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Sadler’s Wells Dance Performances on Digital Stage.
Did you know that Sadler’s Wells has its own online platform – Digital Stage? As they are currently unable to bring artists and audiences together in the theatre, they are extending the content on Digital Stage so that you can watch full-length dance performances including shows which have had to be cancelled due to Covid-19, screendance – choreography designed for film and a series of new dance workshops created for families with young children and for the over 60s, to take part at home.
The programme launches this week on Friday 27 March 2020 which happens to be world Theatre Day. There will be the first in a series of Sadler’s Wells Facebook Premieres, which provide audiences with access to full-length dance performances via the organisation’s Facebook page. One work will be released every week and will be available online for seven days. I was looking forward to seeing the latest BalletBoyz creation and I’m truly delighted that the first presentation will be Deluxe by BalletBoyz, available on Friday 27 March at 7:30 pm, the same time the work was due to be performed live at Sadler’s Wells.
Other performances will include a new version of Wilkie Branson’s dance for camera installation TOM, which would have formed part of Sadler’s Wells’ Digital Edition in April, and Rumpelstiltskin from balletLORENT, originally due to perform as part of Sadler’s Wells’ Family Weekend this Easter. More details about other performances, dates and times will be available in updates via Sadler’s Wells’ social media channels and website.
In another new initiative, Sadler’s Wells is expanding Take Part, a series of projects available to the wider community. There are online workshops and activities for audiences to dance along to in their own homes for anyone who wants something beyond Joe Wickes! Available from Wednesday 1 April, one of workshop series has been specially created for younger children who are now unable to attend nursery or school while the other is for older people staying at home.
A family workshop created by Cherie Coleman, who runs Family Friday sessions at Sadler’s Wells, will feature 10 different movement activities for children aged 2 to 6 years to follow at home. There will also be workshops for older people aged over 60, inspired by Sadler’s Wells’ Company of Elders programme. These will be hosted by artists both in the UK and across the world, including Clara Andermatt, B.Dance, Lucia Caruso, Seeta Patel, Simona Scotto, Alessandra Seutin and New Adventures’ Resident Artist Paul Smethurst. These activities are coordinated by the Learning & Engagement team, with workshops available as YouTube playlists, which will remain online for audiences to access.
Sadler’s Wells will also share dance films specifically created and choreographed for the screen. The series will include MADHEAD, a film directed by Ben Williams and choreographed by Botis Seva for National Youth Dance Company.
Finally, they will also continue to share its own commissioned film content, offering insights into the incredible array of artists working with the dance house, showcasing new work and archived material, across social media channels.
So if you are looking for something to keep you busy while you are in lockdown, Sadler’s Wells has plenty to offer. Further details, including all titles, dates and screening times, will be announced via Sadler’s Wells’ social media channels and updated via this link on the Sadler’s Wells website: https://www.sadlerswells.com/whats-on/2020/digital-stage/
You can also check out the Sadler’s Wells Social Media streams where you’ll find more information
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