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An Epic Love Song: 52 Portraits at Sadler’s Wells

52 Portraits is an online project created by choreographer Jonathan Burrows, composer Matteo Fargion and video maker Hugo Glendinning, in which a short gestural portrait of a different artist was released each week throughout 2016. On Wednesday 25th January 2017, there is an opportunity to see them together for the first time on a large screen at Sadler’s Wells‘ Lilian Baylis Studio.

Toppling the cliché of the perfect dancer, the videos expose the human stories beneath the surface and question what a dancer might be and why they want to dance. The subjects of the portraits are drawn from the vibrant UK dance scene, and each portrait is a very personal dance, filmed sitting at a table and accompanied by a sung autobiography. They capture the profound, funny and surprising power of their subjects, revealing the stories, thoughts and struggles of dancers in an unprecedented way.

Sadler’s Wells is a world-leading dance house, committed to producing, commissioning and presenting new works and to bringing the best international and UK dance to London and worldwide audiences. Under the Artistic Directorship of Alistair Spalding, the theatre’s acclaimed year-round programme spans dance of every kind, from contemporary to flamenco, Bollywood to ballet, salsa to street dance and tango to tap.

Lilian Baylis Studio
Sadler’s Wells