2015 Outdoor Theatre Commissioning Opportunity


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Lyric Hammersmith, Greenwich+Docklands International Festival, Watford Palace Theatre and Latitude Festival have come together to offer two exciting commissioning opportunities to theatre makers who want to create new work for outdoor spaces in 2015.

Over the last three years our organisations have collaborated on developing new small–scale outdoor performances. This year we are inviting artists to submit ambitious proposals for new mid-scale commissions for 2015. The commission size has increased to allow for increased scale, ambition and visually strong work.

GDIF2014 Full Stop by Light the Fuse

GDIF2014 Full Stop by Light the Fuse

For 2015 we’re particularly keen to see work with strong design content and visual presence/impact, which can engage with large and diverse audiences.

Deadline for applications:
5pm Monday December 8th

Download the full information pack here.

 

Mayor of London’s Liberty Festival R&D opportunities

Mayor of London’s Liberty Festival

Research & Development opportunities

With support from Arts Council England’s Grants for the Arts programme in 2014, we are delighted to announce a Research and Development opportunity for Deaf and disabled artists wishing to develop new ideas for outdoor work. We are seeking to offer three Research and Development awards for new outdoor projects led by Deaf and disabled artists, and subject to available resources, with the intention of work moving towards presentation at the Liberty Festival in the summer of 2015 or 2016. Submissions may focus on any art forms that can be presented outdoors. We encourage artists collaborating with other arts organisations, in particular those based in East London, across art forms, culturally diverse artists and new and emerging artists. NB Initial applications should be submitted by 30 November.

Information Pack (PDF version)
Information Pack (DOC version)
Application Form

More information from London.gov.uk

Stop Gap Dance Company’s ‘The Awakening’ choreographed by Chris Pavia at Liberty 2014.
This work was developed following a Liberty R+D commission in 2013.

 

 

 

GDIF2014 Photo Competition Award Announcement!

This year GDIF held a Street Theatre photography competition, our second year running a photo competition with the amazing Award.io.

We saw a record 687 submissions, giving our judges Tony Othen of The Greenwich Gallery and GDIF’s marketing manager an amazing portfolio of work to choose from!

All of the below winning photos along with selected one’s will be exhibited on a digital screen atThe Greenwich Gallery in the coming weeks.

Toby Hawkes with his Muaré @ GDIF 2014 entry is the overall winner of this contest and will be GDIF 2015 Photo Ambassador. As Photo Ambassador, Toby’s photograph will be used for any photography competition materials in 2015 and he will be invited to GDIF2015 as an accredited photographer and photo blog contributor.

'Muaré@GDIF 2014' by Toby Hawkes‘Muaré @GDIF 2014′ by Toby Hawkes.

Judge’s comments:

Captures the heart and soul of GDIF including the color, the passion and the energy of the festival.

A riveting photograph the brings the work to life and engrains the performance in one’s memory.

�'Laundry'‘Laundry’ by Debbie Bevan.

2nd Place Judge’s comments:

Superb timing gives us a memorable moment in the act.

Enough of the props are shown to give us an idea of what is going on and the reaction from the audience(of all ages) shows that the performance is appreciated.

�'Opus‘Opus Music’ by Campbell Skinner.

3rd Place Judge’s comments:

An inventive and inspiring photograph that combines performer, audience and instrument into one lovely piece of art.

It tells the story of this show from multiple perspectives and there is always something new to discover every time you look at it.

�'Flood‘Flood 20′ by Przemyslaw Szyduk..

4th Place Judge’s comments:

Superb composition and timing.

The expression on the faces of the two performers shows how careful the timing has to be and the expressions on the faces of the audience shows engagement, apprehension and amusement.

�'Clown‘Clown Impression’ by Campbell Skinner.

5th Place Judge’s comments: A mesmerizing photograph which pulls at the heartstrings.

The color and facial expression invoke an amazing level of emotion and passion, and one is left wondering whether to find the photo heartwarming, sorrowful, nostalgic, or a little bit of all of the above.

Many thanks to everyone who contributed, Tony and The Greenwich Gallery and of course the ever-amazing Award.io team!

 

 

One Million Opening Ceremony

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GDIF Artistic Director

Bradley Hemmings

 

 

Tomorrow at 8.30pm, I’ll be sitting in a control box overlooking the Tyne and taking a deep breath, as the Opening Ceremony to the one millionth finish of the Great North Run gets underway. I remember back to two years ago in 2012, when Jenny Sealy and I were similarly poised, looking down at the crowds in the Olympic Stadium. It’s going to be an equally emotional and poignant night.

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This time, the Arena is even bigger than an Olympic Stadium. It has a tidal river running through it, alongside the most beautiful collection of bridges in the world, plus of course, the breathtaking Sage Gateshead, which, in the course of the show, will be transformed with groundbreaking video mapping. Some of the awe-inspiring behind the scenes production statistics reflect the Ceremony’s ambition: 248 glass panels on the Sage have been covered with vinyl on which 480,000 lumens of projection power will cover an area twice the size of Buckingham Palace. Twelve river vessels will take part, whilst the Millennium Bridge, (the world’s only tilting bridge) and Sir William Armstrong’s hydraulic Swing Bridge, will both be choreographed as part of the show. I’m therefore very fortunate to be working with one of GDIF’s longstanding production managers, the brilliant Gary Beestone, as well as Production Stage Manager, Sam Hunter, who has worked on countless Olympic and Paralympic Ceremonies.

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Large scale ceremonies like this don’t come around very often and so it’s been a big honour to have been invited to create and direct, particularly as the finishers of the Great North Run are every bit as inspiring as those Paralympic athletes were two years ago. I’ve been able to meet with many of them at our Volunteer Rehearsals, where I’ve been humbled by their commitment and pride in this pioneering mass participation sporting event, which in complete contrast to the Olympics or Paralympics is not about elite athletes, but running for everyone. It’s this inclusive and democratic spirit that lies behind the Great North Run and in creating this Ceremony which I very much wanted to celebrate. The ceremony boasts a world class creative team, including designer Jon Bausor, hotfoot from his recent success with the National Theatre of Scotland’s critically acclaimed James plays.

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It’s also been an amazing experience to work with Carnegie Award winning writer David Almond. When David and I first met in a bar overlooking the Tyne, we saw a salmon leap out of the river and the emotion of that miraculous moment seems to have found its way into the show. David’s beautiful script will be performed by Jill Halfpenny and Tim Healy, taking audiences on a spectacular time-travelling journey through the story of the North East, from the dawn of time to the one millionth finish which take place three days after the Ceremony on 7 September at South Shields. An astonishing and suitably epic score for the Ceremony has been created by Ivor Novello award winning composer Dan Jones, performed by the Royal Northern Sinfonia with spectacular architectural film projections onto the Sage Gateshead from BAFTA award winning film maker Tal Rosner.

The Lords of Lightning

The Lords of Lightning

 

And throughout, at the heart of the Ceremony, will be a cast of hundreds of volunteer performers who have been inspiringly led by Mass Movement director Nathan Curry. With Ant and Dec welcoming the crowds, and featuring musical performances from Sting, Mark Knopfler, Mercury Music Prize nominees The Unthanks and platinum-selling drum’n'bass Chase and Status, together with Glastonbury favourites Lords of Lightning and Alchemy Fireworks, September 4 will be a night to remember. The Ceremony will also be screened on BB2 on Sunday 7 September as part of the coverage of this year’s Great North Run Millionth Finish event. The countdown begins!

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GDIF’s Spectacular Summer Continues!

Following June’s record-breaking Festival, GDIF has been hard at work preparing for three more extraordinary events to bring the summer of 2014 to a festive climax.

Moxie Brawl_National Paralympic Day 2014

Moxie Brawl_National Paralympic Day 2014

On Saturday 30 August between 12 – 8pm, we’re producing National Paralympic Day, featuring the Mayor of London’s Liberty festival at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. This free, fun, family festival brings together the very best of disability arts and sports.

www.QueenElizabethOlympicPark.co.uk

 

Then GDIF’s Artistic Director, Bradley Hemmings will be heading north on 4 September to direct the The Great North Run Million Opening Ceremony, featuring live performances by Dire Straits legend Mark Knopfler, drum’n'bass superstars Chase & Status, Mercury Prize nominees The Unthanks, and electrifying performers Lords of Lightning, as well as fireworks and pyrotechnics, mass choreography, a giant floating sculpture, and video mapping onto the Sage Gateshead!

http://greatnorthrunculture.org/gnr-million

 

TallShips

Finally, on Friday 5 September at 8.30pm, as part of Royal Greenwich’s Tall Ships Festival GDIF will present the Catalan street theatre company Sarruga’s production of Peixos (Fish). As the sun sets, the event will transform the grounds of the Old Royal Naval College into an underwater Mediterranean world of brightly coloured fish and sea creatures.  Giant illuminated fish puppets will swim amongst and over the heads of audiences, to captivating effect.

http://www.royalgreenwich.gov.uk/tallships/site/index.php

 

 

Arka Photo Blog – Stu Mayhew

So I had spent an enjoyable, if occasionally wet, day in Canary Wharf it was time to get home and charge my batteries. My camera batteries naturally ! I made the short trip from where I live in Shooters Hill down to Artillery Square in Woolwich where Teatr Osmega Dnia would bring and end to GDIF 2014 with Arka.

GDIF2014 Arka by Theatr Osmego Dnia ; Photo by Stu Mayhew

GDIF2014 Arka by Theatr Osmego Dnia ; Photo by Stu Mayhew

This Polish theatre group began their performance amongst the large gathered crowd, winding their way up on to the main stage. It looked like a wedding celebration but was soon interrupted by a military invasion symbolised by fire eating men who being wheeled through the square on wood and metal contraptions spitting flames high into the night sky, drawing cheers and gasps from everyone.

GDIF2014 Arka by Theatr Osmego Dnia ; Photo by Stu Mayhew

GDIF2014 Arka by Theatr Osmego Dnia ; Photo by Stu Mayhew

Meanwhile the stage had turned into a scene of huge burning windows , silhouetting the crowd. This large flaming structures were then moved through the crowds and the scene was strange yet beautiful to behold.

GDIF2014 Arka by Theatr Osmego Dnia ; Photo by Stu Mayhew

GDIF2014 Arka by Theatr Osmego Dnia ; Photo by Stu Mayhew

The performance is about war and refugees being displaced from home. It was quite a moving piece and visually captivating. GDIF has really discovered Artillery Square as a great performance venue and bring the Arts right into the the center of Woolwich has to be applauded, there is always a really big, highly appreciative crowd and tonight was no exception

GDIF2014 Arka by Theatr Osmego Dnia ; Photo by Stu Mayhew

GDIF2014 Arka by Theatr Osmego Dnia ; Photo by Stu Mayhew

As a huge ship gently sailed into the crowd the show ended and the curtain was closed on GDIF 2014. It is a real privilege to be apart of it, in my own small way. Over the years I have met many of the performers and photographers and its nice to see old faces. A massive effort goes into to bringing such a prestigious event to Greenwich Borough and long may it continue.

GDIF2014 Arka by Theatr Osmego Dnia ; Photo by Stu Mayhew

GDIF2014 Arka by Theatr Osmego Dnia ; Photo by Stu Mayhew

If you live locally and enjoy photography or want to learn how to get more out of your camera then visit http://www.woolwichphotographic.com and find out more about Greenwich’s award winning camera club!

See you next year

Stu

 

Stu Mayhew’s Photo Blog: Dancing City

Dancing City Blog from visiting photographer Stu Mayhew

Saturday the 28th June and it’s off to Canary Wharf to see the many acts that make up GDIF 2014′s Dancing City. This free event attracts performers from all around the world. With heavy showers falling I emerged from Canary Wharf tube station and was given a revised timetable of events , luckily provision was made for performances to take place indoors so I made the short walk across Jubilee Plaza and into the West Wintergarden. First up were Hands Down from Company Chameleon. I had seen them perform in GDIF 2012 and this new routine was equally as good. The two male dancers push and shove each-other in this ground breaking dance depicting how men interact. The physicality of the performance was incredible and the bar was set high for the rest of the day

'Hands Down' by Company Chameleon; Photo by Stu Mayhew

‘Hands Down’ by Company Chameleon; Photo by Stu Mayhew

Next up was The Awakening by StopGap Dance Co. Four disabled and non disabled dancers gave a mesmerising performance with a dream like quality , a lot of the moves are repetitive and really captivating.

'The Awakening' by StopGap Dance Company; Photo by Stu Mayhew

‘The Awakening’ by StopGap Dance Company; Photo by Stu Mayhew

Next a venue chance and it was off to Jubilee Place Mall. Surrounded by unsuspecting shoppers a stage was built right in the middle of the mall and as I arrived Laterite, choreographed by Thomas Micheal Voss, was thrilling the crowd with an intense routine of Tango accompanied by soprano supreme Eliana Pretorian. It was a beautiful performance.

Laterite by Thomas Michael Voss; Photo by Stu Mayhew

Laterite by Thomas Michael Voss; Photo by Stu Mayhew

Next on stage were Compania Sharon Fridman’s ¿Hasta Donde? which was very modern and again the skill and physical strength of the performers was jaw dropping. I confess to not seeing a lot of modern dance but what ever your views on it the dedication these performers must put in to perfecting these intense, intricate cannot be questioned. A bit hit with the crowd.

¿Hasta Donde? by Compañia Sharon Fridman; Photo by Stu Mayhew

¿Hasta Donde? by Compañia Sharon Fridman; Photo by Stu Mayhew

After many holidays to Spain I have a real soft spot for Flamenco and in for a treat when Marco Vargas and Chloe Brule performed Por Casualidad. In this fiery display of Flamenco the themes of unrequited love in brief moments and accidental meetings are explored. This one was a real foot tapper.

Por Casualidad by Marco Vargas and Chloe Brule

Por Casualidad by Marco Vargas and Chloe Brule

I ventured back outside and in between showers performers with Big Dance were strutting their stuff. The Big Dance features hundreds of talented young dancers and youth dance companies and the inclement weather certainly hadn’t dampened their enthusiasm.

Big Dance; Photo by Stu Mayhew

Big Dance; Photo by Stu Mayhew

Closing the curtain on the day’s events was Circ Panic The Man Who Lost His Buttons. Combining the silent comedy of Chaplin and the skills of a circus performer against the backdrop of the Thames and the City beyond this was a show stopper of an act. In a constant battle of wits against a contraption made up of a large pole and backed by a live band , this gravity deifying act drew gasps from those watching. A great way to end a fantastic day. Next up was Arka later that evening.

The Man Who Lost His Buttons by Circ Panic; Photo by Stu Mayhew

The Man Who Lost His Buttons by Circ Panic; Photo by Stu Mayhew

 

Seeing The World

An excerpt from the 2014 GDIF Programme

Dr Marek Kukula
Public Astronomer
Royal Observatory Greenwich

2014 is the 300th anniversary of the Longitude Act, reminding us that Greenwich has been at the heart of human efforts to know our place in the universe for a very long time. Here, mariners were trained and voyages set out to explore the oceans while, up on their hill, the astronomers of the Royal Observatory studied the sky through their telescopes.

New discoveries can help us to make sense of our world but they can also turn cherished ideas upside down. The great telescopes of the Royal Observatory were used to precisely map the heavens, producing reliable tables for navigators and anchoring our concepts of position and timekeeping in the reassuring forms of the Prime Meridian and Greenwich Mean Time. And yet the Observatory also houses James Bradley’s zenith telescope, used by the third Astronomer Royal to prove that the Earth, far from being the serenely immovable centre of the universe, is hurtling through space and wobbling on its axis as it goes.

Both art and science have always had the power to transform the way we see the world and our place within it, and here in Greenwich they have been doing just that for centuries.

 

 

Dancing City Photo Blog by Dave Flynn

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Photo blog from GDIF2014 Photo Ambassador Dave Flynn    

WET WEATHER

Dancing City
Saturday 28 June 2014
1pm – 5pm
Canary Wharf, London, E14

In response to the wet weather forecast for this afternoon, some performances have been moved to new indoor locations, some timings may change and the advertised “Dancing City Journeys” will not be going ahead. Volunteers will be onsite to answer any questions and to offer suggestions on what shows to see next.

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For latest updates, GDIF Volunteers at the Information Point on Jubilee Plaza (outside Canary Wharf Underground station), will be on hand. There will also be PA announcements and updates on Twitter #gdifupdates

We’ll be doing everything we can to bring you as much of the programme on schedule as possible.

Thank you for your understanding and have a great afternoon!

Greenwich+Docklands International Festival