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Elixir Extracts Festival - Sadler's Wells (Lilian Baylis Studio)

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

A CELEBRATION of lifelong creativity, Sadler’s Wells’ hugely popular Elixir Extracts Festival returns to the Lilian Baylis Studio from June 14 to June 16, 2019, with a long weekend of workshops, performances and more.

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 alongside Clara Andermatt’s Natural. Both pieces appear on the Lilian Baylis Studio stage on Friday, June 14.

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

Elixir Extracts Festival also benefits from local community outreach, with Islington-based community centres Drovers, Holloway Neighbourhood Group, Brickworks and St Luke’s showcasing work inspired by mentors from flamenco, Bollywood, African and social hip hop genres.

The Festival closes with a rub-a-dub – a traditional Caribbean social dance – bringing audiences, performers and participants together.

Tickets: £12, £6 concessions. To book, call the ticket office on 020 7863 8000 or visit

Times: Friday at 8pm; Saturday and Sunday at 5pm.

Also at Sadler’s Wells: the renowned annual Flamenco Festival (July 2 to July 14) and Matthew Bourne’s Romeo and Juliet (August 7 to August 31, 2019).