Greenwich Dance presents “Up My Street” online!
Our local Charlton-based dance company, Greenwich Dance will be broadcasting four ‘TV episodes’ featuring brand new dance works performed by professional dancers and local volunteers and interviews with choreographers from next week.
With the Covid-19 quarantine only eased slightly, cinemas and theatres are still no-go zones. Bummer. There’s talk that they might re-open in August or after summer however this will be dependent on government advice. We miss the theatre – last time we went was when I took Little Miss to go and watch Alice’s Adventures Underground at the Royal Opera House.
Greenwich Dance has kindly taken it upon themselves to create an at-home experience for us. They’ve re-imagined Up My Street – Showtime! – a borough-wide project designed to tackle cultural inequality and loneliness, into Up My Street – Online!
If you’ve been talking to your children about all the events that have been going on at the moment regarding BLM and its movement or haven’t yet found a way to discuss it then this may be one way to get the conversation started.
Beginning on Thursday 25 June, the four TV-style episodes featuring brand-new short dance works, interviews with choreographers and excerpts from their eclectic back catalogues, (plus an invitation to get moving) will be screened via the organisation’s YouTube channel. More details can be found on their FB page: https://www.facebook.com/greenwichdance/
Greenwich Dance has commissioned four choreographers, (Zoie Golding, Mathieu Geffré, Temujin Gill and Sarah Blanc) to each create a brand-new piece of dance for the camera, made entirely within lockdown restrictions. Edited by award-winning film-maker Roswitha Chesher, each piece will be screened within in its own magazine-style episode which will be hosted by Blanc, also a comedienne and performer.
Greenwich Dance’s CEO, Melanie Precious says:
“Up My Street was designed to bring dance to parts of the borough at risk of being overlooked. It was about putting a social event right into the heart of people’s communities. When Covid19 hit we got together with our four choreographers and filmmaker to work out how we could offer those same communities some of what the original promised. Up My Street – Online! is what we have come up with…”
This is the first-time experience for the Greenwich Dance company too so it’ll be interesting to see how they manage filming and performing in this kind of way. If they manage to pull it off well, this could be something they could look into in terms of reaching more people through online performances. An intimate e-theatre experience, if you like!
I’ll be reviewing each episode and write up a blog post ideally after each performance. HOWEVER if I don’t get round to doing that, you can expect two comprehensive blog reviews, one for film 1-2, and 3-4.
Up My Street – Online!
Each episode is 15 to 20 minutes long.
Suitable for all ages.
Thursday 25 June, 6pm
Film 1: Zoie Golding, ZoieLogic Dance Theatre presents Unshackled – A SLEUTH spin off
Thursday 2 July, 6pm
Film 2: Temujin Gill presents Essentials
Thursday 9 July, 6pm
Film 3: Mathieu Geffré presents The Ceremony
Thursday 16 July, 6pm
Film 4: Sarah Blanc presents This Time Will Pass