Sadler’s Wells presents the latest edition of Wild Card, the unique initiative which opens the stage to enable dance makers and artists the opportunity to present their own programmes of dance. Wild Card offers specially curated evenings that features new approaches to choreography and explores different ways to broadening audiences’ perspectives on dance.
On the 3rd of December, California-born, London-based, choreographer, teacher and performer Leila McMillan offers up an evening in the Lilian Baylis Studio, featuring her own work alongside international artists. Although McMillan was born and raised in Southern California, she does have connections with Sadler’s Wells, her grandmother was a ballerina in the corps de ballet at Sadler’s Wells Ballet Company in the 1940s. She is one the few internationally certified artists teaching Flying Low and Passing Through which is a contemporary dance training style developed by the Venezuelan dancer and choreographer David Zambrano.
The evening includes an extract from McMillan’s new work Family Portrait which explores the complexities of family relationships dealing with love, humour, dysfunction and harmony. The improvisation which incorporates live music by Domenico Angarano, was inspired by the McMillan’s discovery of an old family portrait from the 1920s.
The second piece Lucid, choreographed and performed by international dance company Jukstapoz (Christine Gouzelis and Paul Blackman ) comprises an extract from a longer piece, Vicious Cycles developed in 2014. The work sets out to discover ways of breaking free from the vicious cycle of eternal repetition.
McMillan is a co-founder of Muxima which runs an art and culture café/spaces in East London. Muxima will curate an exhibition and live music as a part of the evening, featuring performances from Aidan Connell.
If you would like further information or book a ticket, visit the Sadler’s Wells website here
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