October 30, 2012

Press Releases


At its Annual Press Conference today, Sadler’s Wells, the UK’s leading dance house, announced a year of achievement for 2011/12. Sadler’s Wells productions were successful both at home and abroad, with an increased number of performances at its three London venues and an international touring programme taking 11 productions to 28 cities across the world from New York to Wellington. Of the 11 productions which were toured in 2011/12, eight were by Sadler’s Wells Associate Artists. Sadler’s Wells success is proof that the public appetite for dance is a strong as ever. Dance is the fastest growing art form, with over 13% of the population now attending dance performances.

Details are published in Sadler’s Wells Annual Report for 2011/12 which goes online today. 

Achievements of the year include: 677 performances were presented on the stages of Sadler’s Wells, the Peacock Theatre and the Lilian Baylis Studio – an increase of 53 shows on last year. 128 artists were commissioned during this period.

90% of Sadler’s Wells £22.8 million turnover generated from earned income; 71% of income through ticket sales.

Income from the artistic programme was £16 million.

Over 650,000 tickets sold in the UK and on tour.

Of the 106 productions on Sadler’s Wells stages in 2011/12, 34% were either produced or commissioned by Sadler’s Wells. Of the 11 productions toured in 2012/12, eight were by Sadler’s Wells Associate Artists. International touring to 28 cities with 11 productions – a total audience of 131,597 for 136 performances. Breakin’ Convention International Festival of Hip Hop Dance Theatre performed to over 5,00 people featuring 45 international and 215 UK artists and 900 project participants.

51,000 multibuy tickets were sold in 2011/12.

Latitude Festival performance watched by audiences of over 4,000 people.

Connect, Sadler’s Wells Creative Learning progrmme, had over 16,000 attendance across 371 sessions.

New media and digital developments – over 22,000 followers on Twitter, website received over 10,000 visits per day and more than 6 million video views to date.

Global Dance Contest – annual search for new talent – received 608 entries from 54 countries over 3 years.

Sponsorship and donations accounted for 7.9% of Sadler’s Wells Annual revenue.

Sustainability – 37% reduction in water consumption; 80% of waste recycled.

Awards Olivier Awards – Akram Khan’s DESH (Best New Dance Production); Sylvie Guillem’s 6000 miles away (Nomination for Outstanding Achievement in Dance). Critics Circle National Dance Awards – Sylvie Guillem (Outstanding Female Performance), Akram Khan for Vertical Road (Best Modern Choreography) and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui for Dunas (Outstanding Male Performance, Modern).

New Commissions Successful new commissions included Rian, (co-production between Sadler’s Wells and Fabulous Beast); The Rodin Project, Russell Maliphant’s work inspired by the sculptor Auguste Rodin and Undance, a collaboration between composer Mark-Antony Turnage, Sadler’s Wells Associate choreographer, Wayne McGregor and Turner-Prize winning artist Mark Wallinger.

International Successes International successes included Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker’s Rosas; Tony Award-winning FELA!, following its premiere at the National Theatre, and the return of Dutch National Ballet with its programme of works by Hans van Manen.

Sadler’s Wells in the West End Sadler’s Wells in the West End – the Peacock Theatre is the only venue dedicated to dance in the West End. Successes include UMOJA from South Africa, Havana Rakatan and The Merchants of Bollywood.

Introducing New Work To London Some of the most exciting new names in dance from around the world were brought by Sadler’s Wells to London for the first time including radical Canadian choreographer Dave St Pierre with his controversial Un peu de tendresse bordel de merde! and New York choreographer Daniel Linehan with Montage for Three & Not About Everything.

Touring Shows Touring shows in 2011/12 included Sylvie Guillem’s 6000 miles away, Russell Maliphant’s The Rodin Project, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui’s Sutra and TeZukA; Afterlight; Confluence; Eonnagata and Push to countries all over the world from Russia, Abu Dhabi, Japan, Hong Kong and Canada to Poland, Serbia and New Zealand.

Sadler’s Wells is the leading venue for dance, bringing the widest forms of world-class international and UK dance to the widest possible audiences. Under the Artistic Directorship of Alistair Spalding, the theatre’s acclaimed programme spans cutting edge contemporary works by artists such as William Forsythe, HofeshShechter and Wayne McGregor, sell-out runs from Matthew Bourne and his company New Adventures, hugely successful tango, street dance and flamenco shows, and award-winning Sadler’s Wells Productions including Sylvie Guillem and Russell Maliphant’s PUSH, and groundbreaking cross-art form collaborations such as zero degrees and Shoes. Since 2005 Sadler’s Wells has commissioned, co-commissioned, produced and co-produced over 80 new productions. The theatre is dedicated to working with celebrated artists, performers and companies at the forefront of the arts, many of whom are Associate Artists and resident companies of the theatre including Balletboyz, Matthew Bourne and his company New Adventures, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Jonzi D, Sylvie Guillem, Michael Hulls, Akram Khan, Russell Maliphant, Kate Prince and her company ZooNation UK Dance Company, Nitin Sawhney, Hofesh Shechter, Jasmin Vardimon, Christopher Wheeldon, Wayne McGregor and his company Wayne McGregor | Random Dance.


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