Sadler’s Sampled is a dance festival that truly has it all. And when I say, has it all, I don’t just mean in terms of its incredibly diverse montage of genres, which includes hip-hop, contemporary, tango and ballet… I mean it really has it all. Film screenings, workshops, talks, dance lessons, interactive art installations and live music all form part of this two-week-long celebration of dance.
The event is being hosted in the Sadler’s Wells, and offers a new and interactive way of experience dance with frequent opportunities for the audience to get involved in post-performance classes and learn about the vast variety of dance styles put on show.
The festival’s remarkable line-up includes pieces from some of the best modern choreographers around, notability world-renowned Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui’s romantic duet ‘Faun’ and contemporary dance pioneer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker’s ‘Drumming’, danced by the choreographer’s own company, Rosas, and the revolutionary and evocative ‘Political Mother’ by British dance star Hofesh Shechter.
In my mind, the best thing about Sadler’s Sampled it that you don’t have to be a huge dance fan to find something that will interest you. In fact, thanks to the incredible amounts of creativity on display, it would be impossible not to find something to either watch or join in with – or both. (Words: Conori Bell-Bhuiyan)
From June 22nd to July 7th. For more information visit: www.sadlerssampled.com