News: Big Dance 2010 - coming soon

Wednesday 20 January 2010

If the energy and passion for dance on display in Spitalfields Market this morning at the launch of Big Dance 2010 is anything to go by, chances are we will all be dancing in the streets come the summer when the main Big Dance programme takes over the capital from 3 to 11 July and again in the summer of 2012.

With nearly £3 million from Legacy Trust UK, the independent charity set up to support a wide range of innovative cultural and sporting activities celebrating the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, Big Dance is set to raise the game, building on previous events in 2006 and 2008 and ultimately involving millions of people in a wide range of dance.

Big Dance is led by the Greater London Authority in partnership with Arts Council England and supported by a diverse range of major organisations including: Sport England, NHS London, London Councils, Museums, Libraries & Archives, London and the British Council. The programme will be delivered by five regional hubs across London – East London Dance, English National Ballet (West London), Greenwich Dance Agency (South East), Sadler’s Wells (North) and Siobhan Davies Dance (South). T-Mobile UK, who ran a successful campaign featuring a flash mob dance routine at Liverpool Street Station, will be sponsors.

A Big Dance trailer gave a taste of the range of dance we’ll be seeing more of in the coming months. There were central performances representing each hub – hard hitting dance theatre from Jasmin Vardimon at Sadler’s Wells, classical ballet from English National Ballet, jazz dance from Greenwich Dance Agency, street dance from Avante Garde Dance, representing East London Dance and contemporary dance from Siobhan Davies Dance. Choreographer Jeanefer Jean-Charles brought the show together with ensemble dancers from Tropical Isles (Soca Caribbean Dance), Flamenco Show, Sameera Shimmy Nights (*Bellydance), *Sapnay School of Dance (Bollywood) , Jam Dance (hip hop), Malti Patel (Kathak), Leap of Faith (ballroom), Joy’s School of Dance (Mambo), University of East London (street), Sikh Community Care project (Punjabi Folk Dance) Elevate (salsa) and Ultimate Dance (street) adding to the spectacle, performing on a silver dance floor in the centre of the old market building.

As in previous years, the programme grows in the months leading up to Big Dance week as groups get together to plan their events – but the diary is already looking packed. Here’s just a selection of what’s on offer so far:

Big World Dance
Trafalgar Square Saturday 10 July
In the grand finale event of the week 10,000 people will transform central London into a giant open-air stage for a show-stopping dance on gigantic scale, starting on the Southbank and ending up in Trafalgar Square. Five choreographers led by Luca Silvestrini will create the choreography inspired by dance from the five continents of the world, working with five groups of 2,000 dancers from five areas of London.

English National Ballet & Harlequins Rugby League
Twickenham Stoop, Big Dance Week
A unique opportunity for young people from Richmond to work alongside leading UK Urban performance artists, Combination Dance, English National Ballet and Harlequins Rugby League to create a new work premiered for Big Dance 2010 at the legendary Twickenham Stoop Stadium.

Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company
Somerset House ,Big Dance Week
Choreographer Shobana Jeyasingh brings her unique vision to the spectacular neo-classical courtyard at Somerset House.

Mass participation outdoor event In Islington/Sadler’s Wells
Saturday 3 July **Islington and Camden take to the streets in a day including stages with open air performances by professional and non professional groups, site specific performances along the route and local schools showcasing the Schools Pledge Dance.

Big Maritime Dance
Greenwich, Monday 28 June – Sunday 4 July
180 children from Greenwich schools will collaborate with choreographers and museum research staff using the National Maritime Museum collection as inspiration for dance performances which will be performed within the UNESCO World Heritage site. Produced by Greenwich Dance Agency.

The Bunker Thing
Dalston, Sunday 4 July
Hip Hop Dance Company, Avant Garde Dance take over an abandoned post war underground bunker in Dalston. Within multiple rooms and passageways a gritty underground urban dance world will be revealed amongst surreal visuals and imagery by audio-visual artists. Produced by East London Dance.

Artists Bank
Siobhan Davies Dance January – July
Three hundred children from four primary schools in Southwark and Lambeth will work intensively with visual and dance artists for 2 terms culminating in large scale performance in a surprise South London location.

Jacqueline Rose, Director, Big Dance, said: “Dance combines creativity and physicality in a way no other art form does. Thanks to the support of Legacy Trust UK, and all our many partners, Big Dance will champion and celebrate dance in all its forms. From the elite artists of the national stages to the extraordinary achievement of this country’s urban dance movement to simple, every day exercise, Big Dance is an invitation to everyone to join in.”

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