Lilian Baylis Studio Spring 2018 programme

Posted on 7 November 2017

Lilian Baylis Studio Spring 2018 programme

Sadler’s Wells’ Lilian Baylis Studio presents new perspectives and early career artists in a season of vibrant works that explore topics ranging from music and community to astrophysics.

The Spring 2018 season features three Wild Card events, offering artists the opportunity to curate an evening of work and broaden ideas about dance being made today. Also in the season is a gender-fluid, Hispanic interpretation of the fairy tale Beauty and the Beast by rising star Carlos Pons Guerra; a collaborative piece on historical and contemporary notions of craft by Roberta Jean with an exceptional ensemble of female dancers; and a new work by Jonathan Burrows and Matteo Fargion, featuring local artists.

Sadler’s Wells’ Artistic Programmer Eva Martinez said: “At Sadler’s Wells, the Lilian Baylis Studio is where you can encounter some of the most current developments about what dance and choreography can be, both home grown and from further shores. Year round, the Lilian Baylis Studio offers a carefully curated programme of singular perspectives from many of the most thought-provoking dance makers working today.”

Tickets for the Spring 2018 season are on public sale from today, Monday 6 November, via and 020 7863 8000.

Lilian Baylis Studio Ticket Office: 020 7863 8000 or

Press images can be downloaded from Please contact the press office for login details on 020 7863 8126

For further information or to arrange interviews or press tickets, please call the press representative listed for each production.


The Lilian Baylis Studio Spring 2018 Season in detail:


WILD CARD: Neon Dance                                                                      
Thursday 22 March

Tickets: £17

Wild card returns with a bespoke evening curated by Adrienne Hart and her company Neon Dance. Special guests from different disciplines feature in the programme as dance, live music, video and lighting design encounter each other. This event is part of Nils Fram’s Piano Day, a creative international celebration initiated by the acclaimed Berlin music producer and pianist.  

Adrienne Hart is a Sadler's Wells Summer University artist

Pre-show activities: Thursday 22 March from 7pm

Press Night: Thursday 22 March at 8pm

Press Contact: Caroline Ansdell on 020 7863 8125 or



WILD CARD: Spoken Movement                                                           

Thursday 12 April

Tickets: £17

Kwame Asafo-Adjei, founder and artistic director of Spoken Movement, tackles the concept of identity within Black culture across time and space. Together with special guest artists rooted in hip hop, Spoken Movement opens up a dialogue on cultural hierarchy, challenges social constructs and explores how these elements have shaped culture today.

Kwame Asafo-Adjei is a Sadler's Wells Summer University artist

 Pre-Show activities: Thursday 12 April from 7pm

Contains strong language

Press night: Thursday 12 April at 8pm

Press contact: Jolene Dyke on 020 7863 8112 or



DeNada Dance Theatre                                                                          

TORO – Beauty and the Bull

Wednesday 25 & Thursday 26 April

Tickets: £17

DeNada Dance Theatre comes to Sadler’s Wells with a new production following a guest appearance in a Wild Card evening last autumn. Boldly approaching the erotic themes within the story, TORO is a gender-fluid, Hispanic interpretation of the fairy tale Beauty and the Beast.

Lead by Spanish choreographer Carlos Pons Guerra and set in a dystopian South America, TORO is a darkly comic and melodramatic tragedy. In a heady world of conquistadors, female bulls, virgin lands and animals in drag, discover the monsters created by men through power, fear and oppression.

DeNada Dance Theatre was nominated for “Best Independent Company” by the UK Critics’ National Dance Award in 2016. 

Contains nudity and sexual references

Post-Show talk: Wednesday 25 April

Press Night: Wednesday 25 April at 8pm

Press contact: Simon Harper on 07810 863408 or



Jonathan Burrows and Matteo Fargion                                               

Any Table Any Room

Thursday 10 & Friday 11 May

Tickets: £17

Burrows and Fargion return to Sadler’s Wells with Any Table Any Room, a new work welcoming four local artists to join them on stage: Seke Chimutengwende, Tanja Erhart, Jacky Lansley and Alesandra Seutin.

How possible is community? How do we retain our autonomy while being in a group?  Using 72 clay objects created by the performers, communal singing and Indian drones on smartphones, Any Table Any Room is a gregarious exploration of the pleasures and demands of being and working together. 

“There is a beguiling mix of the scholarly, the quizzical and the righteously indignant that is unique to Fargion and Burrows” The Guardian on Body Not Fit for Purpose.

Press night: Thursday 10 May at 8pm

Press Contact: Eugénie Dunster on 020 7863 8122 or



WILD CARD: Humanhood                                                                      

Thursday 24 & Friday 25 May

Tickets: £17

Humanhood’s universe collides with Sadler’s Wells for a specially curated evening as part of the popular Wild Card series. Fascinated with the complexities of physics, astrophysics and Eastern mysticism, company founders, Rudi Cole and Júlia Robert Parés present an exploration into the deep connections which lie between these seemingly abstract fields. Through visual and sonic experiences, be transported to a place beyond the senses and discover the influences these disciplines have upon our knowledge of individual and collective identity.

Alongside special guest artists, this is a chance to see this young company’s latest works, including ZERO.

“Extraordinary performance... Like time stopped” Exeunt Magazine

Pre-Show activities: Thursday 24 and Friday 25 May from 7pm

Press night: Thursday 24 May at 8pm

Press Contact: Eugénie Dunster on 020 7863 8122 or


Roberta Jean                                                                                          


Thursday 31 May & Friday 01 June

Tickets: £17

Roberta Jean presents a poetic response to historical and contemporary notions of craft and physical work in Brocade. Created in collaboration with and performed by an exceptional ensemble of female dancers including Stephanie McMann, Helka Kaski and Laura Dannequin, this intimate piece also features live music by Angharad Davies.

Across the stage, movement and sound are propelled along a catwalk, sewn together by the rhythmic cadence of beats and jumps. Sonic textures resonate with the presence of the women forging alliances. Somewhere between a procession and a concert, Brocade has the precision, strength and delicacy of an intricate piece of lace.

Press night: Thursday 31 May at 8pm

Press Contact: Jolene Dyke on 020 7863 8112 or


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