East Wall will be a large-scale, spectacle of dance and live music, which will take place at the Tower of London, one of the capitalís most iconic buildings, in summer 2018. Directed by world-renowned choreographer, Hofesh Shechter, East Wall will bring together a large cast of dancers, musicians and community participants to celebrate East Londonís rich cultural heritage.
East Wall will see Hofesh Shechter working in collaboration with a group of up-and-coming choreographers, alongside artists and young people. Shechter will create a score for, and direct, the final production which will seek to explore the modern realities of race, diversity and cultural identity alongside the rich history of the Tower of London and Tower Hamlets.
East Wallís genesis came in 2014 as a long-term talent development project by East London Dance and†Hofesh Shechter Company†to nurture talented up-and-coming choreographers. By joining forces with Historic Royal Palaces and LIFT, the partners have committed to supporting selected choreographers and to working with local groups of dancers, musicians and young people from Tower Hamlets and East London boroughs through a wide-reaching youth engagement programme.
East Wall will be performed in the Tower of London moat as part of LIFT†2018, offering diverse local, national and international audiences a chance to engage with the iconic Tower of London through the use of the moat as a space for public art and performance. Performances will be free to watch from Tower Hill.
East Wall brings together a unique partnership between East London Dance, Hofesh Shechter Company, Historic Royal Palaces and LIFT, each forward-thinking organisations and leaders in their respective fields.† East Wall is part of LIFTís commitment to commissioning bold new work from world-class artists, and will further fulfil†Historic Royal Palacesí ambition to create artistic commissions for the Tower of London moat since the success of the poppies project: Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red. This project will forge new artistic relationships, celebrate East London Dance and Hofesh Shechter Companyís existing partnerships, and shine a spotlight on East Londonís creative energy and cultural identity.
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Produced by East London Dance and Hofesh Shechter Company. Commissioned and presented by Historic Royal Palaces and LIFT
East Wall is supported by Arts Council England and University of East London
Polly Risbridger, Director, East London Dance
Deborah Shaw, Head of Creative Programming, Historic Royal Palaces
Mark Ball, Artistic Director, LIFT
Henny Finch, Executive Producer, Hofesh Shechter Company