balletLORENT’s Rumpelstiltskin gets online release

Published: 1 April 2020
Reporter: Vera Liber

BalletLORENT's Rumpelstiltskin Credit: Bill Cooper

Sadler’s Wells has added to its Digital Stage programme a special matinée screening of balletLORENT’s Rumpelstiltskin on Friday 3 April and the first dance at home workshops for families and older audiences.

Rumpelstiltskin will be available to watch via Sadler’s Wells’ Facebook Premieres—part of its free online performance platform, Digital Stage—on Friday 3 April at 3PM UK time and then on demand for seven days.

Director Liv Lorent and poet Carol Ann Duffy retell the story of Rumpelstiltskin, an outsider shunned for being different with a score by Doctor Who composer Murray Gold, costumes by Michele Clapton (Game of Thrones) and narration by actor Ben Crompton. BalletLORENT had been due to perform as part of Sadler’s Wells’ Family Weekend this Easter.

Five family workshops created by Cherie Coleman, who runs Family Friday sessions at Sadler’s Wells, will be available to watch on the Sadler’s Wells YouTube channel from midday on Wednesday 1 April with more to be added. Aimed at children aged 2 to 6 years, the activities include balancing, jumping, rhythm, colours and animals to follow at home.

There will also be workshops for people aged over 60, inspired by Sadler’s Wells’ Company of Elders programme, also available from Wednesday 1 April, inspired by the Indian classical dance form bharatanatyam and hosted by choreographer Seeta Patel.

The first of Sadler’s Wells Facebook Premieres was Deluxe by BalletBoyz, made available from Friday 27 March until Friday 3 April. Upcoming performances 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.

Further details, including all titles, dates and screening times, will be announced via Sadler’s Wells’ social media channels, and updated on the Sadler’s Wells web site.