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Sadler's Wells - Dance House Paperback – 8 May 2013
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The current Sadler's Wells Theater opened almost 11 years ago. Every bit of it is modern, but its walls, corridors and floors bear witness to the history of the five previous theaters that have stood on that spot. I love this sense of the past amid a new theater. And I love that Sadler's Wells today, under the artistic direction of Alistair Spalding has become the year-round dance-only theater that the London dance world had been calling for. --New York Times
Sadler's Wells is more than a building, it is an institution. London's unrivalled presenter, creator and impresario of dance in almost any genre you can think of. --Sunday Times
It has become what it said it was going to be. It is the dance house. --William Trevitt
About the Author
Sarah Crompton was born in Manchester and educated at Oxford and Cardiff. She is dance critic and arts editor in chief of the Daily Telegraph.
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Would recommend to anyone with interest in ballet
Thoroughly engaging and acutely enthralling this beguiling book is a must-read for equally dancers of ages past and present. A truly unmissable, explosive experience that captures the magic of movement with top masters such as Matthew Bourne, Wayne McGregor and stars like Sylvie Guillem and Akram Khan who reveal the trials and tribulations as well as the joys of making new work.
This refreshing exploration on interweaving new beginnings whilst remembering the past, gives unique access into a world of ambitious innovation and exciting modernization that literally blew me away!
*I was sent a copy of "Sadler's Wells Dance House" to read and review, for New Books Magazine"
The book is a survey of the important works and artists nurtured at the recently rebuilt Sadlers Wells Theatre, under the directorship of Alistair Spalding.
This large, square format book is attractively presented, with beautiful photographs, and an accessible and informative text, peppered with quotes and material from reviews and interviews with the major players. The analysis inevitably reflects the author's own tastes.
My main criticism is the lack of an index. This is a book I could read all the way through, but will also want to dip into as a reference, and an index would be invaluable for this. Even when reading continuously, the lack of an index is very frustrating when someone is mentioned, and you want to remind yourself about them from comments made in another chapter.
All in all though, a very enjoyable book for dance fans.