Sadler’s Wells Online Programme

You can experience an intoxicating mix of theatre performances and dance workshops with the Sadler's Wells online programme. Peter Gray reports.

-London's Best Events-
What: online dance programme
When: Spring 2020
Where: You Tube
Website: Digital Stage

Another week, another reason to stay at home forever. This time Sadler’s Wells has gotten in on the act, with a free online programme of events that culture lovers can access from the comfort of their own homes.

The Sadler’s Wells online programme, Digital Stage, is an initiative designed to ensure that fans of dance have something to look forward to during the Coronavirus Crisis. And with the theatre shut for the foreseeable future, the programme could not have come at a better time.

The season will begin on the 27th of March 2020 with an exclusive performance of Deluxe by the BalletBoyz, which will be available to view for seven days. Following that, on the 3rd of April, BalletORENT will present an “enchanting dance-theatre fairytale adaptation of Rumpelstiltskin”. The performance will begin at 3pm with Sadler’s Wells hoping that the early start time will help attract a family audience.

The theatre will be inviting viewers to take part in activities at home, too, with a series of online activities encouraging participation. There will be a range of Family Dance Workshops with dance artist Cherie Coleman, as well as a series of Company of Elders Workshops for the more mature viewer.

The latter, which are designed for adults who are over the age of 60, will begin with a session inspired by the Indian classical dance form Bharatanatyam. The event will be hosted by acclaimed choreographer Seeta Patel.

Sadler’s Wells is one of London’s oldest entertainment venues, with a distinguished history as a theatre, music hall, cinema, and dance venue. The current building, the sixth incarnation of the theatre on the site, sits on the site of the historic original theatre, in Rosebery Avenue, Islington.

The venue, which was once home to what would become the English National Opera, has seen some of the breathtaking performances in the history of theatre, including the first performance of Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake.

Sadler’s Wells was forced to closed down in late March 2020 due to the Coronavirus Crisis. The theatre is hoping to reopen on the 9th of June 2020.

More information about the Sadler’s Well Online Programme can be found here.

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-London's Best Events-
What: online dance programme
When: Spring 2020
Where: You Tube
Website: Digital Stage