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International Citation of Merit Recipient - Alistair Spalding CBE

ISPA Award Recipient

Alistair Spalding CBE

Alistair Spalding CBE

2019 International Citation of Merit Recipient

Alistair Spalding has been Artistic Director and Chief Executive of Sadler’s Wells since 2004. Under his direction, the theatre has become a world-leading dance house, producing and presenting new work and bringing the best UK and international dance to its audiences. Sadler’s Wells welcomes more than 500,000 people in London each year, while its touring productions attract over 130,000 in the UK and overseas.

Since 2005, Spalding has driven the commissioning, producing and co-producing of over 160 shows, including acclaimed cross-art form collaborations Sutra, m¡longa and Gravity Fatigue. Many of these productions involve Sadler’s Wells’ 16 Associate Artists, three Resident Companies and four Associate Companies – the most exciting talents working in dance today. 

Spalding has initiated a number of ground-breaking annual festivals, including the critically acclaimed international festival of hip hop dance theatre Breakin’ Convention, as well as new initiatives such as the Composer Series and Sadler’s Wells Sampled.

Before joining Sadler’s Wells as Director of Programming in 2000, he was the Head of Dance and Performance at the Southbank Centre, London, 1994-2000 and, previously, a programmer at the Hawth Theatre, Crawley, 1988-1994. 

Spalding holds honorary doctorates from Middlesex University (2012), the University of Hertfordshire (2014) and the University of Roehampton (2015). He was awarded the Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres in 2005, and was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the Queen's Birthday Honours in 2012, for services to dance.


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