For any dance aficionado, Sadler's Wells is a legendary location. From the first theatre built in the seventeenth century, to the present day, with the sixth theatre standing in the prestigious Clerkenwell area of London, countless numbers of dancers, actors, choreographers and directors have cut their teeth here. The series of short online films presented by Sadler's Wells and currently available on YouTube are as eclectic as anything from the venue's centuries of inspiration. They all show the diversity of performances as well as the progression of dance, in terms of both choreography and developmental film techniques on screen. Watching these very individual films on lockdown feels poignant, not just because of observing social distancing, but it also leaves the viewer wondering about the future of maintaining dance as an art form in such uncertain times, as theatres across the world remain closed.
National Youth Dance Company in “Madhead” by Botis Seva. Photograph by Tony Nandi