East Bank Summer Programme: Dystopia to Utopia: reimagining our future
Commissioned as part of the 2022 East Bank creative programme, and set against the stunning backdrop of the rising East Bank buildings on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Dystopia to Utopia: Reimagining Our Future is a large-scale outdoor performance fusing dance, music, spoken word, and film. Creatively produced by East London Dance in partnership with UD Music, the performance includes an 80-strong cast of community, youth, and professional dancers and singers from east London.
At sunset, on Thursday 22 September the East Bank site on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park will come to life with projection and genre-bending performance, inspired by the theme of Dystopia/Utopia set by renowned publication gal-dem. Co-designed by the young people, community cast, and creative team, the piece re-imagines our future as we come together as a community following the pandemic.
The performance will mark the arrival of the East Bank Partners onto the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park as University College London opens its doors this September, with UAL: London College of Fashion, V&A East, BBC Music, and Sadler’s Wells East soon to follow.
Both performances (7.30pm and 8.15pm) are the same, lasting approximately 20 minutes each. Join us on the platform below Tessa Jowell Boulevard, opposite East Bank on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park (what3words: script.famous.return).
- Commissioned and produced by East Bank Partners: University College London, UAL: London College of Fashion, V&A East, BBC Music, and Sadler’s Wells East.
- Creatively produced at the Talent House by East London Dance in partnership with UD Music, responding to a creative brief by gal-dem.
- Creative Director, Dannielle ‘Rhimes’ Lecointe, with additional choreography by Olu Alatise, Natasha Cox & Dominic Hamilton.
- Music Producer, Tony Nwachukwu, with additional musical direction by Andy Gilbert.
- Featuring a community and professional dance cast, East London Youth Dance Company & Flames Collective.
- The film features 'My Hood' a film by Alice Underwood, choreographed by Jordan ‘JFunk’ Franklin, with music production by Andy Gilbert, performances by Y.O.U Collective and Flames Collective; extra footage captured by Missing Pixels; and artwork by Erin Aniker and Cherelle Sappleton.