Presented By OUT OF THE BOX

As, Was, Is

Saturday 7 September | Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, BBC Waterfront, E15 2DU

Duration: 45 Minutes

An electrifying fusion of South Asian and street dance styles,

This electrifying fusion of South Asian and street dance styles, explores universal themes of struggle and perseverance delivering an intimate and emotional reflection on the need for connection and empathy. 

As, Was, Is, is produced by East London Dance and supported by The London Borough of Newham, East Bank, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park , London Legacy Development Corporation and Arts Council England

 Chandenie Gobhardan and Shawn Aimey  

Chandenie Gobardhan s a London-based, Netherlands-born artist known for their unique movement vocabulary. Their style is a carefully curated melting pot where elements of Bharatanatyam, street styles (in particular locking) and contemporary dance come together. For the past few years, they have been exploring how to use aspects of these styles to create a movement language that retains the essence of each. Gobardhan’s artistry builds bridges between styles, where others might not see that possibility.

Shawn Aimey began his dance journey in 1999 and has been developing as a dance artist for the last 24 years. He regularly teaches, mentors and coaches the current, plus next generation of dancers in the UK.

Shawn teaches regular classes and workshops and is in particular focused on the continual development of the street dance scene in the UK.He is also the founder of ‘AIM Collective’ the UK’s first female popping crew.



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Site Access

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Assistance Dogs Welcome 


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Level Access  

Dancing City show locations have good step-free access and hard-standing surfaces.   

Access Viewing areas   

Each performance location will have an access viewing area for disabled audience members marked with a sign or flag. Space for wheelchair users, companions and seating with and without arms will be available. 

Locations and routes 

The festival site includes various locations across the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and Stratford Town Centre. The furthest distance between locations is 320m.   

Check the Dancing City festival map and brochure to plan your route, ask a volunteer or at the information point.  

Quiet Space  

A Quiet Space will be avaible for anyone who wishes to escape the crowds for some chillout time in a low sensory comfortable environment.  

Many peaceful areas have shade and seating across the park. 

Accessible Toilets and Changing Places  

The Podium: Accessible toilets and Changing Places– ask in Riverside East café for a Radar key. 

University College London: Accessible toilets and Changing Places- ask at reception for Radar key.  

Westfield Stratford City: Accessible toilets on various levels. Changing Places on the ground floor between Made by Society and Watches of Switzerland, radar key from staff and guest services. 

Stratford Centre: Accessible toilets only.  

Click here for a QEOP map of accessible toilets and changing places facilities.  

Blue badge parking  

Westfield Stratford Car Park. Charges may apply.  

Drop-off point 

Westfield Avenue  


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Show Access

Speech Free  

Suitable for all ages  

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