Candoco Day of Dance in Peckham

Published: 22 July 2022
Reporter: Vera Liber

Welly O'Brien in Cuckoo Credit: Becky Dann

Taking over Peckham Library Square on Saturday 30 July as part of Southwark Presents, Candoco Dance Company’s Day of Dance returns this summer following last year’s event that saw over 1,200 people take part in a dance class, workshop or performance.

Featuring free performances, inclusive workshops and film screenings, Day of Dance is presented by Candoco, who relocated to Peckham in 2020, in association with Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, and features other Southwark based arts organisations including Movement Factory.

There will be the première of a newly commissioned outdoor inclusive dance work, Project BURST, from Candoco Teaching Artists Caroline Lofthouse and Hannah Raynor performed by local disabled and non-disabled dancers aged 16–30 years.

Candoco dancer Joel Brown will perform a new site-specific contemporary dance solo, and Peckham-based community hip hop dance champions The Movement Factory will present a performance by their Elite Dance Squad.

There will be opportunities to take part in a series of free dance workshops suitable for all ages and abilities, including contemporary dance with Candoco dancer Joel Brown, hip hop dance with The Movement Factory, a ballet workshop and an Afro fusion dance workshop.

Dance films will be screened at Mountview, including Feeling Thing by Jo Bannon which sees a series of three intimate duets explore the relationship between performer and object, Cuckoo that takes inspiration from a bespoke prosthetic leg and two films from Candoco’s Director of Youth Programme, Kimberley Harvey.