Greenwich+Docklands International Festival 2009  

Greenwich + Docklands Festivals, The Borough Hall, Royal Hill, London SE10 8RE
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The Festival day by day (click on an event for more details)
Plus Festival Feasts - £10 for a meal and drink at many Restaurants in Greenwich

Thursday 25 June
1.00pm Laws of Motion    Cubitt Steps, Canary Wharf
6.00pm Sputnik   part of Greenwich Waves  Royal Observatory, Greenwich
6.00pm Laws of Motion    Cubitt Steps, Canary Wharf
7.30pm Against the Tide    part of Greenwich Waves  Cutty Sark Gardens, Greenwich
8.30pm Sputnik   part of Greenwich Waves  Royal Observatory, Greenwich
10.00pm Fous de Bassin    Millwall Outer Dock, Isle of Dogs
10.00pm Water Music    National Maritime Museum, Greenwich   

Friday 26 June
1.00pm Against the Tide    part of Greenwich Waves  Cutty Sark Gardens, Greenwich
1.00pm Laws of Motion    Cubitt Steps, Canary Wharf
1.45pm Nocturne    part of Greenwich Waves  Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich
6.00pm Sputnik   part of Greenwich Waves  Royal Observatory, Greenwich
6.00pm Laws of Motion    Cubitt Steps, Canary Wharf
6.45pm Nocturne    part of Greenwich Waves  Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich
7.30pm Against the Tide    part of Greenwich Waves  Cutty Sark Gardens, Greenwich
8.30pm Sputnik   part of Greenwich Waves  Royal Observatory, Greenwich
10.00pm Fous de Bassin   Millwall Outer Dock, Isle of Dogs
10.00pm Water Music    National Maritime Museum, Greenwich   

Saturday 27 June
1 – 5pm Dancing City    Canary Wharf
1.00pm Against the Tide    part of Greenwich Waves  Cutty Sark Gardens, Greenwich
1.00pm Hansel and Gretel   part of Greenwich Waves  Greenwich Park, Greenwich
1.45pm Nocturne    part of Greenwich Waves  Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich
2.15pm The Galvonium    part of Greenwich Waves  Cutty Sark Gardens, Greenwich
2.45pm Little Box of Horrors   part of Greenwich Waves  Cutty Sark Gardens, Greenwich
3.00pm Hansel and Gretel   part of Greenwich Waves  Greenwich Park, Greenwich
3.45pm Glissssendo    part of Greenwich Waves  Cutty Sark Gardens, Greenwich
4.30pm The Galvonium    part of Greenwich Waves  Cutty Sark Gardens, Greenwich
5.00pm Hansel and Gretel   part of Greenwich Waves  Greenwich Park, Greenwich
5.00pm Little Box of Horrors   part of Greenwich Waves  Cutty Sark Gardens, Greenwich
6.00pm Obscurity    part of Greenwich Waves  Royal Observatory, Greenwich
6.45pm Nocturne    part of Greenwich Waves  Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich
7.30pm Against the Tide   part of Greenwich Waves  Cutty Sark Gardens, Greenwich
8.15pm The Galvonium    part of Greenwich Waves  Cutty Sark Gardens, Greenwich
8.30pm Obscurity    part of Greenwich Waves  Royal Observatory, Greenwich
9.00pm Glissssendo    part of Greenwich Waves  Cutty Sark Gardens, Greenwich
9.30pm Pileau    Royal Arsenal, Woolwich
10.00pm Water Music    National Maritime Museum, Greenwich   

Sunday 28 June
1.00pm Against the Tide    part of Greenwich Waves  Cutty Sark Gardens, Greenwich
1.00pm Obscurity    part of Greenwich Waves  Royal Observatory, Greenwich
1.00pm Hansel and Gretel   part of Greenwich Waves  Greenwich Park, Greenwich
1.30pm The Galvonium    part of Greenwich Waves  Cutty Sark Gardens, Greenwich
1.45pm Nocturne    part of Greenwich Waves  Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich   
2.00pm Little Box of Horrors   part of Greenwich Waves  Cutty Sark Gardens, Greenwich 
3.00pm Glissssendo    part of Greenwich Waves  Cutty Sark Gardens, Greenwich
3.00pm Hansel and Gretel   part of Greenwich Waves  Greenwich Park, Greenwich
3.45pm Little Box of Horrors   part of Greenwich Waves  Cutty Sark Gardens, Greenwich  
3.45pm Nocturne    part of Greenwich Waves  Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich
4.15pm The Galvonium    part of Greenwich Waves  Cutty Sark Gardens, Greenwich
4.45pm Against the Tide    part of Greenwich Waves  Cutty Sark Gardens, Greenwich 
5.00pm Obscurity    part of Greenwich Waves  Royal Observatory, Greenwich
5.00pm Hansel and Gretel   part of Greenwich Waves  Greenwich Park, Greenwich
5.15pm Glissssendo    part of Greenwich Waves  Cutty Sark Gardens, Greenwich
          

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Water Music

National Maritime Museum, Greenwich
Thurs 25 - Sat 27 June 10pm

FREE 
Runs approx 25 mins

The River Thames past and present will ebb and flow through the grounds of the National Maritime Museum in this specially commissioned son et lumière marking the 250th anniversary of the Baroque composer Handel, whose famous “Water Music” was first performed on a Thames barge.

Once described as “liquid history”, the Thames has shaped the story of the capital and in this immersive fusion of sound and visuals, you will experience London’s famous river as never before, evoked through brass and electro-acoustic music, spoken word and video projections mixed live.

National Maritime Museum
Greenwich, SE10
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By Train: Greenwich
By DLR: Cutty Sark
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

Access: Level access to performance space. Disabled parking is available. Specially-adapted toilet available onsite.
Please phone us on 020 8305 5023 or email access@festival.org to discuss any access requirements

Gates open at 9.00pm and the event will finish at approximately 10.30pm. Enter via the Stanhope Gate, off Romney Road. A selection of hot and cold drinks plus snacks and ice cream will be available on site.

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Artists:
Following a career in experimental theatre, Lewis Gibson is increasingly creating music for outdoor settings. Last year audiences at GDIF were able to experience his work as part of The Medal Ceremony, whilst in Trafalgar Square he created music for an Olympics themed contemporary circus performance called Aqua. This year Lewis will also compose an outdoor sound world for Against the Tide.

Przemyslaw Morka (VJ Mox) is a London based video director and visual artist renowned for his work with the cutting edge British electronic label Ninja Tune. Having studied architecture and 3D animation, Mox has become increasing interested in experimental audio-visual outdoor shows and last year developed a GDF commissioned outdoor video piece with the street dance group ZooNation in Trafalgar Square.

GDIF is pleased to be working with Trinity College of Music, one of the premier institutions in the United Kingdom for the study of music, in the creation of Water Music. Led by Head of Brass Roger Argente, students will join professional musicians from Trinity College of Music to present live and pre-recorded sections within the final production.

Water Music forms part of Story of London, a month long initiative organised by the Mayor of London celebrating the capital’s past, present and future. Supported by a host of organisations, Story of London features a range of events that will take place across the city featuring London life from its ancient origins to the present day.

As part of the development of Water Music, GDIF is pleased to be working with participatory involvement by children from Halstow and St Alfege with St Peter’s primary schools in Greenwich, as well as young people from the Ahoy Centre, a charity which aims to change people’s lives through sailing.

GDIF is delighted to be working with the National Maritime Museum in presenting performances of Water Music. The National Maritime Museum is the largest maritime museum in the world and 8th most visited attraction in the UK. The National Maritime Museum complex also includes the elegant Queen’s House and Royal Observatory, Greenwich. Entry is free and last year the Museum attracted over 2 million visitors.


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Fous de Bassin

Deards Landing,
Millwall Outer Dock, Isle of Dogs
Thursday 25 & Friday 26 June, 10.00pm
FREE 
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.
Please phone us on 020 8305 5023 or email access@festival.org to discuss any 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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Artists:
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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Pi-Leau

Woolwich Town Centre and
Royal Arsenal, Woolwich
Saturday 27 June, 9.30pm
FREE 
Runs approx 80 mins

The ice is melting, sea levels rising and water covers the earth. This spectacular production uses ingenious staging to evoke a future fantasy world which puts you the audience right at the centre of performance. Part fairytale and part apocalyptic vision, giant structures and stilt performers combine with pyrotechnics to create an experience in which Waterworld collides with The Little Mermaid in a street theatre exploration of climate change themes.

This is your chance to be right at the heart of an extraordinary aquatic spectacle as the parting of crowds and emerging performers and structures echo the powerful ebb and flow of the oceans and the natural equilibrium of the sea. So why not grab your sou’wester and join us for a truly elemental experience!

Woolwich Town Centre and Royal Arsenal
Woolwich, London SE18
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By Train: Woolwich Arsenal
By DLR: Woolwich Arsenal
By Bus: Woolwich Town Centre 53, 54, 96, 161, 180, 380, 422, 472
By Car: Public car parking – Royal Arsenal, off Plumstead Road, Monk Street, Powis Street or Calderwood Street multi-storey.
By Thames Clippers: Royal Arsenal Woolwich

Access: Disabled parking is available.
Please phone us on 020 8305 5023 or email access@festival.org to discuss any access requirements

Procession starts in Powis Street at 9.30pm and the full Pi-Leau performance takes place in Artillery Square at 9.50pm. It will finish at approximately 10.50pm. Entrance to the Royal Arsenal via the gates adjacent to the Royal Brass Foundry on Plumstead Road.

Pi-Leau contains use of pyrotechnic flares.

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Artists:
The Dutch theatre group Close Act was formed in 1991 and has since grown into a highly acclaimed professional community of actors, musicians, stilt-walkers, dancers, pyrotechnicians and acrobats. Led by artistic director Hesther Melief, the company has appeared at many international festivals with performances focusing on street animation and walkabout, developing more recently into large scale narrative spectacles such as Malaya, Forza and Pi-Leau.
Pi-Leau was successfully premiered at Deventer on Stilts in 2008 and was also presented to much acclaim last year at the Zaragoza World Expo (which was themed around “Water and Sustainable Development”), the Barcelona Merce and Adrillen Winschoten in the Netherlands. The performance has never been previously presented in the UK.


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Greenwich Waves

Sputnik
Obscurity
Nocturne
Against the Tide
The Little Box of Horrors
The Galvonium
Hansel and Gretel
Glissssendo

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

Access details are included below for each event.
Please phone us on 020 8305 5023 or email access@festival.org to discuss any access requirements

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Sputnik
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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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.

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

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 information:
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.


Obscurity
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 information:
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.


Nocturne
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.

Nocturne Artists information see end of page >
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


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.

Against the Tide Artists information:
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.
 
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.

Directors 
Jenny Sealey and Sue Broadway
Music 
Lewis Gibson with
Jazztronics from Heart ‘n Soul
Design 
Sofie Layton
Dramaturg
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


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.


The Galvonium
Cutty Sark Gardens, Greenwich
Sat 27 & Sun 28 June
Sat 2.15pm, 4.30pm & 8.15pm
Sun 1.30pm & 4.15pm
FREE
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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.


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.


Glissssendo
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.


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Laws of Motion

Pushing a quartet of four young male dancers to their physical limits, this barnstorming performance will feature thrilling choreography, which will brilliantly echo the sleek and contemporary architecture of Canary Wharf. Shifting patterns will move fluidly alongside the waterfront, contrasting with breakneck-paced partnering to create a gripping and totally engaging experience.

Cubitt Steps, Canary Wharf
Thursday 25 June & Friday 26 June, 1pm & 6pm
Saturday 27 June, 1pm – 5pm
(as part of Dancing City)
FREE Runs approx 15 mins

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Canary Wharf
London E14
By Tube: Canary Wharf
By DLR: Canary Wharf
By Bus: D3, D7, D8, 277
By Car: Underground Car parks leading to Cabot, Canada and Jubilee Place shopping malls.
By Thames Clipper: Canary Wharf Pier
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Access: Full disabled access throughout Canary Wharf.
Please phone us on 020 8305 5023 or email access@festival.org to discuss any access requirements

“With their tattoos, piercings and gelled hair, this young group have boy band appeal. To judge by the audience screams, they already have a fan base.” The Independent

Michael Nunn and William Trevitt (Artistic Directors of Balletboyz) first saw the four young dancers now performing as Ballet Boyz II at a showcase for Youth Dance England. They were so impressed with the group that they invited them into the studio and encouraged them to make their professional debut as part of the company’s Greatest Hits tour last November, sharing a programme with choreographers such as Russell Maliphant, and William Tuckett and artists such as Viviana Durante and Oxana Panchenko.

Thanks to the support of the national street arts consortium Without Walls, this venue based piece of work has now been re-worked for outdoor presentation and the sleek post-modern environs of Canary Wharf will provide the perfect backdrop for this gripping and compelling piece of dance.

Choregraphy: Kai Downham Music: Marc Mellits
Dancers: Joseph Darby, Zack Dennis, Kai Downham, Matthew Rees


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Dancing City

Laws of Motion
Block Party
Rue Taquin
The House That Jack Built
Tracking
Ladies Men

A chance to soak up the best of UK and international outdoor dance in an afternoon awash with stunning performances, all making imaginative use of Canary Wharf’s beautiful squares, stairs, fountains and waterfront views. Now in its eighth year, Dancing City is an opportunity for you to dip your toes into the magical and surprising world of dance in public spaces – you might find a concourse transformed into a choreographed playground or a flower seller breaking into tango or even a very British queue erupting into movement. Expect the unexpected!

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Canary Wharf
London E14

By Tube: Canary Wharf
By DLR: Canary Wharf
By Bus: D3, D7, D8, 277
By Car: Underground Car parks leading to Cabot, Canada and Jubilee Place shopping malls.
By Thames Clipper: Canary Wharf Pier
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Access: Full disabled access throughout Canary Wharf.
Please phone us on 020 8305 5023 or email access@festival.org to discuss any access requirements

 


Laws of Motion
BalletBoyz II
Cubitt Steps
Thurs & Fri 1pm & 6pm
Sat 2.30pm & 3.45pm

Pushing a quartet of four young male dancers to their physical limits, this barnstorming performance will feature thrilling choreography, which will brilliantly echo the sleek and contemporary architecture of Canary Wharf. Shifting patterns will move fluidly alongside the waterfront, contrasting with breakneck-paced partnering to create a gripping and totally engaging experience. For full details go to Laws of Motion section above.


Block Party
Dance Theatre of Ireland
Outside Jubilee Line Underground Station Exit
Sat 1.00pm & 3.00pm
(Or Columbus Courtyard in the event of high winds)
Roving dancers and musicians, flying blocks, vanishing structures, instant architecture – it’s a Block Party! Created by Dance Theatre of Ireland, six dazzling dancers plus live explosive percussion perform this moveable feast for the eyes and senses. Merging the worlds of dance, music and architecture, this outdoor dance spectacular will immerse you in a world of colour and play with giant toy blocks creating a Rubik’s Cube – on pointe!


Rue Taquin
Compagnie Pied en Sol
Wren Landing Sat
1.00pm & 3.00pm

A flower stall becomes the setting for a humorous street theatre tango in this delightful duet from the French company Pied en Sol. Wren Landing will be transformed into a typical Gallic street of dreams in a performance created by Brigitte Trémelot and Denis Madeleine, accompanied by live music.


The House that Jack Built
Punchdrunk
Canada Square Park
Sat 1.00pm, 2.30pm & 4.30pm

Punchdrunk is an award-winning company specialising in immersive performance experiences. The company’s theatre work usually takes place on an epic scale, staged in vast, empty buildings that are transformed into extraordinary settings. The House that Jack Built is a rare chance to see Punchdrunk’s unique, physical performance style released from the shadowy confines of installation theatre into the daylight and the great outdoors. Playful, entertaining and touching, this quirky dance performance sees three characters create a
world made from straw and is devised by Punchdrunk associate director and choreographer Maxine Doyle.
‘Punchdrunk put the wonder back into theatre’ The Guardian


Tracking
StopGAP Dance Company
Montgomery Square
Sat 1.45pm & 3.45pm

StopGAP’s dancers sneak out of the crowd for an explosion of dancing on the streets. Join the queue as Tracking shares its own take on modern and vintage ‘Britishness’. Switching between 70’s kitsch and vintage Britain, the company are joined by celebrated disabled dancer David Toole (DV8, CandoCo) in this energetic outdoor experience where rain certainly doesn’t stop play! Taking the themes of the Cultural Olympiad, StopGAP’s own choreographer Lucy Bennett reflects on what it is to be a Londoner through the company’s trademark eccentric humour.


Ladies Men
Compagnie Gianni Joseph
Cabot Square
Sat 1.45pm & 4.15pm
Compagnie Gianni Joseph is well known for its creation of the extraordinary from the ordinariness of everyday life. Inspired by experiences in the streets of the world, in his acclaimed outdoor dance theatre production Ladies Men, Gianni Joseph brings a humorous take to the inexhaustible subject of love at first sight. This jubilant, graceful and appealing outdoor dance piece has been choreographed to use the background of the Cabot Square fountain as a key element within its staging and is presented for the first time in London at GDIF.


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Festival Feasts

Welcome to Festival Feasts, the perfect way to sample some fine food in between experiencing GDIF’s spectacular events. Throughout the Festival, visit any of the participating venues below and treat yourself to a meal and a refreshing drink from the options listed for just £10 per person. Just mention “Festival Feasts” to take advantage of this special offer.

BAR DU MUSEE
17 Nelson Road, Greenwich, London, SE10 9JB   Tel: (020) 8858 4710
Bar Du Musee boasts a delicious and unpretentious menu that changes with the seasons. Originally a tiny French bistro, it still holds its motto of ‘Fine Wine and Good Food’. Feasts offer: A homemade burger with chips plus a glass of house wine or soft drink.  

CAFÉ SOL
13 Nelson Road, Greenwich, SE10 9JB   Tel: (020) 8853 4385
Café Sol is a TexMex restaurant with a great atmosphere in the centre of Greenwich. It’s always busy and attracts a fun crowd. Feasts offer: Any burrito, which comes with salad and fries plus a glass of sangria or house red or white wine or a soft drink.

COACH AND HORSES
3 Greenwich Market, Greenwich, SE10 9HL Tel: (020) 8293 0800
The large sofas, open fireplace, romantic uplighters and fresh flowers of the Coach and Horses create a calming and sophisticated atmosphere, while the excellent gastro pub menu will tempt you to linger! Feasts offer: A homemade burger served with chips plus a glass of house wine or soft drink (does not include beer).

THE EARL OF CHATHAM
15 Thomas Street, Woolwich, SE18 6HU Tel: (020) 8317 9513
Winner of the first ‘Best Bar None Award’, the Earl of Chatham also lays claim to the title of “The best pub in Woolwich!” Feasts offer: House speciality! Fresh chunky cod – beer battered and served with chunky chips and peas plus a pint of beer or glass of house wine or a soft drink.

GREENWICH PARK BAR AND GRILL
1 King William Walk, Greenwich, SE10 9JY Tel: (020) 8853 7860
From the ivy bedecked black façade inwards, you are treated to a gorgeous interior with a strong contemporary twist: all flowers, birds and stunning black and white photographs of the park beyond. Feasts offer: Grilled salmon or fish and chips or chicken roulade plus a glass of house wine or soft drink.

THE GUN PIT CAFÉ
FIREPOWER, The Royal Artillery Museum, The Royal Arsenal, Woolwich, SE18 6ST  Tel: (020) 8855 7755
Whether you are enjoying a light meal in our tabled area or melting into our leather sofas with a coffee and newspaper we are sure you will find a relaxing atmosphere waiting for you. Feasts offer: Spinach and ricotta cannelloni with a rich tomato and herb sauce, followed by a fresh fruit salad with fresh cream accompanied by a glass of house wine or beer or a soft drink.

INSIDE
19 Greenwich South Street, Greenwich, SE10 8NW Tel: (020) 8265 5060
Inside has become the place to eat in Greenwich. Chef Guy Awford offers imaginative and expertly cooked modern European food in an elegant but relaxed environment. A range of regularly changing menus and a carefully selected wine list, consisting of over 50 wines from Europe and the New World, make Inside the perfect neighbourhood restaurant. Feasts offer: Choose from a selection of seasonal dishes on the a la Carte menu, accompanied by a glass of house wine or a soft drink.

KINGS ARMS
16 King William Walk, Greenwich, SE10 9JH Tel: (020) 8858 4554
The Kings Arms in Greenwich is a popular ale pub for both locals and visitors to the area. Serving an excellent range of cask ales, it’s a comfortable and traditional English bar based within the heart of Greenwich. Feasts offer: Fish and chips plus a pint of lager or bitter or a 175ml glass of house wine or a soft drink.

KUM LUANG THAI RESTAURANT
326-328 Creek Road, Greenwich, SE10 9SW Tel: (020) 8691 5661
Kum Luang offers the best of both worlds, being located in the centre of Greenwich while flying all of it’s ingredients in from Thailand to make sure that customers don’t miss out on any Thai originality. Feasts offer: Kum Luang’s famous phad Thai noodle with prawns (chicken, beef or pork) plus a bottle of Thai beer (Singha or Changi), glass of house wine or a soft drink.

MOGUL
10 Greenwich Church Street, Greenwich, SE10  Tel: (020) 8858 6790/1500
All year round, think of this restaurant for good food, fine wines and cold beers. Famous for its top-quality Indian cuisine, this Greenwich restaurant is popular with locals and tourists alike. Feasts offer: Enjoy a three course lunch with a beer of your choice during the Festival.

NORTH POLE BAR AND RESTAURANT
131 Greenwich High Road, Greenwich, SE10 8JA  Tel: (020) 8853 3020
The North Pole possesses a refreshing friendly atmosphere. With a curvaceous chocolate brown interior, cowhide furniture and an open fireplace this bar is so inviting you won’t want to leave in a hurry! Feasts offer: Whilst sitting back and relaxing to the music played by their resident pianist, enjoy the North Pole’s famous risotto and a glass of house wine, or a bottle of beer or a soft drink.

ROYAL OBSERVATORY CAFÉ
Blackheath Avenue, Greenwich, SE10 8QY Tel: (020) 8858 9695
Situated on the ground floor, in the South Building of the Royal Observatory, this modern café features a sun terrace with stunning views over Greenwich Park. Feasts offer: Choose from 4 menus; jacket potato with a choice of fillings and slice of homemade carrot cake, seasonal homemade tart with side salad and delicious fresh cream scone, a choice of freshly prepared sandwiches and tub of real dairy ice cream or seasonal salad and strawberries and cream. All menus include a glass of wine or beer or a bottle of apple or orange juice.

SAN MIGUEL
18 Greenwich Church Street, Greenwich, SE10 9BJ  Tel: (020) 8305 1720
Within a relaxed rustic Spanish interior with intricate ceiling decorations and pretty murals, you can watch your food being prepared in the open-plan kitchen. Feasts offer: Lamb shank slowly braised with celery and shallots served with fresh vegetables plus a glass of house wine, or half a pint of San Miguel or a soft drink.

TAPERIA
180 Greenwich High Road, London, SE10 8NN  Tel: (020) 8269 0003
Taperia is an authentic Spanish restaurant that offers fine seasonal tapas in a smart but informal setting below the Picture House in Greenwich. Feasts offer: Choose any 3 tapas from the lunch menu plus a glass of sangria or a soft drink.

TRAFALGAR TAVERN
Park Row, Greenwich, SE10 9NW   Tel (020) 8858 2909
In Victorian London there was one pub that represented the best of Britain’s naval might, where William Gladstone and Charles Dickens could be seen dining side-by-side. The Trafalgar Tavern remains one of London’s most essential public houses.
Feasts offer: Salmon, cod & tarragon fish pie topped with Maris Piper mash served with steamed vegetables plus a glass of house red or white or a soft drink.

WINDIES COVE
135-137 Trafalgar Road, Greenwich, SE10 9TX   Tel: (020) 8305 2500
Windies Cove is a unique culinary experience that allows you to sample flavours from around the Caribbean incorporating a fusion of global influences. Feasts offer: A Caribbean combination of either jerk chicken, curry goat, steamed fish served with traditional rice and peas and fried plantain. Washed down with a rum punch, or beer or wine.

THE YACHT
5 – 7 Crane Street, Greenwich, SE10 9NP Tel: (020) 8858 0175
The Yacht was modelled on one of the lounge bars in the liner the Queen Mary and has historical pictures adorning every wall. From the ‘upper deck’ there are stunning views of the Thames, which runs right alongside. Feasts offer: Fantastic fish and chips with a drink – a pint of Fosters or 175ml of house wine or a soft drink.