Migration through dance and the arts.

Migrations Europa Exchange was a mini festival celebrating the positive contribution migrants bring to Britain and London life. It was hosted at the Round Chapel Hackney from the 16th-18th February 2016.

Activities took place in and around this venue. The festival involved an educational tour through the Jewish quarters in Hackney, an art exhibition presenting migrants’ work, folk dance workshops as well as a dance and dinner performance evening, presenting new commissions by dancers of all ages and abilities. Prior to the festival itself there were pop up performances at locations across London to promote the festival.

Day 1

Day one was packed with activities! In the morning leading up to lunchtime we had three folk dance workshops, Polish, Greek and English folk. Participants were challenged with intricate steps and travelling steps as well as interacting with one another.

Day 2

Day two of the festival hosted two immersive live installation/ performances. We started with Migration Intervention for the Injured: 2016, by Julie Cook. Followed by ‘Eleonora’, a site specific performance travelling throughout Europe. From Sardinia to Marseille from Paris to London.

Day 3

The final day of the festival! To close the festival, we hosted commissioned and existing works from four choreographers each of a different nationality. The performance started with the various artists encapsulated at Waterloo Station, waiting to go on their own individual journeys.

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Thurs 18th February 2016 at 7pm

Dance Theatre Performance with buffet dinner.

Weds 17th February 2016

Visual arts installation and mini performances at the Round Chapel.

Tues 16th February 2016

– Polish Funk Folk Dance Class.
– Greek Dance Remixed!
– English Folk Dance Class.
– Tour of Jewish Legacy in Hackney
– Art Installation

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Ticket Archive

Project Artists

Exhibition Artists


Performance Evening

The performance evening included work from 4 choreographers and showcased dance by older dancers from two established performance companies, Counterpoint Dance and D2D dance company, as well as featuring children from a Primary School based in Hackney, a visually impaired dancer and the choreographers themselves. There was a buffet of European dishes after the show during which there was opportunity for conversations between audience, performers and choreographers.

Community Outreach.

As part of the Migrations Europa Exchange project we ran an outreach programme of dance workshops and pop up performances. The workshops in English, Polish and Greek folk dance were held at the Round Chapel, Hackney and at Platforma Festival, Leicester. Pop-up performances were in Barnet, Lambeth and Hackney.

Pop-up performances & workshops:

Saturday 6th of February at 1pm till 2pm

Excerpts from Magdalena Redlowska’s All The Way at Hackney Museum E8 1GQ.

Thursday 14th, 21st, 28th January and 4th February 2016

A selected group of children from Holmleigh Primary School Hackney, will be rehearsing for the performance on 18th of February 2016 at the Round Chapel.

Friday 29th January 2016 at 4pm

Counterpoint Dance & D2D perform extracts from their repertoire at Kingsmead Community Centre, 8-9 Kingsmead Way, London E9 5QG

Thursday, 21st January 2016 1:30pm

Creative Workshop for Yr 1 + performance at Mandeville Primary School, Hackney.

Wednesday 20th January 2016 1:30pm-2:30pm

Creative Workshops for Reception and Yr 2 at Parkwood Primary School, Hackney.

Thursday 14th January 2016 (time tbc)

Performance by D2D Dance Company at Mandeville Primary School, Hackney.

Wednesday 13th January 2016 1:15pm-3pm

Creative Workshop for Yr 1 and Yr 2at Mandeville Primary School, Hackney.

Tuesday 12th January 2016 1:15pm-3pm

Creative Workshop for Reception and Year 2 at Mandeville Primary School, Hackney.

15th November 2015

Counterpoint & D2D performance at Waterloo Station, Lambeth.

5th November 2015 10:30am

Platforma Conference at De Montford University, Leicester.

3rd October 2015 at 12:15pm & 1:45pm

Fun Palaces at Arts Depot, Barnet.


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Migrations Museum

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