The live link with Brisbane being enjoyed at the Siobhan Davies Studios was dramatically cut when fire broke out at the Kelvin Grove Urban Village.
Whilst it was early evening in Austrialia it was morning in SE1 so an outdoor Aussie-style barbeque supplied breakfast and brunch to visitors joining in the live performance link with Global Drifts in Brisbane. Afterwards many took the opportunity to tour the new studios.
Meanwhile children enjoyed free dance classes and queued at the International Workshop Festival in the garden to be transformed with face paints into colourful dance characters.
"Big Dance was a great opportunity for us to open our doors to the local community and give them a chance to experience what we do," says programme manager Alison Proctor. "The free children's contemporary dance classes given by Akosua Boakye were great fun for the children and the 'Global Drifts' link up with Australia was a fantastic opportunity for contemporary dancers to dance in and around our building. It was fantastic to see so many more people enjoying themselves in our Studios."
• At lunchtime on Friday 21 July there is an opportunity to see six dancers working with Siobhan Davies Dance company members and developing their own work using ideas from her most recent dancework In Plain Clothes. Free admission by booking on 020 7091 9650.