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Dance Umbrella’s digital programme

Posted on September 22, 2021

Dance Umbrella Digital 2021

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.

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.

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.

Image: Artists involved in Dance Umbrella‘s digital programme. Photograph: Dance Umbrella

Nicola Rayner was editor of Dance Today from 2010 to 2015. She has written for a number of publications including The Guardian, The Independent and Time Out Buenos Aires, where she cut her teeth as a dance journalist working on the tango section. Today she continues to dance everything from ballroom to breakdance, with varying degrees of success. Her debut novel, The Girl Before You, was published last year in paperback, ebook and audiobook.

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