News: Countdown to Big Dance weekend 2014

Thursday 10 July 2014 by Carmel Smith

'Routes to the River'. Photo: Gorm Ashurst.

Big Dance week is well underway with events happening all over the UK. Here in London there’s lots to get out and see this weekend, with events organised by five Big Dance hubs.

In North London, just down the road from Sadler’s Wells, the Arts Party will be taking over Spa Fields Park, Northampton Road, [EC1 1AA] on Saturday from 12 noon til 4pm. The street party meets family friendly village fete will feature opportunities to watch, participate and join in with arts, craft and dance activities A specially created Big Dance performance by Wayne McGregor | Random Dance and an intergenerational cast of 80 local people will pop up in the park every hour.
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East London Dance are in residence at the Mayor’s Newham Show, Central Park, East Ham, [E6 3HN] on Saturday (12 – 6pm) – presenting a performance by Hofesh Shechter Company (main stage), and two extracts from The River, (ELD’s collaboration with Barrowland Ballet and Natasha Gilmore, seen last month as part of Greenwich and Docklands Festival) by Leap of Faith (village fete) ELD’s group of older dancers in an excerpt from -and The Firm (cabaret tent) – East London Dance’s group for young men.
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Greenwich Dance will also be out in their local park and expecting to be joined by hundreds of people taking part in choreographer Jorge Crecis’ Through & Out: Skipping Extravaganza – a choreographic game where skipping dance meets dance. Hop down for a look at 11.30am and 2.30pm on Saturday. [SE10 8QY]
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In West London Westfield shopping centre [W12], English National Ballet present Kinetic Echo – Our Dancing Selves. In a work for the digital age, choreographer Cameron McMillan explores the relationships between dance, artistic identity and the digital flow of information with young dancers from ENBYouthCo. See the site specific work at 2pm & 5pm and follow the development of the project on Twitter – #ENBKineticEcho.
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On Sunday Routes to the River is a trail of performances from Siobhan Davies Studios[SE1 6ER] to the QEH Roof Garden overlooking the banks of the River Thames. Performers lead audiences along a winding route through parks and gardens to discover choreographic works amongst the plants and wildlife. Choreographed by Henrietta Hale, Routes to the River starts with a specially commissioned sound installation by James Hynes at Siobhan Davies Studios. The work is performed by over 100 people from across south London. Follow the Route at 11.45am, 12pm, 12.15pm, 2.30pm, 2.45pm, 3pm.
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On Saturday at midnight, Trafalgar Square sees a live link up with dancers in London, Scotland and Sydney. Choreographed by Rafael Bonachela, Artistic Director of Sydney Dance Company and one time dancer with Rambert, Beats for Peace will involve 1,000s of dancers across world.
More information on the Big Dance website

This year for the first time Big Dance has an app to guide you to your nearest local events, allow you to upload photos and videos – and to measure the effectiveness of your own dance moves through a ‘Dance O Meter’. Download for Apple, or Android

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