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Alumni at Sadler’s Wells this spring

Wed 25 September 2019

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)