Dance Umbrella 2013

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London's annual festival of dance from around the globe celebrates 35 years of bringing brave new dance to the capital and marks Betsy Gregory's final year as Artistic Director.

Following the success of the 2012 festival, concentrated at one venue, the 2013 festival programme has been designed around specific geographical areas to allow for a rich festival experience.

Starting within the environs of the impressive King's Cross development and culminating at Stratford, east London, audiences can immerse themselves in theatrical performances, outdoor events, talks, photo exhibitions, installations and dance happenings.

Dance Umbrella 2013 features festival initiates, mature artists and dance icons, with most events presented in intimate settings.

Highlights of Dance Umbrella 2013 include performances by Trisha Brown Dance Company, part of its world tour of proscenium works before the Company changes shape in 2015. Performed up-close in the Platform Theatre at Central Saint Martins, the programme will feature timeless classics alongside Brown's most recent and final work.

Stratford Circus showcases South Africa's controversial and provocative choreographer Robyn Orlin with a raucous and entertaining spectacle encapsulating the vibrancy and inventiveness of the African people.

Many of the 2013 events and experience will be free, including Dog Kennel Hill Project's TUG spectacle on Regent's Canal and the return of TooMortal by Shobana Jeyasingh Dance at St Pancras Church on Euston Road.

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