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Fous de Bassin

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Deards Landing,
Millwall Outer Dock, Isle of Dogs
Thursday 25 & Friday 26 June, 10.00pm

Runs approx 45 mins
NB Strictly limited audience capacity - 1,500 per performance.

Rivers, lakes, seas and ports have always inspired the imagination - they are places which occupy our dreams. Fous de Bassin (Waterfools) brings such visions to dazzling life in a journey which will transport you through a watery world where street lamps emerge from the depths, cars and caravans float past and a 5 metre high aquatic queen on a penny farthing bicycle holds court.

Created with extraordinary underwater stagecraft, you may need to rub your eyes to make sure that you’re not dreaming, since you’re unlikely to experience anything quite like this outside the pages of Alice in Wonderland!

Deards Landing, Millwall Outer Dock
Isle of Dogs, London E14
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By DLR: Crossharbour
By Bus: 135, D3, D7
By Car: NCP car park at Docklands City Harbour, Selsdon Way.

Access: Disabled parking is available. Specially adapted toilet on site. Contact us to discuss access requirements.

Entrance to Deards Landing is via the waterside public footpath; please see map for directions.
The performances contain fire and pyrotechnic effects.

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Ilotopie has been creating artistic interventions in public spaces from its base in the Camargue since 1980. In recent years the company has taken its distinctive language of highly arresting images and performances into urban and rural environments, building new audiences and discovering innovative collaborations between visual arts, music, theatre and dance along the way – whether in a disused factory or by an idyllic pastoral riverside, Ilotopie’s creations never cease to enthral.
Directed by Francoise Leger and Bruno Schnebelin, Ilotopie’s recent work has seen extraordinary innovations in the use of underwater stagecraft, which have amazed audiences in Australia, Singapore and across Europe.
GDIF is very pleased to be working with British Waterways, the national organisation that cares for 2,200 miles of the country’s canals, docks and rivers, in presenting the UK premiere of Fous de Bassin at Millwall Outer Dock.
GDIF is delighted to be working in partnership with Canary Wharf plc on the presentation of Fous de Bassin as part of a developing relationship which will see the realisation of further large scale, spectacular projects in the approach to 2012.

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