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International City Dance Festival - Canary Wharf

Dancing City is the UK’s largest annual programme of outdoor dance and brings together every conceivable dance form. 

13.00 - 13.30 Meet in Cafe Obika which will our base.

(Please note: I will be at the Obika Café from 12:15. The first dance events begin at 1 pm and I expect that the early audiences will gain the better views. So I would encourage those who wish to take full advantage of the whole festival to arrive at the Café before 12:30 for a quick tea or coffee. I will obviously remain at the Obika Café between 1 - 1:30 pm for any guests that have not yet arrived).

If using the Underground, please get off the tube at Canary Wharf Station and exit from the West Exit, then turn left and cross the road. The Obika Café is housed in a small glass building that can be seen directly ahead. Please see the map below and the blue arrow pointing the way. A picture of the building is also included below.

13.30   Each of us can chose which events we want to go and watch.

Choice below.



Several events on at the same time. Obika cafe is very close to several of the events. Maps will be given to each of you.

Saturday 28 June, 1-5pm, Various locations

1-5pm, Jubilee Plaza - Youth Dance Youth Challengepresented by Big Dance - following the success of the Youth Dance event at last year’s Dancing City, a full afternoon of performances by a wide range of youth dance companies would take place throughout the afternoon

1pm & 3.10pm, Cabot Square - The Awakening presented by StopGap Dance Company - presented by one of Britain’s leading integrated dance companies, this new performance has been choreographed by learning disabled dance artist Chris Pavia

1pm, 2.20pm, 3.25pm & 4.50pm, Jubilee Place Shopping Mall - Tango Duets presented by TM Voss - take a trip to Argentina with these intensely expressive tango duets, guaranteed to conjure up the heat and sensuous atmosphere of Buenos Aires. Last seen at Dancing City in 2012 with his performances inspired by Piazzola’s Four Seasons, choreographer Thomas Michael Voss returns to Canary Wharf with specially created new work offering a chance to experience the intensity of Argentinian tango at close quarters.

1pm & 3pm, Upper Bank Street-Montgomery Square- The River presented by East London Dance - This large-scale site-specific dance promenade involves over 100 participating dancers and singers who journey from Upper Bank St. to Montgomery Square in a production which has been commissioned as part of the cultural programme of this year’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Choreographed by Natasha Gilmour in partnership with East London Dance, the performance explores personal histories and journeys across, to and from the Commonwealth against the ever present landscape of East London’s Docks and waterfronts.

1pm & 4.05pm, Columbus Courtyard - La Mirada Interiorpresented by Producciones Imperdibles - last seen at Dancing City in 2011, this Spanish dance company specialises in innovative staging for outdoor dance. For 2014 their new show entitled “La Mirada Interior” has a circle of seats with headphones surrounding a performance area. Audience members can select one of three tracks on their headsets to accompany the short choreographic episodes. The mood and atmosphere of each performance can be determined by each individual audience member whilst a wider audience watches the silent performances from outside the circle

1.50pm & 4.15pm, Montgomery Square - Two of A Kindpresented by Ballet Black - a company which celebrates black and Asian dancers in ballet, this new production choreographed by Christopher Marney explore one woman’s journey through a relationship with music by Tchaikovsky

2pm & 4pm, Cabot Square - Por Casualidad presented byMarco Vargas & Chloe Brule (as above)

2.05pm, Fisherman’s Walk - Spring presented by Cie Pied en Sol - previous Dancing City favourites, the French company their new outdoor Cie Pied en Sol dance performance “Spring” which takes audiences on a choreographic journey through the seasons.

2.20pm & 3.40pm, Westferry Circus - ¿Hasta Donde…?presented by Compañía Sharon Fridman - this powerfully conceived duet by Israeli choreographer Sharon Fridman for two dancers will receive its London premiere at Dancing City

2.40pm & 4.35pm, Wren Landing - Two Old Men presented by 2Faced Dance Company (as above)

2.45pm & 4.30pm, Canary Riverside - The Man Who Lost His Buttons presented by Circ Panic - following previous dance performances at Dancing City which have drawn on circus skills, this year sees a gravity-defying Catalan performance landing on the banks of the Thames. Breath taking physicality, beautiful music and comedy combine as a lone dancer stretches high into the air on a single pole. With striking staging, set against a captivating vista, this performance demonstrates a wondrous synergy between the human body and a swinging pole.

Meetup Fee:  £2


 17.30  End up for a drink together

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  • A former member
    A former member

    It was very interesting and thought provoking

    1 · June 29, 2014

  • jacqui r.

    Hi. This sounds like great fun. Sorry I'm not coming as away for the weekend. Have fun!

    June 23, 2014

    • Andy

      Hi Jacqui,

      Thanks for the good wishes, and yes I’m sure it will be great fun :-)

      June 24, 2014

  • crudgie

    ill see u there
    i usually go every year
    kens events are also going[ledger bldg]

    June 2, 2014

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