Dance Umbrella's Guest Programmer Freddie Opoku-Addaie creates this festival-within-a-festival, bringing together a selection of exceptional companies and two live bands, with profiles that span Africa, Asia, Europe and South America. Across the Souvenir is a collaboration between choreographer, performer and teacher Alesandra Seutin (who performs this solo piece) and visual artist Michele Magema - two artists both influenced by their strong feminine identity and Afro-European culture. Ven, created by Spanish dance company La Macana, is an award-winning duet that has been performed at street festivals in over 20 different countries around the globe by its choreographers and performers Caterina Varela and Alexis Fernandez. In After Tears, Soweto-born dancer and choreographer Sello Pesa celebrates mourning and South African traditions for coping with death. American contemporary dancer Asha Thomas and British flamenco dancer Yinka Esi Graves collaborate in Clay. They draw from their collective memory and experiences; one dancer is of half Jamaican, half Ghanaian descent and the other from a long line of Southern Baptist preachers. Music comes from Afrobeat band Yaaba Funk and multicultural musicians Kioko whose soulful pop is heavily influenced by dub, reggae and ska. Presenting an ingenious, intimate mix of local and global experiences, Out of the System is a new kind of open house party. Audiences are invited to roam through performance spaces, discovering off the grid cultures and identities. Freddie Opoku-Addaie is an East London-born choreographer, performer, educator and Artistic Director with Ghanaian roots. He has performed with celebrated international choreographers and companies including Company Wayne McGregor and Candoco Dance Company. His solo work, Show of Hands, premiered at Dance Umbrella 2013. As former Associate Artist of the Royal Opera House, his own performance works have been presented nationally and internationally including in Romania, Italy, India and Canada.
Venue Details & Map
35 - 47 Bethnal Green RoadLondonE1 6LA
- +44 (0)20 7613 7498
- Public transport:
- Shoreditch High Street Station - Exit the station, turn out on to Bethnal Green Road. Turn right and cross over the road. Rich Mix is located a short distance along the road.