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Message In A Bottle to tour US & Canada for the first time

Message In A Bottle, the acclaimed dance theatre show by Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist Kate Prince, set to the music of 17-time Grammy Award-winning icon Sting, will embark on a major 10-stop North American tour in 2024. 

The production will tour theatres of the United States and Canada starting in February in Los Angeles, then stopping in Denver, Chicago, Montreal, Toronto, Boston, Charlotte, Washington DC, New York City and finishing in May in Philadelphia. 

The stage show is currently on a UK and international tour, next performing at Sadler’s Wells’ West End venue The Peacock Theatre in London for two weeks in October. The show then stops in Sydney, Australia before a tour of The Netherlands. 

Message In A Bottle is an imagined story about one displaced family, and a universal story of survival, hope and love. A village alive with joyous celebrations is suddenly under siege. Determined and daring, three parted siblings step out on their own extraordinary adventures.

Songs including “Every Breath You Take”, “Roxanne”, “Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic” and “Fields of Gold” feature in new arrangements by Alex Lacamoire, recorded by Sting and guest artists including Olivier Award-winner Beverley Knight. The show features the astonishing talents of dance storytelling powerhouse, ZooNation: The Kate Prince Company.   Message In A Bottle is produced by Sadler’s Wells and Universal Music UK co-produced with Birmingham Hippodrome and The Lowry, Salford.

Suzanne Walker, Sadler’s Wells Executive Producer said, “We’re thrilled to be bringing Message In A Bottle to North American theatres for the first time. The universal themes of the show resonate around the world, and we are excited for new audiences in the United States and Canada to experience the incredible dance by Kate Prince set to Sting’s iconic music in this production.”

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Just Vibez & ZooNation: Hip-Hop 50th Birthday Party

Performances: 12 August 2023, Southbank Centre

Sat 12 Aug, 2pm
Southbank Centre, Riverside Terrace, Level 2
(Free event)
ZooNation Youth Company are joining DJ and MC collective Just Vibez to celebrate 50 years of Hip Hop. Join us on the Riverside Terrace for free Locking, Popping and House workshops led by ZooNation artists Bradley Charles and Bismark Anobah from 2pm, followed by a high octane  ZooNation Youth Company performance.

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ZooNation appoint Flo Buckeridge as new Co-Executive Director

Following a public wide recruitment process, ZooNation and the board of Trustees has appointed Flo Buckeridge as the new Co-Executive Director. Flo will be sharing the role of Executive Director with Chantal Spiteri.

Flo brings with her an abundance of experience working in theatre and the performing arts sector, including ten years at the National Theatre growing their digital output. During her time at the National Theatre she produced more than 80 National Theatre Live broadcasts and grew the cinema broadcasts to a hugely successful and profit generating business reaching an audience of 11 million worldwide. She launched the streaming platform NT at Home during the Covid 19 pandemic and oversaw the educational streaming service NT Collection which is used by the majority of UK state schools. Flo has also worked at Complicite, the Barbican Centre and Theatre Royal Stratford East.

Flo Buckeridge, incoming Executive Director of ZooNation says:
“ZooNation produces truly groundbreaking work and engages with audiences, future generations and artists in a really exciting way. I have admired the company for many years and so I’m delighted to be joining the brilliant team and co-leading the company in its next chapter”.

Estelle McCartney, board of Trustees (Chair) says:
“With a remarkable 14-year journey in theatre and the performing arts, Flo brings a wealth of experience and expertise to ZooNation. Her vision, experience, and dedication align perfectly with our mission to inspire the next generation of theatre makers and audiences. We are incredibly excited to welcome her as the Co-Executive Director of ZooNation. Together, under her dynamic leadership and in partnership with Chantal Spiteri we look forward to embarking on a new chapter of growth and artistic excellence”.
Flo succeeds current Co-Executive Director Sri Sarker who is standing down at the end of July following seven years of inspirational leadership. 

ZooNation Youth Company – New AD and auditions announced

It all starts here… Introducing the new Artistic Director of ZooNation Youth Company 2023-24 Chaldon Williams.
Chaldon was a participant of ZooNation and identity.ideas.industry  The Artists in 2022, and since then worked on the Olivier Award winning TRAPLORD.
We are hugely excited about Chaldon’s vision for the new ZooNation Company and are now opening auditions to meet young people aged between 10-20 to join the programme.

​- Are you a dancer aged between 10-20 years with advanced skills in Locking, Popping, House and Breaking?
​- Do you have the desire to work hard and take that vital step forward into the dance profession?
​​- Do you want to train with leading Hip Hop artists and gain high profile performance opportunities?

Key Dates: 
​+  Register now for a free audition
​+ Register before Thursday 17th August
​+  Auditions to be held on Saturday 2nd September (London)

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Message In A Bottle – World Tour

Performances: 4 July 2023 - 10 December 2024, World tour

Sadler’s Wells and Universal Music UK present Message In A Bottle, the breathtaking new dance-theatre production by triple Olivier Award nominee, Kate Price, to the music of 17-time Grammy Award winner, Sting.

Initially inspired by Sting’s track, Desert Rose, Message In A Bottle is an uplifting and poignant tale of humanity and hope that reflects on salient global tropes, including displacement, immigration and survival, using high-energy footwork, exhilarating dance styles and breath-taking athleticism.

11 –13 May 2023 Mayflower Theatre, Southampton, UK
16 – 17 May 2023 Hall for Cornwall Truro, UK
19 – 20 May 2023 Theatre Royal Plymouth, UK
6 – 18 Jun 2023 MAAG Zurich, Switzerland
4 – 8 Jul 2023 The Marlowe Canterbury, UK
27 – 29 Jul Aug 2023 The Lowry Salford, UK
4 – 14 Oct 2023 Peacock Theatre London, UK
25 – 29 Oct 2023 Sydney Opera House, Sydney, Australia
8 – 12 Nov 2023 De La Mar Theatre Amsterdam, Netherlands
15 – 19 Nov 2023 Oude Luxor RotterdamNetherlands
22 – 26 Nov 2023 Parkstad Limburg Theatre Heerlen, Netherlands
29 Nov – 3Dec 2023 Chasse Theatre Breda, Netherlands
6 – 10 Dec 2023 Martiniplaza Groningen, Netherlands
25 – 27 Jan 2024 Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg

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