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Sadler's Wells and The Victoria and Albert Museum collaborate in Dancing Memories

THE Victoria and Albert Museum (the V&A) is celebrating the opening of its Photography Centre with playful new performance Dancing Memories, created and performed by Sadler’s Wells’ National Youth Dance Company (NYDC) alumni and Company of Elders.

Staged over three dates in October 2018 and three in January/February 2019, each 40-minute participatory performance will encourage movement participation from its audience, inspired by its surroundings.

The Photographs Collections at the V&A are among the Museum’s most internationally significant and popular and the National Art Library houses many rare and important photobooks. There are approximately 500,000 objects in the collection, which will grow substantially with the transfer of the Royal Photographic Society (RPS) collection from the Science Museum Group (SMG).

The RPS transfer includes approximately 300,000 photographs, as well as a library of books and journals, and approximately 8,000 cameras and pieces of related photographic equipment, providing a spectacular enhancement to the existing V&A collection.

Founded in 2012, NYDC is England’s flagship youth dance company bringing together the brightest talent from across the country to work intensively with Sadler’s Wells’ renowned Associate Artists and visiting companies.

NYDC artists appearing in Dancing Memories include Creative Support Artist Corinne Meredith, and alumni Áine Reynolds and Ruby Portus. Portus, one of Sadler’s Wells’ Young Associates, presents her work on the Sadler’s Wells stage as part of a mixed bill on October 9 and 10.

In Dancing Memories, NYDC alumni perform alongside Sadler’s Wells’ dance company for over-60s, Company of Elders (subject to confirmation). Founded in 1989, the Company has performed internationally, working with choreographers including Shobana Jeyasingh and Dickson Mbi.

Sadler’s Wells and the V&A will become neighbours in 2022 as both organisations open new venues as part of the East Bank development in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Stratford.

Sadler’s Wells East will be located on the Stratford Waterfront site, opposite the London Aquatics Centre, alongside new buildings for the BBC, UAL’s London College of Fashion and the V&A, including a partnership with the Smithsonian Institution.

The site will form part of a new cultural and education district, which will also include a major new UCL campus, and have direct links to the creative communities already based in east London.

Dates: October 6, 13 and 20, 2018; January 19 and 26; and February 2, 2019.

Performance Times: 11am, 1pm and 3pm.

For tickets, call +44 (0)20 7942 2000 or e-mail hello@vam.ac.uk.