Calling all you dance lovers! Sadler’s Wells is launching Sadler’s Sampled a brand new pop-up festival for London featuring dance, live music, art, films and workshops – from Saturday 22 June – Sunday 7 July 2013 with tickets starting from just £8.
With productions from some of the world’s leading dance makers the programme includes a showcase of three of Sadlers own productions in Made at Sadler’s Wells, contemporary dance from Rosas, hip hop, ballet and tango in Sampled, and Hofesh Shechter’s epic production Political Mother: The Choreographer’s Cut, as well as talks, classes and films going on around the building.
Sadler’s Sampled offers audiences the opportunity to watch a range of dancestyles including contemporary, hip hop, ballet and tango. The festival also features interactive art installations, pre-show discussions, live music,
films, and post-show contemporary, tango and break dancing classes.
Tickets can be purchased from http://www.sadlerssampled.com
Next week it is the world premiere of LIFE! a ballet story infused with live music and fashion, created by the emerging company NeoBallet.
Led by young Argentinean choreographer Maria Clara Irisarri, the show utilizes neo-classical ballet to portrait stages and experiences we go through in our lives as told through the eyes of a young girl in a highly dynamic choreographic work. Drawing from Maria Clara’s personal life growing up in Argentina and traveling the world, LIFE! explores a rollercoaster of emotions, from loss, to new beginnings, temptation, love, freedom and death.
After the show, you can join the dancers at the bar, relaxing to the beats of DJ Tendai. If you’re a fan of dance then this event is not to be missed.
The world premiere of LIFE! takes place next week, 5th-6th of November at The Place in London.
For more information and to book tickets visit: http://neoballet.co.uk.
I have a confession, as a young child I had dreams of being a ballet dancer. I even used to stuff the tips of my socks in order to make my own DIY ballet shoes. Of course I grew out of that and being someone who was constantly being told whilst growing up, “stand up straight” “stop slouching” I’ve always been conscious that my posture isn’t great.
I recently started thinking of taking adult ballet classes, but the fear of the leotard and looking like a tit put me off. However, I recently got an email from the nice people at City-Academy asking if I would like to try one of a series of new fitness classes they had launched involving a creative combination of dance and fitness. I chose the All-barre Yoga class which combines the softness and strength of ballet, mixed with the controlled flexibility and toning of yoga and best of all requires no leotard!
So on a Wednesday evening I turned up to class ready to get in shape. Our teacher, Adrian Arroyo is a graduate of the National Conservatory of Ballet in Spain and has 10 years working in the fitness industry. The class started off slowly with some stretching before moving to the barre to perform ballet type exercises. In later part we moved back to the floor to perform some yoga before turning it into a dance routine. Every part of our bodies was stretched to its limits! Now, i’m not going to fib I found some of the moves hard work but trying to get them right helped me focus and de-stress. having no coordination I kept performing moves wrong but our tutor was patient and encouraging and by the end of the class I had worked up a sweat! Obviously I don’t expect one class to turn me into a prima yoga-ballerina but after a few more classes I hope to be walking straighter and feeling less flabby.
To find more about All Barre Yoga and City Academy classes please visit: http://www.city-academy.com
So the weekend is upon us, here are my recommendations of things to do:
Jan 28th – 30th My2011 festival – Westfield Shopping Centre
From tomorrow until the 30th January Westfield is hosting London’s biggest health, beauty, and fitness event. Already given up on your new year resolution to get fit? Why not attend and give yourself that kick to get fit for 2011. Gymbox will performing intensive training routines for all those who want rock hard abs (and to watch men in tight shorts). There will be exclusive preview performances from the cast of Shoes -The Musical and there will be a chance to try out Nike’s training club.
For more information visit: http://uk.westfield.com/london/offers-events/events/my2011/my2011
Nearest tube – Shepherds Bush
London International Mime Festival – Ending Sunday 30th Jan – Various Venues
Probably the most unusual festival that you will ever attend. Finishing on Sunday, London’s Mime festival takes place at various venues around London including the Southbank Centre, Barbican, ICA, Roundhouse and the Royal Opera House. On Saturday go and see ‘Du Goudron et des Plumes’ (‘Tar and Feathers’) at the Barbican for show-stopping acrobatics and dance.
For more information visit: http://www.mimefest.co.uk/festival2011intro.html
Buy My Wardrobe – Saturday 29th Jan – Adam St Members Club
Wonder how that colleague or friend of yours is always seen with a new designer bag on the same salary as you? It could be credit cards or even better bought it from someone else’s wardrobe. Buy My Wardrobe is London’s Premier fashion recycling event and this Saturday is your chance to snag a designer bargain (some 80% off!). Uber – fashionistas will be opening their closets to discerning members of the public! Get ready to delve into a designers treasure chest!
For more information and to purchase a ticket visit: http://www.buymywardrobe.com