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Dance Umbrella’s digital programme 

Posted on September 29, 2021

DU21 Jade Hackett London Battle photo Nadia Otshudi

Dance Umbrella, London’s annual international dance festival has announced its digital programme of performances, conversations, films and discussions. London Battle, conceived and created by Jade Hackett, brings together some of the most exciting talent from London’s hip-hop dance scene in a celebration of the capital’s globally renowned dance and music culture. As a DJ plays a selection of the UK’s finest beats, including some by Mikey J Asante, witness dancers going head-to-head in a diverse range of styles to create a thrilling digital dance performance. 

In Give Them Their Flowers, join performer, actress and choreographer Hackett as she shines a spotlight on five dance artists Ash  Mukherjee, Kev “Renegade” Gopie, Liza Vallance, Phillip Chbeeb and Shelley Maxwell. This series of intimate in-conversations brings together artists to discuss their work and their path in contemporary creative practice.

DU21 Give Them Their Flowers Ash Mukherjee photo Elliott Franks 2

Photographs: Give Them Their-Flowers, photograph by Elliott Franks.

SAY: AF (And Friends) is a dance film collaboration, produced by Dance Umbrella, between dance artists Sarah Golding and Yukiko Masui and a range of music artist collaborators. 

Choreographer’s Cut also returns for 2021 with three leading artists giving in-depth commentaries on a previous work. Nora Chipaumire, Claire Cunningham and Eddie Ladd discuss their creative process with Dance Umbrella’s artistic director and chief executive Freddie Opoku-Addaie. Dance Umbrella also presents the world premiere of the filmed version of Dimitris Papaioannou’s production NOWHERE, originally commissioned by the Greek National Theater. Finally audiences can join Dance Umbrella for a topical panel discussion exploring how freelance arts professionals are continuing to adapt within the current climate, hosted and curated by Valerie Ebuwa.


DU21 Nora Chipaumire Portrait of myself as my father photo Gennadi Novash

 Portrait of myself as my father, photograph by Gennadi-Novash.

For 2021, Dance Umbrella is launching a Digital Pass, which will give audiences exclusive access to all the content available via The pass is pay what you can (minimum £5) and gives audiences access to all digital content within this year’s festival. With content being released throughout the festival, once live, all content will be available on demand until October 24. 


Jonathan Gray is editor of Dancing Times. He studied at The Royal Ballet School, Leicester Polytechnic, and Wimbledon School of Art where he graduated with a BA Hons in Theatre Design. For 16 years he was a member of the curatorial department of the Theatre Museum, London, assisting on a number of dance-related exhibitions, and helping with the recreation of original designs for a number of The Royal Ballet’s productions including Danses concertantes, Daphnis and Chloë, and The Sleeping Beauty. He has also contributed to the Financial Times, written programme articles for The Royal Ballet and Birmingham Royal Ballet, and is co-author of the book Unleashing Britain: Theatre gets real 1955-64, published in 2005.

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