All-star dance gala for Grenfell

Vera Liber

Arlene Phillips, Graham Watts and Guy Chapman for Target Live´╗┐ are bringing together some of the world’s leading dancers for a gala performance to raise funds for the Grenfell Fire victims.

Taking place at London’s Adelphi Theatre on Sunday 30 July, Gala For Grenfell will raise relief funds for those whose lives have been seriously affected by the event on 14 June, when a fire destroyed all 129 flats in the North Kensington building´╗┐.

The Gala will feature performances from leading dancers and dance companies, including The Royal Ballet featuring Edward Watson, stars from Strictly Come Dancing, Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures, The Mariinsky Ballet featuring Xander Parish, Akram Khan, Ballet Black, Rambert, Adam Garcia, Rina Kanehara and Aitor Arrieta (winners of English National Ballet’s Emerging Dancer 2017), Danny Collins and Rachel Muldoon (performing Drew McOnie’s choreography from 2016’s Jekyll & Hyde at the Old Vic), Tommy Franzen and Xena Gusthart, ZooNation and Dance Dance Dance champions Jonny Labey and Chrissie Brooke.

Arlene Phillips said, “I remember waking up in the morning and thinking ‘here goes another day’, only to switch on the TV to watch the news and suddenly see an image so powerful you can’t move, knowing so many lives have been changed forever.

"As the days went by, I began to wonder if there was a way that I could help, maybe even make a small difference, and I thought dance is my world, my life, so how could I galvanise and bring the dance community together to raise funds for those who need it most, now and into the future.”