East Wall – Storm The Tower, directed by Hofesh Schechter

I know it’s a sign of climate change – I’ve even stopped checking my weather app – but I do love it when you can plan an evening out and know it’ll be warm and dry. This was the case for East Wall at the Tower of London, part of LIFT festival.

Photo by Caroline Banks

A collaboration between East London Dance,  Hofesh Shechter Company, Historic Royal Palaces and LIFT ,   the evening celebrated the variety and diversity of East London.                          Hofesh Schechter’s trademark percussion instruments stood at the back of the stage, Photo by Caroline Banksready to accompany the different young amateur dancers. One of my favourite pieces was Three, choreographed by Duwane Taylor (I’m a fan of Krump.)Photo by Caroline BanksThere were 6 pieces in all, exploring migration,  the immigrant experience and the history of East LondonPhoto by Caroline BanksPhoto by Caroline Banksculminating with an exuberant  finale where the Band of the Irish Guards joined the other performers in the moat.Photo by Caroline BanksPhoto by Caroline Banksall overlooked by a sole archer and the ever-present plane passing overhead.Photo by Caroline Banks