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A chance to soak up the best of UK and international outdoor dance in an afternoon awash with stunning performances, all making imaginative use of Canary Wharf’s beautiful squares, stairs, fountains and waterfront views. Now in its eighth year, Dancing City is an opportunity for you to dip your toes into the magical and surprising world of dance in public spaces – you might find a concourse transformed into a choreographed playground or a flower seller breaking into tango or even a very British queue erupting into movement. Expect the unexpected!
By Tube: Canary Wharf
By DLR: Canary Wharf
By Bus: D3, D7, D8, 277
By Car: Underground Car parks leading to Cabot, Canada and Jubilee Place shopping malls.
By Thames Clipper: Canary Wharf Pier
Access: Full disabled access throughout Canary Wharf.
Contact us to discuss access requirements.
(click on type below in blue to link to the artists own website)
Laws of Motion
Thurs & Fri 1pm & 6pm
Sat 2.30pm & 3.45pm
Pushing a quartet of four young male dancers to their physical limits, this barnstorming performance will feature thrilling choreography, which will brilliantly echo the sleek and contemporary architecture of Canary Wharf. Shifting patterns will move fluidly alongside the waterfront, contrasting with breakneck-paced partnering to create a gripping and totally engaging experience. Full details on the Laws of Motion page.
Dance Theatre of Ireland
Outside Jubilee Line Underground Station Exit
Sat 1.00pm & 3.00pm
(Or Columbus Courtyard in the event of high winds)
Roving dancers and musicians, flying blocks, vanishing structures, instant architecture – it’s a Block Party! Created by Dance Theatre of Ireland, six dazzling dancers plus live explosive percussion perform this moveable feast for the eyes and senses. Merging the worlds of dance, music and architecture, this outdoor dance spectacular will immerse you in a world of colour and play with giant toy blocks creating a Rubik’s Cube – on pointe!
Compagnie Pied en Sol
Wren Landing Sat
1.00pm & 3.00pm
A flower stall becomes the setting for a humorous street theatre tango in this delightful duet from the French company Pied en Sol. Wren Landing will be transformed into a typical Gallic street of dreams in a performance created by Brigitte Trémelot and Denis Madeleine, accompanied by live music.
The House that Jack Built
Canada Square Park
Sat 1.00pm, 2.30pm & 4.30pm
Punchdrunk is an award-winning company specialising in immersive performance experiences. The company’s theatre work usually takes place on an epic scale, staged in vast, empty buildings that are transformed into extraordinary settings. The House that Jack Built is a rare chance to see Punchdrunk’s unique, physical performance style released from the shadowy confines of installation theatre into the daylight and the great outdoors. Playful, entertaining and touching, this quirky dance performance sees three characters create a
world made from straw and is devised by Punchdrunk associate director and choreographer Maxine Doyle.
‘Punchdrunk put the wonder back into theatre’ The Guardian
StopGAP Dance Company
Sat 1.45pm & 3.45pm
StopGAP’s dancers sneak out of the crowd for an explosion of dancing on the streets. Join the queue as Tracking shares its own take on modern and vintage ‘Britishness’. Switching between 70’s kitsch and vintage Britain, the company are joined by celebrated disabled dancer David Toole (DV8, CandoCo) in this energetic outdoor experience where rain certainly doesn’t stop play! Taking the themes of the Cultural Olympiad, StopGAP’s own choreographer Lucy Bennett reflects on what it is to be a Londoner through the company’s trademark eccentric humour.
Compagnie Gianni Joseph
Sat 1.45pm & 4.15pm
Compagnie Gianni Joseph is well known for its creation of the extraordinary from the ordinariness of everyday life. Inspired by experiences in the streets of the world, in his acclaimed outdoor dance theatre production Ladies Men, Gianni Joseph brings a humorous take to the inexhaustible subject of love at first sight. This jubilant, graceful and appealing outdoor dance piece has been choreographed to use the background of the Cabot Square fountain as a key element within its staging and is presented for the first time in London at GDIF.