EAST WALL, Tower of London
Wednesday 18 - Sunday 22 July at 7.30pm
Tickets £12 - £25
Taking place in the grounds of one of London’s most iconic buildings, East Wall will see a cast of over 150 dancers and musicians fill the Tower of London’s West Moat in an extraordinary outdoor performance inspired by the stories of the communities that have grown up around the Tower.
Directed by the internationally-celebrated Hofesh Shechter working in collaboration with young London-based choreographers, Becky Namgauds, Duwane Taylor, James Finnemore and Joseph Toonga, this epic event will weave together a tapestry of music and dance that embraces east London’s diversity and puts its rich cultural heritage centre stage. From grime to gospel, krump to contemporary - this mashup of old and new will come together in a large-scale spectacle like no other.
East Wall is the culmination of a three year talent development programme led by Hofesh Shechter Company and East London Dance, working with young choreographers, dancers and community groups. East Wall will be the first major public art event in the Tower of London moat since the Poppies installation Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red in 2014. This performance follows on from the project’s scratch show East Wall Warm-Up, which marked the closing night of LIFT 2016.
MEET THE TEAM
Hofesh Shechter is recognised as one of the most exciting artists working today, renowned for composing atmospheric musical scores to complement the unique physicality of his movement. His recent works include Uprising, In your rooms, The Art of Not Looking Back, Survivor (in collaboration with Antony Gormley at the Barbican), Sun, Political Mother, barbarians and Grand Finale.
Shechter has also staged and choreographed works with leading international dance companies including the Royal Ballet, Netherlands Dance Theatre 1, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, Bern Ballet, Carte Blanche Dance Company, Candoco and Batsheva Ensemble, as well as for theatre, television and opera. He is an Associate Artist at Sadler’s Wells.
Hofesh Shechter Company
A boundary-breaking dance company that produces exceptional work created by Hofesh Shechter, with at their core a diverse tribe of extraordinary international dancers. Based in the UK, but playing on major stages throughout the world, their work celebrates and inspires the freedom of the human spirit.
They believe that dance has the ability to prod and poke and tap into our deepest emotions; a visceral part of ourselves that we rarely access in modern life. They dance to know what it feels like, not just to live, but to be alive. In all their work, they strive to move themselves, and their audiences, beyond reason.
East London Dance
Enriched by almost three decades of experience, East London Dance is the leading producer of creative dance experiences for the people of east London and beyond. They produce inspirational projects and events to engage their diverse local communities in dance, and nurture the next generation of artists and professionals.
They champion enterprise, collaboration and innovation in order to create dance of exceptional quality that is seen regionally, nationally and internationally. They specialise in a tailored and responsive approach that places the communities and their needs, interests and ambitions at the centre of their work.
LIFT travels the world to bring global stories to London, creating spectacular performances and moments of magic in every corner of the Capital. For over 37 years it has presented shows in partnership with London’s major arts venues, theatres and galleries, but also in countless hidden spaces and places across the city.
It works with world-class artists, whose radical imaginations create exceptional work that questions the nature of theatre and reveals the stories and communities of our incredibly diverse Capital. Alongside LIFT’s biennial festival sits a programme of year-round activity that includes large scale projects, artist residencies, national touring and its ground-breaking participatory work, LIFT Tottenham.
Historic Royal Palaces
Historic Royal Palaces is an independent charity that looks after the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, the Banqueting House, Kensington Palace, Kew Palace and Hillsborough Castle. Their aim is to help everyone explore the story of how monarchs and people have shaped society, in some of the greatest palaces ever built.
Historic Royal Palaces creates a vibrant programme of creative public engagement, collaborating with artists from a range of art-forms to unlock the stories of these unique palaces for our visitors. Past projects include the poppies installation, Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red at the Tower of London (Sky Southbank Award for Visual Art 2015) and The Lost Palace at The Banqueting House (Best Achievement, Europe in Motion Awards 2017.)
Costume Design Partner
University of East London
University of East London’s Performing Arts department is proudly located in the heart of Stratford’s Cultural Quarter. The work of the department is authentically grounded within east London urban cultures and spaces and its unique positioning cultural quarter of Stratford.
Performing Arts at UEL offers a growing range of performing arts programmes, music, drama and dance, each diverse, but with the common aim of nurturing and developing emerging artists in the Performing Arts. This work extends to serving ‘non-arts’ settings fostering inclusivity, education and training in community settings.
London College of Fashion
London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London is a world leader in fashion design, media and business education. They have been nurturing creative talent for over a century, offering courses in all things fashion.
With over 70 undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, and 165 short courses across every subject, they encourage our students to examine the past and challenge the present. To have inventive, assertive ideas that challenge social and political agendas. They give them the skills, opportunities – and above all, the freedom – to put those ideas into practice.
East Wall Warm-Up
Taking place on 2 July 2016, high above the rooftops of East London at Stratford's Roof East, East Wall Warm-Up was an evening of awe-inspiring performances and taster of things to come in East Wall. It featured work from East London Dance's most talented and exciting young choreographers Becky Namgauds, Duwane Taylor, Erion Kruja, Hannah Anderson-Ricketts, Joseph Toonga, Lee Griffiths and Robia Milliner.