Dance is heading outdoors this weekend as part of the final weekend of Greenwich and Docklands International Festival. A host of international companies will animate the streets of Canary Wharf with performances throughout the day and evening. Whether you’re in the mood for some high-energy B-boying or beautiful acrobatic work, Dancing City has an al fresco experience for you.
Hiphop and street dance are so ubiquitous in theatre and film these days thanks to the likes of Flawless that it’s almost refreshing to see their styles back on the streets. Tomorrow’s Men bring an athletic all-male crew to the Jubilee Plaza at 1pm and 3pm with a new piece created by record-breaking choreographerJeanefer Jean-Charles. Place-Prize nominated Bad Taste Cru respond with Tribal Assembly, a story of four city types using B-boying and physical theatre. Expect gravity-defying tricks and tight footwork from this old-school crew.
Domestic objects and unexpected props inspire two companies. Tango Sumo tell a story of five sleepless men using large-scale puppetry, acrobatics and (we are promised) dancing beds in Expedition Paddock. Catch them in Montgomery Square at 1.30pm and 3.25pm. C-12 Dance Theatre go one better with a show about two shopping trolleys in love, choreographed by Australian dancemaker Shaun Parker.
Quirky choreographer Maresa von Stockert will be dousing her dancers in tanks of water for Seasaw (pictured), a promenade performance running between Cabot Square and Canary Riverside. A clever, thought-provoking and humorous piece, Seasaw was created last year on the Norfolk seaside coast and investigates our relationship with water.
Hans Christian Andersen’s dark fairytale The Red Shoes is recreated with a twist by Upswing, using skillful acrobatics on Chinese poles. Look out too for Company Chamelon’s new duet Push and sensuous Argentine Tango reimagined by German choreographer TM Voss.
Dancing City, Canary Wharf (various locations), Saturday 30 June from 1-5pm. All free. For full listings, see the festival website.