Branson and Chalayan next up on Sadler's Wells Digital Stage

Published: 13 May 2020
Reporter: Vera Liber

Gravity Fatigue Credit: Manuel Vason

Choreographer and filmmaker Wilkie Branson's TOM (Friday 22 May) and British fashion designer and visual artist Hussein Chalayan's Gravity Fatigue (Friday 29 May) are the next two performances on the Sadler's Wells free online dance programme, Digital Stage.

TOM was to form part of the Sadler’s Wells Digital Edition in April 2020, but the film has been redeveloped for this Digital Stage presentation. Set in a hinterland between the civilised world and the wilderness, TOM tells the story of one man’s journey to rediscover who he really is using the hip hop language of b-boying fused with animation, photogrammetry and chroma-key capture.

Chalayan’s first theatrical work, Gravity Fatigue, which received its world première at Sadler’s Wells in October 2015, was created in partnership with choreographer Damien Jalet (Vessel, Babel), Yeast Culture's Nick Hillel, sound illustrators Mode-F and lighting designer Natasha Chivers. The production takes its inspiration from themes of identity and displacement, and the disconnection experienced in public spaces at moments of transition.

The Sadler’s Wells workshop series continues with a new Company of Elders workshop, available from Wednesday 13 May, inspired by the Indian classical dance form Kathak and hosted by Urja Desai Thakore, Artistic Director of Pagrav Dance Company.

Ten Family Workshops for children aged 2–6 years are also available, with themed activities involving textures, shapes, sounds and colours and storytelling based on fairy-tales such as Little Red Riding Hood and Goldilocks and the Three Bears. All workshops can be found on the Sadler’s Wells Facebook and YouTube channels.