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London festival, Dance Umbrella, celebrates 40 years with performance at Stratford Circus Arts Centre

PUBLISHED: 07:00 11 September 2018

In KoKERS, performers will build a set from cardboard tubes before inviting youngsters from the audience to join them on stage. Picture: Studio van Pelt

In KoKERS, performers will build a set from cardboard tubes before inviting youngsters from the audience to join them on stage. Picture: Studio van Pelt

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An international dance festival is celebrating its 40th birthday with a performance at the Stratford Circus Arts Centre.

Dance Umbrella, a flagship dance festival in London, has been touring inner and outer London since 1978.

The show in Stratford, KoKERS, will see landscapes built before the audience’s eyes, before being broken apart while dancers jump around the playground they’ve made.

Run by Dutch company Dadodans under the direction of Gaia Gonnelli, the show aims to keep the audience entertained with playful choreography and whimsical props.

The performance will end with young people from the audience being invited onstage to play among the set.

Through Dance Umbrella, which runs from September 26 until October 21, performances will take place around the capital in venues which aren’t traditionally used for dance peformances.

KOKERS will be showing on September 29 at 11am and 3pm. Tickets are £10 for adults and £8 for concessions, and are available at stratford-circus.com.

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