East London Dance’s Annual Review 2019-20
28 January 2021
East London Dance’s On The Move dancers at IQL’s Your Stratford Stage, 2019. Image by Rory James
2019-20 was a transitional year for East London Dance, as we followed our 30th Anniversary celebrations and the epic performance of East Wall the previous year; and as we ramped up delivery of a major capital project to refit a historic warehouse as our new home from summer 2021. But what stands out is the quality, quantity and variety of the activity we delivered in our community and the outcomes they achieved, as well as the incredible passion and hard work of our staff, artists and participants.
A particular highlight of the year was Your Stratford Stage which we produced for International Quarter London. For this celebration of local community and culture on the Olympic Park, we were able to bring together over 60 of our participants aged 9 – 90; dozens of local dance artists, many of whom we have championed and worked with across the last decade; alongside performers from fellow dance organisations Sadler’s Wells, Candoco and Studio Wayne McGregor. Together we celebrated dance and encouraged nearly 5000 of our local community to get involved. This spirit of togetherness sums up the power and importance of dance and our cultural sector and it is something that we hold onto and take encouragement from during these uncertain times.
Polly Risbridger, Chief Executive & Artistic Director, East London Dance
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