Amongst the less well known dance venues in London, adjacent to the main Sadler’s Wells Theatre, is a smaller studio space, Lilian Baylis Studio, see image above, which is:
… part of the [Sadler’s Wells] Rosebery Avenue site, seats 180 and presents a programme of. small-scale, studio work by established artists, experimental, conceptual work, high quality productions for young audiences and work by young artists and emerging choreographers.
As you may have seen, on this blog, I regularly promote Sadler’s Wells as a great accessible venue for wheelchair users who love dance but I have omitted to mention the Lilian Baylis Studio – because I go there a lot less – which has equally great access, a more edgy and eclectic programme of performance art events and, generally, has ticket prices at a much lower price point than the main theatre.
I go to Lilian Baylis less often only because of my personal circumstances which, of late, has meant mostly weekend trips rather than mid-week and making difficult choices between events for the limited times of my trips out.
Recently however, D has been working from home and we’ve managed to build more flexibility into our arts trips, including the odd mid-week venture out to see the more spontaneous, less commercial, events that we’ve missed so much hence, last week, I was at the Lilian Baylis Studio to see 52 Portraits.
In brief, 52 Portraits – see the 52 Portraits website – is a digital project by choreographer Jonathan Burrows, composer Matteo Fargion and video maker Hugo Glendinning. A short gestural portrait of a dancer or performer was released every Monday throughout 2016. The event I attended was a showing of all 52 videos, run through, back to back, in one evening. (The videos are still online, click on the website link above to see them.)
We thoroughly enjoyed it. We managed to park in the disabled bay outside the Lilian Baylis entrance so I was able to roll right in. Wheelchair access is via a level entrance, through a wide door, down a manageable slope to a wheelchair bay at the rear of the, fairly small, theatre.
There was a lovely relaxed atmosphere, a decent cafe and some of those featured/involved in the making of the videos were there talking about the project. A fun, low cost, way to pass a couple of hours for those with an interest in performance arts.
To see what’s coming up at both Sadler’s Wells and the Lilian Baylis, click across to the main Sadler’s Wells What’s On pages.
As a wheelchair user, have no worries about access and facilities, if you see something of interest on at either venue. Enjoy.