World premiere for Akram Khan

Akram Khan Company has announced a brand-new production: Outwitting the Devil will premiere in Stuttgart in July 2019. The announcement comes six weeks ahead of Until the Lions’ homecoming to the Roundhouse in London, Khan’s first ever work in the round, which he will dance for the last time. Both pieces of work will explore old myth and reinterpret them in a contemporary context, in a way that Khan has become renowned for over the last two decades. Outwitting the Devil will premiere at COLOURS International Dance Festival, running from 13-14 July, and Until the Lions runs at the Roundhouse from 11-17 January 2019. Continue reading World premiere for Akram Khan

UK premiere for Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch

The internationally renowned Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch, a Sadler’s Wells International Associate Company, returns to Sadler’s Wells in 2019 with the company’s first full-length works created by guest choreographers. These two new pieces, by Dimitris Papaioannouand Alan Lucien Øyen respectively, make their UK premieres at Sadler’s Wells from 14 – 25 February 2019. Continue reading UK premiere for Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch

Breakin’ Convention announces development projects for emerging hip hop talent

Breakin’ Convention, a Sadler’s Wells project, has announced the return of exciting and innovative projects for emerging artists, with a range of development opportunities and public performances. These far-reaching initiatives exhibit Breakin’ Convention’s commitment to supporting hip hop dance, both in the UK and internationally. Continue reading Breakin’ Convention announces development projects for emerging hip hop talent

BalletBoyz® presents THEM/US

This spring, the internationally lauded dance company BalletBoyz will present the London premiere of Them/Us, an innovative double bill and a brand new collaboration from the company’s own critically acclaimed dancers and the Olivier Award-winning choreographer Christopher Wheeldon. A co-production with Sadler’s Wells, Them/Us will arrive at the London venue from 5–9 March 2019, with opening night on 6 March. Continue reading BalletBoyz® presents THEM/US

Janis Claxton – shining a light on female choreography

Based in Edinburgh and touring internationally, Janis Claxton Dance is a multi-award winning company with a reputation for bringing high quality works to new and diverse audiences including large-scale performances in Scotland’s National Museums and Galleries, Edinburgh Zoo and Edinburgh International Science Festival. The company’s latest and highly acclaimed work POP-UP Duets (fragments of love), was presented at National Museum of Scotland as part of the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe and Made in Scotland Showcase. It will soon visit Jacob’s Pillow.

Known for her diverse and unique works and her abilities to craft exquisite material with world-class dancers, Janis has worked as a choreographer, teacher and movement director internationally including for; Scottish Opera, Dantzaz, National Theatre of Scotland, Kaohsiung Spring Arts Festival, Beijing Dance/LDTX, National Dance Company of Wales, Beijing Dance Festival, Edinburgh International Science Festival, National Museum of Scotland, Beijing Dance Academy, UK NOW Festival China, World Expo Shanghai, Back to Back & Lung Ha Theater Companies, Sichuan Peoples Art Theatre, and many more.

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Dance Umbrella’s Four by Four

Dance Umbrella, London’s flagship festival of international dance, will celebrate its 40th anniversary this autumn. To mark this milestone Dance Umbrella has launched Four by Four– a programme inspired by the festival’s four decades of artistic growth, a way of moving forwards by looking back. This initiative aims to support the choreographers of the future.

In Four by Four all three of Dance Umbrella’s Artistic Directors, Val Bourne CBE, Betsy Gregory and Emma Gladstone, have invited an established artist from their time at the helm to nominate a ‘choreographer of the future’ to make work for future festivals. Dance Umbrella 2018 will take place from 26 September – 21 October in venues across London Continue reading Dance Umbrella’s Four by Four

Aaron S. Watkin – Semperoper Ballett’s Artistic Director

Aaron Sean Watkin graduated from the National Ballet School of Canada and enjoyed a full career in dancing with The National Ballet of Canada, English National Ballet and Dutch National Ballet. He was then invited by world-renowned choreographer William Forsythe to become a principal dancer with Ballett Frankfurt, and later joined the National Dance Company of Spain under the directorship of Nacho Duato. Continue reading Aaron S. Watkin – Semperoper Ballett’s Artistic Director

National Youth Dance Company news

National Youth Dance Company (NYDC), the country’s flagship organisation for young dancers which is run by Sadler’s Wells, will work with choreographer Botis Seva as the next Guest Artistic Director of the company. NYDC begins its search for the next intake of 30 young dancers to join the company for 2018-19 and work with Seva to create a new dance production, with Experience Workshops taking place across England from May. Continue reading National Youth Dance Company news