Press



All the latest news about Dance Umbrella can be found here, including press releases. 

2016 coverage

'Two of the performances that have stayed with me from last autumn’s
 Dance Umbrella are those in which the audience, rather than the professionals, were dancing.' - The Guardian - Read Full Article

2016 Reviews

“Vertical is outstandingly brave and really rather brilliant.”
 
★★★★★
The StageRead Full Review
“Le Patin Libre installs creative choreography, personality and humour – as well as incredible skill..” 
Londondance.comRead Full Review
"Le Patin Libre company has broken the figure skating ice with its witty new cool routines, liberating the image of ice dancing." 
British Theatre GuideRead Full Review
Review from Dance Tabs - Read Full Review
Review from Writing about Dance - Read Full Review
Blog Post from Lucy Loves Circus - Read Blog Post

2015 Festival Reviews:

"Offbeat and off the wall" The Times

"London's madly eclectic festival" Time Out

"This may be the most wide-reaching festival in Umbrella's recent history" Guardian

"All kinds of dance in all kinds of venues in the capital. Dive in!" Daily Telegraph

"a piece that captures the joy of moving to music, of sharing a rhythm, and it makes you want to dance too" Evening Standard ★★★★ - Read Full Review

"Dan Canham’s fresh and deliciously convincing mashup of lilting traditional dance and percussive popping and locking succeeds in celebratory style" The Guardian - Read Full Review

"Dance Umbrella’s artistic director Emma Gladstone’s decision to open the evening with Israeli choreographer Idan Sharabi’s Ours is a stroke of genius... hovering in the air between Ours and Give Me a Reason to Live is a commentary on the ever-present spectre of persecution." Writing About Dance - Read Full Review

"Ours offers an honest and open insight into its performer’s feelings; this is choreography created not just to dance but to speak." Londondance.com - Read Full Review

"a treasure hunt danced through the trees" The Guardian ★★★★ - Read Full Review

"[Walking Stories] is a excellent way to spend some time differently in the city, or to see a place you know well anew." - Evening StandardRead Full Review

"La Veronal showed how powerful a work can be when both choreographer and performers let go of mainstream conceptions of harmony, precision and virtuosity to explore some dark sides of the human mind and soul."Bach Track ★★★★ - Read Full Review

“it’s a bracingly rewarding evening.” – The Observer ★★★★ – Read Full Review

"Magnificent" - Asian Voice - Read Full Review

“It’s very refreshing to see three new Indian choreographers in Dance Umbrella’s Out of India, representing a budding, contemporary dance scene from a country that is so rooted in traditional dance styles.” - Londondance.comRead Full Review

"a fascinating and absorbing programme that typifies the kind of surprise autumn present that a random dip into Dance Umbrella often brings." - Dance TabsRead Full Review

"Lisbeth Gruwez’s forensic examination of laughter is a deliciously unsettling experience." - Londondance.com - Read Review Here

"Director Tony Adigun’s vision results in a beautiful showcase of contemporary dance." - Exeunt Magazine - Read Full Review

"Maqoma’s intense and committed solo dancing is gloriously supported and propelled by live performances from four South African singers" - Dance Tabs - Read Full Review

"Enriched by live music, the performance that Maqoma and his creative team... fashioned from this root story is no stuffy history lesson but a highly abstract treatment of history, myth, race and culture." - The TimesRead Full Review

General Festival Press:

Photo Exclusive: First look at La Veronal - Voronia - Broadway World - Read Article Here
Fears and Frustrations of Modern Indian told through dance - The Guardian - Read Article Here
Feature: Falling for Dance Umbrella -
Londondance.com - Read Article Here

"Gladstone seems to be on an impressive mission to dig contemporary dance deeper and wider into the culture."Judith Mackrell

General information
Dance Umbrella is London’s international dance festival, celebrating 21st century choreography across the capital and beyond. Since 1978, Dance Umbrella has brought 734 contemporary dance artists from 33 countries to over one million people in London. Over the past 37 years the festival has brought audiences a multitude of exceptional artists for the very first time, including names that have since become internationally recognised such as Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker and Trisha Brown, as well as championing UK artists including Akram Khan and Michael Clark at the start of their careers. 

For press enquiries contact:
 
David Bloom / Arabella Neville Rolfe

Target Live
Tel: 020 3372 0950
E-mail: david.bloom@target-live.co.uk / arabella.neville-rolfe@target-live.co.uk