As a preview to Dancing City on Saturday 30 June, Upswing presents a glorious acrobatic re-telling of Hans Christian Anderson’s twisted tale, The Red Shoes.
Gather round for the grim and glorious world of Hans Christian Anderson in this acrobatic re-telling of his twisted tale. Two characters find themselves at the edge of a mysterious forest; an unknown place that represents their inner temptations. This forbidden land can yield rewards for the intrepid trespasser, but beware, it’s a place where they’ll also be tested; where they’ll be both lost and found. A rich reimagining of the dark and disturbing fairytale in a forest of Chinese poles.
The performance of this unusual version of the favourite fairytale is a world premiere and explores themes of loss, journey, transformation, and using dance, Chinese poles and other circus techniques to create a new playful outdoor dance work.
Dancing City, 30 June
Now in its eleventh year at Canary Wharf, Dancing City returns with leading UK and international dance companies and artists for an afternoon of inspirational and invigorating dance.
This year’s journey takes you through the parks, piazzas and waterfronts of Canary Wharf’s outdoor spaces where you will find runaway trolleys, a seaside picnic, eccentric beds, a fairytale forest and large scale choreography from Jeanefer Jean-Charles and East London Dance with Tomorrow’s Men.
The Red Shoes, presented by Upswing
Thurs 1pm & 5pm, Fri 1pm & 6.30pm, Sat 2.10pm & 4.35pm
Seasaw, presented by Tilted Productions
Sat 1pm & 3.40pm
1 hour walking journey, begins at Cabot Square
Four Seasons of Buenos Aries, presented by Arensky Chamber Orchestra in collaboration with TM Voss
Sat 1.30pm, 2.20pm, 3.20pm, 4.10pm
Expedition Paddock, presented by Tango Sumo
Sat 1.30pm & 3.25pm
Tribal Assembly, presented by Bad Taste Cru
Trolleys, presented by C-12 Dance Theatre
Sat 1.30pm & 3.05pm
Push, presented by Company Chameleon
Sat 2.40pm & 4.05pm
Tomorrow’s Men, presented by Jeanefer Jean-Charles and East London Dance
Sat 1pm & 3pm