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Dance at the City of London Festival 2012

Posted on February 29, 2012


A number of dance performances are included in the 2012 City of London Festival, which this year celebrates its 50th anniversary. The programme of over 150 events in more than 55 London venues, planned by festival director Ian Ritchie, will take place from June 24 to July 27.

Dance highlights include 50 Golden Street Pianos, a pop-up dance duet choreographed by Rafael Bonachela from June 27 to 29; a performance by English National Ballet at St Paul’s Cathedral on July 3; 60 conservatoire dancers in new choreography by Nina Rajarani, Bawren Tavaziva, Ponciano Almeida and Lea Anderson at the Millennium Bridge, Festival Gardens, Paternoster Square, and the steps of St Paul’s on July 12 to 14; and Etta Ermini Dance Theatre and BMX-dance workshops at Canada Square Park, Canary Wharf on July 15. A number of the events are free. Further information about the festival can be found at Tickets go on sale at the box office (Tel: 0845 120 7502) from April 11. The City of London Festival 2012 is sponsored by BNY Mellon.

London Symphony Orchestra playing at St Paul’s Cathedral. Photograph: Robert Piwko.

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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