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Sponsored by Arts & Events, Canary Wharf
Soak up a summery afternoon of alfresco delights in the company of a sizzling array of international and British dance companies. Now in its seventh year, Dancing City brings the spirit of Barcelona to Canary Wharf, transforming its squares and outdoor spaces into a playground for the senses. Passion is the theme which runs throughout this year’s Dancing City programme, taking in everything from tango to football and even a wedding on the way, so why not bring a significant other and wander hand in hand through a transformed city?
Dancing City Schedule:
Outside Canary Wharf Tube 1.00pm, 3.00pm & 4.30pm
Motionhouse Dance Theatre Underground
Montgomery Square 1.30pm & 4.00pm
Tango Sumo/Vendaval Les Noces de Trottoir
Columbus Courtyard 1.30pm & 4.15pm
Wired Aerial Theatre Fervorosa
Westferry Circus 2.15pm & 3.45pm
Senza Tempo El Bosque de Marcela
Cabot Square 2.15pm, 3.30pm & 4.45pm
Prodigal Theatre The Urban Playground
Canary Riverside 2.45pm & 4.15pm
Srishti Bend it…
Canary Wharf, E14
By Tube: Canary Wharf
By DLR: Canary Wharf
By Bus: D3, D7, D8, 277
By Car: Car parks leading to Cabot, Canada and Jubilee Place shopping malls.
By Thames Clipper: Canary Wharf Pier
Access: Full disabled access throughout Canary Wharf.
Download a map (300k pdf)
Venue information: www.canarywharf.com
UK based aerial dance company Wired Aerial Theatre and choreographer Brenda Angiel from Buenos Aires collaborate for the first time on an aerial tango spectacular, Fervorosa. Led by its visionary young Artistic Director Wendy Hesketh, formerly of De La Guarda, Wired Aerial Theatre creates cutting edge bungee assisted dance work. The company has previously been seen at GDIF with Glimpse in 2006 and at Out of the Blue in 2007. For this new show Wendy joins forces with leading Argentinian choreographer Brenda Angiel who over the past decade has developed a dance language that defies the laws of gravity, subverting the traditional relationships between weight, movement and space.
Since 2004 Prodigal Theatre has forged a dynamic reputation in the art of Parkour, an urban and highly disciplined form of movement which interacts with architecture to spectacular effect.
Parkour has been popularised by its appearance in films such as Casino Royale and Breaking and Entering as well as numerous television advertisements. In their new show The Urban Playground, Prodigal Theatre performs on a series of specially created structures designed to showcase this exciting new artform at its most breathtaking. In the words of Total Theatre magazine “Prodigal are masters of space and light… in stunning 3D pictures which stay in the mind long after the end of the show”.
The Urban Playground: Commissioned by Brighton and Hove Arts Commission
Senza Tempo is one of Barcelona’s most unusual dance theatre companies, who are well known for the creation of stunning, witty and thought provoking work. Making surprising use of the formal landscape at Westferry Circus, they present El Bosque de Marcela (Marcela’s Forest), a production created for the Forum of Cultures in Barcelona. This appealing and playful piece offers a surreal and intriguing vision of a sunlit world inspired by play and games. Previously seen at the South Bank Centre with their poetic trilogy of performances based on water, 2008 marks their GDIF debut.
In a new collaboration, French outdoor dance companies Tango Sumo and Vendaval have created a poetic new wedding celebration for the streets - Les Noces de Trottoir (The Street Wedding). Infused with love, passion, desire and despair, this totally captivating performance features 10 dancers and 1 musician. It brings together companies seen at previous GDIF Dancing City events: Tango Sumo’s unforgettable choreography for a boxing ring was presented back in 2003; while Vendaval’s Spanish inspired fusion of dancers and guitars entranced Festival audiences in 2004.
Motionhouse Dance Theatre’s high energy performance Chaser was presented at GDIF last year. Such was the success of this small scale piece, that a new work for 2008 has been created entitled Underground. Performed by 4 dancers within a rotating, rocking tubular structure, the new show uses stunningly physical dance, poignant imagery and surprising aerial encounters to explore the reality of 21st century Tube travel.
Underground is co-commissioned by Fierce! and Without Walls
GDIF is delighted to be returning to Canary Wharf with its well established annual programme of international outdoor dance. 2008 marks the seventh year of Dancing City, which also provides one of the countdown events in the lead up to The Big Dance (5 – 23 July 2008), a national celebration of dance in all its styles and forms. As a member of the international network of Dancing Cities (Cuidades que Danzan), GDIF is linked with a network of other cities across Europe and Latin America focusing on dance in public spaces.
Dancing City is a Big Dance countdown event