Botis Seva commissioned for Sadler’s Wells 20th Anniversairy

Rick Guest
Photo credit – Rick Guest


Sadler’s Wells today announced 20 landmark commissions to mark the 20th anniversary
of its iconic London theatre.

Sadler’s Wells’ current theatre is the sixth building to have stood on the Islington site since Richard Sadler first established a theatre there in 1683. The venue has played a vital role in the history of theatre ever since, with The Royal Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet and English National Opera having all begun life at there. Since 2005 Sadler’s Wells has brought more than 150 new works to the stage, and its productions have been seen by over 1.7 million people.

The 20 works to mark the anniversary year includes Reckonings a night of new work by
Julie Cunningham, Alesandra Seutin and Botis Seva, and marks
the anniversary week itself (12-14 October).

Celebrating the 20th anniversary of the current theatre, Sadler’s Wells commissions
three works from a new generation of UK-based dance-makers.

Julie Cunningham, whose work is concerned with gender identity, has recently launched their own company after dancing with Merce Cunningham and Michael Clark’s companies. Alesandra Seutin fuses urban dance languages with African styles to explore contemporary issues. While Botis Seva, from collective Far From the Norm, uses foundations of hip hop to create his own physical dance language.

This is an exciting celebration of what theatres do best: offer a springboard for distinctive voices who help us see the world in a different light.

Photo credit - Rick Guest
Photo credit – Rick Guest

See Botis’ interview with The Guardian here, surrounding presenting his
work BLKDOG as part of Reckonings