Our City Danced!

Over the weekend of Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd July we held our first Our City Dances festival, celebrating the projects we’ve been working on with our friends and partners across Tarner and Queens Park ward in Brighton as we move toward opening doors to The Dance Space in early 2020.

And how we danced!

We spent day one with our hosts at Tarner Park when temperatures ramped up the mercury to tropical carnival levels; perfect for the curtain raiser of Azontobeats giving us the full Ghanaian experience of a high energy dance work out.  Casson and Friends combed the park for dance moves to weave into the days finale The Dance We Made, gathering some sharp moves from the Audio Active crew including a particularly slick arrangement from Rag‘n’Bone man.  We wrote poetry with Dean Atta and lost abandon with dance group Tantrum and their associates in action, mini Tantrum. Streetfunk versed us in krumping and popping while Flexer & Sandiland confused and surprised passers by with their installation Trip Hazard.

Highpoints from Sunday included Fan Dance Theatre beguiling us with a stunning performance The State of Us at Brighton Youth Centre.  Three Score Dance partnered with Ceyda Tanc Dance to bring Tarner Park to a standstill with their generationally and culturally rich performance ‘Kusak’. Little ones got up close with nature in the company of Second Hand Dance and their production of Grass and then got to join a Wild Rumpus workshop at Tarner Children’s Centre.  We enjoyed a heart-stopping adrenalin rush from Brighton company TRIBE// and their performance Still I Rise, opened by the prodigious talents of members of South East Dance’s Place Partnership Programme.  Zoielogic’s spectacular man-meets-car show, Ride, stopped traffic at Victoria Gardens and brought the festival to a close with a resounding visual fanfare.

And by all accounts you seemed to love it!  ‘Awesome’, ‘Amazing’, ‘Lovely day, fantastic family vibe’, ‘Best day ever’, were just some of your comments.

Our City Dances is part of The Welcome Project, a three year lead-in programme of community based, participatory and interactive creative dance sessions introducing the people of Brighton and Hove to our new home for dance, The Dance Space.  Next year, Our City Dances will be back; bigger, bolder and badder.  We can’t wait to invite you back.

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© Zoe Manders
Our City Danced!