The idea for Apex Rising stemmed from our desire to celebrate the first three years of the National Youth Dance Company and the work behind it: nurturing a different group of 16 to 19-year-olds by providing them with training and professional development opportunities each year, including the chance to create a new piece under the artistic direction of a leading choreographer.
The first Apex Rising show, on Friday 4th September 2015, featured repertoire created by choreographers Jasmin Vardimon, Akram Khan and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, who are among Sadler’s Wells’ Associate Artists and were NYDC’s Guest Artistic Directors in 2012-13, 2013-14 and 2014-15 respectively.
On Saturday 5th September 2015, NYDC was joined by National Youth Dance Company of Scotland, National Youth Dance Wales and France’s Groupe Grenade – Josette Baïz. This second night offered a rare chance to see the companies dance on the same stage and showcase their different styles and abilities.
The passion, flair and skills of the young dancers are evident when watching them perform, and their achievements are a testimony to the hard work done by them and the teams of professionals who inspire and educate them.
Apex Rising Programme A – Friday 4th September 2015
(in-between) by Jasmin Vardimon, NYDC Guest Artistic Director 2012-2013
The Rashomon Effect by Akram Khan, NYDC Guest Artistic Director 2013-2014, choreographed by Andrej Petrovič
Frame[d] by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, NYDC Guest Artistic Director 2014-2015
Apex Rising Programme B – Saturday 5th September 2015
Entity (restaged excerpt) by Wayne McGregor, Group Grenade – Josette Baïz
Stuck in My Throat by Anna Kenrick (National Youth Dance Company of Scotland)
aM by Kerry Nicholls (Dawns Genedlaethol Ieuenctid Cymru / National Youth Dance Wales)
Uprising (restaged excerpt) by Hofesh Shechter, Groupe Grenade – Josette Baïz
Vertical Road (restaged excerpt) by Akram Khan, NYDC Guest Artistic Director 2013-2014