Dance in the Square - Monday 26  - Wednesday 28 June (13.00 & 17.00) 

Watch highlights and snippets of the choreographers work for Dance in the Square a festival curated by DanceWest. 

Lyric Square, King Street W6 0QL (Free) 

Monday 26 June

  • Maria Yacoob
  • Urja Desai Thakore
  • Tim Casson 

Tuesday 27 June

  • Dane Hurst 
  • Holly Noble

Wednesday 28 June

  • Thick & Tight
  • Henri Oguike

Ignition Dance Festival 2017 Gigi Giannella 


Past events - Choreographers platform - Friday 16 June (19.30-21.30) 

Now in its fourth year, Ignition is West London's Dance Festival. The Choreographers Platform on June 16th features imaginative new work commissioned by the festival from seven outstanding artists. Watch Kathak, Contemporary, Neo-classical and Dance-Theatre. 



Ignition Dance Festival - Choreographers Announced

Now in its fourth year the festival supports community dancers, emerging artists and mid-career choreographers to create new choreography. After a nation-wide search and an overwhelming 725 applications, DanceWest is delighted to announce the seven recipients of prestigious bursaries to mid-career choreographers. The line-up includes artists from a Kathak, Contemporary, Neo-classical and Dance-Theatre background producing new work for the same stage. Ignition 2017 demonstrates the extraordinary breadth, depth and diversity working in the UK today and the appetite for the festival. 

Maria Yacoob (Solo): a choreographer based at London’s Pineapple Studios. She loves creating emotive, passionate dance with a strong narrative drive. She works across opera, musical theatre, contemporary dance, cabaret and film/television.




Eleanor Perry & Daniel Hay Gordon (Duet): Thick & Tight are a British based dance theatre duo who create avant-garde cabaret style shows using contemporary dance, literature, a diverse range of music, lip syncing and drama to present characters who collide on the dance floor.




Dane Hurst (Trio): Dane has travelled internationally performing with Rambert, Phoenix Dance Theatre and Company Wayne McGregor. In 2013 he was nominated for Outstanding Modern Performance and in 2014 received the Best Male Dancer of the Year award by the Critic's Circle National Dance Awards, U.K. Dane has received commissions from The Place Prize, Stuttgart International Solo Dance Theatre Competition, Barbican, RichMix, Wilton's Music Hall, Dulwich Picture Gallery.


Tim Casson (Trio): Casson & Friends make accessible interactive dance work that engages audiences in innovative, joyful, and meaningful ways. They bring together diverse collaborators including composers, computer programmers, and often the public. Our work strives to be accessible to everyone, celebrating the creativity within us all, and helping people to feel part of something bigger.


Holly Noble (Trio): Holly works as an independent choreographer undertaking commissioned work and projectswith people such as English National Ballet, Glastonbury Festival, The V&A, Sadler’s Wells, Northern Contemporary Dance School and Company Wayne McGregor.




Urja Desai Thakore (Quartet): Urja is the UK’s leading Kathak dancer and choreographer. Her energetic choreographic style is highly regarded by both traditionalists and contemporary audience.





Henri Oguike (Group): Henri has been dubbed as one of the most musical choreographers of his generation. Oguike has been commissioned to make pieces for Phoenix Dance Theatre, Holland Dance Festival, Southbank Centre, Ballet Black and Rambert. Henri has now relaunched himself as a freelance artist recent projects included a new creation for Scottish Dance Theatre and a unique collaboration with Orchestra Of The Age of Enlightenment.




Ignition Dance Festival - News

Read more about the festival line up in London Live, The Stage and London Dance! More here




Ignition Dance Festival 2017 photos by Gigi Ginnaella 

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