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National Youth Dance Company announces new members to work with Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist Akram Khan

Akram Khan is one of the most celebrated and respected dance artists today.

Following a series of workshops around the country in June and July that saw over 300 people take part, the National Youth Dance Company (NYDC) has selected its second intake of 30 members who join the current company and will work with Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist Akram Khan on a new work specially created for NYDC.

The newly recruited company members have been selected from sixteen experience workshops held in 9 different regions across the country. The 30 new company members consist of 20 male and 10 female dancers aged 15 - 19, coming from over 20 towns, cities and villages across England.

NYDC’s next guest Artistic Director is Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist Akram Khan. Khan will work with the company to create a new work that will receive its world premiere on 16 April 2013 at Sadler’s Wells. The new work will be performed as part of a double bill that will feature a reworked excerpt of Khan’s Vertical Road.

Akram Khan is one of the most celebrated and respected dance artists today. In just over a decade he has created a body of work that has contributed significantly to the cultural arts in the UK and abroad. His reputation has been built on the success of imaginative, highly accessible and relevant productions such as DESH, iTMOi, Gnosis and zero degrees.

Award-winning dancer and choreographer Akram Khan says: “I thoroughly enjoy working with young people who have passion and ambition so I am really looking forward to being the next guest artistic director for the National Youth Dance Company. The positive role of the arts in our society is fundamental in providing young people with the skills they need to succeed in any walk of life. Having dance recognised by the setting up of this company is a real achievement for the industry as it presents a fantastic opportunity to nurture the next generation of artists and inspire a host of young people to get involved. I’m honoured to be involved in this project.”

Since its inception in 2012 NYDC has seen over 500 young dancers attend 27 workshops across England. Over June and July 2014 NYDC took part in nine performances seen by over 5,000 people in a range of venues, from large scale theatres to site specific outdoor stages, in locations stretching from London to Leeds, Bristol to Kent.

NYDC will meet during school holidays at Sadler’s Wells and other venues across England to participate in four intensive weeks per year. The company will give its members the opportunity to work with a range of inspirational teachers and choreographers, to learn, create and perform original work, drawing on a number of dance techniques including contemporary, hip hop, ballet and South Asian dance.

Sadler’s Wells is proud to be the host organisation for NYDC, an exciting new company that aims to create and perform innovative and influential youth dance, and aims to draw together some of the brightest young talent from across the country to work with our internationally renowned Associate Artists.

Alistair Spalding (CBE), Chief Executive & Artistic Director at Sadler’s Wells says “Having set a very high standard with their sold out debut performance of Jasmin Vardimon’s (in between), the young dancers of NYDC have shown that they can hold their own alongside established companies on the main stage at Sadler’s Wells. I’d like to welcome the new members who are joining this year and look forward to seeing how the company grows as they work with Akram Khan. ”

  • Date published: 09th October 2013
  • Written by: Kim Cockayne

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