You've seen Dances with Wolves, now it's dances with chickens. Flemish dance company Les Ballets C de la B (right) do an act with three chickens, a wine bottle and a packet of fags which has to be seen to be believed. What's more, they are doing it on the roof of the Queen Elizabeth Hall. The whole jaunt is part of the South Bank's Meltdown season which celebrates the strange world of the Dutch composer Louis Andriessen. The dance is fairly routine Eurocrash, spiced up by the farmyard and the inclusion of performers who can't dance at all (in the traditionally accepted sense). Frankly, I'd be happy to watch someone doing their Canadian Air Force exercises on a rooftop overlooking the glorious London riverscape - particularly when the sky will be filled with fireworks celebrating the Tower Bridge Centenary.

Upriver earlier in the day, artists from east London's Chisenhale Dance Space take part in the centenary celebrations. Exit Dance Company is giving free afternoon performances of Fisherman on the Tower Bridge Piazza all weekend. In the evenings, various other dancers will be stirring it up at the Bramah Tea and Coffee Museum. In return for the use of this unusual performance space, Emily Burns and James Flynn have devised a tea dance using text from Alan Bennett's Talking Heads. This duet is followed by Caroline Allen's Brewing, a brief encounter between herself and Gary Rowe. Ticket price includes a museum tour and a cup of tea.

2pm & 4pm Sat 2 Jul & Sun 3 Jul: Exit Dance Co, Tower Bridge Piazza. Free

7pm Fri 1, Sat 2, Sun 3 Jul: Out of Chisenhale, Bramah Tea and Coffee Museum. pounds 4.00 & pounds 6.50. (081-980 8115)

10.10pm Sat 2 Jul Fireworks to celebrate the Tower Bridge Centenary, Butler's Wharf.

10.15pm Fri 1, Sat 2, Sun 3 Jul: Les Ballets C de la B, Queen Elizabeth Hall Roof, SE1. pounds 3. (071-928 8800).

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