Origami to unfold a dance festival in Queen’s Gardens

This Saturday will see two free dance performances in Croydon town centre.

Dance Umbrella, the annual London-wide contemporary dance festival, is coming to Queen’s Gardens to present a work called Origami which, according to a council-issued press release, is “a spectacular heavy metal pairing of a shipping container and a gravity-defying dancer”.

Created by Paris-based Satchie Noro and Silvain Ohl and with music by Fred Costa, Origami is an outdoor event, suitable for everyone.

There will be two performances, at 1.30pm and 6.30pm.

Between these times, Dance Festival Croydon will be held in the Braithwaite Hall.

The free festival is a celebration of contemporary dance curated by Anusha Subramanyam and Vipul Sangoi of Beeja, a dance organisation committed to work inspired by life’s choreography.

Artists include Archana Ballal, BRIT School, Corali, Magpie, Saturday Storytellers, Shane Shambhu, Shivaangee Agrawal, Slide, Tom O’Gorman and Vinicus Salles. There will also be screenings of dance films in the David Lean Cinema from 4.15pm until 6pm.

“Having Dance Umbrella come to Croydon is a real treat,” said Timothy Godfrey, the council cabinet member for dance and stuff.

“I’m really pleased the Dance Festival will be using the beautiful Braithwaite Hall and I hope this will be start of more regular shows taking advantage of this amazing space.”

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