Take a look at our Murmurs audience feedback

Only four performances left of Aurelia Thierree’s stunning Murmurs. Not seen it yet? Here’s what you’re missing out on.

NathaniaWong MURMURS @southbankcentre was a fantastical experience! Well done and thanks to @COLltd for bringing them in, wish I could watch it again

Rough_Hewn Don’t know what it ‘meant’ or how it was done, but my God #Murmurs @southbankcentre is phenomenal.

LINDSEYABOURNE #murmurs @southbankcentre was awesome. Pure magic on stage. Our jaws spent most of the time on the floor. Highly recommend.

fgeach Murmurs was out of this world. Very French and imaginative. I strongly recommend you see it @southbankcentre

HannahKendall_ LOVED Murmurs @southbankcentre tonight. Stunning!

emily__firefly Aurelia Thierree’s Murmurs @southbankcentre was utterly lovely. Perfect to make me giggle on what-had-been a pretty boring boxing day.

HutchinsonMatt #Murmurs @southbankcentre – mystifying, brave, beautiful and clever. Left somewhat speechless and dumbfounded by it – in the very good way!

jess_emolloy Also, just wanted to say thanks to @southbankcentre as I’ve been twice this week to see colour of nonsense and murmurs – both totally brill!

chunchilla If you’re in London and can get a ticket go see this – gorgeous! Murmurs starring Aurélia Thierrée southbankcentre.co.uk/find/dance-per… via @southbankcentre

bitoclass Murmurs at @southbankcentre is very enjoyable: a beautifully choreographed mix of illusion, amusement & oddities, starring Aurélia Thierrée.

chunchilla Well! Murmurs @southbankcentre is utterly fabulous. Feel like I’ve been down Alice’s rabbit hole for 70 mins! #theatre #dance #puppetry

stevebob79 Have come out with a smile on my face from Murmurs @southbankcentre. Delightful piece with really lovely bits of staging. Recommended.

Catch Murmurs at Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall until Monday 2 January 2012. Part of Southbank Centre’s Winter Festival. Get tickets here.

KENRICK “H2O” SHADY IS ON THE JUDGING PANEL FOR DANCE YOUR CITY

The live final of Dance Your City is on Friday 2 March at 6pm in the Clore Ballroom at Southbank Centre. The 6 groups with the most public votes on facebook with compete to be the ultimate winner in front of a public audience and expert panel. Over the next few weeks we will be announcing the judges on the panel who represent the best of British Hip Hop and Street Dance.

First up is Kenrick “H2O” Sandy, choreographer, performer, teacher and Co-Founder and Artistic Director of Oliver Awarded Boy Blue Entertainment. This man’s talents have no limits! Kenrick’s career spans over 10 years, both nationally and internationally. Video choreographic credits include Peter Andre and Plan B, Alexandra Burke, Misteeq, Beverley Knight, Big Brovas, Victoria Beckham, Sophie Ellis-Bexter, Dizzee Rascal and All Saints. Boy Blue Entertainment’s production of Pied Piper won an Olivier Award and the company won Best Dance Act Award at the Black Entertainment Film, Fashion, Television and Arts Awards in 2010.

With this incredible list of achievements Kenrick is highly recognised as one of the most accomplished Hip Hop specialists from the UK today and we are really excited to have him as one of the judges for Dance Your City. Kenrick has seen a lot of good dance in his time so I’m sure his standards will be high and he will be expecting a lot from the finalists.

Find out more and enter Dance Your City: www.southbankcentre.co.uk/dyc

Check out Kenrick’s Boy Blue Ent. trailer for some inspiration:

Forkbeard Fantasy’s Theatre of Animation – Free Exhibition

To celebrate the 37-year-long history of groundbreaking theatre company, Forkbeard Fantasy, Southbank Centre’s Winter Festival is proud to present a free exhibition – Theatre of Animation. Enter a magical world of interactive fun for young and old, with  mechanical gizmos, films and cartoons. Ride a magical unicorn, meet a teenage brontosaurus skeleton and operate life-size puppets.

 

Catch the Theatre of Animation at Southbank Centre’s Spirit Level until Sunday 8 January 2012. Free entry between 10am – 10pm. More info here.

 

 

Dance Your City – the making of…

So, Dance Your City is now live and we’re ready to start watching all your video submissions! In the run up to the opening of the competition there’s been a lot going on behind the scenes to prepare for the big launch day. We’ve been setting up and carefully designing the Facebook page but most importantly we’ve been filming some excellent promo videos with Soul Mavericks and Flowzaic.

The idea behind these two videos was to film two dance videos at two different iconic locations to show you guys the kind of thing we’re looking for and challenge you to go one better! Because we were feeling particularly lazy last Wednesday our fist location was right outside our office…luckily working at Southbank Centre we were surrounded with options from Big Ben to Trafalgar Square. However, we finally settled on filming by the Hayward Gallery since the brutalist architecture gives the video a real feel of London with a great view of the London Eye in the background.

Once Coopdog had finished posing…

…he and R-Qi-Tek did some free style breaking interspersed with a couple of bits that they planned before hand. As all true professionals do they pulled this off first take (or maybe second!). It ended up looking something like this:

Flowzaic wanted to film somewhere iconic but a little different. Myself (filming) and Jessica, who programmes dance events here, met the girls at Greenwich foot tunnel. Well, technically we met at Starbucks and had a coffee, but don’t tell my boss that.

We filmed down in the tunnel which has given a really urban, grimy, dark feel to the video, which reminded me a little of The Prodigy’s music video for Firestarter. The girls put together a great routine with a little hint of boogaloo and some locking thrown in, so good that a passerby threw some money their way! Check out the finished product:

We hope you like what we’ve put together, but really these videos are just a starting point for you guys to go out and get inspired and creative. Find a location you feel is iconic – wherever you might live and then show us what you can do for the chance to perform on the Southbank Centre stage. Best of luck!

Enter the competition: southbankcentre.co.uk/dyc
Join the discussion on twitter: #danceyourcity