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  • East Wall

    (UK)

    Hofesh Shechter Company and East London Dance

    Tower of London

    'AN EXPRESSION OF HUMAN COMPLEXITY THAT COMBINED COMMUNITY WITH CONFLICT, VITALITY WITH VIOLENCE, CIVILISATION WITH ITS DISCONTENTS.'

    ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

    The Guardian

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    150 performers stormed the Tower of London in a spectacular collision of music and dance this summer. Bringing together dance styles from across London and fuelled by rousing music from The Band of the Irish Guards, contemporary a cappella vocal group The Gold Vocal Collective, rock musicians, strings and vocalists and the rebellious history of the site itself, East Wall was the Tower’s first large-scale artistic presentation since the award-winning Poppies installation.

    Directed by the internationally-celebrated artist and choreographer Hofesh Shechter, East Wall invited you to discover dynamic new dance created by Becky Namgauds, Duwane Taylor, James Finnemore and Joseph Toonga, four of London’s most exciting young choreographers.

    From grime to gospel, krump to contemporary, this epic production indulged senses in a tapestry of music and dance that celebrates East London’s diversity and puts its rich cultural heritage centre stage.


    ‘ON STAGE, THEY HAVE A BRIGHT, SHARED VITALITY’

    ★ ★ ★ ★

    The Independent

    'ONE OF THE MOST EXTRAORDINARY THEATRICAL EVENTS I HAVE SEEN IN A LONG LONG WHILE'

    ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

    The Stage

    "WE’RE IN THE BUSINESS OF INSPIRING PEOPLE. I WANT TO CHANGE LIVES, LIKE MY LIFE WAS CHANGED."

    Hofesh Shechter

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    Produced by East London Dance and Hofesh Shechter Company, commissioned by Historic Royal Palaces and presented by Historic Royal Palaces and LIFT.
    Costume Design Partner: London College of Fashion, UAL. Supporting Partner: Performing Arts Department, UEL. Funded by Arts Council England, Backstage Trust, Cockayne – Grants for the Arts, The London Community Foundation and Tower Hamlets Arts & Music Education Service (THAMES). Supported by Jerwood Charitable Foundation.
    Image: Victor Frankowski