8 Minutes announced as part of Sadler’s Wells Digital Stage

"Solar powered beauty" Evening Standard

Next Friday, 8 May groundbreaking choreographer Alexander Whitley's 2017 dance production, 8 Minutes, will be presented as part of Sadler's Wells free online platform, Digital Stage, designed to keep audiences "entertained and connected through dance during this lockdown period, wherever you are in the world."

This critically acclaimed and visually stunning production saw Alexander collaborate with scientists from STFC RAL Space, taking inspiration from solar science research and its incredible imagery to illuminate our relationship with the sun. Viewers are immersed in a rich environment of dance, music and visuals and carried on a breath-taking journey through the universe, revealing the beauty and drama of the star that gives us life. The title refers to the extraordinary fact that it takes just 8 minutes for sunlight to travel 93 million miles to Earth.

8 Minutes features a specially created score by the electroacoustic music innovator Daniel Wohl and a backdrop of captivating imagery from BAFTA award-winning visual artist Tal Rosner.

“Whitley’s choreography establishes its own enriching animating narrative: the burnished pulsing duet that feels like the heartbeat of the universe, the languid, insouciant ensemble where the dancers look like a freebooting drift of cosmic matter.” (8 Minutes, The Guardian)

Alexander Whitley trained at the Royal Ballet School. Over the course of his dance career he has performed with Birmingham Royal Ballet, Rambert Dance Company, Michael Clark Company, Sydney Dance Company, Wayne McGregor, Random Dance and New Movement Collective of which he is a founder-member.

Tune in to watch 8 Minutes on Friday 8 May, 7.30pm via the Sadler's Wells Facebook page www.facebook.com/SadlersWells.

Duration: 60 minutes, plus short introduction

More information about 8 Minutes on the Alexander Whitley Dance Company website: www.alexanderwhitley.com

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