Touring show Made at Sadler's Wells showcases three pieces developed at the dance company
The show features pieces from Russell Maliphant, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Wayne McGregor
From the outside, Sadler’s Wells is a theatre just like any other, inviting audiences in to see an ever-changing programme of work. But it’s what goes on behind the scenes that makes the place so special to the dance world. The north London institution is home to a team of producers and associate artists who, since 2005, have been commissioning and creating exciting new work.
‘Sadler’s Wells is a large-scale dance house, and across the globe there aren’t many organisations like us,’ says executive producer Suzanne Walker. ‘So while we programme a lot of fantastic artists from around the world, if we’re to make a real difference to the artform, we feel very strongly that we need to make work.’
Visiting Edinburgh on its first UK tour, Made at Sadler’s Wells is a triple bill of specially commissioned works by three of the theatre’s associate artists: Russell Maliphant, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Wayne McGregor. Each piece is performed by dancers from their respective companies, who, as Walker says, ‘are steeped in the movement language of that choreographer’.
Cherkaoui and Maliphant have both been inspired by Vaslav Nijinsky, with Maliphant’s Afterlight (Part One) influenced by his drawings, and Cherkaoui’s Faun a reinvention of his ballet L’après-midi d’un faune. McGregor’s UNDANCE sees the choreographer join forces with contemporary composer Mark-Anthony Turnage and Turner Prize-winning visual artist Mark Wallinger.
‘All three are beautiful pieces of work that stand the test of time, have won awards and received great critical and audience response,’ says Walker. ‘They also embrace what Sadler’s Wells is all about – working with exciting and inventive choreographers who can also create dance that is appealing, accessible and engaging to anybody.’
Edinburgh Festival Theatre, Tue 29 & Wed 30 Oct.