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BroadwayWorld UK Awards shortlist announced

Congratulations to alumni who have been nominated at this year’s awards

This week BroadwayWorld UK announced the shortlist for its 2019 industry awards, which celebrate the best long-running West End productions and best new productions from around the country.

As part of the line-up, movement director Shelley Maxwell has been nominated for Best Choreography of a New Production of a Play or Musical for her work on Equus at Theatre Royal Stratford East with English Touring Theatre. Shelley completed her Masters in Choreographer at Trinity Laban in 2007. Read The Stage’s recent interview with Shelley for insight into the production.

Sir Matthew Bourne has been nominated for Outstanding Achievement in a New Dance Production for his new work Romeo & Juliet. Current undergraduate dance students Kayleigh Oborka-Letman and Ashton Hall performed in the production this August at Sadler’s Wells and Theatre Royal, Newcastle respectively.

Four Quartets by celebrated New York-based choreographer Pam Tanowitz has also gained a nomination for Outstanding Achievement in a New Dance Production. Performed at London’s Barbican, the production, which is a response to the poetry of TS Eliot, featured 2006 Dance Theatre graduate Dylan Crossman.

See the full list of nominees on BroadywayWorld’s website 

Public voting is now open and will close on Friday 22 November, with the winners announced soon afterwards. To vote, visit

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Image: Matthew Bourne’s Highland Fling, Trinity Laban Historical Projects 2016 (credit Lidia Crisafulli)

A Fantasia for the 21st Century

Writer Diane Parkes talks to Rosie Kay about the creative development and background to Fantasia, which will be at Laban Theatre on 14 November. 

Choreographer Rosie Kay’s new work Fantasia is just that – a colouful mix of fantasy, magic and surprise.

Rosie, who is perhaps best known for her works 5 SOLDIERS and the Commonwealth Games Handover to Birmingham, is this time using dance to play with ideas, expectations and reality in the show which comes to Laban Theatre on Thursday 14 November.

Set to music by classical composers including Beethoven, Bach and Vaughan Williams, Fantasia features three female dancers in a piece inspired by concepts of ideals and beauty.

“I had a sense that everything I was going to see, whether it’s dance or theatre or movies, was actually quite miserable and ugly and about how terrible everything is,” says Rosie.

“So I started thinking about beauty and I was reading philosophy and Nietzsche who talks about how beauty is so much more than we think it is now. The Ancient Greeks believed there was a strong relationship between beauty and truth but beauty now is seen as very shallow.

“Today beauty is just about superficial appearance but actually it’s about so much more than that. Beauty has become separated from all the other ideas associated with it. For example, beauty can be terrifying – if you think about nature it can be beautiful yet also awe-inspiring at the same time.

“There are three women dancers in the show and I play with the idea of them looking ‘pretty’ and presenting themselves but there’s a relationship between beauty and philosophy and melancholy.”

To explore these ideas, Rosie’s choreography sees the dancers performing together and breaking off for solos in a series of different scenes inspired by the idea of a classical fantasia.

“I used to play the piano a lot and I always loved Mozart’s Fantasia in D Minor – I was fascinated because the structure of it is really crazy!” Rosie explains. “I discovered that a fantasia is a piece of musical composition that breaks all the rules.

“I love fantasias that take you on flights of fantasy. The most famous is Disney’s Fantasia film but a fantasia generally is a chance to play and explore. Also, the word is just magical – we’re not in a ‘fantasia’ world at the moment. If we stop in rehearsals to talk about the news of the day we have to stop and remind ourselves we really want to be looking at truth and beauty!”

Rosie was born in Scotland and trained at London Contemporary Dance School. After performing with companies across the world she formed Rosie Kay Dance Company in 2004. Based in Birmingham, her works have included site-specific productions such as The Great Train Dance on Severn Valley Railway and Ballet on the Buses with Birmingham Royal Ballet.

And she has taken on some difficult subjects to explore through dance. Over the past decade Rosie has created and toured a trio of works all looking at the human body and how it is affected by external forces. In 2010 she created 5 SOLDIERS: The Body is the Frontline which examined war and the body, and which earlier this year was expanded into the larger production 10 SOLDIERS. In 2012 she choreographed There is Hope which looked at the body and religion, and last year she toured MK ULTRA which focused on the body and politics.

For Rosie, Fantasia is a breath of fresh air after tackling such weighty subjects.

“These have all been really big narrative pieces and, as a choreographer, after creating these works, I need to not make work about ‘stuff’,” she says. “I need to come back to my craft and why I’m a choreographer and not a director. It’s like a physical need in me to make a piece which is just about dance.

“That’s the start point for Fantasia – I really wanted to make really complex dance material. And then it’s a question of ‘what is that about?’ which led me to Fantasia.”

That’s not to say that Fantasia isn’t also packed full of ideas. Rosie has been busy researching sources as diverse as philosophy, composition and art through to neuroscience and theories of modern beauty – then bringing them together into the work.

“We’ve been looking at John Berger’s book Ways of Seeing from the 1970s and how we bring our own perspectives when we look at art. For female dancers, who use their own bodies in their art form, this has been revelatory. We’ve also been talking about the Baroque artist Artemisia Gentileschi. She was a contemporary of Caravaggio and her work is just as beautiful as Caravaggio’s but from a female perspective.

“Her father was a painter who trained her to paint and his assistant raped her when she was a teenager. She took the man to court but she ended up getting tortured to see if she was telling the truth or not – despite the fact the crime was done to her!

“So in the piece we are finding moments where we can be a picture of beauty but we’re also looking at what’s really going on behind that picture. There is the Baroque beauty but there’s also anger and sentiment and pain and inner monsters – and then back to beauty again.”

Rosie has long been fascinated by the links between our minds and bodies and has worked with neuroscientists to test how people respond to dance emotionally.

“I was part of a big research project in 2009 which was trying to discover whether you have an empathetic connection with the dancer when you watch dance. I choreographed a piece which was then tested with detailed verbal feedback and also with brain scanners.

“The same three-minute dance was danced to Bach, just to breath and to more modern techno music. The research showed humans have a strong reaction to dance to classical music, but we also have a strong reaction to the dance just with the breath – it seemed to fire up a part of the brain which was the body-to-body response.

“So when people say they respond to dance such as 5 SOLDIERS from the gut, they really do – it’s an empathetic response to what they are seeing.”

All of these ideas and the music of composers from Vivaldi to techno have helped Rosie create Fantasia. But although the context is rich, Rosie is clear that audiences will respond to the piece even if they know nothing beyond its name.

“The dance, the performance and the performers will speak for themselves,” she says. “You could just come in and watch the whole thing and it doesn’t matter whether any of this research is in your mind. A lot of it doesn’t matter for the audience – it’s for us, as creators and performers, so we know what we are playing with. The audience doesn’t need to know it – but they should feel it.

“There should be an emotional journey, it should have peaks and troughs and climaxes and quiet valleys. I want people to feel really emotional but also to laugh and find it funny but by the end of an hour it should be like they hear the world and look at the world anew.

“In some ways it’s quite a traditional piece of dance, it’s even got tutus, but it also breaks all the rules so it surprises us. I’ve gone off in my own direction – this piece gives me the liberty to challenge myself as much as possible.”

Rosie’s work has seen her play venues across the country and she is looking forward to returning to Laban.

“We’ve got a long history of doing shows at Laban – it’s an absolutely stunning auditorium and the work is going to look fantastic there,” she says. “It’s such a beautiful theatre. I have a very strong relationship with the theatre and with the school, the Chair of RKDC Frances Clarke is now the Dean of Dance at Laban and I’ve taught there a lot so we have really strong links. It’s one of the key dance houses of the country.

“I’ve always wanted to keep challenging myself and Fantasia is just that. It’s like a cornucopia of so much dancing – everyone will be filled to the brim. I don’t think I’ve ever made a piece with so much non-stop technical dancing and yet it’s in this beautiful baroque world – it’s a real Fantasia.”

Rosie Kay’s Fantasia will be performing at Laban Theatre, London on Thursday 14 November at 7.30pm followed by a post-show talk with members of the creative team.

To book tickets, visit our What’s on page or call 020 8463 0100.

For more information about Rosie Kay Dance Company, please visit:

Image credit: Brian Slater

Dance Science at One Dance UK Awards

Trinity Laban’s Professor Emma Redding, Khyle Eccles and Katy Chambers have been nominated for awards

The One Dance UK Awards recognise the outstanding contributions of professionals and practitioners who have made an impact on the UK’s vibrant dance landscape over the last 12 months.

This year, three members of staff at Trinity Laban have been nominated across three different categories.

Professor Emma Redding, Head of Dance Science, has been shortlisted for two awards. The Dance Science Award recognises a dance scientist who is making a significant positive impact on dancers’ health, wellbeing and performance, while the Research in Dance Impact Award is given to an individual or organisation to recognise a rigorous piece of research or inquiry, informed by the needs and questions of those working in dance.

Also nominated in the Dance Science category is Katy Chambers. Physiotherapist Katy is also nominated for the Dance Healthcare Practitioner Award, which is for individuals who show exceptional clinical practice in their chosen specialism and combine this with a deep understanding of the needs of the dancers they work with.

Lecturer in Dance Khyle Eccles has been shortlisted for the Inspirational Lecturer at College, University or Conservatoire Award. This celebrates dedicated practitioners who motivate students with a passion for learning, inspiring the next generation of performers, choreographers, teachers and practitioners. Khyle lectures on our undergraduate Contemporary Dance programme and our Dance Science Masters programmes.

Alongside Emma and Katy, alum Dr Imogen Aujla, who completed her PhD at Trinity Laban, is nominated for the Dance Science Award.

Alumni have also been nominated across other categories including Sanjoy Roy for the Dance Writing Award and balletLORENT for Innovation in Dance Award. The dance company is led by Artistic Director Liv Lorent.

Congratulations to all our nominees.

The winners will be revealed at an awards ceremony in November.

Image L-R: Professor Emma Redding, Khyle Eccles, Katy Chambers

Celebrating Silver Sunday

150 Lewisham residents contribute to joyous grand finale of creative ageing festival

Designed to spark debate, challenge perceptions, champion older artists and celebrate the positive impact of creativity on our lives as we age, Lewisham’s inaugural Age Against the Machine ran from 13 September to 6 October 2019. Its programme of almost 70 events culminated in the Grand Finale held in the cultural heart of Lewisham on Silver Sunday, an annual day to celebrate older people.

Grand Finale featured pop-up performances, workshops and exhibitions across Deptford’s iconic Laban Building, created by local groups and artists and involved over 150 local residents.

One highlight of the afternoon was the world premiere of Finale!, a specially-commissioned performance piece created by British composer Liz Lane and choreographer Lizzi Kew Ross alongside Lewisham residents of all ages.

Over the past few months the creative team have worked with over 90 older adults from seven different local groups to generate original music, movement and poetry feature in the performance. The work, which builds directly on participants’ experiences of identity and aging, emphasises the power of collaborative creativity.

Rabia Rahim, a member of Sydenham Singers, described her involvement in the project as “exciting, inspirational, therapeutic and collaborative” and enjoyed seeing how initial ideas developed into a whole piece.

Fellow Sydenham Singers member Andrew Rahim added that Finale! was “a creative and nourishing endeavour that reached out to all ages.”

Voices in Motion participant Irene Lomas reflected that the day’s events were “a lovely community experience”. “It’s nice to think,” she continued, “that we can carry on doing exciting things together.”

Mayor of Lewisham Damien Egan commented –

“It was fantastic to be part of the Grand Finale of Age Against the Machine. The festival has shown the creativity of our borough and the passion of our older residents. It would not have been possible without the dedication of all the organisers and volunteers, as well as the support of the Mayor of London and Deputy Mayor for Culture and Creative Industries. Lewisham is one of the most diverse places in the world and we have so much to offer, which is why we are bidding to become the next Borough of Culture. I urge everyone to back Lewisham’s bid.”

Image: Mayor of Lewisham, Damien Egan, joins in the dancing during the Finale! commission. 

The Conservatoire’s Head of Community & Professional Development Kate Atkinson comments –

“The day has been a culmination of exciting projects bringing together people across the borough and a chance to celebrate older people’s creativity. Trinity Laban is extremely proud to champion music and dance for everybody, no matter their age.”

Delivered in partnership with the Positive Ageing Council, the Grand Finale brought different generations together to create connections and shared experiences, rounding off the festival with a bang.

To learn more about Trinity Laban’s Inspired Not Tired programme, visit

Image: Damien Egan and participants of Age Against the Machine. 

Image credit: Tas Kyprianou




Celebrating Alan Britten CBE with Trinity College London

Trinity Laban hosted a VIP reception to celebrate the donation of £500,000 from the international exam board

Last Thursday’s (3 Oct) reception commenced with a ribbon-cutting ceremony to open the newly named Trinity College London Room in memory of Alan Britten CBE, who gave many years of dedicated service as a trustee of both Trinity Laban and Trinity College London (TCL).


Anthony Bowne and Judi Britten cut a ribbon to open the newly named Trinity College London Room in memory of Alan Britten CBE

The room is one of six dedicated practise rooms across the Faculty of Music which now house the Conservatoire’s new Yamaha Disklavier and five handcrafted Steinway B grand pianos.

Purchased with TCL’s generous gift, the new pianos allow even more young musicians to access world-class instruments for practice and performance.

The ceremony was attended by Alan’s wife Judi Britten, daughters Sophie Blake and Tamara Britten, and granddaughter Tegan Blake, alongside TCL Executives Stuart Pearce, Professor Michael Rofe and Richard Michel.

Ahead of the event, the family commented –

“We’re grateful to Trinity Laban and Trinity College London for this honour. Alan Britten loved being part of the colleges and greatly enjoyed attending everything he could. We’re delighted he is being remembered in this way and that his name will continue to be a part of Trinity Laban.” 

Current masters student Christos Fountos delighted guests with a short recital of Scarlatti and Schumann performed on the Yamaha Disklavier. Like many students at the Conservatoire, Christos has benefited from the support of a TCL scholarship during his undergraduate studies, from which he graduated with First Class Honours.

The celebration continued with a VIP drinks reception and a specially crafted programme from leading international piano stars Sergio De Simone (Head of Keyboard), Martino Tirimo, Penelope Roskell, Deniz Arman Gelenbe, Alexander Ardakov, and Philip Fowke, compered by the Conservatoire’s Director of Music, Havilland Willshire, demonstrating the breadth of teaching talent within our Keyboard Department.


The six performing Keyboard Department staff members posed with grand piano

Among those attending this unique performance were Craig Terry, Managing Director of Steinway UK, and Maura Romano, Steinway Halls Sales Executive, as well as current and former governors of both TCL and Trinity Laban, and TCL alumni and former scholars.

Speaking ahead of the event Sarah Kemp, CEO Trinity College London, said –

“Trinity College London is thrilled to have been able to make this gift to Trinity Laban in the loving memory of Alan Britten and we are honoured to have a room in the college named after us. Alan was a huge supporter and faithful servant of both our institutions, and of music in general, so we thought this to be the perfect legacy and we know these pianos will give enormous pleasure to those who use them.”

Professor Anthony Bowne, Principal of Trinity Laban, commented –

“We are incredibly grateful for this exceptional gift from Trinity College London. While studying with us, our talented piano students deserve the very best instruments, and we’re thrilled that this donation will further enhance our world-class facilities and equip our students with the tools to match their ambition.

Tonight cements Trinity Laban and Trinity College London’s long-standing and immensely important relationship and our mutual mission to promote and support musical performance and education across the globe.”

Images credit Juno Snowdon Photography

Brand-new scholarship announced

The Bagri Foundation will support a talented musician from Asia for two years of postgraduate study

We’re delighted to announce the new Bagri Foundation Scholarship, an award which will enable a talented young musician from Asia to undertake two years of postgraduate training at our Faculty of Music from September 2020.

The gift of £24,000 is part of the Bagri Foundation’s Springboard strand of activity which encourages emerging artists to develop their work, especially those who need extra support to raise their level of artistic practice.

The scholarship is designed to provide an opportunity to individuals would not otherwise be able to study in the UK without financial support.

Trinity Laban’s Director of Music, Havilland Willshire comments –

“I’m thrilled to announce this gift from the Bagri Foundation. The new scholarship furthers Trinity Laban’s commitment to widen access for talented and dedicated international students and reinforces the Conservatoire’s role as a leader for international development in arts education and innovation.”

Established in 1990, the Bagri Foundation works collaboratively across artistic disciplines to engage and inspire, raising the visibility of artists and experts from across Asia and those inspired by the continent.

Alka Bagri, Trustee of the Bagri Foundation says –

Through the work of the Foundation, we aim to make a real impact on the lives of the artists we support. We believe that Trinity Laban will provide an innovative and inspiring environment within which emerging talent from Asia can thrive and we are very proud to support this new Scholarship.”

Trinity Laban will be holding music auditions for 2020 entry across Asia this year:

  • Singapore – 26 OCT 2019
  • Japan – 9 NOV 2019
  • China – NOV 2019 (various cities and dates)
  • Korea – 24 & 25 NOV 2019
  • India – 8 & 9 DEC 2019
  • Hong Kong – Jan/Feb 2020 (date TBC)

For more information, visit our Auditions in Asia webpage.

To register your interest in our auditions, please use our online form

If think you might be eligible for this scholarship and would like to know more, please contact

Applications submitted via UCAS Conservatoires by 1st March will be automatically considered for this award.  There is no separate application process.

To find out more about the Bagri Foundation, visit

Jazz alum wins 2019 Young Jazz Musician Award

Vocalist Sahra Gure wows at Pizza Express Soho Jazz Club to take home top prize

Following the final on 29 September, alum Sahra Gure was presented with The Musicians’ Company 2019 Young Jazz Musician Award. As the winner, Sahra receives £1,600 and the chance to perform with her band as part of The Musicians’ Company’s jazz programme during the coming year.

This is the first year since 2013 that jazz vocalists have been able to enter the competition, with Monday’s final featuring five outstanding young singers chosen from nominations made by the UK’s leading jazz musicians, conservatoires and universities. Among these were fellow jazz alumni Ellie Bignall and Jessica Radcliffe.

During her final year of undergraduate studies, Sahra was a finalist in the Trinity Laban Gold Medal and became one of Trinity Laban’s inaugural Innovation Award winners. The award, which champions creative entrepreneurship through seed funding and expert guidance from industry professionals, will allow the rising star to produce a self-titled EP of original work.

On turning her idea into reality, the singer commented –

“I feel so lucky and honoured that Trinity Laban is supporting me and helping me bring my ideas to life. I have met so many wonderful people over the years studying at Trinity Laban and it’s hard to say whether I would have achieved as much as I have had I not been here at this time.”

Excitingly, Sahra’s second single will be released on 11 October – you can listen to her first single ‘Better Dream’ on YouTube

Want to learn more about jazz at Trinity Laban? Visit our Jazz pages

Image credit: Juno Snowdon

British Jazz Awards 2019

Two current students have been nominated at this year’s awards alongside staff and alumni

The British Jazz Awards are the UK’s longest-running awards recognising the best jazz musicians, bands and album releases.

Nominations are chosen by a carefully selected panel of leading from across the jazz community, with the final category winners being decided by public vote.

This year, current Trinity Laban jazz students Xhosa Cole and Harrison Dolphin have both been nominated for the Rising Star Award.

No stranger to prizes, third-year saxophonist Xhosa was the winner of BBC Young Jazz Musician 2018. Over the last few years he has performed with groups such as the Jazzlines Ensemble and his own quartet, the CharCole Collective, which performs music exploring Birmingham’s cultural history. As well as being a saxophonist, Handsworth-born Xhosa is a flautist and composer, and has written works for the Ideas of Noise Festival and the For Wards project.

First year undergraduate Harrison is inspired by artists including Bud Powell and Charlie Parker, and transfers the language of bebop piano to the guitar. Before enrolling at Trinity Laban last month, Harrison was a member of the National Youth Jazz Orchestra Academy Big Band and National Youth Jazz Choir.

Nominated for Best Small Group are Ezra Collective, an ensemble that includes alumni Dylan Jones (trumpet), Femi Koleoso (drums) and Joe Armon Jones (keys), whilst 2009 graduate Leo Richardson is nominated in the Tenor Sax category and professorial staff member Dominic Ashworth is nominated for Jazz Guitar.

Online voting is now open and closes on 28 October. Find out more and cast your vote on the award’s website

Want to learn more about jazz at Trinity Laban? Visit our Jazz pages

Image: Xhosha Cole (credit Ian Davies)

“Music has the power to ignite social change”

Introducing our new Fulbright Scholar Garrett Snedeker

Joining our Faculty of Music this September as the 2019/20 Fulbright-Trinity Laban Scholar is American pianist Garrett Snedeker.

Having graduated this summer with a Bachelor of Music Degree in Piano Performance/Pedagogy from Washington State University, Garrett is a young pianist interested in exploring the intersections between music, gender, sexuality and society.

Washington-born Garrett’s interest in music and gender was first fostered during his undergraduate degree. In 2017 he undertook personal research in Brazil on the life and music of pioneering pianist and conductor Chiquinha Gonzaga (1847-1935), who bridged separate social classes by mixing popular and classical styles and sold her music door-to-door in Rio de Janeiro to buy freedom for slaves.

He has given lecture recitals and presentations about Gonzaga’s life at conferences across the United States and has written an article that will be featured in an upcoming issue of American Music Teacher.

Garrett explains –

“Gonzaga’s life taught me that music has the power to ignite social change, and inspires me to play music for the purpose of building and empowering communities.”

During this academic year Garrett plans to create a one-hour lecture recital that will demonstrate concepts of modern gender fluidity and gender role flexibility through a performance and discussion of the first movements of three Beethoven’s sonatas, using the music as a cultural and educational tool to help others empathise and take action as advocates for the LGBTQ+ community. 

Garrett will study piano with Professor of Piano and Composition Douglas Finch, known for his innovative and imaginative approach to performance, and for helping to revive the lost art of classical improvisation in concert.

The new scholar will also work closely with Dr Sophie Fuller, Programme Leader of Trinity Laban’s Masters programmes and acclaimed author of The Pandora Guide to Women Composers: Britain and the United States. Sophie recently spearheaded our Venus Blazing initiative, an unprecedented commitment to tackling gender parity by celebrating the music of women composers across the 2018/19 academic year.

On receiving the Fulbright-Trinity Laban Award in Music or Dance Garrett comments –

“I’m thrilled to continue my study of music, gender, and social change as an ambassador through the US UK Fulbright programme. I’m looking forward to learning as much as I can while in London, and to absorbing a new and creative environment. I’m always happy to perform and share music, and I want to introduce listeners to new ways to process and think about what they are hearing. Trinity Laban is the perfect place to challenge social norms, introduce provocative ideas through music and collaborate with other people passionate about music for social justice and change.”

This is the fourth year we have worked with the US UK Fulbright Commission to offer the opportunity for US citizens to study at a UK Higher Education institution.

Previous recipients include US  Marines veteran and Artistic Director of Exit12 Dance Company (New York) Roman Baca, who has just been awarded the Fulbright Association’s Selma Jeanne Cohen Dance Lecture Award.

If you’re interested in applying for the Fulbright Trinity Laban Award for 2020 entry, the deadline is 8 October 2019.

You can find out more about the Fulbright Scholarship by visiting our international pages.


four smiling students outside King Charles Court

Post-study work visas for international students

Trinity Laban welcomes news that the UK Government will reintroduce post-study work visas for international students

The Department of Education has announced that, from 2021, post-study work visas will be available to all international students who have successfully completed a course at undergraduate level or above at a UK Higher Education Institution, allowing them to work in the UK for two years after graduation.

Under the new policy, the visa will have no cap on numbers and will allow graduates to apply for jobs at any level regardless of subject of study, increasing their chances of finding long-term employment after studying.

Professor Anthony Bowne, Trinity Laban’s Principal, commented –

“As London’s Creative Conservatoire, Trinity Laban thrives on being an open, global community and we are delighted that this new measure will allow talented international students to spend more time in the UK to gain further skills and experience, enabling them to pursue sustainable careers that impact our performing arts industry.”

Alistair Jarvis, Chief Executive of Universities UK also welcomed the news, “The introduction of a two-year post-study work visa is something Universities UK has long campaigned for and we strongly welcome this policy change. Not only will a wide range of employers now benefit from access to talented graduates from around the world, but these students hold lifelong links with the UK.”

Read more at website

If you are from overseas and thinking of applying to study at Trinity Laban starting in 2020, you can find useful information on the international section of our website:

Alumni at Sadler’s Wells this spring

An extraordinary number of Trinity Laban feature in the world-leading creative organisation’s spring 2020 season. Here are some of the highlights.

Following their resounding success at London International Mime Festival 2019, Thick & Tight, a duo that features alum Eleanor Perry, will return in January with Romancing The Apocalypse — A Night with Thick & Tight, a programme of brand new works combining dance, mime and queer culture.

Also in January Project O return to Sadler’s Wells with Voodoo, an immersive evening performance that continually unfolds, addressing the desire, confusion and responsibility of being a single subject who is also a symbol of many long persecuted people. The duo, which features alum Alexandrina Hemsley, are currently Sadler’s Wells New Wave Associates.

Alum Chris Tandy will perform in the UK premiere of Pina Bausch’s early masterpiece Bluebeard. While Listening to a Tape Recording of Béla Bartók’s “Duke Bluebeard’s Castle in February, whilst alumni Aaron Chaplin and Hannah Connor will dance with Phoenix Dance Theatre in new work Black Waters at the end of March, and alum Eva Recacha returns to Sadler’s Wells in May with the revival of duet Aftermath, an absurd and humorous ode to pointlessness that emerged from Recacha’s own experience of motherhood and the social isolation that often comes with it.

Celebrating their 20th anniversary year, BalletBoyz presents Deluxe in March. Featuring alum Matthew Sandiford the new work fuses the work of some of the world’s most exciting and innovative choreographers and composers including alum Cassie Kinoshi, of the Mercury-nominated SEED Ensemble. Matthew and the company can be seen at our own Laban Theatre this September with acclaimed West-End success Them/Us. To book tickets visit our What’s On pages.

balletLORENT, founded and Artistically Directed by Trinity Laban alum Liv Lorent MBE, returns to Sadler’s Wells in April with The Lost Happy Endings as part of Family Weekend. Based on an original story by former poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy and narrated by Joanna Lumley, the new production features company members Meritxell Pan Cabo, Adam Russell, Caroline Reece, Virginia Scudeletti and takes us deep into the forest to meet Jub, a fearless girl with six fingers on each hand, tasked with guarding all the happy endings.

This spring sees change for two international dance companies as Richard Alston Dance Company (featuring Elly Braund) delivers their final ever performance Final Editionafter 25 years, and Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan presents double bill 13 Tongues & Dustwhich will be the last Sadler’s Wells performance with Trinity Laban Honorary Fellow Lin Hwai Minat the helm as Artistic Director. Alum Ching Chun Lee will continue as the company’s Associate Artistic Director.

Two former Compass Commission artists are also presenting work at Sadler’s Wells in early 2020: Julie Cunningham uses Nico Muhly’s Drones, a reflection on the subtle and constant noise in most dwelling places, for her contribution to a new triple bill in March and an excerpt from Botis Seva’s Oliver Award-winning BLKDOG will feature in Sampled, Sadler’s Wells annual celebration of dance that serves work from some of the most exciting dancers and dance-makers today.

To find out more about the new season, visit

Image: Ballet Boyz Them/Us (credit: George Piper)