Piccadilly Circus: Movement in the city

Piccadilly Circus is the most significant place for creative heads, fashionistas, food lovers and dancers. There is a spot for dancers to train in the underground of the station, leading to the entrance of the Trocadero Game Centre. The whole area and its training spot for underground dancers highlights the fact, that this is a little secret amongst dancers and no one really knows how valuable Piccadilly tube station is with all its surroundings. This place shows the busy movement and interaction between locals and tourists. It is a road junction and public space of London´s West End in the City of Westminster. Its Underground station is located directly beneath the circus itself, with entrances at every corner. It is one of the few stations across London, which have no associated buildings above ground and is fully underground.

At daytime, dancers from all across the UK come down to jam, teach classes, train and exchange their knowledge and skills at the Trocadero. Weekend or at night time usually, dance competition are organized to keep the energy level up and encourage all to dance in the spotlight. Leicester Square lies also within the West End. Pedestrians cross there every day.

Dickens describes, that “by the 19th century, Leicester Square was known as an entertainment venue, with many amusements peculiar to the era.” (Dickens 1879)

The square remains the heart of the West End entertainment district today. It is a moving and busy place for passionate dancers. The Square is home to several nightclubs, making it often very busy, particularly on Friday and Saturday evenings.

Due to my passion for dance and my love for music and living in the heart of London city, I see the movement in the city as a choreographed dance piece.

Commuting in London city is a visual spectacle and piece of art to my eyes. The city has rhythm and is comparable to the dance scene. The common notion of movement is the change of position. Movement takes places everywhere. The way as a choreographer teaches dance routines and directs a choreographic piece; the students know their steps. Right, left, front, back, up, down, side to side are familiar terms. Its dynamics are fast, slow, hard, soft, long and short.

Focusing on London city, commuters also know their steps and how to keep the codes of the streets. Pedestrians stop and cross traffic lights, commuters get off the tube first for others to enter and intuitionally keep on the left on the underground. On busses, there is no standing on the upper deck; third push chair must be folded. Sorted that out, the bus moves! Elderly people sit in the front on the left, mothers with push chairs sit in the middle on the right and the younger generation, sit at the back and also on the upper deck. Back on the streets cars move, drive, stop, crush, name it all. Movement in London city is like a choreographed piece.

Get a  glimpse into my vision with this video:


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