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Sadler's Wells 2017 summer festivals programme

Published: 6 April 2017
Reporter: Vera Liber

Sadler’s Wells returns to both Latitude Festival in Suffolk and Wilderness Festival in Oxfordshire this summer with an eclectic programme of dance.

At Latitude, the company will take to the Waterfront Stage for its 10th year with a diverse programme including Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. An extract from Town and Country, Country is set to music by Edward Elgar, Noël Coward and Percy Grainger, amongst others. New Adventures will also lead a workshop on the Waterfront Stage.

Sadler’s Wells presents Sisters Grimm’s Voices of the Amazon, the tale of a water spirit from the Amazon River told through contemporary ballet and capoeira accompanied by live music from Brazilian songwriters and percussionists Olodum.

The line-up also includes BBC Young Dancer 2017 Finalists.

Boy Blue Entertainment's The Get-Down at Club B invites audiences to move to house party classics, remixed with a 21st century twist, featuring pop-up dance, flash mobs, crowd participation and a '90s-themed party.

National Youth Dance Company will present its latest production Tarantiseismic, created by 2016-17 Guest Artistic Director Damien Jalet, which addresses themes such as melancholia, ritual, control and abandon.

Over the weekend, Sadler’s Wells will also be providing workshops and classes on the Waterfront Stage, details to be confirmed.

For the second consecutive year Sadler’s Wells presents a double bill of work at Wilderness Festival in Oxfordshire, a four-day festival combining live music, contemporary arts, theatre, craftsmanship and dining.

Pepa Ubera presents a new work-in-progress, The Machine of Horizontal Dreams, which takes its inspiration from kundalini and tantra yoga practices and explores the connections between the audience and performer through sound and movement.

Completing the double bill is Sadler’s Wells’ annual festival of hip hop dance theatre Breakin' Convention hosted by Artistic Director Jonzi D featuring an evening of improvised theatre with Freestyle Funk Forum. A series of skits are brought to life using elements of hip hop including dance, beatbox, turntablism and rap.

Sadler’s Wells Artistic Director and Chief Executive Alistair Spalding said, “both festivals provide us with a great platform to present dance in a completely different setting to new audiences outside of London, many of whom are seeing the art form for the first time.

"We look forward to inspiring them with the varied line-up we have in store for them this year and hope they will become audiences of the future too.”