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Introducing the next generation of choreographers John-William Watson

A young man running in a field holding a wooden chair

John-William Watson’s work focuses on abstracting and playing with everyday, utilitarian and pedestrian movement.

A young man running in a field holding a wooden chair
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A young man laying in a field with his legs in the air
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Using a surrealist lens, his film takes inspiration from the elements used in silent film to create an entire world around a story, with an unapologetic commitment to musicality, composition and character.

Developed following a series of creative conversations with Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, this film is part of our Young Associates programme which supports talented 18- to 24-year-olds for two years, providing a crucial first step into their career as choreographers.

Made in collaboration with filmmaker Jacob Sutton


Commissioned by Sadler’s Wells
Director – Jacob Sutton
Choreographed & Performed by John-William Watson
Produced by Art Partner
Special thanks to Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui
Director of Photography – Oliver Dahmen
Editor – Tom Chick
Stylist – Karen Langley
All clothes by Prada
Hairstylist – Alfie Sackett
Make Up Artist – Marie Bruce
Audio Description – Eleanor Margolies
Music by Strauss Die Fledermaus Overture
Arranged and produced by Roman Seekirchner of Seekirchner GmbH
Conducted by Vladimir Kiradjiev
Shockwave Sound
This film was made possible with the support of Barclays

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