New shows for 2017 supported by Without Walls

Greenwich+Docklands International Festival is a proud member of Without Walls, a consortium of leading arts organisations and festivals dedicated to the development of the UK’s outdoor arts sector.

BLOCK by Motionhouse Dance and NoFit State Circus – a Without Walls show from 2016

We are delighted to share with you details of the new shows supported by Without Walls for nationwide touring in 2017. Several of these companies will be performing at this summer’s Greenwich+Docklands International Festival – more details coming soon! 

Avant Garde Dance – Table Manners
Bootworks Theatre – The Jukeboxes
Cocoloco – Willy & Wally
Company Chameleon – Witness This
Deaf Men Dancing – Corazón a Corazón
Dizzy O’ Dare – Baba Yaga’s House
Horse + Bamboo Theatre in association with Lempen Puppet Theatre – Theatre for One
Humanhood – Orbis
Luke Jerram Ltd – Museum of the Moon
Matthew Harrison – The Actual Reality Arcade
The Thrill Laboratory – VR Playground
Unlimited Theatre – How I Hacked My Way Into Space
Wild N Beets – Bingo Lingo
Wired Aerial Theatre – To Me, To You…

For more information on each of these companies and their new shows click here

Luke Jerram's Museum of the Moon will feature at Greenwich+Docklands International Festival in 2017. More details coming soon.

Luke Jerram’s Museum of the Moon will feature at Greenwich+Docklands International Festival in 2017. More details coming soon.

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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.”

Click here to download a report on our Global Streets 2015 Pilot Project

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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Without Walls 2015

Following on from a successful open call, Without Walls has just announced the 12 shows that they will be commissioning and supporting in 2015!

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 and Stockton International Riverside Festival.

We’re thrilled to be having many of these companies with us this coming festival (GDIF2015). More details to come soon!

"BEES! The Colony" by ARTIZANI  Supported by Without Walls

“BEES! The Colony” by ARTIZANI
Supported by Without Walls

"451" by CORN EXCHANGE NEWBURY & PERIPLUM  Commissioned by Without Walls

“451” by CORN EXCHANGE NEWBURY & PERIPLUM
Commissioned by Without Walls

"Smoke" by PLUNGE BOOM  Commissioned by Without Walls

“Smoke” by PLUNGE BOOM
Commissioned by Without Walls

"Reliquary" by AVANTI DISPLAY  Supported by Without Walls

“Reliquary” by AVANTI DISPLAY
Supported by Without Walls

"Of Man and Beast" by COMPANY CHAMELEON  Commissioned by Without Walls

“Of Man and Beast” by COMPANY CHAMELEON
Commissioned by Without Walls

"Navrattan: A Quest for the Lost Gems" by NUTKHUT  Commissioned by Without Walls

“Navrattan: A Quest for the Lost Gems” by NUTKHUT
Commissioned by Without Walls

"Louder than Words" by CATHY WALLER COMPANY  Commissioned by Without Walls

“Louder than Words” by CATHY WALLER COMPANY
Commissioned by Without Walls

"Hold On" by STEFANO DI RENZO  Commissioned by Without Walls

“Hold On” by STEFANO DI RENZO
Commissioned by Without Walls

"Ear Trumpet" by GOBBLEDEGOOK THEATRE  Commissioned by Without Walls

“Ear Trumpet” by GOBBLEDEGOOK THEATRE
Commissioned by Without Walls

"Carousel" by SOUTHPAW DANCE COMPANY  Commissioned by Without Walls

“Carousel” by SOUTHPAW DANCE COMPANY
Commissioned by Without Walls

"Bill & Bobby" by STOPGAP DANCE COMPANY  Commissioned by Without Walls

“Bill & Bobby” by STOPGAP DANCE COMPANY
Commissioned by Without Walls

"8 Songs" by GANDINI JUGGLING  Commissioned by Without Walls

“8 Songs” by GANDINI JUGGLING
Commissioned by Without Walls

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.

 

 

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.

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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.

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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.

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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

 

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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

 

Safe House – A place to call home

By Andy Cooper, Director at Draw & Code

After premiering to a crowd in excess of 5000 in Brighton, Safe House will be travelling to the Greenwich+Docklands International Festival on June 21st. The show is a large-scale, outdoor theatre event that explores our relation to the home – which is ironic considering just how little time the cast and crew have spent in our own homes recently!

With projection-mapped animations that feature during every one of the 45 minutes of the show’s duration, the ‘Draw’ side of Draw & Code were kept very busy indeed in the run-up to this fantastic outdoor theatre event. We were required on site during rehearsals to tailor our animation to the needs of the performers from Wired Aerial Theatre Company and the producers from Metro Boulot Dodo. While animation is always time-consuming, it doesn’t often result in you travelling the country!

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The rehearsals were staged in Leicester, Metro Boulot Dodo’s home town, where the disused Haymarket Theatre was about the only building we could find that was capable of fitting the giant set. This oversized creation stands a lot taller than a real house, which makes for quite a challenge for the dancers who are suspended from it.

When I set off to take up residence in Leicester I decided to take the office iMac with me on the train. After all, what if the laptop isn’t enough? If you’ve seen a photo of somebody with an iMac on a train and gone “really?” – it was probably me!

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Rehearsals were draining, but a physically and logistically challenging production like this cannot leave any stone unturned. Thankfully it’s always fun working with the spectacular Wired Aerial performers. They are part athletes, part artists and we have enjoyed seeing them interact with our animations.

It hasn’t all been smooth sailing though; having upped sticks from our Liverpool sanctuary, for much of the time I was Draw & Code’s sole representative in the chilly theatre while they could all head back home to Liverpool. The rehearsals began during the tail-end of the winter – in a venue that had no heating. It’s fair to say that an abandoned theatre lacks a few creature comforts!

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The contrast between the first day of rehearsals in a dingy abandoned building and the public premiere of Safe House in sunny Brighton was amazing. As we sat in amongst the barbecues on the grass of Hove Park it was the first time in a long time that I could relax, although the cast and crew will have been tense.

The show went without a hitch and the crowd loved it. We hope you can leave your own little castles for a few hours, wherever you are, and join us to watch Safe House!

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Safe House will be performed at Greenwich+Docklands International Festival 2014 on Saturday June 21st at 10PM in Mile End Park, Tower Hamlets.

From Trolleys to Market Stall

GOOD NEWS for those who loved ‘Trolleys’ in GDIF2013, C-12 Dance Theatre is returning to GDIF this year with their new production ‘Market Stall’!!

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Blended with circus skills, parkour and dance, Market Stall shows you a thrilling and comedic battle between fruit seller and fruit thief. Are you ready for this fruity adventure?

Sat 21 June 13:10, 15:45
Sun 22 June 12:10, 14:45
Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich, SE10
FREE (Runs approx. 20 mins)

Catch me if you can!

 

Without Walls 2014 Programme

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. Behind the scenes, artists, performers, designers, producers and technicians have been hard at work developing some tantalising new projects, which will all be shown as part of this year’s Festival.

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GDIF is very excited to be co-commissioning Metro Boulot Dodo’s new large scale storytelling adventure with a fusion of digital imagery and aerial choreography coming together on an ingeniously designed larger-than-life house; Marc Brew’s eagerly anticipated new production which takes place on a 7 tonne island of sand; and Tiata Fahodzi’s contemporary African physical theatre parable “The Legend of Hamba”, which had a recent very successful research and development week at Diorama Arts.

Alongside these co-commissioned projects GDIF will also be presenting other new Without Walls productions by Acrojou, Wet Picnic, Nuno Silva and Ramshacklicious.  Over the course of GDIF’s opening weekend, you’ll be able to see all seven of these new Without Walls productions for 2014, so don’t miss this great opportunity!

GDIF at Stoke Mandeville

Photo by Doug Southall

Photo by Doug Southall

On Saturday 1 March the eyes of the world were on Stoke Mandeville, as a spectacular ceremony (created and produced by GDIF) lit the first-ever Paralympic Heritage Flame.

Broadcast live on Channel 4, the Ceremony saw the Paralympic Heritage Flame lit by gold medal winning wheelchair racing athlete Hannah Cockcroft from the centre of an extraordinarily beautiful 6m diameter, Armillary Sphere (a model of stars and planets in the sky). Created by internationally acclaimed theatre designer Jon Bausor the illumination of the flame was accompanied by specially commissioned music by Dan Jones and pyrotechnics from Alchemy.

Photo by Doug Southall

Photo by Doug Southall

 

As part of the Ceremony two new films were shown:

Mike Christie’s “I am the Flame” telling the inspiring story of Stoke Mandeville, whilst Rachel Gadsden and Abigail Norris looked to Greek myth in an animation recounting the legend of the god Hephaestus.

GDIF is enormously grateful to Sir Ian McKellen who took time out from a busy schedule to narrate both of these films.

Photo by Doug Southall

Photo by Doug Southall

A day later on Saturday 2 March, GDIF created a second event “Spirit in Motion” at the Waterside Theatre in Aylesbury, telling the story of Stoke Mandeville and bringing together artists and Paralympians in a celebration of sport and the arts. Hosted by actor Ben Owen-Jones, audiences were treated to a unique aerial performance by circus artists from the London 2012 Paralympic Opening Ceremony, whilst Rachel Gadsden brought the Paralympic motto of “spirit in motion” to life on canvas. There were also performances from Denise Leigh and Andrea Begley whilst guest speakers included Chris Holmes, Jenny Sealey, Naomi Riches and Sally Haynes.

Photo by Doug Southall

Photo by Doug Southall