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Islington Dance Festival 19 June to 8 July
On from 25 May 2009 till 08 Jul 2009
All Around Town
by Islington Dance Festival 19 June to 8 July
Genre(s): Kids Theatre, New Writing

About: Islington Dance Festival 19 June to 8 July

The Festival is an initiative of Culture Device ( in collaboration with Holloway Arts Festival and The Rowan Arts Project, and will also provide workshops for children and adults right up to the ‘golden age’, including those with disabilities.

The programme opens with a free public performance on Friday 19 June from 12 noon till 4:00pm at the Angel shopping centre to showcase the variety of dance on offer across the Festival. The climax of the Festival will be performances by Elena Giannotti: One girl B.A.N.D. (6 July) followed by The Dancers – Angie Smalis (Ire), Janyce Michellod (Fr) and Daniel Vais (UK/Isr) himself (7 July). Other performances include Planet Egypt, Dance Young (a show case of Islington City Dance Academy) Gold Dance (for the over 60s), and a film screening of Dancing Alfonso directed by Barak Haymann.

Self-taught artist and director, Daniel Vais was born in Israel and is now based in London. As well as studying choreography and a variety of dance techniques, Daniel creates choreographic events and installations, focusing on social dynamics, manipulation and transformation of space. He has been inspired by the talent, tenacity, individuality and humour of students with apparently special needs, and one of his aims is to overturn, through dance, the basic assumptions of the limitations of the intellectually disabled. One of the central precepts of the Islington Dance Festival is to further this work and push awareness of the capabilities of these often-ignored people further into the mainstream population.

The Festival is supported by Islington Council, Holloway Arts Festival, Rowan Arts Project and Culture Device.

For further details go to:

Editor’s Notes:

w Elena Giannotti – (Ireland/Italy)

Solo performance from award-winning dancer Elena Giannotti presents an evening of dance improvisation, in the form of short solos that draw the audience into a shared moment of intimacy. Suspended by a delicate thread of emotions, the solos unfold between the narrative and the abstract, tracing a free flow of physical obsessions and nomadic dreams.

Italian born Elena Giannotti is currently based in Ireland and has worked for L’Ensemble Dance-Theatre Company, Virgilio Sieni Dance Company and Yoshiko Chuma amongst others. She has collaborated with British choreographer Rosemary Butcher, dancing in performances such as Episodes of Flight, Woman & Memory and White and films such as Vanishing Point and 4Dance for Channel 4. She also teaches.

Date: Monday 6 July 8:00pm Venue: The Union Chapel Tickets: £15.00 Tel: 020 7226 1686

w The Dancers – (UK, Ireland, France, Greece, Germany)

Using a combination of primal and modern movement, the evening consists of solos by the individual dancers revealing the notion of the Dancer’s role as an artist through the unique dancing body.

Angie Smalis (Ire) will present “the lightly fragranced solo” a unique journey progressing at different rates, every stage having something to offer; Angie was born and raised in Athens, Greece. She studied dance and choreography in Athens and worked as a dancer before she moved to Vienna. Angie relocated to Limerick in 2003 where she is currently artistic director of Limerick Youth Theatre and also an independent dance artist. Angie Smalis is supported by Culture Ireland

Janyce Michellod (Fr) will present “imbibe”. A journey to re-discover what has been felt and to revive physical memories; a moment to refine the moving body in the instant of poetry. In “imbibe” the dancer invites the imagination to slide into the surrounding reality, therefore bringing down its walls and freeing oneself from judgement and censorship. Travelling through her fantasies by association of ideas, the dancer enters a world of memories.

Daniel Vais (UK/Isr) will present Moon Dance, a dance ritual choreographed especially for this evening. Autodidact dancer, choreographer and creative director, Daniel’s work is a combination of post-modern and ancient dance forms. Daniel is the founder of Soul Dance, a dance form which focuses on the higher self of the dancing body. He is the choreographer of The Love Spotters, working with artists with special needs and professional dancers, he presents choreographic works, installations, dance rituals and he teaches internationally.

Date: Tuesday 7 July 8:00pm Venue: Union Chapel Studio Tickets: £15.00 Tel: 020 7226 1686

Other performances:

w Club Kali – club night for gays and lesbians – Bollywood, Turkish and Arabic sounds from DJ

Ritu, a key figure in the British club scene for over 20 years.

Date: Friday 19 June Venue: The Dome Tickets on the door

w Planet Egypt: Belly Dance – an evening of belly dance from around the world

Date: Thursday 25 June 7:00pm Venue: Darbuka Tickets £12.00 on the door

182 John Street, London EC1V 4JZ Tel: 020 7490 8295/8772

w The Wild Bunch – night club for people with learning disabilities.

Date: Thursday 25 June 8:00pm Venue: The Rocket Tickets £5.00 on the door

Metropolitan University, 166-220 Holloway Road, Islington, London N7 8DB Tel: 020 7359 7443

w Dance Young – The City Dance Academy presents a showcase of dances from the various

Academy classes, including classical, Broadway musical, pop, jazz.

Date: Sunday 28 June at 5:00pm Venue: The Shaw Theatre Tickets £12.00 for adults, £7.00 for under 16s. Booking fee: £1.20 adults, 70p under 16s.

The Shaw Theatre, 100-110 Euston Road, London, NW1 2AJ Tel: 0871 594 3123 or online

w Gold Dance – A dance performance for the golden age crowd, performed by Elena Giannotti

and guests.

Date: Wednesday 1 July 2:30-4:30pm Venue: St. Luke’s Community Centre FREE

Central Street, Islington, London EC1V 8JA

w Film Screening – screening of Dancing Alfonso directed by Barak Haymann.

Date: Thursday 2 July 8:00pm Venue: St. Luke’s Community Centre FREE

Central Street, Islington, London EC1V 8JA

w Fran Barbe – Butoh informal performance, following the workshop (see below).

Date: Sunday 5 July 6:30pm Venue: City Dance Academy FREE (donations welcome)

Unit 13, The Ivories, 6-8 Northampton Street, Islington, London N1 2HY Tel: 020 7704 0633

Performances in public spaces around the area:

* Public performance with London-based dancers from around the world

Date: Friday 19 June 12:00 – 4:00pm Venue: The Angel Shopping Centre FREE

The Shopping Centre 21, Parkfield Street, Islington, London, N1 0PS

* Further dates and venues to be confirmed.

w Residencies

2 x 3 week Residency for young local dance artist, plus 4-week Residency for professional choreographer. Islington Dance Festival has offered a 4-week residency for a London-based professional choreographer. The residencies – open to all forms of dance, modern or traditional – will take place in the studios of City Dance Academy and the Bridge, and will each provide the artist the time and space to research, rehearse or re-work a previous piece.

Children’s workshops

w Classical ballet

City Dance Academy

Unit 13, The Ivories, 6-8 Northampton Street, Islington, London N1 2HY Tel: 020 7704 0633

Saturdays June 20 & 27; July 4

10:30 – 11:00am (4-6 years) £4.00

11:30 – 12:30am (6-9 years) £4.00

12:30 – 14:00pm (15-18 years) £4.00


w Tap dance

City Dance Academy

Unit 13, The Ivories, 6 – 8 Northampton Street, Islington, N1 2HY Phone: 020 7704 0633

Saturdays 20 & 27 June; 4 July

10:00 – 10:30am (2½ – 4 years) £4.00

11:00 – 11:30am (4-6 years) £4.00

w Hip Hop and street dance with Abiola “Care Bare” Bello

Andover Community Centre Andover Estate, Corker Walk, N7 7RY (Finsbury Park Station)

Mondays: 22 & 29 June; 6 July

4:30pm to 6:00pm

(13+ years) FREE

w St Mary's Youth Club, Upper Street, Islington, N1 2TX (Angel Station)

Tuesdays: 23 & 30 June; 7 July

5:00pm to 6:00pm

(14+ years) £1.00

w St Luke's Community Centre, Central Street, Islington, EC1

Wednesdays: 24 June; 1 & 8 July

5:00pm to 7:00pm

7 to 10 years £2.50

w Belly dance beginners workshop

Sundays: 21 & 28 June

4:00 – 5:30pm


Level: beginners of 18+

Tickets on the door or book via: / 07932 074527

City Dance Academy, Unit 13, The Ivories, 6 – 8 Northampton Street, Islington, N1 2HY

Tel: 020 7704 0633

w Dance and movement workshop for children with special needs

Mondays: 15 and 22 June

3:00 – 5:00pm

10 to 18 years

FREE, but booking essential

The Bridge School, 28 Carleton Road, London, N7 0EQ.

Details and booking at

w Butoh workshop with Fran Barbe

Sunday 5 July

11:00am – 4:00pm

£30 (£25 concessions)

City Dance Academy, Unit 13, The Ivories, 6 – 8 Northampton Street, Islington, N1 2HY

Booking and information: or 07931 710 808

This workshop will introduce participants to Fran Barbe’s approach to training and creative process. Her work is primarily influenced by Japanese Butoh, which she has studied for 16 years, but also incorporates element of yoga, modern dance and physical theatre. It is suitable for performers from a variety of disciplines including actors, dancers, circus performers and anyone who enjoys working creatively and poetically with the body as a source.

w Improvisation workshop with Elena Giannotti

Tuesday 7 July

11:00am – 2:00pm

Fee: £30 (£25 concessions)

The Union Chapel, Compton Terrace, Islington N1 2UN Tel: 020 7226 1686


The workshop introduces a thematic exploration on the body structure through the use of tasks based on experiential anatomy, Ideokinesis and imagery that allows the participants to emerge with a wider range of movement possibilities on their own terms.

Details correct at the time of distribution, but may be subject to change due to circumstances beyond the control of the organisers. The website will be updated with any changes.

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