NEWS: Sadler’s Wells Line-Up at Latitude Festival

Sadler’s Wells continues to bring dance to new audiences in 2010 by presenting work at Latitude Festival on Saturday 17 & Sunday 18 July 2010. Sadler’s Wells returns to Latitude following performances in 2008 and 2009 with a diverse and acclaimed programme on the Waterfront Stage.

Sadler’s Wells Artistic Director and Chief Executive Alistair Spalding comments: “I am delighted that Sadler’s Wells continues to take dance outside the theatre and into more unusual and unexpected places. We are very excited to be returning to the beautiful surroundings of Latitude for a third year, presenting work to an even wider audience”.

On each day the programme features Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui’s Faun, the critically acclaimed piece first performed at Sadler’s Wells’ celebrated production ‘In the Spirit of Diaghilev’ in October 2009. Faun examines the animalistic nature of human movement and the power of mythology. This duet takes an alternative look at the eponymous creature from Stéphane Mallermé’s poem, Claude Débussy’s music and Vaslav Nijinsky’s choreography.

The programme for both days also presents an extract from Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake. Now established as a classic, this iconic work by Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist Matthew Bourne, turned traditions upside down on its premiere in1995 replacing the traditional female corps de ballet with a male ensemble. It has toured internationally since its premiere and was seen by over 80,000 people at its most recent run at Sadler’s Wells in December 2009. Set dramatically and fittingly on The Waterfront Stage for Latitude the company perform the Second Act Swan and Prince pas de deux.

Saturday 17 July also features the latest project by the Balletboyz. Artistic Directors Michael Nunn and William Trevitt produce and direct the TALENT; eight male dancers aged 16 – 19 in a mixed programme of work. For Latitude the young company perform a reworking of Russell Maliphant’s Torsion.The Balletboyz came to public prominence in 1999 with their popular Channel 4 documentaries Ballet Boyz and Ballet Boyz II which charted the pair’s departure from The Royal Ballet and their subsequent solo seasons in Japan. In 2000 they co-founded their own dance company and went on to win numerous awards including a South Bank Show Award for Dance.

Sunday 18 July brings some of the best young hip hoppers in the UK to the Suffolk countryside with Zoonation’s ZooYouth. Zoonation is one of the UK’s leading street dance and hip-hop companies having performed at many high profile events including Nelson Mandela’s 90th Birthday Celebrations at Hyde Park. The company’s critically acclaimed award-winning show Into the Hoods, first preformed at Sadler’s Wells’ Peacock Theatre in July 2006, was the first ever hip hop dance show to transfer to the London’s West End. Zoonation has been working with young people since 2002 providing workshops across the UK and ZooYouth was set up in 2006 with dancers aged seven to 16. ZooYouth perform a new group piece at this year’s festival.

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