Feature: London’s top ballet venue Sadler’s Wells announces global vision


LONDON, Nov. 8 — The ballet and dance theater at Sadler’s Wells in London has unveiled plans for expansions with which its director intends to cement its place as one of the world’s leading dance centers.
Chief among these is a plan to add a fourth performing venue to Sadler’s Wells current roster of three, different-sized dance spaces.
The decision to develop a new space responds to the need for a 500-seat venue in London specifically designed to present new, mid-scale contemporary work.
Although many of the world’s most important dance theaters are this size, London lacks such a space.
A world-class venue for cutting-edge contemporary work would help confirm London’s position as a global centre for the art form, said Sadler’s Wells chief executive and artistic director Alistair Spalding.
“The public appetite for dance has never been greater, we want to respond to this. To achieve this we need to be able to go beyond our current base,” he said.
Answering questions from journalists, Spalding said it is too early yet to give a precise budget for the project and no venue had yet been selected.
He added, “We aim to start fund-raising in late 2014, and to open to the public in 2018 or 2019.”
Spalding said his aim was for London to take over from the dominant global dance centers of New York and Paris.
Neither city produces the levels of new work that London does, he said.
Spalding also announced a scheme to invest in emerging talent for the future.
He said, “We have set the goal of an investment of 5 million pounds (about 8 million U.S. dollars) for original dance work over the next 10 years.”
“Over the next three years 1 million pounds will go towards university, wildcard and associate schemes,” he added.
Spalding announced that the latest associate artist, the 16th so far, is to be Crystal Pite.
Pite is Canadian, and a former company member with Ballet British Columbia and William Forsythe’s Ballett Frankfurt, and has been a choreographer since 1990 and formed her own company Kidd Pivot.
Spalding said, “Crystal has created an international reputation.”
He said, “Over the past decade Sadler’s Wells has successfully made the transition from a receiving to a production house. To date we have spent 2.5 million pounds commissioning, co-commissioning, producing and co-producing 18 works.”
Some of these works will form part of an ambitious international touring program in which next 11 productions will go on tour, nine of which will go to 70 international cities.
In addition, international companies will form a headline-grabbing role in next season’s domestic programming. (1 pound = 1.60 U.S. dollars)[db:内容2]


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