News: Dance Your City

Wednesday 21 December 2011 by Carmel Smith

Elektro kif dancers at the Tour Eiffel by Blanca Li from Blanca Li on Vimeo.

Southbank Centre have launched a new online competition. Dancers – solo, or in groups – are invited to create a one minute dance video in front of an iconic landmark in their city, film it, upload it to the Dance Your City Facebook page and compete for the chance to perform in the Queen Elizabeth Hall on the Southbank .

The winning group will perform as the opening act for Spanish dancer, choreographer and filmmaker Blanca Li, (choreographer of videos for Kanye West, Daft Punk and Blur) who brings her street dance show Elektro Kif to Southbank Centre on Friday 2 and Saturday 3 March 2012.

Blanca’s own film Dance Challenge (2002) opens with an extraordinary head spin in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris – and is the inspiration for the Dance Your City competition.

Wendy Martin, who joined Southbank as the new Head of Performance and Dance at the venue earlier this year said: ‘I’m really excited to be working with Blanca Li and to open this competition to dancers across the UK. Southbank Centre has a long history of supporting and presenting street culture from the skateboarders who have been coming here since the 1970s and dancers who practice in our riverside terraces, foyers and corridors to shows by b.supreme, Flawless and ZooNation. I am proud to further this collaboration and support this vibrant art form and look forward to seeing the videos.’

The first stage of the Dance Your City competition is a public online vote via Facebook to select the top six entries; these dancers will then perform in the live final at Southbank Centre on Friday 2 March 2012 in front of a public audience and a panel of judges including Blanca Li, Kenrick from hip-hop dance group Boy Blue, Southbank Centre’s Wendy Martin and representatives fom ZooNation and Breakin’ Convention.

The outright winner will then go on to perform a three minute piece on stage in Queen Elizabeth Hall at Southbank Centre as an opener for Blanca Li’s Elektro Kif show on Saturday 3 March. The winning dancer or group will also receive 20 hours of rehearsal time in the dance studio at Southbank Centre or at one of the tour venues across the UK.

The competition is open for entries now; the public vote ends on 6 February, with the six finalists announced on 10 February 2012

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