<img src="http://www.danceumbrella.co.uk/pages/gala/title.jpg" alt="" /> BIRTHDAY GALA
28th September 7pm
Dance Umbrella is celebrating 25 years of successfully presenting and promoting adventurous contemporary dance. This year's festival opens with a fundraising Birthday Gala in aid of the Dance Umbrella commissioning programme which features many artists who have appeared or been associated with Dance Umbrella throughout its 25 year history.
For the latest information about the programme, click HERE
. To Book
Tickets are £12.50, £20, £30, £37.50, Birthday Gala evening tickets are £100.
Call the Sadler’s Wells ticket office on 020 7863 8000 or book online at www.sadlerswells.com
The £100 Birthday Gala evening tickets are only available through Dance Umbrella and include a pre-performance reception at 6pm, best first circle seat, interval drink and exclusive post-performance party with the artists. The ticket also covers a year's subscription to the Friends of Dance Umbrella (annual subscription £20).
Download your Gala booking form HERE
or call 020 8741 4040 for more information. Does Dance Umbrella matter?
We think so and this Gala is an important way of helping the Festival team finance high quality performances this year and in the future.
Here's what some artists say about Dance Umbrella:
"19 years ago a crazy woman named Val Bourne took a chance and brought me to London. Since then, I've seen Val spread her Umbrella over many artists, all of whom love her and know she loves them. Every performance I've given in England has been with her and because of her Its' impossible for me to imagine an England without Val Bourne and without her beautiful organisation. Hail Dance Umbrella!"
Mark Morris (2003)
"Val Bourne's name is synonymous with dance. She has discovered, mentored, presented, and celebrated dozens of us, maybe hundreds, from our early work up through the ranks to a level of competency that one could say, "we know what we are doing". London has been lucky! So has contemporary dance world wide"
Trisha Brown (2003)
Under Val Bourne's artistic direction, Dance Umbrella has been responsible for introducing into this country some of the greatest international contemporary dance companies as well as nurturing, promoting and sponsoring some of the best of British modern dance. The commissioning programme is a vital part of that success and this year is supporting Michael Clarke, Charles Linehan Company, Russell Maliphant Company and the Merce Cunningham Dance Company.
"I wouldn't be where I am today without Dance Umbrella"
Michael Clark (2003)
"I am delighted to bring my company to London again in Dance Umbrella, and send my congratulations to Val Bourne, who has been so supportive of our work over the years. I think it's marvellous that companies from both the United States and Europe will perform in this Dance Umbrella season - the Americans and the English fought in 1776 and now we've joined. If we were all in London at the same time we could dance a fandango"
Merce Cunningham (2003)
"To be supported by Dance Umbrella is to be supported by the highest profile dance festival in England. This support is both professional and personal - Val understands artists and the precarious nature of their lives. She understands how I work. She and Betsy have shown me support right from the beginning - years ago when I first arrived back in England and I didn't know anyone. Betsy gave me my first opportunity to perform in a festival and that support has continued since"
Charles Linehan (2003)
"I went to my first Dance Umbrella event over 20 years ago and since then the seasons have been a highlight of the year, presenting an opportunity to catch up with what's hot on the dance scene in Europe and beyond"
Russell Maliphant (2003)
"There has always been a great generosity about Val Bourne and the Dance Umbrella Festival. Artists have always felt cared for at whatever stage of their development and been energised by the commitment and attention that the festival has given. To keep that at heart is a truly remarkable achievement and we should celebrate it"
Siobhan Davies (2003)
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