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Shades of Blue announced at Sadler's Wells

Updated: Jan 22, 2022

Today Matsena Productions proudly announces its production Shades of Blue will have its Sadler’s Wells main stage debut on the 6th of May 2022. Across two performances on the 6th and 7th of May, audiences will have the opportunity to experience thunderous choreography, powerful text and a slick new score composed by Lara Agar.
Originally commissioned by Sadler’s Wells and the BBC as part of the televised Dancing Nation series, the work was also highlighted in The Guardian’s Best Dance of 2021. The critically acclaimed work will feature as part of Well Seasoned: an initiative at Sadler’s Wells curated to the represent some of the most exciting work from Black choreographers, dancers, and Artists of Colour.

“Ecstatic? Thrilled? Hyped, over the moon and all of the above. It’s hard to find the perfect words to express how excited we are about presenting Shades of Blue on Sadler’s Wells main stage this May. It’s something we’d always dreamt of but never imagined it would come this quickly. It’s down to our amazing team of supporters and collaborators who continue to inspire us to break boundaries and be bold in all that we do. It’s also down to the refreshing & forward thinking approach Sadler’s Wells have taken to trust us with such an opportunity. It’s a special thing that we and so many other young artists and artists of colour are finally being given a voice on a national & international scale. We truly believe we are living inside a new renaissance and are honoured to be part of this new and exciting narrative.” - KEL MATSENA, CO-ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, MATSENA PRODUCTIONS
“We wanted to highlight dance made by Black artists this year to bring their work to wider audiences and celebrate the hugely important contribution Black artists make to the dance ecology. It is by no means fully representative of all the fantastic work being made, but the selection of works in Well Seasoned gives a taste of the wonderful variety of dance being created by Black artists in the UK and beyond.” - SIR ALISTAIR SPALDING, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE
Patrons priority booking opens Monday 24 January with general public on sale date set for Monday 31 January. More at

Photography: Jack Thompson

View the full press release here:
SOB Press Release - Matsena Productions
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