On Saturday, for Pick’n’Mix:The Dance Selection in the empty Woolworths in Leytonstone, eight Waltham Forest choreographers presented seven pieces, of which three were new works. The works were performed by 20 dancers.
A new visual art installation illuminated the shop windows.
300 people, from toddlers to pensioners, attended the three performances.
Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures dancers led two workshops on the day with 35 participants and Dean James led two more in local schools in the run up to the event with 50 participants.
Meanwhile, 6 dance films by Waltham Forest choreographers filled the BBC Big Screen in Walthamstow and a documentary of Pick’n’Mix:The Dance Selection will be played alongside them when it is edited.
Choreographers: Kim Brandstrup, Dean James, Tashan Muir, Fearghus O’Conchuir, Seeta Patel and Kamala Devam, Stephanie Schober, Bettina Strickler,
Performers: Vincent Bugg, Elisabetta D’Aloia, Kamala Devam, Thomasin Gülgeç, Katsura Isobe, Seeta Patel, Luke Sawyer, Stephanie Schober, Pieter Symonds, Shahla Tarrant, Unity Youth.
Films by Seeta Patel and Kamala Devam, Fearghus O’Conchuir, Freddie Opoku Addaie, Stephanie Schober , Angela Towler and Martin Joyce.
Workshops led by Dean James, Stephen Berkley-White and Shelby Williams
Installation by Frances Bowman
Helped by the choreographers, the performers, East London Dance, Waltham Forest Council, The Arts Council of England, Leytonstone Arts Trail artists, and the BBC Big Screen