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From Greenwich to the world: international cabaret

Posted on February 23, 2011

Greenwich Dance is extending its international links in 2011. Dancers from India, Japan and Eastern Europe will come to London to perform in the art deco Borough Hall, while links with dance promoters in Bulgaria, Croatia and Greece have produced a series of inter-city cabarets.

In January’s CitytoCity Cabaret in Greenwich, ten male dancers from Eastern Europe and the UK performed Nigel Charnock’s new work Cold Tongue. Now Greenwich Dance is sending British performers to Sofia for another CitytoCity Cabaret on February 24. The London-based lindy hop artist Temujin Gill (pictured) will carry out a residency, while choreographer Gary Clarke will present his duet 2 Men & a Michael. The cabaret will be held at the Sofia Live Club at 1 Bulgaria Square, Sofia, Bulgaria. See for details.

The next British event will be the Family Cabaret, held on April 9 at Greenwich Dance. The programme will include Santhosh V Somasundram and Ajeesh K Balakrishnan, from leading Indian contemporary dance company Attakkalari, performing two duets. “Greenwich Dance has had links with Attakkalari since the company’s inception 10 years ago,” explained Brendan Keaney, director of Greenwich Dance. “It is hugely inspiring to see how the company has grown to become one of the leading contemporary dance organisations in India. Attakkalari borrow from the Asian tradition to create a style of contemporary dance that is entirely new and refreshing. The audience are in for a rare treat.”

The Family Cabaret, which is part of the Greenwich Children’s Festival, is an afternoon event for all ages. To book tickets, call 020 8293 9741.

Picture: Temujin Gill. Photograph by Rachel Cherry

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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