News: Welcome to BDE2012 delegates
A big warm welcome to London if you’re here for this weekend’s British Dance Edition 2012!
You’ve certainly got a packed agenda – but we hope you’ll find time to check us out for the low down on dance in London. We’ve also got some great features especially for the festival, including interviews with some of the people who have organised the programme. Find out more about the venues they work for, and for some tips (dance and non-dance) of things to see and do while you’re here read on>
My top tip for visitors to London is that it’s a really great city for walking in – I walk everywhere, it’s much more interesting on foot than it is on the tube. And if they want the best coffee in London it’s all made by Australians in Soho! Wendy Martin, Southbank Centre
You’ve got to go to some of London’s street markets because you get a real sense of London – Borough, Columbia Road, Brick Lane, Spitalfields. And everyone should come to a Greenwich Dance Cabaret ! Brendan Keaney, Greenwich Dance
I don’t know if you’ll get into the Leonardo exhibition at the National Gallery but it is extraordinary. And on the music front there is Hip Hop Karaoke at The Social in W1 every night. Worth a try?
Emma Gladstone, Sadler’s Wells
If you haven’t had enough dance could go and see Without Warning – a beautiful piece of work by Lizzi Kew-Ross. This is Old Vic Tunnels’ first dalliance with contemporary dance. I think it’s going to be fantastic! Brian Brady, Laban Theatre
On our doorstep in Stratford I’d suggest The View Tube – a social enterprise and community venue on The Greenway adjacent to the Olympic Park: fantastic views of the whole 2012 Olympic enterprise in this part of London, with a fab café.Kiki Gale, East London Dance
I love that it’s a city full of surprises. And everyone should take a boat down the river, it’s the view of London that lots of people miss out on! Eddie Nixon, The Place
I’m really excited about going to see the David Hockney exhibition, I must say. I also recommend the Sir John Soane Museum , an amazing, small museum in Lincoln’s Inn Fields. Betsy Gregory, Dance Umbrella
It’s worth doing a little bit of research, to experience a mixture of work in conventional spaces and work that might be in a more unusual space; that might take you to an unexpected part of London, that will really enhance your experience of the city itself.
Theresa Beattie, ROH2
Lyndsey Winship, Time Out’s Dance Editor can point you to some of the lesser known places where you’ll find unknown artists, underground scenes, quirky performance spaces & buzzing dancefloors >
Sarah Crompton, The Telegraph’s Arts Editor thinks that London is a dance capital of the world and talks to some of the artists and programmers working here about the reasons for it becoming such a creative place to be >
Kate Scanlan, Project Manager for this year’s British Dance Edition talks about the logistics of planning and programming this years event >
( homepage image: Lost Dog’s It Needs Horses, Liliian Baylis Studio Sadler’s Wells, Sun 5 Feb )