Stratford-based dancers on Belgian exchange
PUBLISHED: 16:05 16 February 2017 | UPDATED: 16:05 16 February 2017
A “dance backpacker” is fighting division by taking a troupe of dancers to the home of chips and mayonnaise.
Choreographer Cindy Claes and 30 dancers, including 14 from East London Dance in Stratford, will spend 12 days taking part in the “1000 Pieces Puzzle” exchange visit to Belgium developing their technique, choreography and leadership skills.
Now working in Brussels, students from the dance organisation based in Stratford Circus will host a return visit to Newham at the end of this month.
Organiser Cindy, who has taken part in dance projects in Africa, the USA and Caribbean, said: “I think this project is extremely important because it is an international exchange and in a world that is creating or nurturing a lot of division whether politically or through wars or all the things that we see on the news, this programme is about bringing people together, knocking down walls and building bridges culturally, artistically and on a personal level.”
At the end of the exchange, involving body popping dance supremo Benji Reid, artists will share their work at the Rich Mix on Sunday, March 5 at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £5. Go to Richmix.org to book.
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