Dance Umbrella 2017

Dance Umbrella 2017 will take place across London from 11th to 28th October and will feature numerous dance acts and performances.

This year’s programme with be packed full with content from leading choreographers and dancers.

The festival will open with a show called Origami at Battersea Power Station. During this performance, Japanese dancers and circus aerialists will perform on a 40 foot shipping container in front of the building.

Visitors to the festival will also get to see this show at various different locations along the River Thames throughout the duration of the festival.

Festival highlights

Other highlights of the festival will include Fallen from Heaven at the Barbican, by Rocio Molina, featuring flamenco dancing expressing a passion for freedom.

Guest programmer and emerging artist Freddie Opoku-Addaie will curate a festival-within-a-festival with Out of the System as he turns Hackney’s Rich Mix cinema into a house party filled with vibrant international music and dance. 

Also, avant-garde South Korean choreographer Eun-Me Ahn comes to London to perform her work Let Me Change Your Name with her company for the first time at The Place. A friend of the legendary Pina Bausch, her previous projects include a world-tour of a performance called Dancing Grandmothers and choreographing the 2002 FIFA World Cup opening ceremony in Seoul.

There will also be the launch of a new Dance Umbrella Lecture series by Liz Lerman, with a discussion about how we watch dance and theatre differently, followed by a Q&A led by Steven Hoggett. 

Plus, there will be a multitude of extra events, talks and screenings throughout the festival. 

Further information

Group organisers can book festival tickets via the Dance Umbrella website or by contacting selected venues for specific performances.

Further details regarding the dance programme for this year’s event can also be found online.

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