East London Dance

Urban Development and East London Dance host Urban East, a week long celebration of urban culture, bringing together music and dance at Stratford Circus in May. It all takes place between Thursday 18th – Thursday 25th May 2006. There is a live music night featuring artists like Klashnekoff and of course there are some serious music seminars.

The Frontline night & lifestyle brand G-Hop will showcase the best in UK hip hop, R&B and grime featuring exclusive new sets from some of the scene’s established heavyweights alongside the cream of the new crop, including artists from the G-Hop roster, Klashnekoff, Soundbwoy Ents, Baby Blue, J2K, Wonder, Excalibah and hip hop magician Dynamo.

Renowned in the underground hip-hop and club dance scenes as “Crutchmaster”, U.S. innovator Bill Shannon brings his unique and vibrant dance technique to Urban East. With his new production Sketchy, the multi-disciplinary artist joins forces with five performers to create a living documentary of street inspired movement including breaking, popping, housing and freestyling.

Inter-Mission is part of a national series of choreographic platforms and brings together five emerging black choreographers showcasing stunning new dance work.

G-Hop host an open session for East London vocalists, MCs and producers to bring in new tracks and ideas in progress. G-Hop – The Artists’ Forum includes a hosted panel where industry A&R representatives provide feedback and an open hour featuring listening stations where vocalists, MCs and artists can exchange ideas.

Looking Back To Go Forward: an essential one-off seminar looking into the rich history of UK soul, R&B, hip hop and urban-based music styles from the ‘70s onwards. Can urban music today draw from the UK’s music history? What lessons have been learnt from artists’ experiences? Is British music of the ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s relevant for today’s artists? Panellists include UK artists past and present and label MDs. Hosted by Tony Nwachukwu (CDR)

Urban East will also offer a dance workshop with choreographer and performer extraordinaire Colin Poole in a unique one-day training session. Colin has a great following for his challenging theatrical dance work and was one of the smash hits at last year’s Edinburgh Fringe.

Urban DevelopmentBased at Stratford Circus in London E15, Urban Development is the one-stop organisation for East London’s new urban music talent. UD’s work covers everything from innovative artist and studio training courses with experienced professional tutors, individual mentoring for new and established artists, industry seminars, regular live events and festivals and two fully professional labels (Documented and UD Whites). The Urban Development philosophy is to inspire young people to fulfil their creative potential and, at a higher level, to offer valuable links to the music industry and help artists and music businesses based in East London to learn and grow.  
Urban Development is also part of Sound Connections, a London-wide partnership strengthening London’s Youth Music Training and development sector. Other partners are Asian Dub Foundation Education (ADFED), Bigga Fish, Community Music (CM), Overtones, Raw Material, MIDI Music Project and Weekend Music College (WAC).


  • Schedule

Thursday 18th May
8.00pm / £9 & £5 conc.: BILL SHANNON – SKETCHY
7.00pm / free: Music industry seminar: LOOKING BACK TO GO FORWARD

Friday 19th May
8.00pm / £9 & £5 conc.: BILL SHANNON – SKETCHY
7.00pm / free: Music forum: G-HOP – THE ARTISTS’ FORUM
9.00pm / £3: G-HOP presents EAST LONDON’S FINEST LIVE.
Pyrelli / Podgy Figures / Young Blood Militia / Lily & more

Saturday 20th May
7.30pm / £8 & £5: FRONTLINE
Klashnekoff / Soundbwoy Ents / Baby Blue / Ny / Tinchy Stryder / DSV / Ghetto / J2K / Paris One / K Sounds / Dynamo / Tricz

Thursday 25th May
8.00pm / £9 & £5 conc.: INTER-MISSION
New choreography: Temitope Ajose-Cutting / Chrissie Adesina / Karensa Louis / Freddie Addaie Opuko / Maria Ghoumrassi

Friday 26th May
7.00pm / £5
On-day training session for dance artists / choreographers with Colin Poole.

Ticketweb. Tel. 08700 600 100 / www.ticketweb.co.uk
(credit / debit cards only. No booking fee)

All other tickets: cash payment at Stratford Circus box office
Tickets available from 3/4/06 and at each event on the night.

Address: Stratford Circus, Theatre Square, Stratford, London E15 1BX

Transport: Stratford station (Central / Jubilee / DLR / North London lines)

Stratford Circus offers full disabled access

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