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Dance Umbrella

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About the show

Dance Umbrella takes over London with its annual festival of contemporary dance.

Where do you go to watch dance? Sadler’s Wells, The Royal Opera House or perhaps The Place? Well how about a shipping container outside Battersea Power Station? Or, a disused urban space in East London? Because as part of their 2017 programme, Dance Umbrella are taking dance out of the theatres and into the streets. The annual festival of contemporary dance showcases the best in innovative new choreographers and established creatives. We’ve chopped picked a few highlights from their impressive programme to give you an idea of what Dance Umbrella 2017 is all about.


If you thought origami was a gentle art involving paper cranes, then this new outdoor work might make you think again. Created by Satchie Noro and Silvain Ohl, this awe-inspiring piece is performed in five London locations. It starts off at Battersea Power Station, then goes to Peninsula Sqaure, Artillery Square, The Queen’s Gardens and Trinity Buoy Wharf. Watch a giant shipping container unfurl like a delicate flower as a performer balances on its sharp corners. Find out more here. 

Is This A Waste Land?

Charlotte Spencer Projects perform this provocative but playful work on a piece of disused land in Silvertown Quays, East London. The group were previously at Dance Umbrella with Walking Stories. Now, they want to ask audiences what value they put on a piece of land. Ticketholders will be provided with headphones. Responding to instructions, the group explore the idea of community and space. Find out more here.

Out Of The System

East London’s Rich Mix is filled with Freddie Opoku-Addaie’s carefully curated choice of works from across the globe. Billed as a ‘festival-within-a-festival’, Opoku-Addaie has programmed an eclectic mix of music, dance and performance in a multi-roomed space. The audience are invited to wander freely between the performances. Enjoy live Afrobeat music, contempory dance fused with flamenco and After Tears, a poignant work exploring South African mourning traditions. Find out more here. 

Let Me Change Your Name

South Koren choreographer Eun-Me Ahn presents a dance about identity and androgyny. A company of nine dancers, including the choreographer, don interchangeable neon costumes to question how we understand and perform identity. Check out the brilliant blend of irrelevance and seriousness that one would expect from a choreographer who once worked with the world-famous Pina Bausch. Find out more here.

To see the full programme, click here.

Dance Umbrella runs from 11 – 28 October 2017 at venues across London.

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