The Dance: Urban Practice students of the University of East London are proud to present COLL!DE 2016!
This is the fifth year that the Dance students at UEL have had the opportunity to organise their own festival, as part of the ‘Producing Dance, Staging Events’ module. COLL!DE is a non-profit, student run event and we are asking for your support.
COLL!DE 2016 is sure to be an exhilarating two days showcasing an eclectic mix of talent from the East London community. Held at Strafford circus, in the cultural hub of east London, the festival focuses on showcases local talent and encouraging active community involvement. Audiences have the opportunity to see dance styles collide in the live performances and battles whilst having the chance to engage in workshops with industry professionals.
What can I expect to see at COLL!DE?
Throughout the first afternoon, you’ll be able to view live battles between the first year dance students as part of their modular assessment. They have been working on their battle technique with the legendary Fred ‘Realness’ Folkes, who specialises in UK Funk Styles, so we can look forward to seeing some impressive partner work and authentic, imaginative choreography.
COLL!DE aims to encourage active participation from the local community. Resultantly we will be holding a range of workshops for local schools with talented professional dancers and choreographers. Following the workshop, we will be giving the participating students the opportunity to perform in our matinee showing. This community outreach is integral to carrying on the Olympic legacy in Stratford and encouraging active involvement amongst young people. There will also be the chance for Q&A sessions with the workshop artists to gain an insight into their craft and explore the possibilities for those interested in exploring urban dance further.
Amidst all of this, we will be showcasing our ‘dance on screen projects’ created as part of a modular exam at university. The videos explore a multitude of concepts through movement and exhibit the vast expanse of talent at the University of East London.
The second day is an exciting showcase of urban performances to emerge from the students of UEL as well as the community of East London. The day serves as an opportunity to celebrate the importance of urban and contemporary styles including House, Popping, Locking, Breaking, Bharatanatyam and Capoeira. As well as demonstrating the immense creativity amongst the young people of east London, it creates a unique collaboration of global styles and choreographic approaches. To compliment the work of the students, we have a selection of external performers who are currently making huge contributions to the urban dance scene in East London and beyond!
External performances include:
Rugged Estate Krump Group
UEL Dance Collective
East London Youth Dance Company
Kamala Devam Company
Why does COLL!DE need my support?
COLL!DE has only been made possible over the last 5 years because of fantastic supporters like you! The festival seeks to actively engage with and benefit the residents of Newham. Making just a small contribution today can make a huge difference to the Stratford community which will last beyond our two day festival.
We’re working on a range of events to raise money to make COLL!DE reach and inspire more people than ever before. We’re going to be baking cakes, busking, and shaking our buckets all in the name of COLL!DE but we can’t do it alone.
We desperately need funds to cover a range of festival costs including:
- A DJ for the day
- Print Promotion
- Staff uniform t shirts
- Water for the performers and staff
- Lunch for the performers and student volunteers
- An artist to run our workshops
- Lunch and water for the children who participate in the workshops
Other ways you can support
We appreciate all contributions big and small so thank you! Every bit of help takes us one step closer to making the festival a success so please do tell your family and friends about us!
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Thank you for visiting our campaign page- we look forward to seeing you at COLLIDE 2016!
A massive thank you to the Dance Lecturers at UEL for their persistent efforts in helping us to make this festival better than ever.