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What we've seen: dance

  • Date: 29 July 2011
  • Area: London

Every week staff at the London office see hundreds of performances and exhibitions. This month our Dance team bring you some of their highlights.

Battle of the Boroughs 2011, Dare2Dance - Bloomsbury Theatre
"You can't fail to feel energised seeing these young women take to the stage as if their lives depended on it. The camaraderie and energy fizzed through the theatre and a glance into the darkened crowd revealed smiling faces, proud parents, friends and teachers.

The competition element of the evening didn't detract from each group creating and performing an original piece of dance, demonstrating how far they have come as artists. A loud and proud evening."
Sri Sarker - Relationship Manager

Crossroads, Protein Dance, commissioned by Greenwich Dance and GDIF -   Greenwich and Docklands International Festival
"Crossroads was a captivating piece of outdoor dance in which a cast of 70 local people and professional dancers brought experiences of travelling and migration to life. Accompanied by live music from around the world, they sang, danced and skilfully led us through the Old Naval Courtyard in Greenwich.

Pitched just right for the festival's family audience, it was a life-affirming, joyful experience. Protein will join the Arts Council's national portfolio in 2012."
Shira Hess - Relationship Manager

Exposure: Dance, 2 mixed bill performances, curated by Theresa Beattie -  ROH2, Royal Opera House
"Offering some welcome cultural and aesthetic diversity, ROH2's Exposure showcased new commissions and snapshots of new work over two evenings.

The first programme featured an intense solo choreographed by Mayuri Boonham, an Unlimited commission from Marc Brew as well as Royal Opera House Associate Artist Sarah Dowling's The Wake. Dealing with death and grief, The Wake conveyed a difficult subject with compassion and beauty. 

The second programme presented an excerpt from Stephanie Schober's unconventional new piece TRAFFIC, promising new voices Devaraj Thimmaiah and Alesandra Seutin, and some excellent dancing in Cameron McMillan's work."
Jan De Schynkel & Gitta Wigro - Relationship Managers