Rise! | Greenwich+Docklands International Festival

Presented by Compagnie l'Homme debout

This large-scale processional performance inspired by the centenary of the Representation of the People Act celebrates local and global stories of women and their continuing struggle for equality and human rights.

A giant woman puppet arrives in Woolwich, accompanied by the beautiful spirit of the Bird of Freedom, representing an eternal dream of equality. She has travelled a long way, gathering the stories of women on her journey across the world. As she explores, she learns about the dreams and struggles of some of the diverse women – past and present – who have contributed to the story of Woolwich.

B40YDC are delighted to have been invited to join the procession and will commence the event with a performance at The Assembly Statues (Thames Path, Woolwich, London SE18). This is a free performance.

Commissioned by Global Streets and GDIF with support from Woolwich Cultural Destinations. Kindly hosted by Berkeley Homes. Part of the London Festival of Architecture. Photo | Michel Wiart.


About the company

Tuesdays (during term-time) | 6:45-8:15pm | 13-19yrs, entry by audition only Academy Performing Arts

Artillery Square, Royal Arsenal, Woolwich, London, SE18 6ST Artistic Director | Julian Lewis

Through an intense process of weekly sessions led by professional dancer and choreographer, 

Julian Lewis as well as guest teachers, company members will have the opportunity to improve their contemporary dance technique, learn exciting choreography and be exposed to a variety of performance opportunities.

​As part of the Traceworks Participate strand, this connection aims to provide members of B40 with mentorship and advice into further dance training as well as additional opportunities to perform.

​B40 Youth Dance Company aims to provide opportunities for gifted and talented individuals from a variety of backgrounds.

If you are interested in joining B40YDC, lease email academyinfo@gll.orgacademyinfo@gll.org or call 020 8855 6216 for more information about our next audition.

Audition sessions are free of charge.