A new phase for Sage
Simon Rice started Sage in 2010. After more than 11 years as our Artistic Director he decided to leave the company earlier this year to take up a permanent new position in a media company. He left us a very important legacy, not only in the work he created for us, but in his desire that, one day, we would run the company for ourselves. That is what we are now confidently setting out to do and we look forward to this new phase in our development. Our sincere thanks to Simon for all he has done for us.
Simon will be hard to replace. We are not going to rush into appointing a new Artistic Director, but we are taking the opportunity to work with a number of different choreographers and explore different dance styles, while still remaining true to our ballet-based roots. So far this year we have worked with:
- Fionuala Power on a new lyrical piece, I AM
- Marie Forbes on a piece based on the Limon technique
- Kim Mendez on a fun tap piece danced to the Cygnets music in Swan Lake (don’t ask, just come and watch our next performance!)
And here’s your chance. Our next performance “Every Body Dance 2022” is on Sunday November 13th at 6.30 at the newly refurbished Marylebone Theatre. It is a lovely new space and we look forward to performing there with old friends and new, including Magpie, Manifest Nation and Masters of Ballet. So do come and join us.
New members, new opportunities
A warm welcome to two new members this year. Claire Turner joined us in 2021. She is a beautiful dancer with extensive ballet training. Linda Foster joined us this term. She has a wide experience of different dance styles and her enthusiasm and vitality will be a great asset. We also welcome back Barbara Berkeley-Hill who left us during the pandemic but thankfully has returned, having decided that life without Sage wasn’t quite the same.
In these dark days we need to keep celebrating the positive power of dance. We would like to hear from potential new members and from any choreographers out there who would be interested in working with us.