Folk Dance Remixed

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Performance at East London Dance: 25 Years and Counting, 2013. Photo: Alex Rumford

Folk Dance Remixed is a performance and workshop concept for the great outdoors that is inclusive, accessible, funky and fabulously fun! Celebrating iconic English dance and fusing it with contemporary street styles, we remix the dance with the fresh flavour of today’s hip-hop beats and traditional folk tunes. Led by folk dance artist, Kerry Fletcher, and street dance artist, Natasha Khamjani, the company rediscover old traditions through contemporary forms.

The highlight of Folk Dance Remixed is a high-energy 30-minute professional performance – Step Hop House – offering a unique remix of maypole, clogging and ceilidh with street styles including house, breakdance and international folk styles such as African and Bhangra…. All set to a live soundtrack with fiddle, banjo, percussion and beatboxing. Performed by a cast of 9 diverse dancers with 4 musicians, this is folk dance like you’ve never seen it before!

Also available are pop-up folk dances taking a traditional folk formation but replacing the traditional dance movement with a remixed version. These can pop up across a festival site to start building audiences for the performance and to provide ‘street entertainment’ for passers by.

Once people have seen the performance and heard the music they won’t be able to keep their feet still so we are offering accompanying workshops for all ages to get the audience up and having a go:

  • Street Dance the Maypole gets the audience learning a funky street dance routine and mixing it with maypole moves, such as the Chrysanthemum Wrap and the Ripple.
  • Freestyle Ceilidh gets the audience to learn a traditional ceilidh formation dance and fill it will their best freestyle moves and hip-hop grooves.
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25 Years and Counting, 2013. Photo: Alex Rumford

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“Folk Dance Remixed is a company that truly fuses old with new, making obvious the links between different traditions of dance. Seeing their show at Cecil Sharp House the audience was a great mix of young funky urban Londoners with older,traditional folk dance fans. The ceilidh brought everyone together as if they always knew they been dancing to the same beat! A proper fusion!“

Lina Johansson Joint Artistic Director of Mimbre

“Combining Folk dance and street dance is such a natural fusion, rhythmically and culturally. The roots of all these styles of dance come from a very grounded place and that is why they fit so well together.“

Folk Dance Remixed dancer, December 2012

Information

Date2010 - present

Location Outdoor touring production

PartnersCommissioned and conceived by East London Dance.
Supported by English Folk Dance and Song Society

Credits
Artistic Directors:
Natasha Khamjani & Kerry Fletcher

Musicians:
Deborah Chalmers (fiddle), Tom Swarman (beatbox), Ed Hicks (banjo) & Jo May (percussion)

Company dancers:
Natasha Khamjani, Andrea Queens, Giada Nazzari, Krupa Chavda, Michael Naylor, Tim Hamilton, Sean Edwards, Katie Pearson, Alice Cade and Jo Bowis.

Ceilidh Jam Band:
Climax Ceilidh Band

Sound designer and engineer:
Quentin Fletcher

Costumes:
Darling & Edge

Partners:
East London Dance and the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS)

More details
If you are interested in booking this at one of your events or festivals please email office@eastlondondance.org

www.folkdanceremixed.com
@FolkDanceRemixd
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