Discover Lewisham’s history in a whole new way as an intergenerational cast of hundreds come together for an exhilarating dance performance.
Close To Home: The Mass Dance Event will see a cast of hundreds of dancers of all ages weave together real-life stories of migration, community, activism, history and the people of Lewisham through movement and music.
Directed by Alleyne Dance, a UK-based company co-founded by Kristina and Sadé Alleyne, in partnership with IRIE! dance theatre, Dance Umbrella and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, this production will act as a beacon to profile Black creative leaders in dance. Constructed with members of Lewisham’s community at its heart, local community groups including Lewisham Mencap and Queens Walking Group, primary and secondary school pupils, and university students will be joined by a cohort of professional dancers for a truly inclusive and joyous exploration of what the notions of home and belonging mean to us here in Lewisham.
Following months of rehearsals, join us on 22 & 23 October for a spectacular performance and a day of celebration on the grounds of Sedgehill Academy in Bellingham. As well as a chance to watch the performance, there will be opportunities enjoy food and drink and listen to music from the Wuntanara Drumming Circle.
You can get involved by watching our Learn at Home instruction video (available soon), part of We Are Lewisham’s Creative Challenges – there might even be a chance to jump up from your seat and join in during the performance.
Close To Home: The Mass Dance Event is directed by Alleyne Dance, and presented by We Are Lewisham in partnership with the Albany and IRIE! dance theatre, in association with Dance Umbrella and Trinity Laban. Co-commissioned by the Albany, IRIE! dance theatre and Lewisham Council as part of The Mayor’s London Borough of Culture – with the support of the National Lottery Heritage Fund.
We’ll be looking for volunteers to help support the event, as well as local stall vendors to be part of our festival area. If you’d be interested in either of these opportunities, please stay tuned over the next few weeks for more details.
Mass Dance: Online Gathering
We would love for you to get involved and share our joy of movement! We want this project to be open to everyone, no matter your ability or where you are!
If you’re unable to take part in the live performance, but you still want to move with us, please record a video of yourself doing the choreography (Learn at Home video available soon) and send it to us by Monday 3 October, for a chance to appear in the Mass Dance: Online Gathering.
Please note this performance will take place outdoors and will go ahead in all weathers. Be prepared by checking the weather forecast in advance and bringing suitable clothing.Book Tickets