Without Walls 2016 Programme Announcment

Following on from a successful open call, Without Walls has just announced the 13 shows that they will be commissioning and supporting in 2016!

Without Walls is a consortium of leading arts organisations and festivals dedicated to the development of the UK’s outdoor arts sector. The Associate Touring Network supports the onward touring of work commissioned and presented by Without Walls.

Greenwich+Docklands International Festival is a proud member of Without Walls, which is also composed of Brighton Festival, Hat Fair, Norfolk & Norwich Festival, Salisbury International Festival, Out There International Festival of Circus & Street Arts and Stockton International Riverside Festival. It is also comprised of affiliated members Just So Festival, Chesire and Showzam! Blackpool with Creation Centre Partner 101 Outdoor Arts Creation Centre.

We’re thrilled to be having many of these companies with us this coming festival (GDIF2016). More details to come soon!

"Urban Astronaut" by HIGHLY SPRUNG Commissioned by Without Walls

“Urban Astronaut” by HIGHLY SPRUNG
Commissioned by Without Walls

"Bed" by ENTELECHY ARTS Commissioned by Without Walls

“Bed” by ENTELECHY ARTS
Commissioned by Without Walls

"BLOCK" by MOTIONHOUSE & NOFIT STATE CIRCUS Commissioned by Without Walls

“BLOCK” by MOTIONHOUSE & NOFIT STATE CIRCUS
Commissioned by Without Walls

"Camper Van Of Love" by NEW ART CLUB Commissioned by Without Walls

“Camper Van Of Love” by NEW ART CLUB
Commissioned by Without Walls

"Le Cheval Solitaire" by ABOUTNOWISH Commissioned by Without Walls

“Le Cheval Solitaire” by ABOUTNOWISH
Commissioned by Without Walls

"A New Duet (working title)" by CANDOCO DANCE COMPANY Commissioned by Without Walls

“A New Duet (working title)” by CANDOCO DANCE COMPANY
Commissioned by Without Walls

"The Fantastical Flying Exploratory Laboratory" by LES ENFANTS TERRIBLES Commissioned by Without Walls

“The Fantastical Flying Exploratory Laboratory” by LES ENFANTS TERRIBLES
Commissioned by Without Walls

"H.O.H." by FAR FROM THE NORM Commissioned by Without Walls

“H.O.H.” by FAR FROM THE NORM
Commissioned by Without Walls

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Commissioned by Without Walls
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“Lance Moi Dans L’Air” by JOLI VYANN
Commissioned by Without Walls

"Miss High Leg Kick's Audition Project" by FRANCESCA BAGLIONE/MISS HIGH LEG KICK Supported by Without Walls

“Miss High Leg Kick’s Audition Project” by FRANCESCA BAGLIONE/MISS HIGH LEG KICK
Supported by Without Walls

"Masquerade" by YELLO BRICK Commissioned by Without Walls

“Masquerade” by YELLO BRICK
Commissioned by Without Walls

"Project_Vee" by CIRCUS GEEKS X PANGOTTIC Commissioned by Without Walls

“Project_Vee” by CIRCUS GEEKS X PANGOTTIC
Commissioned by Without Walls

"Phone Box" by COREY BAKER DANCE Commissioned by Without Walls

“Phone Box” by COREY BAKER DANCE
Commissioned by Without Walls

 

Global Streets: Arts Council England 3 year funding

Building on our Global Streets pilot in 2015, we’re delighted to have been successful in our bid to the Arts Council’s Strategic Touring programme to run a three year touring programme of audience development work through international outdoor arts.Thanks to this fantastic support, high quality productions from leading international companies will tour to 10 venues across the country, connecting the performances to the diverse demography in each location.

'The Colour of Time' by Artonik in association with East London Dance. Photo by Doug Southall. Part of Global Streets 2015

‘The Colour of Time’ by Artonik in association with East London Dance. Photo by Doug Southall. Part of Global Streets 2015

The Strategic Touring programme aims to give people better access to high quality arts experiences across the country, targeting places with low levels of art engagement, so this new funding is fantastic news and ensures that GDIF’s work can now reach out to towns and cities such as Birmingham, Doncaster and Hull.

Tangle by Polyglot. Photo by Stu Mayhew. Part of Global Streets 2015.

Tangle by Polyglot. Photo by Stu Mayhew. Part of Global Streets 2015.

In the announcement earlier this week, Joyce Wilson, London Area Director at Arts Council England, said: “GDIF aspires to address gaps in the provision of quality outdoor arts in places of low engagement. Its extraordinary ambition is matched by the highly reputable international companies involved, whose diverse offerings promise innovation and engagement for audiences across England.”

We’ll be launching a new website for Global Streets shortly, so watch this space for more news!

Global Streets 2015 Pilot Project from GDIF on Vimeo.

See more photos from Global Street performances Tangle and The Colour of Time.

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GDIF’s Artistic Director honoured with MBE

GDIF’s Artistic Director Bradley Hemmings has been awarded an MBE in the 2016 New Year’s Honours List for services to Culture and Disability Arts, particularly in London.

Bradley has led Greenwich+Docklands International Festival since it first took place in 1996. Under Bradley’s direction GDIF has broken new ground in outdoor arts, commissioning, producing and presenting work by a wide range of UK and international artists. Described in The Guardian as “an event whose annual contribution to the happiness of the people of London is unrivalled” GDIF is now widely recognised as one of the leading outdoor arts festivals in the country, attracting over 100,000 people each year. Bradley has also played a key role in developing new outdoor work with Deaf and disabled artists and in addition to the annual Greenwich+Docklands International Festival, has produced the Mayor of London’s Liberty festival since its inception in 2003, which has included the last three years, in which this major disability arts festival has joined forces with National Paralympic Day.

In 2012 Bradley was Co-Artistic Director for the Opening Ceremony of London 2012 Paralympic Games, watched by 11.5 million viewers in the UK (Channel 4’s largest ever audience) and widely credited with helping to challenge and change perception of disability. He has gone on to direct the inaugural Paralympic Heritage Flame Ceremony at Stoke Mandeville Stadium and the Opening Ceremony to the Great North Run’s One Millionth Finish in NewcastleGateshead. He is a founder member of the Without Walls consortium of outdoor arts festivals and is a member of the London Area Council of the Arts Council.

Bradley said “I’m so delighted by this wonderful recognition. It’s also a fantastic boost for the Festival as we go into our 21st birthday year and I’m enormously grateful to all the artists, audiences, staff, funders and my incredible Board, who have helped, in the words of Lyn Gardner, make GDIF the “annual miracle” that it has become.”

 

GDIF Celebrates 21 Years

GDIF - without year on blackeditThis year Greenwich+Docklands International Festival celebrates its 21st birthday!

We’ve seen massive transformations over the years, particularly in the way in which the appreciation of outdoor arts and the European style enjoyment of outdoor spaces has become part of the fabric of our lives. The Festival has been very much part of this story.

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GDIF Festival Programmes 1996 & 1997

The opening night of the very first GDIF back in 1996 blazed a trail for the soon to be completed DLR extension under the Thames, by presenting a cross river event in Cutty Sark Gardens and Island Gardens. In the following year, the last Commander of the Royal Naval College, the late and much missed, Jonathan Maughan, gave permission for us to open the gates at the RNC to an outdoor dance programme from Barcelona, which saw audiences amazed as they wandered into the stunning Queen Mary and King William courtyards which had been shut off to the public for three hundred years.

GDIF Festival Programme 1999

GDIF Festival Programme 1999

In our early days, an annual youth arts apprenticeship scheme called Gallery 37, took over Dial Arch Square in the Royal Arsenal offering 100 young people paid Summer jobs in the arts. Then there was “Take me to the River”, which took audiences by boat from the Painted Hall in Greenwich via Canary Wharf to the roof of the Queen Elizabeth Hall at the Southbank Centre, (a destination site now forever associated with outdoor conviviality and festivity).

 Les Girafes by La Compagnie Off, GDIF2003

Les Girafes by La Compagnie Off, GDIF2003

And of course, who could forget the very first sighting of Compagnie Off’s crimson giraffes, crossing the Green Bridge at Mile End Park or more recently, the experience of encountering Rara Woulib’s cast of Haitian ghosts and musicians dancing across the Halfpenny Hatch across Deptford Creek?

Deblozay by Rara Woulib, GDIF2014, Photo by Steve Eggleton

Deblozay by Rara Woulib, GDIF2014, Photo by Steve Eggleton

As we prepare for this year’s Festival, we’ll be celebrating the last 21 years, and so if you would like to send a birthday message or have a particularly vivid memory or picture of a past GDIF event that you’d like to share please do so at #GDIF

 

Street Theatre 2015 Photo Contest Results

Screen Shot 2014-06-01 at 11.19.05 PMWe’re excited to announce the winners of GDIF’s Street Theatre 2015 Photo Contest with awardio (exhibitoo.com). This is the third year of the photo competition, and all of the entries were absolutely brilliant. Congratulations to all the winners, and thank you to everyone who submitted and voted on photos!

1st Place (GDIF 2016 Photo Ambassador & Thames Jet Experience via CityCruises)

'The Apple Performers' by Jagdip Kang

‘The Apple Performers’ at GDIF2015 by Jagdip Kang

2nd Place (Thames Sightseeing Cruise & Lunch for 2 at Ship Restaurant Hispaniola)

'Reliquary, GDIF 2015' by Roger Jackson

‘Reliquary, GDIF 2015’ by Roger Jackson

3rd Place (Family Ticket to Arcelor Mittal Orbit & JOY Gift Card)

'Close up of trapeze artist'' at GDIF2015 by Campbell Skinner

‘Close up of trapeze artist” at GDIF2015 by Campbell Skinner

Read the full story on award.io

 

10th ISAN Ideas Summit

10th ISAN Ideas Summit
Deadline: Wednesday 7th October, 5pm

ISAN is delighted to invite submissions from artists to our 10th ISAN Ideas Summit, an integral part of the National Outdoor Arts Conference. This is an opportunity for artists and companies in the Outdoor Arts sector to present ideas at an early stage of development to producers, programmers, funders and other professionals. It aims to help artists raise the profile of new Outdoor Arts performance projects and to help find potential partners who can provide further assistance in the development of new ideas. The Ideas Summit cannot promise to deliver you a commission or tour for a new show, but it can help to develop relationships and raise your profile – and often leads to bookings.

This year, the Ideas Summit will be made up of two parts:

Part One: The Quick Pitch

Inside the theatre, you’ll have exactly three minutes to give a really quick overview of your project. What you do in those three minutes is entirely up to you – you could just say hello and tell us about the idea, you could show a short film, you could give us a snippet of the show, you could sing a song. So long as you stick to time and make sure you can get in and out very quickly to keep things moving, the floor is yours…

Part Two: The Washing Line

Then out in the foyer, all the presenting companies will have a two metre washing line on which to hang out their ‘washing’; this could be images, leaflets, contact details, provisional designs, costumes or examples of past work. Keep it easy to understand and make a good impression. There will be plenty of time for the delegates to go around and take a further look at the ideas they’ve heard about, follow up discussions and make connections. We’ll keep this going over lunchtime to make it as informal and friendly as possible.

Please note: All Ideas Summit proposals, successful or not, will be included in an Artists Booklet given to programmers attending the conference and available online.

Artists Selected for the 10th ISAN Summit

ISAN is offering selected artists and companies, not in receipt of a bursary from any other source, the following:

  • Hotel accommodation for single or double occupancy for the night of Tuesday 24th Nov (and discounted rates for any additional nights needed)
  • Morning teas and coffees and lunch on Wednesday 25th Nov.

In addition, any invited Ideas Summit attendee has the option to attend the whole conference, including the three-course delegate dinner on Tues 24th Nov (in an aquarium!), for the concessionary rate of £100 + VAT.

The conference takes place over two days – the 24th & 25th Nov – in Hull at Hull Truck Theatre, and the Ideas Summit is on the second day.  If you are interested in presenting at this event please visit http://www.isanuk.org/news-events/10th-isan-ideas-summit/ to compete the online form by Wednesday 7th Oct 2015, 5pm.

Please ensure you read the GUIDANCE NOTES before completing and submitting your application form. We aim to notify all applicants of the outcome during the week commencing Monday 19th October 2015.

 

Without Walls Open Call: Commissioning and touring opportunities for new outdoor work in 2016

Without Walls invites artists and companies from any discipline to request support for the creation and touring of new outdoor work for presentation and touring in 2016.

GDIF is a founder member of Without Walls, an Arts Council funded consortium of leading festivals dedicated to the development and touring of new and exciting outdoor work. Other members include Brighton Festival, Hat Fair, Norfolk & Norwich Festival, Salisbury International Arts Festival and Stockton International Riverside Festival.

In 2016, Without Walls will be embarking on a new project to create and support new outdoor projects by UK artists; this is subject to a successful Grants for Arts application.

Without Walls will be looking to support the creation and touring of a range of exciting and ambitious projects of different genres, styles and forms.

For more information about the commissioning and touring opportunities for 2016, please visit Without Walls. Applications are due by Thursday 5th November, 5 pm.

'Carousel' by Southpaw Dance Company. Commissioned by Without Walls. GDIF2015 - Photo by Warren King

‘Carousel’ by Southpaw Dance Company. Commissioned by Without Walls.
GDIF2015 – Photo by Warren King

 

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, 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 with the intention of work moving towards presentation at the Liberty Festival in the summer of 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 October.

Information Pack
Application Form

More information from London.gov.uk

‘ComBUStion’ by Extant with Bureau of Silly Ideas (Photo: Tom Simpson, Liberty Festival 2015)

‘ComBUStion’ by Extant with Bureau of Silly
Ideas (Photo: Tom Simpson, Liberty Festival 2015)

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‘Shamal’ by Rachel Gadsden with Architects of Air (Photo: Tom Simpson, Liberty Festival 2015)

 

Miracles at GDIF

'The Colour of Time' by Artonik in association with East London Dance. Photo by Doug Southall

‘The Colour of Time’ by Artonik in association with East London Dance. Photo by Doug Southall

Described in The Guardian as an “annual miracle”, this year’s Greenwich+Docklands International Festival (26 June – 5 July) presented a series of stunning and unforgettable outdoor arts experiences attended by audiences of over 106,000.

Kori Kori by Compagnie Oposito. Photo by Warren King

Kori Kori by Compagnie Oposito. Photo by Warren King

 

From the UK premiere of Compagnie Oposito’s wonderful musical promenade through the grounds of the Old Royal Naval College to Periplum and Corn Exchange Newbury’s brilliant reinvention of Ray Bradbury’s dystopian novel in “451” in Bethnal Green Gardens, the Festival offered new perspectives and approaches to outdoor theatre.

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‘451’ by Periplum and Corn Exchange Newbury. Photo by Doug Southall

Our spectacular landmark production of “The Four Fridas” moved audiences to tears in Woolwich with its finale ritual flight of the Voladoras, whilst at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park “The Colour of Time” was a joyously immersive dance theatre experience with Indian gulal powder flying.

'The Four Fridas' - Photo by Doug Southall

‘The Four Fridas’ – Photo by Doug Southall

This year’s Greenwich Fair and Dancing City programmes provided further exceptional moments, whilst ingenious woodland storytelling in Look Left Look Right’s “Secret Princess of Severndroog Castle” delighted school groups, children and their families.

'Sens Dessus Dessous' by Collectif Mallunes. Photo by Warren King

‘Sens Dessus Dessous’ by Collectif Mallunes at Greenwich Fair. Photo by Warren King

Here are just a few of your comments from this year’s stunning Festival:

“We were children again for an afternoon, laughing at clowns, acrobatics, amazing by the imagination, the beauty and the talent of all artists.”

“Spectacular and unmissable.”

“Fantastic and free! A real treat in London.”

“Breathtaking, amazing, unforgettable!”

Join us again next year for GDIF2016: June 24 – July 3, 2016!

 

Greenwich Fair 2015 Photo Blog

Greenwich Fair 2015 photo blog

by Stu Mayhew

Weekend off work – check. Beautiful sunny weather – check. Free outdoor arts event right on my doorstep – check ! Well this can only mean one thing then, its the opening weekend of the Greenwich+Docklands International Festival!!

Once again I find myself in the lucky position of being one of the GDIF 2015 photographers and have once again been asked to write a blog – which is what you are now reading. I spent all morning cleaning my camera equipment and getting batteries charged and set off early to get to the Naval College. The weather was warm and sunny, pretty near perfect I would say and well before the scheduled start of 1PM there were large crowds enjoying picnics in the grounds.

I always enjoy a performance with the magnificent Cutty Sark ship as a back drop so I was off to the best of starts with Sens Dessus Dessous by Collectif Malunes. Appearing from the roof of an ancient caravan the performers put on a dazzling display of acrobatics, the flying trapeze and physical humour he likes of which i’m not sure I’ve seen the brilliance off at GDIF. The crowd were enthralled for the entire 40mins of the show and cheered their appreciation at the end – it was quite some start for sure !

Sens Dessus Dessous by Collectif Malunés (Photo by Stu Mayhew)

Sens Dessus Dessous by Collectif Malunés (Photo by Stu Mayhew)

As ever its hard to know where to go next – the best way is to consult the free GDIF newspaper, copies of which are easy to find right across the festival site, and see what you fancy and make time to get to the various performance’s. I always try this technique but generally wander around and stumble upon a performance instead

Audience member at Greenwich Fair (Photo by Stu Mayhew)

Audience member at Greenwich Fair (Photo by Stu Mayhew)

Next up were an equally physical circus company 15feet6 with their show Dynamite and Poetry. It literally starts with a bang , and almost drop your camera type bang , and certainly shocked the packed crowds. Great to see so many children in the audience – GDIF really has something for everyone and I certainly think there were more families this year then ever before. Anyway this show was again packed with gymnastic skills and a very humorous story line along with the odd explosion.

Dynamite & Poetry by 15ft6 (Photo by Stu Mayhew)

Dynamite & Poetry by 15ft6 (Photo by Stu Mayhew)