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During Dance Umbrella 2004, over 39,000 ticket-holders saw 17 companies, from 10 different countries, across 7 London venues, making this year’s festival the best attended in Dance Umbrella’s 26 year history. If you were part of this year’s audience, thank you so much for contributing to this all time record.
‘We thought that last year’s celebrations for Dance Umbrella’s 25th Anniversary would be a hard act to follow, so I am delighted that in 2004, we succeeded in bringing quality contemporary dance to more people than ever before.’ Val Bourne, CBE, Artistic Director of Dance Umbrella
During Dance Umbrella 2004 you may have attended any of the 2 world premieres, 9 UK premieres and the UK debuts of 4 international companies featured in the festival. One of these UK premieres was Mark Morris’ The Hard Nut. Performed by the Mark Morris Dance Group at Sadler’s Wells, this spectacular production introduced the best of contemporary dance to thousands of new people. During the height of the festival in London, Dance Umbrella was also on the road with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, bringing the work of the 'Godfather of modern dance' to over 12,000 people in the regions for the first time.
At The Place over half of all performances sold out, with long queues for returns for Yolande Snaith Theatredance (UK), Mal Pelo (Spain) and Philippe Decouflé (France). There were also sell-out performances for Merce Cunningham Dance Company (USA) at The Barbican, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui of Les Ballets C de la B (Belgium/Morocco) at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, David Gordon & Valda Setterfield (USA) at The Pit (Barbican) and Carol Brown (UK) at Greenwich Dance Agency. In fact, due to popular demand, extra performances had to be put on for David Gordon and for Carol Brown Dances.
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Dance Umbrella 2005
Highlights of Dance Umbrella 2005 will include a new duet from Jonathan Burrows and Matteo Fargion, a new piece from Charles Linehan and new work by Michael Clark at The Barbican - all Dance Umbrella co-commissions – along with the return of the Mark Morris Dance Group to Sadler’s Wells with work new to the UK, presented by Dance Umbrella as part of a planned six week national tour. Dance Umbrella 2005 will also feature The French Selection, a diverse programme of small and large scale work by French companies and choreographers, presented in collaboration with the French Embassy and Institut Français in London, and AFAA (Association Française d’Action Artistique). The 2005 festival will run from September to November.
Remember to keep an eye on our plans for 2005 by visiting www.danceumbrella.co.uk
in the build-up to next autumn.
Thank you for your support.
With best wishes for 2005,
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