News: Local boy wins Global Dance Contest

Wednesday 17 November 2010

23 year old UK based James Wilton is the winner of Sadler’s Wells second online Global Dance contest.

Alistair Spalding (Sadler’s Wells Artistic Director and Chief Executive )says “I’m delighted that this year’s winner of the Global Dance Contest represents home grown talent. The contest is truly global, with entries from the Southern Hemisphere, Asia and Europe but it’s also very encouraging that entries from the UK held their own to such an extent this year. James Wilton’s powerful, physically testing winning work chosen by the public will be a hugely exciting component of the Sadler’s Wells Sampled event in January.”
__Wilton was one of ten finalists to be selected by a panel of judges from 362 original dance clips submitted from 30 different countries. His piece, *The Shortest Day*, is an original contemporary dance work for four dancers set to music by Mastodon – and it got the most votes in the competition, from a world wide audience. James and his company receive a cash prize of £2000 and the chance to perform their piece as part of the line-up at the theatre’s popular dance taster weekend Sadler’s Wells Sampled on 28 & 29 January 2011.

Born in Cornwall, James began dancing at the age of 15, joining Cornwall Youth Dance Company. He went on to study at the London Contemporary Dance School, where in his third year he toured with LC3, performing at venues from the Lilian Baylis Studio to the Theatre Massimo in Palermo, Sicily. Since graduating in 2009, he has been awarded the Blueprint Bursary, which enabled him to develop a new piece, *Forest*, and he has received a number of commissions, including remaking his work Drift for Scottish Dance Theatre to tour throughout 2010/2011. He is also artist in residence at South Hill Park in Bracknell.

Wilton takes inspiration for his choreography from martial arts such as Ju Jitsu, Muay Thai and Kung Fu, as well as acrobatics and contact improvisation. His work focuses on pushing the body and seeing how performers react when at their physical limit. Drawing inspiration from the Mayan apocalypse theory *The Shortest Day*, performed by James Wilton, Sarah Jane Taylor, Natasha Cudilla and Kynam Moore, is based around the psychological effects on people who know their time is limited. Watch it here:

- and see the other entries on

Tickets for Sadler’s Wells Sampled*, (28 & 29 January 2011) go on sale on 6 December, when the full line up will be announced.*

James has just launched a new website:

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