Bell Square Blogger Review - Big Dance Bus 2016

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Bell Square Blogger Review - Big Dance Bus 2016

What a wonderful end to the Big Dance Bus! The journey of the iconic London bus ended on September the 10th in Bell Square, with the rainy weather reflecting the sadness of such an amazing event coming to an end. 

The Big Dance bus pops up in several places across London, with its active and interactive performances lightening up the high streets, parks and even housing estates! The company was founded in 2006, so this year marks its ten year anniversary! It definitely was a special day! The organisation is led by the Mayor of London  and delivered in partnership with People Dancing and the Big Dance Hubs.

Various acts took the crowded stage at Bell Square, and whilst everyone hid under umbrellas or ponchos, their eyes saw some of the most magnificent pieces of performance they could have ever seen. A taste of every culture was seen through the performances, exciting everybody, no matter what background they came from! Everybody seemed to have learnt a new dance style that they hadn't discovered before, so it was also a great learning experience for everyone. From hip-hop to bhangra, everyone danced along. It was absolutely amazing to see the elderly having the time of their lives dancing to the songs too!

One eye catching performance I witnessed was where the driver of the Big Dance Bus came out for what he thought would be a nice sleep. However, he was going to be proved wrong. the talented dancers creeped up upon him, and took both the driver and the audience back into time to show us that change music has overcome. quick outfit changes, music interludes and panic emerged from the stage as we'd teleport from decade to decade. Some of the most extravagant outfits were worn, although the same couldn't have been said for the driver in his pyjamas and night hat!

The most iconic performance had to be at the end, when YOU, the public, follow a dance routine and danced in the rain. As they say "Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass...It's about learning to dance in the rain"! Children, adults, and the elderly all joined onto the stage to jump about, wave their hands and most importantly, dance! The crowd erupted into joy and laughter upon seeing this. It was great to see a very depressing day transformed into a day of pure happiness :)

The next event at bell square is:

22 Oct. 3pm

LIEUX PUBLICS: LE CONCERT DE PUBLIC

Make sure to go with your friends and family for an enjoyable day out!

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Block Mania!

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Block Mania!

This post has been written by Bell Square London blogger Navjot Kahlon.

On the 27th of August, Hounslow's Bell Square was enlightened by the presence of No Fit State and Motion House as they performed "Block". What this consisted of was 20 Jenga-like blocks that were tactfully used by the circus performers and dancers to portray a beautiful and interesting performance for the public.

The lovely weather brought many audience members as they eagerly anticipated what the blocks would be used for, and they were blown away. From the second the performance started, everybody fell silent as they watched the mind blowing performance. Blocks would be re-arranged to create many visions, they would be thrown into the air and caught again. But the most fascinating part that the audience loved in particular was when the performers would climb onto the blocks and get carried across the square; the audience could not believe their sights!

There were also many shocking moments, you could hear the gasps from the audience when the performers would jump from such great heights and would land safely to the ground. Blocks would start vigorously shaking with people on them and you could see the audience on the edge of their seats! It was truly a magnificent piece, and had the audience thrilled. Various types of music played in the background of the performance which further enticed the public. 

The final part of the performance was definitely the best, using the blocks, the performers tried to make a huge tower. They would climb on each stage level and grab another block from below. Their attempts were followed by huge cheers from the audience as they finally completed the whole tower, with each performer being accommodated in each level. However, the audience was still being prepared for the final surprise. The breakdown of the tower. Piece by piece, the tower started falling to the ground as the audience stared in shock and awe. 

It was a wonderful experience to see such a great crowd that were so enthusiastic about the performance and very cheerful. Overall, the performance was a great audience pleaser and left everyone in awe. 

Below are some of the highlights of the performance:

 

 

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New Bell Square Blogger!

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New Bell Square Blogger!

Hello Everyone! My name is Navjot and I'm joining the team of Bell Square Bloggers to review and inform you of all the amazing events happening in Bell Square. I've been going to Hounslow for as long as I can remember, but it was only a few years ago that I moved into the heart of Hounslow permanently. Living near Bell Square is such an experience as the joy of casually seeing such extravagant events on your way to and from home is incomparable to anything else. 

Some of my interests involve reading and poetry and I'm excited to start blogging here as I'll be able to partake in one of my passions alongside making the community more lively!

If you're reading this and haven't seen any events from Bell Square yet, I'd definitely recommend it. It's absolutely wonderful to see the community coming together to witness such magnificent talent and displays - you'll treasure every moment of it!

I'll be at Bell Square tomorrow at 12:30 to see "No Fit State/Motionhouse:Block" which runs at 12:30pm & 3:30pm tomorrow (27th August 2016). If you see me, feel free to say Hi!

You can also follow my social media for my experiences at Bell Square & more:

Instagram: @navjot.x

Twitter: @navjot_x

 

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Bell Square 2016 gets off to a fantastic start

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Bell Square 2016 gets off to a fantastic start

I've been coming to Hounslow all my life and it is really exciting to see quality arts events happening here. I work with Watermans, the arts centre in Brentford, and have been involved in Bell Square myself in 2015. This year I have become the first Bell Square Blogger

Carousel attracted the biggest crowd I’d seen at the Square. It was fantastic to see people clapping along and cheering at the end. The act itself was best in its moments of high energy, with a toe-tapping folk score. The story that Southpaw was telling was classically tragic. It was great to see a dance show so focused on telling an emotional story captivating a large and diverse group of people.

Of Man and Beast by Company Chameleon didn’t draw a huge crowd, due to performing twice in the afternoon and the bad weather. The show itself was very interesting though, again with a narrative focus. It was fun to hear Rage Against the Machine being blared in the middle of Hounslow. Interviewing the performers was a brilliant experience that I recommend to any young people interested in journalism.

Teatr KTO told a wacky but pretty easy-to-follow tale about modern working life. I heard people talking about the show in a local shop after, describing it as very raunchy. And while it wasn’t afraid to take risks, the show seemed suitable for everyone. It tackled everyday life in a truthful and funny way. Initially, when the pack of dancers began to sprint away into the high street, I wasn’t too pleased about having to chase them down. However, after seeing the crowd grow and change every time they moved, I came to see the decision as incredibly smart. Company Chameleon had said that the venue was great because of the people passing through, but when both the act and the audience are in transit, they become even more intertwined. Despite the show's outlandishness, it seemed to grab people’s attentions more than any other. It has been amazing to see audiences getting more involved and the acts connecting more and more.

Check out my video of these three events below:

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