Tue 20 - Thu 29 July 2021

Dates & Times

Live events at Rio Cinema, Dalston: Tue 20 - Wed 21 July 2021, times vary (visit website for details)

Digital Screenings via Shoreditch Town Hall: Thu 22 - Thu 29 July 2021, available to watch 12pm - 12am


Live events at Rio Cinema, Dalston: Film Screening, £5-£8; Immersive events, £12-£15

Digital Screenings via Shoreditch Town Hall: Pay What You Can through donation

Running time

Film: Approx. 10 mins (no interval); Plus 10 mins for Behind The Scenes film.

Immersive events at Rio Cinema, Dalston: Running times vary, check website for more details.


Films, Screenings and Talks


The live film screenings and immersive events will take place at Rio Cinema, 107 Kingsland High St, Dalston, E8 2PB.

The digital screenings take place online.

Age guidance

Suitable for all ages

A young searcher finds himself enticed by the murmurings that lie beyond closed doors. Peering through the keyhole, he's soon swept into the whirlwind. A world of rehearsed speeches and practiced sincerity.  A polished palace that is ready to crack open into a rave of chaotic ecstasy. No longer in the shadows, he finds himself continuing his adventure into the word of Illegal Dance - a dystopian future where artistic expression is forbidden by oppressive regimes around the world.

Filmed at Shoreditch Town Hall, The Rule of Seven is a short film combining dynamic contemporary choreography with innovative technical stagecraft. This short excerpt is the first instalment from Illegal Dance, the new multi-artform work from virtuoso choreographer Tony Adigun. Sharp movement and spectacular cinematography underpin a compelling story, exploring themes of family, society, power and agency.

How to Book

The live screenings of The Rule of Seven will be taking place at Rio Cinema, alongside live immersive events, from Tuesday 20 - Wednesday 21 July 2021. You can book tickets to the live screenings and events here: riocinema.org.uk.

The digital screenings of The Rule of Seven will be taking place online from Thursday 22 - Thursday 29 July 2021. You can book tickets to the digital screenings through our website by clicking Book Now above.

You will receive a link to access the film digitally at 12pm on the date you have booked your ticket for, and will have access to it until midnight that same day. Please check your junk folder. When you receive the link, make sure you are logged into your Shoreditch Town Hall account to gain access. You can watch the film anywhere as long as you have an internet connection.

The short film plays to a stunning original score of Hiphop infused with contemporary classical sounds, topped with a dash of drum and bass. The delectable and infections score is composed by none other than James Grant, one half of the prolific producing power house iLL BLU @iLLBLU who’s producing and remix credits include Stormzy, Sam Smith, MoStack, Headie One, IAMDDB & Tion Wayne.

Over the next three years Avant Garde Dance will introduce new instalments featuring film, dance, theatre, immersive and digital. Visit www.illegaldance.com to journey deeper into the world of Illegal Dance.

This film was made with support from Arts Council England, Dance East, and Shoreditch Town HallAvant Garde is supported by Studio Wayne McGregor through the FreeSpace programme.

Production Credits
About Avant Garde Dance
About Tony Adigun

Director & Choreographer: Tony Adigun
Artistic Collaborator: Sara Gordon
Producer & Assistant Director: Prince Laryea
Associate Producer: Jan Solberg
Rehearsal Director/Creative Assistant: Emma Stansall
Words: Maxwell Golden
Dramaturgical Advice: Peggy Olislaegers

Performers: Jarmaine AldridgeSam FordAaron NuttallDani Harris-WaltersStefano A. AddaeJosh SmithEmma Farnell-WatsonParis Crossley

Director of Photography: Jan Solberg
Production Designer: Katy Mason
Editor: Fiorella Santaniello
Colourist: Chris Francis, Company 3
Costume Designer: Nancy Flaherty
Visual Effects & Online Edit: Dan Thompson
Music Composer & Audio Effects: James Grant
Trinity Operator: Sebastien Joly
1st Assistant Camera: Christopher J Orr
Sound recordist: Matthew Senuik
Gaffer: Gavin Farlie
Spark: Tristan Hutchinson
Set manager: Stella Kailides
On set assistant: Lily Laryea
Hair & MU Designer: Amelia Kildear
BTS: Josh Brady
Trailer edit: Jonathan Joseph Hart
Trailer Visual Effects & Title: Zahoo Rali, Alto Grey
Artwork: Hamzah Kennedy Kalua, Alto Grey

Founded in 2001, Avant Garde Dance Company (AGDC) is an ACE NPO, led by Artistic Director and CEO Tony Adigun. AGDC is a critically acclaimed company at the forefront of London’s innovative Hip hop/Contemporary Dance scene. Dedicated to creating and distributing world-class dance, the company enjoys a broad appeal to diverse, intergenerational and multi-cultural audiences nationally and internationally.

AGDC has produced over 20 productions, events and platforms, touring nationally and internationally, with works commissioned, co-produced and presented at venues and festivals including: The Place, Sadler’s Wells, Pavilion Dance, Southbank Centre, The Barbican, DanceXchange, Greenwich Dance, Brighton Dome, Stratford Circus, Breakin’ Convention, Latitude Festival, British Dance Edition, Greenwich+Docklands International Festival, Barcelona Festival and Shanghai International Arts Festival.

AGDC’s recent works have reached over 170,000 audiences and engaged over 2000 young people taking part in learning and participation opportunities.

Nominated for the Best Independent Dance Company category in the National Dance Awards, The AGDC mantra ‘Innovate Never Replicate’ is evident throughout the work, as the company embraces a sense of difference and individuality.

“Daring, dynamic and hugely enjoyable.” **** The Times

AGDC remains focused on its ambitions to take its artistic work to new audiences, to provide innovative development opportunities to diverse artists, children and young people and to build a magnetic brand on multiple platforms.

“Adigun hits you with fast, precise choreography – contemporary dance sharpened by hip hop." The Stage

Tony is a choreographer, director, curator, dancer, educator and mentor with a razor sharp eye for dance composition, musicality and form. His unique dance vocabulary has gained respect from the highest echelons of the dance industry.

His iconic choreography and style has resulted in commissions to choreograph work for Cirque de Soleil in Andorra, Fontys in Tilburg, and for festivals in Vietnam, America, Poland, Russia and Portugal, as well as in the UK with Breakin Convention, The Place/Alston Takes Over and Greenwich and Docklands International Festival.

Tony was a semi-finalist in The Place Prize 2012 and was also commissioned by The Place to remake Richard Alston’s ‘Wildlife’ as part of Dance Umbrella 2011, which subsequently went on tour with graduate company Edge. In 2012 he was invited by Breakin’ Convention to research and develop a new work in conjunction with Parc de la Villette in Paris. He was co-choreographer on the Royal Opera House Education and East London Dance production of The Last Genie. He was guest choreographer for The Exhibitionists, an international ensemble of acrobats and dancers brought together for the Road Show festival on Exhibition Road.

Commercially he has performed with internationally recognised artists including Janet Jackson, Usher, Ashanti, Mel B, JoJo, Cheryl Cole and Whitney Houston and was the Creative Director for Sky 1’s ‘Got To Dance’.

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