As one of the UK’s finest multi-arts festivals, this year it will present a huge breadth, depth and quality of content programming of both emerging and established dance artists. Audiences will experience the best ballet, hip-hop and contemporary dance from around the globe, but also the opportunity to learn from these companies through practice, with BalletBoyz, Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures, and Far From The Norm each offering the Latitude audience the chance to take part in a workshop or class.
BalletBoyz will bring their new work Life., featuring two new commissions by internationally acclaimed choreographers Pontus Lidberg and Javier de Frutos. Life. takes a provocative look at life and death, presented in BalletBoyz’ inimitable style and performed by its all-male company of ten dancers.
Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures, which is celebrating thirty years of innovative dance, will present an extract from Town and Country; Country is a heartfelt pastiche led by the evocative music of Edward Elgar, Noël Coward and Percy Grainger.
Sadler’s Wells will also present the BBC Young Dancer 2017 Finalists, a showcase providing a taste of the best of young British dance talent from the competition’s finalists; showcasing the energy and electricity of a street dance solo, the versatility of contemporary dance, the classical precision and artistry of ballet, and the grace and fine detail of a South Asian dance.
Completing the Sadler’s Wells line-up is the National Youth Dance Company, with its latest production Tarantiseismic, created by 2016–2017 Guest Artistic Director Damien Jalet. The company of 40 dancers address themes such as melancholia, ritual, control and abandon.