Pick’n’Mix: The Dance Selection
A day of dance in an empty Woolworths
Conceived and presented by Fearghus Ó Conchúir in association with East London Dance and with the support of the Arts Council of England, The London Borough of Waltham Forest and the BBC Big Screens.
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: 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: Frances Bowman
24th October 2009
Recognising the choreographic talent that exits in Waltham Forest and frustrated that a local audience had no opportunity to access that talent, I organized Pick’n’Mix: The Dance Selection in the former 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.
323 people, from toddlers to pensioners, attended the three performances, with many others stopping to look through the shop windows at what was going on.
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.
Pick’n’Mix: The Dance Selection Documentary
Article about Pick’n’Mix featured in Waltham Forest Guardian by Mhairi Macfarlane – Read Article
Pick’n’Mix on londondance.com – Read Article