News: Dance Umbrella alfresco

Friday 14 September 2007

Dance Umbrella is coming soon. The international contemporary dance festival opens on 3October with the usual rich mix of dance from around the world. A significant new addition to the programme will bring contemporary dance performances live, kicking and digging to the streets of London.

“I love the idea of presenting something inspiring and surprising to people who would never normally consider contemporary dance and would certainly never step foot inside a theatre to see it” says Betsy Gregory, presenting her first season of Dance Umbrella as Artistic Director – although she has been part of the festival for the last ten years.

Thousands of people are likely to see Paul-André Fortier’s _*Solo 30×30*_outside London’s busy Liverpool Street Station in the heart of the City – as he’ll be presenting the 30 minute solo on 30 consecutive days at lunchtime from 3 October to I November. He has already performed the work on the streets of Newcastle, Nancy, Ottawa, Yamaguchi, Bolzano and his home city, Montréal – and although the choreography remains the same, everyday the experience is transformed by weather, spectator responses and interactions.

More leisurely crowds in and around the Southbank Centre’s Jubilee Gardens on the weekend of 6 & 7 October might happen upon ‘a tender love duet for dancer and digger’.

*Transports Exceptionnels* has beencreated by French choreographer Dominique Boivin for his Compagnie Beau Geste and does indeed feature a construction-size mechanical digger and the voice of diva Maria Callas singing Saint-Säens in a witty interpretation of the pas de deux dance tradition. Sat 6 Oct (2.30pm & 5pm) and Sun 7 Oct (12pm & 2pm).

Back in the theatres around town you’ll find – amongst others – the Michael Clark Company at the Barbican, Amanda Miller at the QEH, Thierry Baë at the Place, Andreja Rauch at Greenwich Dance Agency and Russell Maliphant at Sadler’s Wells.

Performance details:
Paul-André Fortier, Solo 30×30
Wed 3 October – Thu 1 November 1.30pm
Liverpool Street (adjacent to the station)
FREE (booking not required)
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Compagnie Beau Geste, Transports Exceptionnels
Sat 6 October 2.30pm & 5pm
Sun 7 October 12pm & 2.30pm
Southbank Centre’s Jubilee Gardens
FREE (booking not required)
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