National Youth Dance Company (NYDC) returns for its seventh year with a new intake of 28 young dancers who join the 10 dancers returning from previous cohorts. The newly commissioned work choreographed by Botis Seva, premiered at DanceEast in Ipswich on 20 April. Between June – July, MADHEAD tours to Plymouth, Newcastle, Essex, Brighton, Birmingham and closes at Sadler’s Wells on 19 July.
MADHEAD is a feeling and state which draws on Seva’s and the dancers’ autobiographical experiences of growing up and not conforming to social norms. His movement language of physical theatre and hip hop, along with the energy of the NYDC dancers drawn from across the country, illustrates the influence and creativity that emerging dance artists can bring to a professional dance collaboration.
The new line up of dancers are given the opportunity to engage with dance through working at the highest level, alongside an artistic team with exceptional standards and artistic integrity. Seva and his artistic team worked with the dancers over four residencies to create, develop and rehearse the piece. The company has a track record of putting young people on paths to successful dance careers, with over 80% of all former NYDC dancers now either in further dance studies, in vocational training or working professionally.
In April, Seva won an Olivier Award for his piece BLKDOG which formed part of the Sadler’s Wells’ 20th-anniversary commission, Reckonings, in October 2018. In August 2018, Seva collaborated with Billy Boyd Cape to create a short film, Reach, commissioned by Sadler’s Wells as part of Channel 4’s Random Acts series.
Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist Russell Maliphant takes over as Guest Artistic Director in autumn 2019. Alesandra Seutin’s appointment follows in autumn 2020.
NYDC is jointly funded by Arts Council England, under National Portfolio Organisation funding, and the Department for Education. National portfolio funding has been awarded for 2018-2022.
23 June at 7:30pm
29 June at 2pm and 7:30pm
13 July at 7:30pm
15 July at 7:30pm
17 July at 7:00pm
19 July at 7:30pm