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Canary Wharf, Tower Hamlets, E14
Sat 3 July   1 - 5pm

FREE  (no ticket required)  

Les Ponctuels
Chemin Faisant
Rosa’s Bar
Straw Dog
El Jardin
The Silver Tree

Now in its ninth year, Dancing City is one of GDIF’s best loved events. For one extraordinary afternoon, outdoor dance transforms Canary Wharf’s beautiful squares, parks, stairways and courtyards into London’s very own Ramblas. This year you might discover timeless travellers with surprising suitcases, a mouth-watering aerial bistro, a Catalan duet in a secret garden, hip hop colliding with circus or romantic dockside encounters. It’s up to you to plan your own dance adventure and experience Canary Wharf at its energising best.

Canary Wharf, Tower Hamlets, E14
By Tube: Canary Wharf
By DLR: Canary Wharf
By Bus: D3, D7, D8, 135, 277
By Car: Underground car parks leading to Cabot,
Canada and Jubilee Place shopping malls.
By Thames Clippers: Canary Wharf Pier
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Access: Full disabled access throughout Canary Wharf, including car parks and toilet facilities
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Presented by Motionhouse Dance Theatre
Thursday 1 July 1pm & 6.30pm
Friday 2 July
1pm, 5pm & 7.30pm
Sat 3 July
1pm, 3.05pm & 4.35pm Jubilee Plaza (download map>)
Set on a submerged house amidst rising flood waters Cascade is an enthralling look at one family’s scramble to keep their heads above water and their feet on dry land! A company of fabulous dancers balance, fall, slide and tumble their way upwards through the levels of their domestic life and arrive adrift on an endlessly disappearing island. Cascade is an adventure in the everyday, in which the presence of water becomes more pressing and more insistently evident, until it sweeps all before it.

Les Ponctuels
Presented by Compagnie Antipodes
Sat 3 July 1pm & 2.10pm Montgomery Square(download map>)
In the first of two performances from the French company Antipodes, three highly anxious and physically frenetic dancers explore the idea of punctuality. This will be the London premiere from this exciting outdoor dance company from France.

Presented by Compagnie Antipodes
Sat 3 July 3.30pm Cubitt Steps (download map>)
This nostalgic duet for two dancers evokes a moment of intimacy between two lovers who could perhaps be characters in a Piaf song parting on a quayside. As the couple share a final moment, music from handheld suitcases echoes their intensely atmospheric internal world.

Chemin Faisant
Presented by Compagnie Pied en Sol
Sat 3 July 1.30pm & 2.40pm Wren Landing (download map>)
Following their highly successful debut at Dancing City last year, the French company Pied en Sol return with a new dance duet inspired by the popular dance of traditional European dance halls – all accompanied by live accordion providing a uniquely Gallic flavour in the intimate setting of Wren Landing.

Presented by Nats Nus Dansa
Sat 3 July 1.35pm & 4pm Montgomery Square (download map>)
The second of two Catalan companies featured at this year’s Dancing City will bring accessible, family-friendly contemporary dance to Montgomery Square. Toni Mira’s choreography creates a meeting place for four travellers who share the dreams and dances they have gathered from their long journey through the different cultural maps of the world.

Straw Dog
Presented by Wired Aerial Theatre
Sat 3 July 2.05pm & 3.15pm Columbus Courtyard (download map>)
This newly commissioned performance takes inspiration from a Native American teaching that inside each person a fight is constantly underway between two wolves: one good, the other evil. In Cherokee folklore the dog that wins is the one that is “fed the most”. With choreography from Henri Oguike, one of the UK’s leading contemporary choreographers, Straw Dog will be a powerful expression of this universal parable.

Commissioned by Without Walls

Rosa’s Bar
Presented by Wired Aerial Theatre
Sat 3 July 4.35pm Columbus Courtyard (download map>)
Following highly successful performances of Fervorosa at Dancing City in 2008, anti-gravity virtuosos Wired Aerial Theatre make a welcome return to GDIF with a mouth-watering performance which will take gastronomy into the air, in a lavish three course meal brimming with quirky characters, tango beats, magic, flying and incredible illusions.

El Jardin
Presented by Vero Cendoya and Adele Madau
Sat 3 July 2.30pm & 3.40pm Westferry Circus (download map>)
This entrancing and humorous performance created by multi-talented Catalan dancer, video artist and illustrator Vero Cendoya brings together live music integrated with witty choreography in the intimate green setting of Westferry Circus.

The Silver Tree
Presented by Avant Garde Dance Company
Sat 3 July 2.50pm & 4.10pm Canary Riverside(download map>)
Hip Hop meets circus in this energising fusion of urban moves and Chinese pole artistry, set, to dramatic effect, on two “Silver Trees”. Choreographed by Tony Adigun with electrifying costumes and an all female cast, this promises to be a memorable riverside highlight to this year’s programme.

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