The Sadler’s Wells East Garden celebrates the next generation of dancers and appreciators of dance. It provides a platform to raise awareness of Sadler’s Wells East: a new theatre, Hip Hop Theatre Academy and Choreographic School, opening at East Bank, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in early 2024.
The plants are the stars of the show. Characterful trees and shrubs cut beautiful figures while colourful perennials and annuals echo layers, patterns and shapes of dance, scrambling, rippling and seeding about. The manufacturing heritage of East London inspires the garden’s materials: reclaimed or sustainably sourced brick, timber and metal.
A bent steel sculpture wends around the garden, framing different views of the planting as visitors walk, sit and even dance within the space. Its profile hints at the saw-tooth rooflines of local warehouses and factories of the industrial revolution - and of Sadler’s Wells East.
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In early 2024 Sadler’s Wells joins the rich cultural heritage of Stratford, opening Sadler’s Wells East as part of the East Bank development within the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
Home to a Hip Hop Theatre Academy and Choreographic School, Sadler’s Wells East will also house a flexible
theatre which will host a wide variety of dance performances. Community will be at the heart of Sadler’s Wells East with a large open foyer that can be used by everyone, as a meeting or performance space. There will also be dance studios and world-class dance facilities for dancemakers to train, create and rehearse productions
Sadler’s Wells partners with a number of schools and colleges in north and east London to help embed arts-inspired activities into the school day. One of these is School 21 in Stratford, just 15 minutes’ walk from Sadler’s Wells East.
Plants and materials from the garden have been relocated here to help children take part in outdoor arts-inspired activities, learn about plants, and provide a space for children particularly for children with special educational needs to relax and take time out.
Head to the link below to find out more about the garden and the people involved in its creation and legacy.