Sadler’s Wells’ Elixir Extracts Festival

2 Apr 2019

Company of Elders, Photographer: Ellie Kurttz

One Dance UK member, Sadler’s Wells presents their hugely popular Elixir Extracts Festival in the Lilian Baylis Studio from 14 – 16 June 2019.

At this year’s festival, Sadler’s Wells resident over-60s performance company Company of Elders celebrates 30 years of older adults’ arts provision at the theatre, with a world premiere from choreographer Alesandra Seutin. Seutin will present her new work created for the company alongside Natural, a piece mixing text and dance created for them by choreographer Clara Andermatt in 2005. Both pieces will appear on Sadler’s Wells’ Lilian Baylis Studio stage on Friday 14 June.

The Elixir Extracts Festival celebrates lifelong creativity and challenges the assumption that dance is only for the young. In addition to their Company of Elders’ Friday performance, the festival features two more evenings of performances, alongside dance masterclasses in a range of styles and suitable for all abilities.

On Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 June, older adult dance groups from around the UK will showcase their work, demonstrating the diversity to be found across the country in two different programmes. Groups include Liverpool’s Men! Dancing!, London-based Caribbean creole group Caribbean Orchid, and Glasgow’s Scottish Ballet Elders Company.

Sadler’s Wells’ Elixir Extracts Festival also benefits from local community outreach. In the months preceding the Festival, Islington-based community centres Drovers, Holloway Neighbourhood Group, Brickworks and St Luke’s have been mentored by professional dance artists from flamenco, Bollywood, African and social hip hop genres to create fun and inspiring choreography. Their work can be experienced as part of the Festival weekend.

Performances: Friday at 8pm; Saturday & Sunday at 5pm
Tickets: £12 (£6 concessions)

To book tickets visit the Sadler’s Wells website

The Elixir Extracts Festival is supported by the Harold Hyam Wingate Foundation and the Baring Foundation