DanceWest Fest in Hammersmith and Kingston
29 March 2023
Reporter: Vera Liber
DanceWest Fest, formerly Ignition Dance Festival, returns this spring to the Lyric Theatre Hammersmith (19 & 20 May) and Rose Theatre, Kingston (17 June) with an evening of new commissions.
It will feature four new commissions from Lea Anderson, Jamaal Burkma, Gerrard Martin and James Wilton Dance, emerging artist commissions from Emma Skyum Poulsen and Dani Harris Walters and community dance platforms with performances from 60 dance groups and schools.
DanceWest Fest was co-founded as Ignition Dance Festival in 2013 by Kathryn Woodvine (Kingston Council) and Rosie Whitney-Fish (DanceWest) to provide an opportunity for West and South West London audiences to enjoy dance locally and to provide commissioning support for established, emerging and community dancers. Following a brief pause, the festival now moves to a biennial model, led and produced by DanceWest.