Sadler’s Wells artistic director and chief executive Alistair Spalding shares his experience of leading the internationally renowned dance house and examines how culture plays a vital role in social and economic growth.
In this talk, Spalding reflects on his thirty-year experience of curating dance, first as a programmer and then as the leader of Sadler’s Wells. He discusses the civic role of arts organizations as agencies providing a platform for understanding and debate, and how dance reflects and responds to socio-economic changes.
The lecture is a part of the series “Theories and practices of cultural leadership” organized by Garage Museum of Contemporary Art together with the British Council.
Free admission with advance registration.
The lecture will be held in English with interpreting into Russian.
The lecture will be accessible for deaf and hard of hearing visitors and will be interpreted into Russian Sign Language.
About the speaker
Alistair Spalding CBE has been Artistic Director and Chief Executive of Sadler’s Wells theatre in London since 2004. Under Spalding, Sadler’s Wells has become a world-leading dance house, committed to producing and presenting new work and to bringing the very best UK and international dance to its audiences. The theatre welcomes audiences of over 500,000 in London each year, while its touring productions attract audiences of over 130,000 each year in the UK and overseas.
Before joining Sadler’s Wells, Spalding was the Head of Dance and Performance at the Southbank Centre, London, between 1994 and 2000. Spalding was awarded the Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres in 2005. He was a national member of the Arts Council England Council between 2009 and 2017, and was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the Queen's Birthday Honours in 2012, for services to dance.