National Youth Dance Company New Year Announcement

Posted on 17 October 2017

National Youth Dance Company reveals new line-up of young talent for sixth year
- 30 new young dancers from across the country chosen to join 41-strong company
- Sharon Eyal to lead as Guest Artistic Director
- Used To Be Blonde to have World Premiere at Sadler’s Wells in April 2018
- Sadler’s Wells and artists illustrate commitment to building vibrant dance future
National Youth Dance Company (NYDC), the country’s flagship organisation for young dancers which is run by Sadler’s Wells, announces its line-up of 41 outstandingly talented young dancers for this year. Through NYDC experience workshops held in 16 different cities throughout the UK, 30 new members were selected from all over the country, joining 11 dancers returning from last year’s NYDC cohort.
The new company is working under the guidance of 2017/18 Guest Artistic Director Sharon Eyal to create Used To Be Blonde, a new work which will premiere at Sadler’s Wells on Saturday 7 April 2018, followed by a UK National Tour. This new commission will contain Eyal’s signature style, conveying extreme emotions through movement. Further details about the production and tour venues will be announced at a later date.
The dancers are mentored during four intensive residencies over the year, in order to create, rehearse and develop the new piece. Throughout the dancers’ time with NYDC they are given a unique insight into the dance profession, gaining skills and techniques that open up career possibilities.
One of the most exciting female choreographers working today, Sharon Eyal was born in Jerusalem and danced with Batsheva Dance Company from 1990 until 2008. She served as Associate Artistic Director of the company from 2003-4 and House Choreographer of the company from 2005-12. In 2013, Eyal launched L-E-V with her long-time collaborator Gai Behar. L-E-V presented the UK Premiere of OCD LOVE at Sadler’s Wells last year and premiered new work Love Chapter 2 at the Montpellier Dance Festival earlier this year. L-E-V has toured across the world, visiting cities including New York, Paris and Amsterdam. Ballet British Columbia will perform Eyal’s piece Bill at Sadler’s Wells and on a UK Tour in March 2018. Her other choreographies include Killer Pig and Corps de Walk for Carte Blanche Dance of Norway, Too Beaucoup for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Plafona for Tanzcompagnie Oldenburg, Germany, Sara and Salt Womb for Nederlands Dans Theater, Half-Life for the Royal Swedish Ballet and Untitled Black for the Göteborg Opera.
In her appointment as NYDC Guest Artistic Director, Eyal follows in the footsteps of Damien Jalet and Sadler’s Wells Associate Artists Michael Keegan-Dolan, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Akram Khan and Jasmin Vardimon, who have in turn held the position over the past five years. Through their work with NYDC, these internationally acclaimed artists illustrate their commitment to young artists and highlight the power young dancers have to shape the future of dance.
Now in its sixth year, NYDC has established a reputation for innovative, challenging and influential work, producing open-minded, curious and brave dancers. The company brings together the brightest talent from across England, immersing the members fully in the process of creating, performing and touring new work, giving them a unique insight into the dance profession. NYDC 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.
NYDC is jointly funded by Arts Council England and the Department for Education through Grant in Aid funds
For further information or to arrange interviews please contact Dan Macarthur on 020 7863 8114 or dan.macarthur@sadlerswells.com
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National Youth Dance Company reveals new line-up of young talent for sixth year

- 30 new young dancers from across the country chosen to join 41-strong company

- Sharon Eyal to lead as Guest Artistic Director

- Used To Be Blonde to have World Premiere at Sadler’s Wells in April 2018

- Sadler’s Wells and artists illustrate commitment to building vibrant dance future

National Youth Dance Company (NYDC), the country’s flagship organisation for young dancers which is run by Sadler’s Wells, announces its line-up of 41 outstandingly talented young dancers for this year. Through NYDC experience workshops held in 16 different cities throughout the UK, 30 new members were selected from all over the country, joining 11 dancers returning from last year’s NYDC cohort.

The new company is working under the guidance of 2017/18 Guest Artistic Director Sharon Eyal to create Used To Be Blonde, a new work which will premiere at Sadler’s Wells on Saturday 7 April 2018, followed by a UK National Tour. This new commission will contain Eyal’s signature style, conveying extreme emotions through movement. Further details about the production and tour venues will be announced at a later date.

The dancers are mentored during four intensive residencies over the year, in order to create, rehearse and develop the new piece. Throughout the dancers’ time with NYDC they are given a unique insight into the dance profession, gaining skills and techniques that open up career possibilities.

One of the most exciting female choreographers working today, Sharon Eyal was born in Jerusalem and danced with Batsheva Dance Company from 1990 until 2008. She served as Associate Artistic Director of the company from 2003-4 and House Choreographer of the company from 2005-12. In 2013, Eyal launched L-E-V with her long-time collaborator Gai Behar. L-E-V presented the UK Premiere of OCD LOVE at Sadler’s Wells last year and premiered new work Love Chapter 2 at the Montpellier Dance Festival earlier this year. L-E-V has toured across the world, visiting cities including New York, Paris and Amsterdam. Ballet British Columbia will perform Eyal’s piece Bill at Sadler’s Wells and on a UK Tour in March 2018. Her other choreographies include Killer Pig and Corps de Walk for Carte Blanche Dance of Norway, Too Beaucoup for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Plafona for Tanzcompagnie Oldenburg, Germany, Sara and Salt Womb for Nederlands Dans Theater, Half-Life for the Royal Swedish Ballet and Untitled Black for the Göteborg Opera.

In her appointment as NYDC Guest Artistic Director, Eyal follows in the footsteps of Damien Jalet and Sadler’s Wells Associate Artists Michael Keegan-Dolan, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Akram Khan and Jasmin Vardimon, who have in turn held the position over the past five years. Through their work with NYDC, these internationally acclaimed artists illustrate their commitment to young artists and highlight the power young dancers have to shape the future of dance.

Now in its sixth year, NYDC has established a reputation for innovative, challenging and influential work, producing open-minded, curious and brave dancers. The company brings together the brightest talent from across England, immersing the members fully in the process of creating, performing and touring new work, giving them a unique insight into the dance profession. NYDC 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.

NYDC is jointly funded by Arts Council England and the Department for Education through Grant in Aid funds

For further information or to arrange interviews please contact Dan Macarthur on 020 7863 8114 or dan.macarthur@sadlerswells.com

Press images: http://media.sadlerswells.com – contact press office for log-in details