaborations between Associate Artists including Akram Khan, Sylvie Guillem, Russell Maliphant and Sidi Larbi Cherkouai producing award winning works, like Khan and Sidi Larbi’s zero degrees. *It’s important that in this difficult economic period we continue to be bold in our artistic ambitions.”* says Spalding.

The first off site event of the season will see Hofesh Shechter presenting a rework of In Your Rooms and Uprising, which in the setting of North London’s Roundhouse will, he says be “more of a concert than a straight dance piece”. Shechter has already found audiences for his work beyond the usual dance spaces with his choreography for the Channel 4 teen drama Skins and ticket sales suggest that gig attending regulars at Roundhouse are prepared to give dance a try.

One of the highlights of the off site programme will be Focus on Forsythe, a season of works by the renowned American choreographer William Forsythe which features a series of installations in diverse spaces across London in April. Forsythe Company dancers will weave through hundreds of pendulums filling the vast space of Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall, Fabric nightclub hosts City of Abstracts, a travelling multimedia installation that captures images of passers-by and projects contorted versions of onto a giant screen, South London Gallery hosts *Additive Inverse*, an installation combining sound, performance, thread and fog and for *Scattered Crowd* thousands of white helium balloons fill the disused warehouse space of Midland Goods Shed, St Pancras.

Sadler’s Wells’ first collaboration with the Young Vic Theatre is a new dance theatre working of *Pictures from an Exhibition*, directed by Daniel Kramer with choreography by Frauke Requardt presented at the Young Vic during May 2009 and at Sadler’s Wells in Spring 2010. Also in May, Sadler’s Wells presents the Clod Ensemble, a site-specific performance in which a collection of extraordinary human beings are contained in a series of glass jars, cabinets and test tubes in the vast Victorian warehouse space of the Village Underground, Shoreditch.

Sadler’s Wells also returns to the London Coliseum this spring – with a series including American Ballet Theatre, Birmingham Royal Ballet and Russell Maliphant.

Spalding continues: _I’m happy that we are able to expand our presention of work at this time and offer these world class artists a range of diverse platforms for their work. To commission and present performances such as In Your Rooms at the Roundhouse, Forsythe’s Nowhere & Everywhere… at Tate Modern and Pictures from an Exhibition at the Young Vic, which push the boundaries of dance itself, is key to the development of the art form.”_

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Image by Ben Rudick and taken from Hofesh Shechter’s In Your Rooms

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