Dance Umbrella stages events throughout London

Culture vultures staying in luxury London hotels this October can take in an annual festival of dance performances at venues across the capital.

Dance Umbrella returns to the capital, having commissioned, produced and presented new dance to London since 1978.

This year, the ground-breaking festival returns with a programme of new dance by established performers and new talents taking place until October 29th.

Highlights of this year's event includes the Dance Squares, with free performances in four squares in the borough of Camden.

Choreographed by Rosemary Lee and consisting of a cast of up to 200 dancers, the group is set to entertain visitors to north London.

Additionally, dance fans may be interested in taking in the performance of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company.

Promising an interactive weekend of dance at Stratford Circus, the performance will be the last leg of the group's farewell tour ahead of the final show at the Barbican.

Classic and new works by 1980s wild child Karole Armitage will be performed at the Queen Elizabeth Hall and the Victoria and Albert Museum by Rejoicing in Revivals.

Among a variety of performances by the group, there will be a seminal piece by Lucinda Childs set to music by Philip Glass at the Barbican.

Focus on Alston will present early work and new creations by eminent UK choreographer Richard Alston at The Place.

"Dance Umbrella builds new audiences, encourages audiences to be more adventurous and brings to attention works that would never be commissioned normally," commented Sarah Crompton of the Daily Telegraph.

"Dance Umbrella has been hugely important for the health of contemporary dance, and it needs to be able to continue to present the best."

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