Launching on 16 May,Your Stratford Stage event concludes with two Half Term Family Days on 28 and 29 May.
Sadler’s Wells will present Candoco Dance Company’s You and I Know, a romantic duet by Arlene Phillips told through a series of vignettes set across time, on 28 May. Danced with passion and sensitivity by Candoco dancers Joel Brown and Laura Patay, the piece is a collection of pop songs, and offers audiences a potent and emotive exploration of how we fall in and out of love over and over again, often with the same person.
The British Council is due to move its global headquarters to Stratford in 2020 and has invited award-winning African hip-hop storyteller Alim Kamara to perform on 28 May.
On 28 and 29 May, Here East-based Company Wayne McGregor, a world-class ensemble of dancers and resident company of Sadler’s Wells, will perform excerpts from Autobiography by British choreographer and director Wayne McGregor. Inspired by McGregor's own DNA and 25-year choreographic archive, Autobiography features music by US electronic composer Jlin, and costumes by designer Aitor Throup.
East London Dance will also bring together a variety of performances and demonstrations. These range from mini dance battles and open freestyling led by New Movementz, to all-female hip-hop dance from Myself UK, and Latin American ballroom dance class from Step Change Studios.
West Ham-based Rosetta Arts has partnered with local artists Sabba Khan and Aisha Naim for its showcase. Khan will perform spoken word on the theme of motherhood and love, while Naim will deliver two mindful art taster workshops.