South East London dance venues host family fun weekend

Crossing The Creek -Chris Nash -body

International circus and street theatre company Mimbre will perform the world premiere of Bench, sketches in movement and acrobatics, at a new family oriented dance weekend,Crossing the Creek,on Friday 11 and Saturday 12 April.

Hosted by Greenwich Dance and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, the weekend will feature a host of performances, activities and workshops for all ages across the two venues at The Borough Hall, Greenwich and Laban Building, Deptford

The varied line-up includes Windibops, a dance show about flatulence, Haka workshops and Drawing Dance - the creation of a giant picture through drawing and movement.

Brian Brady, Head of Laban Theatre Programming, said: "This weekend brings together an exciting range of activities for all family members, regardless of age, who can work and play together discovering different journeys. If you're looking for something special and a bit different to do in the Easter holidays, this is the place to be."

Kat Bridge, Artistic Director at Greenwich Dance added: "South East London is a hotbed for dance, and with two leading venues just a five minute walk apart, on either side of Deptford Creek, we wanted to create a fun weekend where families can come and explore the variety of dance on offer on your doorstep."

Mimbre's work Bench is a series of sketches bound together by a silent narrator, using acrobatics and movement to enable the performers to magically transition between ages and gender, caricatures and characters.Accompanied by a beautiful score by Ted Barnes, events, encounters and feelings are turned into beautiful dance. Bench is one of the first three Compass Commissions, supported by The Greenwich Dance & Trinity Laban Partnership.

Picture credit - Chris Nash

Events will be held 11-12 April. The full line up will be announced at

Venues: Greenwich Dance, Royal Hill, London SE10 8RE / Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, Laban Building, Creekside, SE8 3DZ

One day pass: £8 adults,£6 children / Two day pass: £12 adults,£10 children

A dynamic partnership has been created by Greenwich Dance & Trinity Laban to provide ground-breaking dance performance, bespoke support for dance artists and an all-embracing programme of community and education work across South East London. The Partnership attracts National Portfolio funding from Arts Council England.

Mimbre is a local and international circus and street theatre company, producing innovative and extraordinary acrobatic performance work and promoting a positive, strong image of women. Fusing acrobatics with theatre and dance, and using a unique physical language to tell stories and conjure images, the company has specialised in outdoor performances, creating oases of beauty in the urban landscape.

Compass Commissions, supported by The Greenwich Dance & Trinity Laban Partnership, receive between £5,000-7,500 financial support, performance opportunities at both Greenwich Dance and Laban Theatre; rehearsal space and production development support in Trinity Laban's newly created Performance Laboratory at the Laurie Grove Studio Theatre in New Cross. The inaugural recipients in 2013-14 were a site-sensitive work In Situ by Tara Saclier d'Arquian, family friendly work Bench by circus company Mimbre and a theatre-based collaboration by Robin Dingemans and Nick Bryson, The Point at Which it Last Made Sense.

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