• Film by Victor Frankowski

  • Photography by Victor Frankowski

  • East Wall, Journey to the Tower: Episode 1

  • East Wall, Journey to the Tower: Episode 2

  • East Wall, Journey to the Tower: Episode 3

  • Design sketches by Louise Bennetts, photography by Michelle Marshall

  • Photography by Michelle Marshall

  • Costume trials, photography by Michelle Marshall

  • East Wall, Journey to the Tower: Episode 4

  • Choreography by Duwane Taylor, photography by Viktor Frankowski

  • Choreography by Hofesh Shechter, photography by Victor Frankowski

  • East Wall, Journey to the Tower: Episode 5

  • Photography by Victor Frankowski

East Wall

in partnership with East London Dance, Hofesh Shechter, Historic Royal Palaces and LIFT |

150 performers stormed the Tower of London in a spectacular collision of music and dance in 2018. Bringing together dance styles from across London and fuelled by rousing music from The Band of the Irish Guards, contemporary a cappella vocal group The Gold Vocal Collective, rock musicians, strings and vocalists and the rebellious history of the site itself, East Wall was the Tower’s first large-scale artistic presentation since the award-winning Poppies installation.

Directed by the internationally-celebrated artist and choreographer Hofesh Shechter, East Wall invited you to discover dynamic new dance created by Becky Namgauds, Duwane Taylor, James Finnemore and Joseph Toonga, four of London’s most exciting young choreographers.

From grime to gospel, krump to contemporary, this epic production indulged senses in a tapestry of music and dance that celebrates East London’s diversity and puts its rich cultural heritage centre stage.

As part of the Collaborative Unit, 8 LCF MA Costume Design For Performance students created the costumes for 16 principal dancers and sourced outfits for the remaining cast under the design direction of Louise Bennetts. In addition, 5 students from various LCF MA courses documented the making process and back-stage preparations in the run up to the performance via East Wall Sidelines Instagram account. The students taking part were: Madeline Berry, Radvile Kisieliute, AK Lie, Gabriela Lotaif, Nashwa Mohamed Elsayed Matouk, Qiongwen Zhang, Nuno Oliveira Lamas Brás De Oliveira, Isobel Pellow (all MA Costume Design for Performance) and Mireia Ludevid Llop, Suki Lui, Michelle Marshall (MA Fashion Photography), Alexina Duncan (MA Fashion Cultures), Lixian Yin (MA Fashion Media Production).

Partners included: East London Dance, Historic Royal Palaces, LIFT – London International Festival of Theatre and Hofesh Shechter Company.