London’s contemporary dance festival “Dance Umbrella” opens on September 21
The 28th of the Dance Umbrella international contemporary dance festival will run in venues around London from September 19 to November 5.
For the opening audiences will see the first restaging of Merce Cunningham’s Ocean in 12 years, and the first performance ever in London. The venue is the legendary Roundhouse concert hall in Dagenham. This hall is a veritable rock music hall of fame where musicians like the Rolling Stones performed often. Due to serious aging, however, the building underwent major renovation and was reopened in June of this year as a culture center for young people. The festival will also include performances of revival works by the great choreographers of the 1980s and 90s like Carlotta Ikeda, Stephen Petronio and Michael Clark.
Among the anticipated new works is “Dance to Music by Steve Reich - A Triple Bill” which brings together works by three choreographers who were inspired by the music of Steve Reich, including Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker of Rosas, Richard Alston and the this year’s Lawrence Olivier Award nominee Akram Khan. The performance will be at the Barbican Theatre.
At the Sadler’s Wells there will be performances of new works by the Dresden-based Forsythe Company and Rosas of Belgium.
At The Place there will be performances of a solo work by the DV8 company choreographer Nigel Charnock and in the adjoining small hall there will be a program called “Brief Encounter” that will present works by new artists and shorter works by professional artists. Introduced here from Japan, the winner of the 2005 Toyota Choreography Awards “Choreographer of the Next Generation” prize, Maho Sumiji and her Selenographica Dance Company performing What Follows the Act.
This will be the last Dance Umbrella festival for Val Bourne as artistic director.