I would like to invite you to the launch of Let’s Dance International Frontiers on Saturday 29 April, International Dance Day, at the Mercure Leicester, The Grand Hotel to celebrate the art of dance.
Last year’s launch had us witnessing a show stopping event by Catherine Dénécy at New Walk Museum and Art Gallery, and this year will be no different. In fact, I am über excited that I can’t even contain my smile whilst writing this invitation for you. The line-up we have for you is astounding, an event not to be missed.
This year, we will be joined by the ground-breaking ensemble led by the founder and visionary Jawole Willa Jo Zollar – Urban Bush Women as they present a special mixed bill inspired by jazz greats. Their comeback last year at the LDIF16 had national and international fans of the company booking their tickets early. If I were you, I would book in advance before it’s too late! Having had the pleasure of seeing their performance for the first time was so inspiring, I recall myself gripped onto my seat watching in awe and amazement.
Joining the event is the Grammy award winning composer George Caldwell playing his original and masterful accompaniment to ‘Walking with Trane, Side B’, an extension of work presented at the festival last year, inspired by John Coltrane’s work A Love Supreme.
The LDIF17 allows everyone to come together to jump-start our unique and innovative dance festival, followed by two weeks of performances, workshops and seminars aimed at bringing everyone together to access, engage and enjoy dance.
On the Sunday 30 April, it is also International Jazz Day and it is only befitting that the launch will also be paying tribute to the Queen of Jazz – Ella Fitzgerald, in what would be her centenary Birthday celebration. Her voice is gold. My all-time favourite of hers would have to be My Funny Valentine – so seductive and classy.
So, to summarize, what better marriage of dance and jazz will be at this year’s LDIF17 launch. A perfect evening to attend to I’d say!
For more information and booking tickets, please click the link below.