"The Creative Case really confirmed something which was happening within me anyway. It basically says start with the art. So the choices that I’ve made with some of the associates like Akram, like Jonzi have produced great works of art but at the same time they have dealt with complex issues about where we are now in terms of our approach to multiculturalism, multi ethnicity and bicultural experience."
In the ten years at Sadler’s Wells, Alistair Spalding has been instrumental in changing the way the organisation is seen, understood and enjoyed by a diversity of audiences old and new alike. Through associates such as Jonzi D and Akram Khan, Sadler’s Wells has presented a programme of work that is representative of society’s lived experience.
'Respecting the artists and audiences provides the best conditions to make work in and sometimes they must be making the choices.'
Handing over the reins not only through associates and the work they make but bringing in powerful new voices and perspectives of young choreographers and dancers through the Wild Card programme is for Alistair not only morally right, but about generating great art and makes perfectly good business sense too.