Festival 2019

DU: Fairfield Takeover Boy Blue, Mythili Prakash, Philippe Saire, The Urban Playground Team

  • Fairfield Halls, Croydon
  • 18 & 19 October 2019

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Vibrantly filling and spilling out of Fairfield Halls’ redeveloped spaces, our weekend Takeover brings a mix of international dance, pop-up events, performance-parkour, homegrown talent, workshops and mayhem to the heart of Croydon.

Catch the vaults, spins and falls of The Urban Playground Team, whose authentic fusion of free running and streetwise dance fuels their physically exuberant, outdoor performances. Families will be enthralled by the fantasy spectacle of Hocus Pocus, a gem of a show from Switzerland. Dance Festival Croydon showcases and celebrates the diversity of contemporary dance.

In the evenings, new work comes from captivating LA-based Mythili Prakash, chosen by Akram Khan as his ‘choreographer of the future’ for DU’s Four by Four Commissions, while superstar hip-hop company Boy Blue unveils its latest big-scale production REDD, bringing the house down for the final Takeover performance.

Produced and presented by Dance Umbrella in partnership with Fairfield Halls
Access Croydon programme supported by Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, Croydon Council and D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust

Gallery +

  • REDD, Boy Blue | Photo Benji Reid
  • Here and Now, Mythili Prakash | Photo Jonathan Potter
  • To Fly Before We Fall, The Urban Playground Team | Photo Andy Day
  • To Fly Before We Fall, The Urban Playground Team | Photo Matthew Andrews
  • To Fly Before We Fall, The Urban Playground Team | Photo Matthew Andrews
  • Hocus Pocus, Philippe Saire | Photo Philippe Pache
  • Hocus Pocus, Philippe Saire | Photo Philippe Pache
  • Hocus Pocus, Philippe Saire | Photo Philippe Pache
  • Hocus Pocus, Philippe Saire | Photo Philippe Pache

Credits +

Produced and presented by Dance Umbrella in partnership with Fairfield Halls and Croydon Council

Access Croydon programme supported by Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, Croydon Council and D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust

Mythili Prakash and The Urban Playground Team are commissioned by Dance Umbrella

Mythili Prakash was supported by The Point Eastleigh

Original production of REDD Commissioned by the Barbican, Produced by Boy Blue, Co-produced by Lincoln Center’s White Light Festival and HOME Manchester. With thanks to BA (Hons) Dance: Urban Practice programme – University of East London.

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