Learning from the Future

Colette Sadler


Following an international career as a dancer, Colette Sadler established Stammer Productions in Glasgow to produce experimental, conceptually motivated choreographic works and research. Her work has been presented internationally in dance, live art, theatre and gallery contexts including Impuls Tanz in Vienna, Kaaitheater in Brussels and the Southbank Centre in London. She recently curated Present Futures, a multi-disciplinary arts festival exploring technology and the body, at the Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow.

Learning from the Future is a virtuosic solo dance piece, choreographed by Sadler, that takes place in a science fiction world. It imagines a future where bodies have no purpose and are on the verge of disappearance. The dancer is a female cyborg, a prototype that exists in isolation. The piece explores how accelerating flows of information and encoded data could dictate the way bodies move and function. Featuring sophisticated design and sound, this production prompts complex questions about how technology is transforming our ideas about the physical body, and our identity as humans.

Learning from the Future is in Edinburgh as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

In the press

"In this literally penetrating choreography by Colette Sadler, the body is a virtuoso machine, but, just as a user is uninterested in the inner complexity of programs, apps or a washing machine, it is neither the machinery nor the virtuosity which is on show here, rather both are synthesised with striking ease. The body of the future presented by British choreographer Colette Sadler is a perfectly controlled apparatus designed for performance, from which the viewer can expect existence without gender, modesty without pride, and servitude without ideology. It is a body that deserves ovations” Arnd Weseman, TANZ

Production details

  • Director

    Colette Sadler
  • Choreographer

    Colette Sadler
  • Designer

    Costume Designer: Eyal Meistel, Video Designer: Mikko Geastel, Lighting Designer: Samuli Leino
  • Number of people on stage

  • Number of people in touring company

  • Freight


    Monolith (30 kg object in two pieces 1.5m x 60m x 20m)

  • Touring Availability

    From September 2019
  • Scale of venue

    Middle-scale (capacity 400-850)
  • Minimum performance space

    10m x 10m (negotiable)
  • Text-based

    Light (very little or no text)
  • Also contains:


In Edinburgh

  • Venue

    Dance Base, 14–16 Grassmarket, Edinburgh, EH1 2JU
  • Production dates

    20–24 AUGUST
  • Production times

  • Duration

    50 MINS
  • Audience capacity




Worshops and lectures are possible. Please see www.presentfutures.org for Colette Sadler's activities around BODY A (workshop/talks/Installation)

Additional productions

TEMPORARY STORE by colette sadler www.colettesadler.com/temporary-store
We are the monsters by Colette Sadler www.colettesadler.com/we-are-the-monsters