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Singing and dancing in the rain may look like fun when Fred Astaire does it, but when it is chucking it down outside, I'm pretty sure all most of us want is an umbrella.

Rain or shine this October, Dance Umbrella have you covered. Their thirty-fifth annual festival is between the 3rd - 20th October, and includes both indoor and outdoor events in the areas of King's Cross and Stratford.

With its continuing mission to bring new dance to London, Dance Umbrella are presenting the artform through all sorts of mediums, whether it be film, theatre, talks, photography, or live performance. Many of the events are free, but even ticketed events only cost between 12-25, most of which you will get a 20% discount on if making multiple bookings.

Film & Photography

Double Take
3rd-20th October Free

Double Take celebrates Dance Umbrella's thirty-fifth anniversary with a presentation of Hugo Glendinning and Chris Nash's photography. The two photographers have captured spectacular highlights from the festival, which you can reminisce over at the Platform Theatre Gallery, The Place, and Stratford Circus.

Stray Gifts

Stray Gifts
5th & 6th, 11th & 12th, 19th & 20th October, The Place, Free

Jenseits & Art of Movement
5th & 6th, 9th-11th October, Free

Jenseits and Art of Movement are two short films choreographed by Billy Cowie. They will be shown in 3D so audiences can share the space with the dancer.

Amongst the range of ticketed performances, you will be able to see shows such as Proscenium Works, 1979-20011. The Trisha Brown Dance Company is about to make radical changes to their format, so now as a farewell to the end of an era, they are performing their major stage works from 1979 to 2011. The dance troupe Moving Into Dance Mophatong will present African culture through dance. Usually Beauty Fails is a lively, youthful, and sexually charged rock concert; it has nudity, so is not suitable for children.

There will be several post-show talks in which you will get to meet the artists involved in the productions. These are free to attend for ticket holders and the shows participating are Vertiges, Sweat Baby Sweat, This is not a Love Story, Proscenium Works, 1979-2001, Suddenly Everywhere is Black With People, and Moving Into Dance Mophatong.
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Why? Fun for families
When: 3rd - 20th October
Phone: 44 (0)20 7407 1200
Where: Kings Cross & Stratford
Cost: Free-20
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