Akram Khan’s Big Dance connects thousands

Today at 1pm BST staff, students and members of the public will gather at the University of Roehampton’s Digby Square to perform as part of the Big Dance Pledge.

Posted: 20 May 2016

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Roehampton students rehearsing for the Big Dance Pledge.

The pledge will see several thousands of people across the globe performing simultaneously. World-renowned choreographer Akram Khan MBE developed the five minute piece with dance students from University of Roehampton.

Based on the themes of ‘overcoming adversity’ and ‘achievement’, Khan is encouraging groups to tell their own stories through a short choreographic piece. With a free set of online resources, everyone can join in; from amateurs to professionals, to those who have never danced before.

Khan worked with more than 50 Roehampton dance students to conceptualise, choreograph and bring to life an opportunity to connect everyone through the ritual of dance. Hundreds of locations world-wide will play host to the Big Dance Pledge, including London, Japan, Kenya, Norway and many more.

Dr Ann David, Head of the Department of Dance at University of Roehampton, said, “Akram Khan is a world-renowned choreographer, and we’re pleased that our students had this opportunity to create a dance performance with him in which people worldwide can participate.

“Working alongside dance professionals is an invaluable experience for our students. Being immersed in the creative process that a choreographer goes through and understanding how the process happens enables our students to be successful in their degrees and subsequent careers.”

The Big Dance is a biennial festival of dancing led by the Mayor of London, People Dancing and the Big Dance Hubs. Following on from today’s Big Dance Pledge is the Big Dance Festival on Saturday 2 July, where over a thousand people, including students from Roehampton, will perform the dance in London’s Trafalgar Square.

Visit the Big Dance Pledge webpage to join in or for more information.

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