BBC Arts and Sadler’s Wells announce festival line up

BBC Arts and Sadler’s Wells have announced the line up for their all-day digital festival.

The festival, titled Dancing Nation, will feature 15 live or pre-recorded performances from well known dancers and choreographers across ballet, contemporary and hip-hop dance. 

The line up includes showings of Matthew Bourne’s Spitfire, performed by dancers from his company New Adventures, Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Lazuli Sky, and a performance from Royal Ballet principal Natalia Osipova and award-winning dancer Akram Khan. 

The festival will also premiere new performances such as Matsena Performance Theatre’s Shades Of Blue, a response to the effects of COVID-19 and the Black Lives Matter movement, and Northern Ballet’s States of Mind, choreographed by resident artist Kenneth Tindall. 

Dancing Nation is part of BBC Arts’ Culture in Quarantine series and Sadler’s Wells’ Digital Stage. It will be streamed on BBC iPlayer and Sadler’s Wells website on Thursday the 14th of January 2021.

The performances will be available to watch on both platforms for 30 days after the initial stream.

Words by Ellen Leslie.


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