Posted on July 6, 2017
Arlene Phillips is organising a gala to raise funds for victims of the Grenfell Tower fire. Held at London’s Adelphi Theatre on Sunday, July 30, the gala will bring together stars from many styles to support those who have been affected by the tragedy.
The Grenfell Tower, a block of public housing flats in Kensington, caught fire on June 14, with the blaze engulfing the whole building. All proceeds will go via The Kensington &Chelsea Foundation.
Dancers and companies announced for the gala include The Royal Ballet, featuring Edward Watson; stars from Strictly Come Dancing, including Ore Oduba, Oti Mabuse and Giovanni Pernice; Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures; The Maryinsky Ballet, featuring Xander Parish; Akram Khan; Ballet Black; Rambert; Adam Garcia; Rina Kanehara and Aitor Arrieta, English National Ballet’s 2017 Emerging Dancers; Danny Collins and Rachel Muldoon in an excerpt from Drew McOnie’s Jekyll and Hyde; Tommy Franzén and Xena Gusthart; Boy Blue Entertainment, ZooNation; Dance Dance Dance champions Jonny Labey and Chrissie Brooke.
Phillips said: “I remember waking up in the morning and thinking, ‘here goes another day’, only to switch on the TV to watch the news and suddenly see an image so powerful you can’t move, knowing so many lives have been changed forever. As the days went by I began to wonder if there was a way that I could help, maybe even make a small difference, and I thought dance is my world, my life, so how could I galvanise and bring the dance community together to raise funds for those who need it most, now and into the future.”
Gala for Grenfell has been organised by Arlene Phillips, Graham Watts and Guy Chapman for Target Live. The gala will be directed by Phillips.
Arlene Phillips speaks to Nicola Rayner in the July 2017 issue of Dancing Times.
Top: Arlene Phillips. Photograph: Wolfgang Webster