Company of Elders continues to prove it is never too late to start dancing

Posted on 5 June 2018

Company of Elders

Mixed Bill

Lilian Baylis Studio, EC1R 4TN

Friday 6 July at 8pm

Tickets: £12 (£6 concessions)

Ticket Office: 020 7863 8000 or www.sadlerswells.com

 

Since 1989, Company of Elders, Sadler’s Wells’ inspirational resident over-60s performance company, has been demonstrating the power of lifelong creativity and proving it is never too late to start dancing.

In this mixed bill, they present new work from thrilling choreographers Dickson MbiAdrienne Hart and Seeta Patel. Showcasing their own unique styles, these choreographers draw out new ways of moving from this established company.

Award-winning choreographer Dickson Mbi is fast emerging as one of the country’s most exciting and versatile dance artists. Renowned in the hip hop community, as well as making waves on the contemporary dance stage in work by Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist, Russell Maliphant, Mbi will perform a solo as part of Akram Khan’s Portraits in Otherness at the Lilian Baylis Studio this June. This follows an exciting appearance in May’s DanceWorks, a series of dance films produced in partnership with Sadler’s Wells, ClearStory and the BBC.

Adrienne Hart is Artistic Director of Neon Dance, whose curated evening for Sadler’s Wells programme Wild Card invited special guests from different disciplines to feature as dance, live music, video and lighting design encountered each other. Hart is also one of 15 Sadler’s Wells Summer University Artists, with her artistic practice currently being supported in a four-year professional development project.

Bharatanatyam dancer and choreographer Seeta Patel returns to Sadler’s Wells, continuing a lengthy partnership following her intimate Wild Card curation of South Asian dance and music back in 2014. More recently, she collaborated on the Sadler’s Wells stage with performance troupe Gandini Juggling in Sigma – a celebration of the dialogue between the worlds of juggling, geometry and classical Indian dance.

Mixed Bill has been commissioned as part of Sadler’s Wells 20th anniversary celebrations, for which 20 new pieces will be brought to the stage in 2018. The performance is supported by the Harold Hyam Wingate Foundation, the Baring Foundation, The Monument Trust, the D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust, the Royal Victoria Hall Foundation, and The Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust.

“This group of 25 performers - all over the age of 60 - sparkles like a highly polished diamond” Bachtrack 


Press performance: Friday 6 July at 8pm

For more information or to arrange interviews, please contact Charlotte Constable on 020 7863 8122 or charlotte.constable@sadlerswells.com

Press images can be downloaded from http://media.sadlerswells.com

 

NOTES TO EDITORS

About Sadler’s Wells

Sadler's Wells is a world-leading creative organisation dedicated to dance in all its forms. With over three centuries of theatrical heritage and a year-round programme of performances and learning activities, it is the place where artists come together to create dance, and where people of all backgrounds come to experience it – to take part, learn, experiment and be inspired.

Audiences of over half a million come to its London theatres each year, with many more enjoying its touring productions at venues across the UK and around the world, and accessing its content through digital channels.

Sadler's Wells commissions, produces and presents more new dance work than any other theatre in the world, embracing the popular and the unknown. Since 2005, it has helped to bring over 160 new dance works to the stage, many of them involving its 16 Associate Artists, three Resident Companies and four Associate Companies – the most exciting talents working in dance today.

It also nurtures the next generation of talent through research and development, running the National Youth Dance Company and a range of programmes including Wild Card, New Wave Associates, Open Art Surgery and Summer University. Sadler's Wells' learning and engagement activities reach over 25,000 annually through programmes that take dance out into the community and invite communities into the theatre. Projects include community productions and the renowned Company of Elders, its resident over-60s performance group, while events range from pre and post-show talks with dance artists to classes, workshops and assisted performances.

Located in Islington, north London, the current building is the sixth to have stood on site since entrepreneur Richard Sadler first established the theatre in 1683. The venue has played an illustrious role in the history of theatre ever since, with The Royal Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet and English National Opera having all started at Sadler's Wells.

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About Dickson Mbi

Dickson is a world-renowned dancer in the hip hop dance community. He has won many major popping competitions including Juste Debout UK and BattleISM. Together with his partner Brooke Milliner, he is committed to fostering new generations of dancers both within their battling crew Prototype – which won the major World Hip Hop Dance Championships – and with popping crew Fiya House. With a background in jazz, ballet and contemporary dance, he trained at Lewisham College and London Contemporary Dance School.

Dickson has won several choreographic awards and commissions, including the REVERB Award for Best Choreography 2015, MASDANCA Audience Award for Best Choreography 2016 and a commission for Leave a Trace – CHVRCHES (music video). He has been nominated for several major dance awards: “Best Achievement in Dance” at the UK Theatre Awards 2017; “Emerging Artist” and “Outstanding Male Performer (Modern)” at the National Dance Awards Critics' Circle 2017, and "The Times Breakthrough Artist” at the South Bank Sky Arts Awards 2018.

 

About Adrienne Hart

Adrienne initially trained at Swindon Dance, winning a scholarship at the age of 17 to train at London Contemporary Dance School. She now works internationally as a choreographer and as Artistic Director of Neon Dance. Neon Dance is currently resident company at Swindon Dance (2017-19) and Adrienne is part of Sadler’s Wells Summer University programme (2015 – 2018), designed to support mid-career dance artists over a four-year period.

Adrienne has worked in Russia, Belgium, Norway, Germany, Kosovo, USA and Japan. Her work has been commissioned and supported by Arts Council England, British Council, Creative England, The Place, Modern Art Oxford, Glastonbury Festival, Royal Opera House, DanceXchange and Pavilion Dance South West amongst others. Her latest work Puzzle Creature will premiere as part of Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial (Japan) this September and tour the UK from October 2018.

 

About Seeta Patel

Seeta began training in 1990 and has since worked with a range of Bharatanatyam and contemporary dance professionals, including Mavin Khoo, Meena Raman and Pushkala Gopal.

Seeta has toured with DV8 Physical Theatre, Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company and David Hughes Dance Company amongst others, and presented solo classical work to sold-out shows at ROH2, Sadler’s Wells and Southbank Centre.

Over the past 15 years Seeta has received numerous awards and bursaries for her creative and professional development including Lisa Ullmann travel scholarship, Bonnie Bird bursary, the Best Dance Award at Adelaide Fringe 2018 and more. 

Seeta branched into the field of screen dance in 2013 with The Art of Defining Me, gaining international acclaim and winning several awards. Seeta has since collaborated on award-winning shows Sigma with Gandini Juggling and Not Today’s Yesterday with Lina Limosani. 

She continues to mentor young dancers as her commitment to talent development. 

www.seetapatel.co.uk