News: Rafael Bonachela - Big Dance 2014 choreographer for Trafalgar Square

Wednesday 11 June 2014 by Carmel Smith

Big Dance 2010. Photo: Lara Platman

Big Dance, the world’s largest celebration of dance and dancing, will run for nine days this year, from 5 -13 July 2014 with a host of events taking place up and down the country.

The biggest event in London will be the Big Commonwealth Dance – specially created for the Festival by Rafael Bonachela, Artistic Director of Sydney Dance Company. The performance will be filmed and broadcast by satellite to a global audience from London’s Trafalgar Square on the evening of Saturday 12 July. Simultaneously groups will be performing and filmed outside Sydney Opera House and at Buchanan Street, Glasgow, as part of Get Scotland Dancing and the three cities will be linked in a spectacular showcase of dance, featuring thousands of dancers.

“Big Dance is an opportunity to share the joy of dance with the wider community.” Says Bonachela, who was based in London for several years when he danced with Rambert. “I just love to dance and I believe everyone can have that feeling, at whatever age. You don’t need to be a dancer to dance!”

There’s still time for groups of dancers to register to take part – and the Big Dance bus will be at Westfield on Sunday 15 June teaching the choreography
Sign your group up here.

Big Dance activities will be taking place across the country, including : Bridlington Beach (choreographer: Susanne Thomas); Old Market Square, Nottingham (choreography: Jeanefer Jean-Charles); Birmingham Markets (choreography: David McKenna); Corn Exchange, Ipswich (choreography: Arthur Pita); the streets of Liverpool (choreography: Willi Dorner); Northumberland Street Newcastle (choreography: Nev Campbell); the Mayor’s Newham Show, East Ham, London (choreography: Natasha Gilmore); Southbank Centre Garden, London (choreography: Siobhan Davies Studios); and Spa Fields Park, London (choreography: Wayne McGregor|Random Dance).

Photo: Big Dance 2010, Lara Platman

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