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Greenwich Waves

Water Music 25-27 June block
Fous de Bassin 25-26 June block
Pi-Leau 27 June block

Greenwich Waves 25-28 June block
Sputnik block
Obscurity block
Nocturne block
Against The Tide block
Little Box of Horrors block
The Galvonium block
Hansel and Gretel block
Glissendo block

Laws of Motion 25-27 June block
Dancing City 27 June block
Festival Feasts block

Day by day listings block


Take a voyage of discovery with the help of a daily programme of captivating performances, each lasting less than an hour. If you think you know Greenwich, think again as you almost certainly won’t have seen our amazing gliding street band spouting flames from their heads, or a moving quest for water conducted from the top of 4 metre high poles!

Greenwich Waves is all about the delight and wonder of the unexpected. There will be intriguing performances popping up in Cutty Sark Gardens, the Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich Park and at the Royal Observatory, so why not take in a couple of shows then dine in a local restaurant with one of our Festival Feasts, before moving on for further watery sights and sounds with Water Music at the National Maritime Museum.

By Train: Greenwich
By DLR: Cutty Sark, for Maritime Greenwich
By Bus: 129, 177, 180, 188, 199, 286, 386
By Car: Public car parking off Park Row opposite the Old Royal Naval College and at Cutty Sark Gardens, access via Welland Street
By Thames Clippers: Greenwich Pier

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Peter Harrison Planetarium, Royal Observatory, Greenwich
Thurs 25 & Fri 26 June 6pm & 8.30pm
FREE Runs approx 20 mins
Sputnik has a strictly limited audience capacity of up to 150.
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Celebrating UNESCO’s international year of astronomy in 2009, this collaborative performance installation invites you to imagine what it might be like to live away from the earth. A young woman dreams of escape and, with an inventor, creates a structure that fuses her body and spirit with a machine. An incredible journey commences as her life begins again with new possibilities as aerial performance and kinetic sculpture combine.

Sputnik – Artists

Fittings Multimedia Arts is a disability led organisation which fuses different styles of storytelling to make brand new performance works that address serious issues in the language of variety theatre. Incorporating visual and tactile artworks, music, dance, film, puppetry and sign language, Fittings is led by Artistic Director Garry Robson.

Sharmanka Theatre was founded in 1989, by sculptor-mechanic Eduard Bersudsky and theatre director Tatyana Jakovskaya in St Petersburg, Russia. Now based in Glasgow it has gained an international reputation for its kinetic sculptures (kinemats) which combine scrap metal, electrical motors and carved figures.

Claire Cunningham studied and worked originally as a singer before training in dance and aerial skills, leading to projects with the dance company Blue Eyed Soul and Jess Curtis. She recently studied with US performance artist Bill Shannon, learning elements of his unique Shannon technique specifically developed around the use of crutches.

Sputnik features choreography by Mish Weaver and a soundscore by Leigh Stirling and will make dramatic use of the courtyard of the Peter Harrison Planetarium in the International Year of Astronomy 2009.

Access: The Royal Observatory, Greenwich is located on Blackheath Avenue at the top of Greenwich Park Hill. Disabled parking is available via Blackheath Gate until park closure at 9.30pm. Specially adapted toilet available next to the Royal Observatory Café in the Astronomy Centre. Contact us >

Refreshments on sale from the Royal Observatory Café on 25, 26 and 27 June. See Festival Feasts >

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Peter Harrison Planetarium,Royal Observatory, Greenwich
Sat 27 & Sun 28 June, Sat 6pm & 8.30pm, Sun 1pm & 5pm
FREE Runs approx 30 mins
Limited capacity of up to 150 - see Access details for Sputnik above
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Immerse yourself in a thought-provoking world of sound, voices, music, visual arts and performance, as the traditional story of The Blind Men and the Elephant is reinterpreted for the 21st century. Audiences will be surrounded by a kaleidoscope of impressions and perspectives whilst translucent screens are animated with changing images. Against the magnificent astronomical architecture of the Peter Harrison Planetarium, this revelatory piece of outdoor theatre encourages us to reflect that things which seem apparent to us are sometimes hidden.

Obscurity - Artists

Extant is the UK’s only professional performing arts company of visually impaired artists. Formed in 1997 by its Artistic Director Maria Oshodi, Extant aims to consult, inspire and push creative boundaries from a visually impaired perspective.

Braunarts is a BAFTA award-winning digital arts and media production company that explores art, science and culture in innovative ways.

Sally Booth is a visually impaired artist whose work is very much influenced by her personal perspective on how she sees the world.

Baluji Shrivastav is an internationally renowned musician, composer and a master multi-instrumentalist of Hindustani classical music as well as collaborating with western artists such as Massive Attack, Future Sound of London and Andy Sheppard.

Takashi Kikuchi trained at the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music and the Royal Academy of Music, London, where he achieved the Lawson Award.

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Monument Gardens, Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich
Fri 26, Sat 27 & Sun 28 June, Fri & Sat 1.45pm & 6.45pm,
Sun 1.45pm & 3.45pm
FREE Runs approx 20 mins
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“And so to bed” wrote Samuel Pepys, remarking on a universal end of day experience, which in this performance becomes a moment of heightened significance. Taking inspiration from JM Whistler’s famous paintings, Nocturne will transport you to a meditative world of reflection, nostalgia and stillness, created by an exquisite contemporary dance quartet against the background of the Thames. Pulling back the sheets on exhausted embraces and near misses in the night, you’ll be drawn into an imagined world of London at dusk and the poignant intimacy of moments shared at bed-time.

Access: Level access to performance space. Disabled parking is available. Specially adapted toilet available in Cutty Sark Gardens. Contact us >

Nocturne - Artists

Marc Brew Company is led by choreographer and dancer Marc Brew who has danced with the Australian Ballet, the State Ballet Company of South Africa, Infinity Dance Theatre and up until early 2008 with CandoCo Dance Company. His recent works have included commissions for Resolution, Choreodrome and Touch Wood at The Place, as well as choreographies for youth dance companies and site-specific interventions for the InTransit Festival 2008. Nocturne features original music by Gary Lloyd who has worked as a composer of applied music for over 20 years and recently collaborated with writer Ian Banks, with design and dramaturgy by Luke Pell an interdisciplinary artist who collaborates with choreographers and theatre makers.
Choreographer: Marc Brew
Composer: Gary Lloyd
Designer – Dramaturg: Luke Pell
Construction: Factory Settings
Dancers: Marc Brew, Daniela B Larsen, Tilly Webber & Graham Adey

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Against the Tide
Cutty Sark Gardens, Greenwich
Thurs 25 – Sun 28 June
Thurs 7:30pm, Fri & Sat 1pm & 7.30pm, Sun 1pm & 4.45pm
FREE Runs approx 25 mins
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Imagine an island separated from the world not by an ocean but by a vast desert. The tribe that survives here has almost forgotten what water was and every day they assemble to tell each other their stories and share their memories of water. Maybe if they remember well enough the water will come back? Aerial performance on the top of 4 metre high sway poles will evoke the movement of water and the ebb and flow of the tides, whilst a specially created musical soundscape, audio description and sign language interpretation will create an epic elemental environment to tell a moving story of loss and survival set in a near future that we can easily imagine.

Access: Level access to performance space. Disabled parking is available. Specially adapted toilet available in Cutty Sark Gardens. Performances of Against the Tide feature audio description and BSL interpreting.

Against the Tide - Artists

This production brings together the creative skills of a team of UK and Australian artists jointly led by Jenny Sealey, Artistic Director of Graeae Theatre Company and Sue Broadway, Artistic Director of the Melbourne based performing arts company Strange Fruit. After their collaborative work on the very successful GDIF/Liberty Festival co-commissioned production The Medal Ceremony in 2008, Strange Fruit and Graeae are excited to be working together again on this new performance which has been developed through a genuine skills exchange. After an intensive training programme at the Circus Space in April 09, Graeae artists will swing in the middle of the air alongside the Strange Fruit performers. It promises to be a groundbreaking and inspiring occasion.

Against the Tide as a co-commission between Graeae and GDIF in association with Circus Space.

Graeae is a disabled-led theatre company that profiles the skills of actors, writers and directors with physical and sensory impairments.  The company has developed an enviable reputation for producing thrilling and innovative work, particularly built around the creative use of sign language and audio description.

Strange Fruit is a Melbourne-based performing arts company that produces and performs a remarkable style of work that fuses theatre, dance and circus, using a unique elevated medium. Perched atop 4 metre high flexible poles of original design, the troupe delivers sublime performances, bending and swaying in the air as the audience looks up in wonder.

Jenny Sealey and Sue Broadway
Lewis Gibson with
Jazztronics from Heart ‘n Soul
Sofie Layton
Alex Bulmer
Graeae performers
Chisato Minamimura, Caroline Parker, Daryl Beeton, Daryl Jackson, David Ellington & Milton Lopes
Strange Fruit performers   
Ben Rogan, Kathryn Jamieson & Maria de Braganca
Swaypole Trainer
Grant Mouldey
Against the Tide has been developed with the participation of children and young people from across the Five Olympic Boroughs and Bexley including James Wolfe Primary, Charlton Park School, Marlborough School, the Huddleston Centre, Lister Community School, Tidemill Primary School, William Morris School and Phoenix Secondary School

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The Little Box of Horrors
Cutty Sark Gardens, Greenwich
Sat 27 & Sun 28 June
Sat 2.45pm - 3.45pm & 5pm - 6pm
Sun 2pm - 3pm & 3.45pm - 4.45pm
FREE Each show is approx 5 mins (repeated)
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A playful and artfully choreographed five-minute peep show by Bootworks Theatre for an audience of one and one hundred. Sit inside The Box and experience a terrifying nightmare from your intimate perspective which, like an old fairground ghost train, will have you clinging to your seat in dread. Outside The Box, watch as performers dart, creep and shift into position bringing the sinister tale and disturbing images to life.
Warning: contains scenes which some audience members might find disturbing.

Access: Level access to performance space. Disabled parking is available. Specially adapted toilet available in Cutty Sark Gardens.
One audience member at a time enters The Little Box of Horrors black box – this experience is not suitable for children, although the wider public performance surrounding the box is suitable for all ages. Contact us >

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The Galvonium
Cutty Sark Gardens, Greenwich
Sat 27 & Sun 28 June
Sat 2.15pm, 4.30pm & 8.15pm
Sun 1.30pm & 4.15pm
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The Mancunian Steam and Pressure Navigation Company arrives in Cutty Sark Gardens to set up and assemble The Galvonium, a curious cross between a piano and an aquarium, featuring elegant knobs, dials, levers and electrified frogs legs. Recalling Greenwich’s historic association with fairs, this 21st century musical marvel is inspired by Victorian engineering, Heath Robinson, fairground attractions and Steampunk, and invites you the public to discover its symphonic secrets.

Access: Level access to performance space. Disabled parking is available. Specially adapted toilet available in Cutty Sark Gardens. Contact us >

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Hansel and Gretel
Greenwich Park, Greenwich
Sat 27 & Sun 28 June
Sat & Sun 1pm, 3pm & 5pm
FREE Runs approx 60 mins
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Press play on your mp3 player, pick up the pebbles, watch out for the witch and don’t get lost as you follow Hansel and Gretel’s footsteps on this surreal and magical audio and performance tour. Created by Metro Boulot Dodo and featuring a stunning score, hilarious voiceovers and larger than life props and performances, Hansel and Gretel is a funny, spellbinding and sometimes slightly scary take on the Grimm Brothers classic tale.

Access: Level access to performance space. Disabled parking is available. Specially adapted toilet available in Cutty Sark Gardens. Book at St Mary’s Gate 30 mins before performances (deposit required for MP3 players). The performance will involve following a route around Greenwich Park. Contact us >

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Cutty Sark Gardens, Greenwich
Sat 27 & Sun 28 June
Sat 3.45pm & 9pm
Sun 3pm & 5.15pm
FREE Runs approx 60 mins
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This incredible troupe of musicians are Fanfare Le S.N.O.B. (Service Nettoyage des Oreilles Bouchees – literally translated as “service for the cleaning of blocked ears”!). Dressed in surreal robes and armed with the most unusual instruments you’ll ever see, they present an extraordinary musical spectacle with meticulously choreographed formations to create musical experiences which are both humorous and uplifting.

Access: Level access to performance space. Disabled parking is available. Specially adapted toilet available in Cutty Sark Gardens. Contact us >

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