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Classically British 2014

Posted on October 8, 2014

classically-british-elliott-franks2014 is the 20th anniversary of the Mark Elie Dance Foundation and Portobello Dance. They’re celebrating with a group of birthday events, including an exhibition of photographs and Classically British, a Black History event that celebrates the rich cultural mix of British professional dancers and choreographers in contemporary and neo-classical ballet.

The anniversary showcase will also bring back British dance legends, including founder London Contemporary Dance Theatre member Namron and Marie Kamara of Ballet Nègre. It will present new work by emerging and established British artists. There will also be an open dress rehearsal for local school children and residents, with interactive question and answer session with the dancers and artistic director Mark Elie.

Classically British will be at The Tabernacle, London W11 on October 15 and at Chelsea Theatre, London SW10 on October 16. Tickets for the main show cost £10, with £5 for the dress rehearsal, available on the door. See www.portobellodance.org.uk for more information.

Picture: Samira Mighty and Anu Ogunmefun. Photograph: Elliott Franks

Zoë was born in Edinburgh, and saw her first dance performances at the Festival there. She is the dance critic of The Independent, and has also written for The Independent on Sunday, The Scotsman and Dancing Times. In 2002, she received her doctorate from the University of York for a thesis on “Nationhood and epic romance: Ariosto, Sidney, Spenser”. She is the author of The Royal Ballet: 75 Years and The Ballet Lover’s Companion.

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