A Sadler’s Wells commission, co-commisisoned by DanceEast and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. 

Premiere: June 27-28 June 2017, Sadler's Wells, London.  


Igniting our imaginations with spectacular forces and overwhelming scales, space exploration constantly re­shapes how we understand ourselves and our place in the universe. Sadler’s Wells New Wave Associate Alexander Whitley takes inspiration from the stunning images and data produced by solar science research in this collaboration with scientists from STFC RAL Space. Described as a choreographer with a "mercurial imagination" (The Financial Times),  Whitley joins forces with BAFTA award winning video artist Tal Rosner and composer Daniel Wohl, one of his generation’s "imaginative, skilful creators" (New York Times) to create an immersive environment of dance, music and film.

A former Choreographic Affiliate of The Royal Ballet and commissioned by Rambert, BalletBoyz, Birmingham Royal Ballet and Candoco, Whitley has developed a rapidly-growing reputation for ambitious and intricately-crafted work including his 2016 groundbreaking interactive digital work, Pattern Recognition.

The 8 Minutes project also incorporates an innovative Creative Learning Programme with workshops for local students following the production's tour and an intensive residency programme aimed at students in Year 5 (aged 9 – 10 years). Created with input from RAL Space scientists and the artists team, the workshops will draw on the creative process around the making of 8 Minutes, combining artistic and scientific concepts to explore the parallels between the two.

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