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London — By Andrea Kirkby on May 30, 2010 at 5:16 pm
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Coming up: Greenwich and Docklands International Festival

The Greenwich and Docklands Festival brings modern dance to East London at the end of June, using some of the area’s most famous buildings and green spaces as the theatre for spectacular events.

An Italian dance company set the Royal Naval College on fire...

This year the theme is ‘earth’, opening with ‘Gravity’, an event which will see the Queen’s House, Greenwich, taken over by dancers. The mix of modern dance with the calm Renaissance lines of Inigo Jones’s architecture is likely to be intriguing. Oh yes, there will be fireworks afterwards, too.

Other events include yoga and Tai Chi workshops in Greenwich Park, together with a fusion of the amazing energy of the whirling dervishes  of Sufi dance with the stillness of the Zen garden to create a sacred space within the park.

The festival has always been very open to international artistic currents – the opening event features a Catalan choreographer, and French outfit Ilotopie will also be putting on a show. That makes the festival a great place to go if you want to expand your horizons and get to see something a bit different.

All the events are free, and you don’t have to book your tickets beforehand – just turn up. Fantastic!

When: 24 June – 4 July

Photo by fabio on flickr

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