News: Sadler’s Wells and Universal Music UK announce new production choreographed by Kate Prince to the music of Sting

Tuesday 29 January 2019

Sting and Kate Prince

Sadler’s Wells and Universal Music UK today announced a new dance production by Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist Kate Prince, set to the music of one of the world’s most prolific music artists, Sting.

Message In A Bottle receives its world premiere at Sadler’s Wells’ West End theatre, The Peacock, from Thursday 6 February – Saturday 21 March 2020, followed by a UK and international tour. The piece combines original lyrical hip hop dance and music in an uplifting story of humanity and hope.

Kate Prince said:

“I’ve been a fan of Sting and The Police all my life and have seen him play live four times. As a choreographer, when I listen to any music, I am always inspired to create dance, and Sting’s music, which has been playing in my headphones for over 30 years, kept bringing me to the same thought, ‘I want to choreograph to this’. As a body of work it is a choreographer’s dream. I mentioned the idea in passing to Alistair Spalding, who has been supporting my career and ZooNation for 15 years. Pretty soon I found myself nervously entering the lobby of a swanky London hotel to pitch the idea to Sting himself. Much to my complete surprise but complete delight, it is actually happening! All of my work has a narrative. I love stories, and you can expect this to be no different. Sting’s lyrics draw on so many themes, from political to the tragic, from death and heartache to love and hope.”

Sting said:

“It’s an intriguing idea to align my songs and music with the work of a successful and highly esteemed choreographer of Kate’s standing. I witnessed one of the first workshops and was very excited by the potential. It’s always interesting when someone from another field offers a fresh and unexpected perspective on your work and I’m so looking forward to seeing the piece.”

In Message In A Bottle, a village alive with joyous celebrations is suddenly under siege. Determined and daring, three parted siblings step out on their own extraordinary adventures. Songs include Every Breath You Take, Roxanne, Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic, Walking On The Moon, Englishman in New York, Shape of My Heart and Fields of Gold. The cast features dancers from ZooNation: The Kate Prince Company.

Kate Prince is a triple Olivier Award-nominated choreographer, and Artistic Director of ZooNation: The Kate Prince Company, which she founded in 2002. She became an Associate Artist at Sadler’s Wells in 2010, where ZooNation is also a Resident Company, and an Associate Artist at the Old Vic in 2015. ZooNation productions include: SYLVIA (Old Vic), Into the Hoods (West End), Some Like it Hip Hop and Into the Hoods: Remixed at The Peacock.

Prince’s other theatre work includes Everybody’s Talking About Jamie (Sheffield Crucible & West End, nominated for Olivier Award for Best Theatre Choreographer); Ballyturk (National Theatre); Shoes (Sadler’s Wells); I Can’t Sing: the X-Factor Musical (Palladium) and It’s A Mad World my Masters (RSC). Her TV credits include work for Strictly Come Dancing, So You Think You Can Dance, The Royal Variety Show and Top of the Pops.

Tickets for Message In A Bottle are on public sale from Monday 25 February 2019 via Sadler’s Wells.

Images: Johan Persson

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