News: Flagging up the Jubilee

Thursday 31 May 2012 by Carmel Smith

Dancers rehearse Lea Anderson's new work at Southbank Centre, 31 May, 2012. Photo: Bettina Strenske

As the Queen sails down the Thames as part of the mass flotilla celebrating her Diamond Jubilee on Sunday (3 June), 30 dancers will be the roof of the Royal Festival Hall semaphoring her a message for the occasion – “Happy Diamond Jubilee Queen Elizabeth, We Heart You.

The work has been made by Artist in Residence choreographer Lea Anderson, who was out rehearsing some of her dancers on the Southbank terraces this morning. Coincidentally, Anderson’s first full length work for her company The Cholmondeleys was called Flag and was made for Southbank Centre back in 1989.

The new commission will be performed at about 3.30pm on Sunday. It is just one of many in Southbank Centre’s huge Festival of the World, which opens on Friday and will run throughout the summer, involving around 4,000 artists from 195 countries and featuring spectacular installations, art, music and literature based events.

Other dance related events this weekend include Strictly Jubilee Ballroom – demonstrations, lessons and live music on Monday 4 June. Visitors are invited to dress in red, white and blue for the occasion.

More info
www.southbankcentre.co.uk
www.thamesdiamondjubileepageant.org

Photos: Bettina Strenske

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