Entering its eighth year, National Youth Dance Company (NYDC), the country’s flagship company for young dancers run by Sadler’s Wells, appoints its next two Guest Artistic Directors, Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist Russell Maliphant in 2019/20 and acclaimed choreographer Alesandra Seutin in 2020/21.
NYDC has begun its search for the next intake of 30 young dancers to join the company and work with its newly appointed Guest Artistic Director, Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist Russell Maliphant, to begin creating the new commission in autumn 2019. NYDC Workshops are taking place across England until 8 July to find the next cohort.
Russell Maliphant takes over from current Guest Artistic Director, the Olivier award-winning dance artist Botis Seva whose work created for NYDC, MADHEAD, premiered at DanceEast in Ipswich on 20 April. MADHEAD tours to the remaining six venues across England this summer, closing at Sadler’s Wells on Friday 19 July.
Russell Maliphant, NYDC Guest Artistic Director 2019/20, said: “I am very happy to be working as the next Guest Artistic Director for National Youth Dance Company. NYDC provides great opportunities for young dancers to develop in to world class performers – I have seen this in action over the years and have personally worked with some of that talent in my own company. I’m looking forward to starting this season with another new generation of dancers here in the UK.”
Alesandra Seutin, NYDC Guest Artistic Director 2020/21, said: “I am very excited and honoured to work with National Youth Dance Company as Guest Artistic Director in 2020/21. I look forward to breaking boundaries with the dancers of the future, and having the opportunity to be part of this beautiful process is amazing. With the support of Sadler’s Wells, I hope to continue growing as a leader and a maker collaborating with NYDC to keep its reputation for innovative, challenging and influential work, producing open-minded and curious dancers.”
NYDC brings together the brightest talent from across England, immersing the members fully in the process of creating, performing and touring new work, giving them a unique insight into the dance profession. It has a track record of putting young people on paths to successful dance careers, with over 80% of all former NYDC dancers now either in further dance studies, in vocational training or working professionally. Graduates have since danced in Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures, Rambert2 and Jasmin Vardimon Company. Graduate Ruby Portus is also part of Sadler’s Wells’ Young Associates programme.
NYDC is jointly funded by Arts Council England, under National Portfolio Organisation funding, and the Department for Education. National portfolio funding has been awarded for 2018-2022, and current funding is confirmed until March 2020.