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Relive the Newham Unlocked Festival in the Royal Docks

Surveillance: Dance like no-one is watching, was an action-packed weekend of performance, courtesy of Newham Council and arts organisation Certain Blacks as part of the Newham Unlocked summer programme. From 14 to 16 August Surveillance travelled virtually to Newham locations including the Royal Docks, enabling audiences to experience an exciting array of London-based artists from anywhere in the world. If you missed the festival or just want to relive over again, here are two videos from some amazing London based artists.


Upswing is a leading circus company founded by Victoria Amedume. Catch Me is an intimate and surprising take on age and gender, combining risk-taking, trust and collaboration. Part installation, part performance, Catch Me asks how we see each other and who we value. Join Upswing for a poetic mix of dance, circus and furniture!


This new socially distanced show was created specifically for the Thames Barrier Park. Three acrobats play and move around its beautiful landscaped features and explore what happens when they can’t touch, reinterpreting how their bodies relate to each other from a distance. Mimbre is a female-led company creating nuanced, breath-taking and highly skilled acrobatic theatre. Using circus and dance innovatively as a physical language to illuminate human connections, Mimbre promote a positive image of women.

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