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Dance Umbrella East London

Dance Umbrella round up

Dancing queens across the capital should head to East London throughout October to catch a stunning array of innovative choreography as part of Dance Umbrella, London’s international dance festival, now in its 40th year


Dadodans – KoKERS

The percussive sound, playful choreography, and a job lot of cardboard tubes make KoKERS an unmissable show that is sure to delight and engage both young’uns and the young at heart. The dancers create and dismantle a veritable playground of inventive landscapes in which they throw, flip, balance and twirl themselves. The perfect show for ages 3+.
When? Saturday 29th September, 11am – Stratford Circus Arts Centre, Theatre Square, London, E15 1BX

Via Katlehong – Via Kanana (part of ‘Out of the System’)

Gregory Maqoma, one of South Africa’s pre-eminent contemporary dance stars has choreographed the energetic ‘Via Kanana’ as part of ‘Out of the System’, curated by Freddie Opoku-Addaie. The show demonstrates the boundless, rebellious energy of Pantsulu movement – a traditional dance form that originated in South African townships during the apartheid. With whistling, tapping and clapping, the artists of Via Katlehong will bring Via Kanana to life.
When? Wednesday 10th October, 7.3opm
Thursday 11th October, 7.30pm
Where? Shoreditch Town Hall, 380 Old Street, London, EC1V 9LT


Ivan Blackstock – CRXSSPLATFXRM

Featuring a live freestyle dance battle, ‘CRXSSPLATFXRM’ provides a platform for the underground, drawing influence from London’s street culture. This exciting performance was conceived by Ivan Blackstock, the co-founder of BirdGang Dance Company – it is presented in collaboration with Rain Crew with the experimental sounds of Paris-based Gonzy as well as established and up-and-coming artists.
When? Friday 12th October, 6pm
Where? Shoreditch Town Hall, 380 Old Street, London, EC1V 9LT

Dimitris Papaioannou – The Great Tamer

Making his debut at Sadler’s Wells, Dimitris Papaioannou will be returning to Dance Umbrella with the internationally acclaimed ‘The Great Tamer’. This dreamlike universe conflates illusion and reality with the distortion of human bodies, hidden objects seemingly appearing from the ground and raw materials taking flight.
Where? Sadler’s Wells Theatre, Rosebery Avenue, London, EC1R 4TN
When? Tuesday 16th October, 7.30pm
Wednesday 17th October, 7.30pm

Colin Dunne – Concert

As one of the most celebrated contemporary figures in Irish dance, Colin Dunne is the ideal artist to take on the rhythmically deviant, ‘undanceable’ music of Tommie Potts in ‘Concert’. Come and see his physical, percussive response to Potts’ irregular, deviant compositions at the Barbican Centre this October.
When? Wednesday 17th October, 7.45pm
Where? Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8DS







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