Impact Festival’s Performance & Social
Friday night hosts an eclectic mix of stunning shows, great food and ethical products stalls; all this followed by a DJ set to boogie the night away! Come watch some wicked acts, dance to the DJ and grab a beer while popping around the stalls to have a look at options for leading an everyday ethical lifestyle.
Enjoy, dance, discuss, wiggle, question, drink, choose, celebrate, love. Choose to be your jigsaw piece in the greater picture.
The Boiler House, Brick Lane, E1.
6pm until late
IMPACT: The Show
An explosive show with elements of dancehall, locking, hip hop, contemporary, capoeira, afro and samba! Choreographed by Impact Festival Director, Hannah Bertram, this show reflects and explores the purpose of the festival through a dynamic mix of styles and an incredible body of dancers.
Energetic forces collide, complement and create. An external manifestation of the internal. A physical reflection of the psychological. Reflection, reaction and regeneration.
Myself UK Dance
Myself UK Dance Company bring their mindblowingly epic hip hop sets to Impact. An all-female collective lead by Kloe Dean who have performed for Got To Dance, Ladies Of Hip Hop NYC, The Olivier Awards, The Fed Cup Women’s Tennis Opening, Breakin Convention at Sadlers Wells Theatre, Hip Hop International Championships in Las Vegas and Nike.
They promote empowerment, ambition, individuality and self-worth through the medium of hip-hop, funk and urban dance styles under the ethos ' I ♥ Myself '.
Jolene Dover is one of the UK's favourite drag queens.
Her unique style combined with quick humour & observational comedy keeps you in the palm of her hands. Witty and slightly off-the-wall, her stage presence will electrify you and her voice will leave you begging for more.
Jolene has even attracted the attention of TV producers who commissioned the series "When Jolene Met", one of the highest rating shows on the network. This was followed by a cameo in the long running BBC One series Casualty.
B-Girl Shortbread (aka Emma Houston)
Emma is one of the top breakers in the UK. Her tricks won’t fail to disappoint and her body appears superhuman. Respected nationally and internationally, she was recently invited to Redbull BC One’s first UK Bgirl Cypher.
Emma creates theatre that challenges and questions society’s views on gender and identity. She aims to bring the hip hop scene and LGBTQ community closer together, making queer artists more visible. She has performed for Adidas, Levis, Rosie Kay Dance Co, Boadicea and Far From The Norm.
Alfa is a leading circus artist and spectacular performer!
Her incredible strength and fluidity of movement make for one of the most breathtaking acts you will ever witness.
She has worked all around the globe; her many credits include Cirque Bijou, Upswing, Gravity and Levity and Incandecence - joining the cast of FLOWN in summer of 2016 for the company's homecoming at Glastonbury festival. She has become such a reputable circus artist that she was even invited to play the lead role of Mowgli in Metta Theatre’s Jungle Book.
Element Arts is a diverse Urban Latin company with dancers from all over the globe, bringing their vibrant shows, colourful costumes and Latin fire to the festival! Super fun and full of energy, their carnival vibes will get you on your feet!
Element Arts are European Salsa Champions and have performed for Strictly Come Dancing, T4 (Channel 4), TY, Franz Ferdinand, Submotion Orchestra, Major Lazer, Fat Freddy’s Drop, Heatwave, O2 Arena, Sadler’s Wells, Wembley Stadium, Redbull and Havana Club.
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Xavier Osmir: Brazilian Percussionist
Xavi is a sensational Brazilian, Latin American and world music percussionist. His electricfying beats will get your hips shaking and make your heart happy!
He has played for Ellie Goulding, James Corden, Madonna, Jamie Oliver, Peter Andre, Paul O’ Grady, Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin), Prince Charles. He has appeared on BBC1 The One Show, BBC Radio 3, Strictly Come Dancing and various TV commercials. He is currently lead percussionist and vocalist for the London School of Samba.
The Boiler House, Brick Lane, E1.
6pm until late
Impact Festival’s Workshops & Speakers
Saturday is our day of fun movement workshops and thought-provoking talks. Each movement workshop is teamed with a 15 minute inspiring talk on global issues. A day ticket gives you access to everything!
Slide, listen, jump, ask, experience, twirl, contemplate, kick, learn. What do you value? How do you honour those values in your life?
Flow Dance Studios, Brixton Road
with Ella Mesma
From Rio carnival to London, come and experience the joy of samba!
Taught by Ella Mesma, a spectacular dancer who has travelled all over the world with her work, and has even held the prestigious title of Rainha de Bateria (Queen of Drums) for the London School of Samba.
Her credits include Russell Maliphant Company, Lea Anderson, Olympics Opening Ceremony, Sadler’s Wells, Women in Dance Leadership Conference NYC and many more.
Hip Hop with Myself UK Dance
Get your groove on with one of the UK’s pioneering hip hop companies.
Myself UK Dance, headed by Kloe Dean (Blaze, Boy Blue Entertainment) will put you through your funky paces in an upbeat, high energy class.
Their credits include Got To Dance, Ladies Of Hip Hop NYC, The Olivier Awards, The Fed Cup Women’s Tennis Opening, Breakin Convention at Sadlers Wells Theatre, Hip Hop International Championships in Las Vegas and Nike.
Capoeira with Professor Guerreiro
Challenge yourself to experience the incredibly exciting world of capoeira!
Capoeira is an Afro-Brazilian Martial Art that is rich in culture. This thrilling discipline incorporates music, dance and acrobatic movements; a full workout that is great for the body, mind and soul.
Professor Guerreiro (‘warrior’ in English) is an exceptionally talented capoeirista and experienced teacher, who has travelled the world learning and sharing his knowledge.