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Sadler’s Wells announces additions to its Digital Stage programme

Sadler's Wells Sampled - Patricia Guerrero (c) Ian Gavan.
Sadler’s Wells Sampled – Patricia Guerrero (c) Ian Gavan.

Sadler’s Wells announces this week’s additions to its Digital Stage programme – Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker’s world-renowned company Rosas with her iconic piece, Rain, and new dance workshops to try at home.

Rain will be screened on Friday 10 April at 7:30pm UK time via Sadler’s Wells’ Facebook Premieres, part of its free online performance platform, Digital Stage.

Known for her appreciation of mathematical structure and the geometric use of space, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker pushes these concepts to their limits to form a deceptively simple piece, using layers repetition and variation. Each of the ten dancers plays a distinct role in their close group, before giving in to the power of the collective with an exuberant and playful camaraderie. Set to Steve Reich’s masterpiece, the minimalist Music for 18 Musicians, which is inspired by breath rhythms, the score is beautifully interpreted by Rosas’ long-term collaborator Ictus Ensemble.

The Sadler’s Wells workshop series for audiences to dance along to at home also continues. This week on Wednesday 8 April, the second of the workshops for older adults aged over 60 will be available. Hosted by Lucia Caruso, this will be a flamenco themed workshop and can be found online via the Sadler’s Wells Facebook and YouTube channels. Five new family workshops for children aged 2 – 6 years will also be available to watch from Wednesday 8 April, with activities and themes including textures, shapes, sounds, Little Red Riding Hood and Goldilocks and the Three Bears, to follow at home via Sadler’s Wells YouTube channel.

New content on Sadler’s Wells’ Digital Stage has been created in response to the cancellation of shows across its theatres in efforts to curb the spread of Covid-19 and aims to continue bringing dance to audiences through digital channels. The first in a series of Sadler’s Wells Facebook Premieres was Deluxe by BalletBoyz, which was made available on Friday 27 March at 7:30pm. This was followed by balletLORENT’s Rumpelstiltskin on Friday 3 April at 3pm in a special screening for families and is available to watch on Facebook and YouTube until Friday 13 April. Upcoming films 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.

Sadler’s Wells social media handles:
Facebook: @SadlersWells
Twitter: @Sadlers_Wells
Instagram: @sadlers_wells
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