On 15 October, London’s annual international festival Dance Umbrella kicked off its 37th year showcasing the best of new dance.
The festival, which has been enjoyed by over one million Londoners to date, has been led since 2013 by Trinity Laban alumni Emma Gladstone. Under her direction, Dance Umbrella has showcased diverse programmes challenging the definition of contemporary dance.
A typically innovative highlight of this year’s festival is 16 Singers, a work involving movement, dance and sculpture, capturing the imagination of babies aged 0-18 months. The piece has been choreographed by Trinity Laban graduate Rosie Heafford, recently celebrated for co-producing Dad Dancing with fellow Trinity Laban alumni Alexandrina Hemsley and Helena Webb.
16 Singers features not only dance but also music alumni. These include vocalist Catherine Carter, whose work is currently being exhibited at Tate Britain as part of Christina Mackie’s the filters, a sonic trail designed to enhance visitors’ sensory experiences of the galleries.
To buy tickets for 16 Singers or any other festival performances, visit the Dance Umbrella website.