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Madhead - Sadler's Wells and on tour


Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

NATIONAL Youth Dance Company (NYDC) returns for its seventh year with a new intake of 28 young dancers who join the 10 dancers returning from previous cohorts.

The newly commissioned work choreographed by Botis Seva, premiered at DanceEast in Ipswich on April 20. Between June – July, Madhead tours to Plymouth, Newcastle, Essex, Brighton, Birmingham and closes at Sadler’s Wells on July 19, 2019.

Madhead is a feeling and state which draws on Seva’s and the dancers’ autobiographical experiences of growing up and not conforming to social norms. His movement language of physical theatre and hip hop, along with the energy of the NYDC dancers drawn from across the country, illustrates the influence and creativity that emerging dance artists can bring to a professional dance collaboration.

The new line up of dancers are given the opportunity to engage with dance through working at the highest level, alongside an artistic team with exceptional standards and artistic integrity. Seva and his artistic team worked with the dancers over four residencies to create, develop and rehearse the piece.

The company has a track record of putting young people on paths to successful dance careers, with over 80% of all former NYDC dancers now either in further dance studies, in vocational training or working professionally.

In April, Seva won an Olivier Award for his piece BLKDOG which formed part of the Sadler’s Wells’ 20th anniversary commission, Reckonings, in October 2018. In August 2018, Seva collaborated with Billy Boyd Cape to create a short film, Reach, commissioned by Sadler’s Wells as part of Channel 4’s Random Acts series.

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