Saffron Hall presents a series of major dance events for its 2019 spring season, continuing to grow a pioneering and outstanding programme at the heart of the community
Saffron Hall, the award-winning £10 million venue, showcases major dance events to include several striking new commissions and family events this year. The Hall, currently celebrating its fifth birthday this season, is establishing a strong home for dance in the region, attracting world-class performers and revolutionary productions. The calibre of dancers and productions coming to Saffron continue to uphold the Hall’s incredibly high standards and work closely with Saffron Walden County High School and the local community to build lasting relationships between the residents and artists. These four exciting new productions follow successful performances of Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui's ‘Milonga’ (who also choreographed Beyoncé’s 2017 Grammy performance) and Alexander Whitley’s ‘8 Minutes’, as well as a variety of family dance events.
Barbican Associate and hip-hop company Boy Blue – whose performances have been described by the New York Times as “the force of an uprising” - presents its brand new ‘Project R.E.B.E.L’ on Friday 8 March 2019, an energy-fuelled work with themes of revolution and liberty. The timely piece explores social tensions and cultural identity in 21st century Britain – a brave and stark reflection of our society that’s sure to leave audiences moved. This piece also features a special appearance from Saffron Walden County High School students, continuing the Hall’s key aim to be a trailblazing model of state school and community arts provision, and developing strong relationships between artists and the local community.
Scotland’s national contemporary dance company Scottish Dance Theatre – known for its daring commissions and internationally-renowned choreographers - performs RITUALIA on Saturday 1 June, a reimagining of Igor Stravinsky’s ballet Les Noces. Colette Sadler introduces themes of androgyny to this feminist cultural landmark, creating a thought-provoking visual feast. This piece is paired with a brand-new commission by world-renowned choreographer Emanuel Gat, which has been specially created for the dance company based off his intense work with individual dancers within the troupe. The piece will be making its world-premiere tour across the UK throughout 2019, and Saffron Hall will be one of the first venues to preview the work.
The following day on 2 June, Scottish Dance Theatre – a founding member of RepNet (a European network of dance companies who promote innovation) - presents an enchanting family performance for ages 3+. Innocence creates a magical theatrical journey, designed to engage young children with the medium of dance through movement, live music and animal noises. This event resonates particularly with Saffron Hall’s message of inclusivity within their community, bringing arts and culture to audiences of all ages.
The National Youth Dance Company – the UK’s hugely inclusive flagship youth dance company - presents MADHEAD on 13 July 2019, a piece specially-commissioned for the troupe that fuses contemporary dance, physical theatre and hip-hop. Created by its acclaimed Guest Artistic Director, Botis Seva, the work combines his unique choreographic style with the natural energy of these talented young dancers.
Angela Dixon, Chief Executive of Saffron Hall, said: “Establishing a home for dance at Saffron Hall is incredibly important to us, as it’s a hugely integral part of UK culture, which is something we constantly aim to offer our community to the highest standard, and I’m incredibly proud of the calibre of performers that the Hall attracts. The inclusion of dance in our varied programme ensures that Saffron Hall continues to act as the artistic hub of East England, creating an exceptional space to enrich the community and inspire the next generation of artists.”