Wayne McGregor’s Big Dance Trafalgar Square 2012 spectacular finale for Big Dance

Wayne McGregor’s Big Dance Trafalgar Square 2012 spectacular finale for Big Dance

Choreographer Wayne McGregor at the Royal Opera House in London.

Choreographer Wayne McGregor at the Royal Opera House in London.
For Arts. Photograph : Linda Nylind.

Wayne McGregor’s spectacular new dance piece, BIG DANCE TRAFALGAR SQUARE 2012, involving 1,000 performers from 30 London groups will take place on Saturday 14 July in Trafalgar Square, as the finale of Big Dance 2012.

The performance will be part of a whole afternoon of Big Dance on Trafalgar Square, from 3 pm – 5.15 pm, starting with big screen broadcasts of commissioned films from Big Dance Beijing and Big Dance Rio. The day is part of Big Street Dance Day with events taking place across the UK.

Big Dance Trafalgar Square 2012 has been developed in a unique creative collaboration between Wayne McGregor|Random Dance and the London hub partners of Big Dance: East London Dance, English National Ballet, Greenwich Dance, Sadler’s Wells and Siobhan Davies Dance, with emerging and professional dancers and choreographers from a range of backgrounds across London. The groups involved represent a huge range of dance styles including Bollywood, Hip Hop, Street, Contemporary, Ballet and Latin American. The piece will include film footage by Ravi Deepres with a specially commissioned score by Scanner and Joel Cadbury and costumes by Studio XO, famed for their stage costumes for JLS and Black Eyed Peas.

Big Dance, founded in 2006 by the Mayor of London in partnership with Arts Council England, is the world’s biggest and most influential dance initiative. More than a major biennial dance festival, Big Dance is a vibrant, high profile campaign to get everyone taking part – wherever they are, whatever their age, experience or ability. Over 2 million people have taken part in Big Dance since it began, with events taking place in unusual locations including shopping centres, parks, bridges, sports centres, beaches, bandstands, bunkers, swimming pools, schools, in streets and public squares and travelling events on the Big Dance Bus as well as in performance spaces all over London.

Big Dance London, which is supported by Legacy Trust UK, Mayor of London and Arts Council England, includes major events and is co-ordinated through a partnership between the five Big Dance Hubs: East London Dance, English National Ballet, Greenwich Dance, Sadler’s Wells, Siobhan Davies Dance.

In 2012, the programme for Big Dance has expanded to reach out beyond London to communities all over the UK through a network of leading national dance organisations co-ordinated by the Foundation for Community Dance. These hub leads include: South East Dance, Dance South West/Pavilion Dance, Dance 4, Merseyside Dance Initiative, Yorkshire Dance, DanceEast, Dance City, Creative Scotland and Arts Council Wales.

Wayne McGregor, Artistic Director of Wayne McGregor|Random Dance, and Resident Choreographer of The Royal Ballet has set the vision and choreographic framework for Big Dance Trafalgar Square 2012, as well as choreographing the Big Dance Schools Pledge, involving children from all over the world in taking part in the largest ever multi-location dance.

Big Dance 2012 is one of the biggest mass participation events being presented as part of the London 2012 Festival, the spectacular 12-week nationwide celebration running from 21 June until 9 September 2012 bringing together leading artists from across the world with the very best from the UK.

Big Dance is delivered by the Mayor of London, Arts Council England and the Foundation for Community Dance with a network of Big Dance Hubs, leading dance organisations around the UK. In London Big Dance has been funded by Legacy Trust UK, creating a lasting impact from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games by funding ideas and local talent to inspire creativity across the UK, with additional support from the Foundation for Sport and the Arts.

Dance Groups involved in Big Dance Trafalgar Square 2012:
Turbelle’s Performing Arts
Get Up and Groove & Murlow Youth
East London Dance Adults
Bolivian Heritage
Robert Clack School
Greenwich Dance Agency Adults
Montage Theatre Arts
Laban Adults
Laban Youth
English National Ballet School
Physical Ballet
Sapnay School of Dance
SA Dance
English National Ballet Adults
English National Ballet Youth Company
Combination Dance
Amici Dance Theatre
Bounce Theatre
Sadler’s Wells Over 60’s
Sadler’s Wells Adults
Arts Depot Ignite
Chicken Shed
Apsara Arts
Bubblegum Dance
Ravenstone Primary School
Roehampton Dance

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