GDIF2014 and LIFT Announce UK Premiere!

Rara Woulib’s Deblozay

'Deblozay' by Rara Woulib. Photo Credit: Photo Bushido

‘Deblozay’ by Rara Woulib. Credit: Photo Bushido

 Fri 20 June & Sat 21 June, FREE

Rara Woulib explore des zones frontières, où le spectacle a peu l’habitude d’aller

Liberation – France

Dance with the Dead
Haitian culture looks at death in a very different way to our own. It is not a hushed-up affair of coffins and closed doors but a loud celebration of all that life has to offer, in this world and the next.As the sun sets, join French company Rara Woulib in conjuring the ghosts of the city’s departed for this joyous pilgrimage. See for yourself why the dead have so much more fun than the living.

This show is free but capacity is limited. Reservations have now closed, but stay tuned, as we will let you know if more spots are released.

[Meeting place and route to be confirmed].

Co-produced by LIFT and Greenwich + Docklands International Festival and David Binder Productions, as part of Festivals in Transition — Global City Local City with the support of the Culture Programme of the European Union, and the Institut Français.

Paralympic Heritage Flame at Stoke Mandeville

GDIF has been busy working with a stunning creative team on a programme of events at Stoke Mandeville and Aylesbury in early March. Commissioned by Aylesbury Vale District Council and supported by Arts Council England, this ambitious project will inauguarate an exciting new biennial Heritage Flame Ceremony at Stoke Mandeville supported by the International Paralympic Committee and the British Paralympic Association.

Paralympic Opening Ceremony - Ziya Azazi © Getty Images

Paralympic Opening Ceremony – Ziya Azazi © Getty Images

Why Stoke Mandeville?

1948 saw the commencement of the first ever organised athletic day for disabled athletes alongside the Olympic Games. The Stoke Mandeville Games, founded by neurosurgeon Sir Ludwig Guttmann on the lawns of Stoke Mandeville Hospital in Buckinghamshire, transformed into the global phenomenon that is now the Paralympic Games.

Stoke Mandeville Games © buckslegacy.org

Stoke Mandeville Games © buckslegacy.org

The London 2012 Games and the Legacy

Building on the momentum of the London 2012 Games, including the Paralympic Games, and in recognition of Stoke Mandeville as the birthplace of the Paralympic Movement, the UK has been awarded the honour of involvement in all future Paralympic Games Torch Relays.

This March, ahead of the Sochi Winter Paralympic Games, Stoke Mandeville will host the first ever international leg of the Paralympic Torch Relay, and will become the first place in history to be involved in the Relay outside of the Games’ hosting country.

Paralympic Flame © buckslegacy.org

Paralympic Flame © buckslegacy.org

Heritage Flame Celebration ‘Spirit in Motion’ – Sun 2 March, 2014
Aylesbury Waterside Theatre 7:30pm, Free tickets via ballot

Enter the public ballot now (Deadline: Sun 16 February – click image below) for a chance to win free tickets to this celebratory occasion bringing together Paralympic athletes and live music, art and performance, including disabled aerial artists from the 2012 Paralympic Opening Ceremony, visual artist Rachel Gadsden, and performances by soprano Denise Leigh and by Andrea Begley, winner of BBC One’s “The Voice”.

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Paralympic Heritage Flame Lighting Ceremony Broadcast – Fri 7 March, 2014
Tune in to the global broadcast of the Winter Paralympic Games Opening Ceremony in Sochi to watch the Paralympic Heritage Flame Lighting Ceremony. Follow the Paralympic Torch Relay from the Flame Lighting Ceremony at Stoke Mandeville Stadium to its joining with torches from 46 cities throughout Russia. This unified flame will be used in a final relay before the Opening Ceremony.

For more information on these events, please visit http://www.buckslegacy.org/ or the Paralympics’ site at http://www.paralympics.uk.

Paralympic Opening Ceremony © Deck Accessory Flickr

Paralympic Opening Ceremony © Deck Accessory Flickr

To share the Paralympic magic with you in Aylesbury and Stoke Mandeville, we invite you to continue connecting with us via our blog, Facebook and Twitter for updates on this exciting international artistic endeavour.

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THE JERWOOD CHOREOGRAPHIC RESEARCH PROJECT A National Dance Network initiative, supported by the Jerwood Charitable Foundation and delivered by DanceXchange. The Jerwood Choreographic Research Project (JCRP), is designed to develop a new culture of investment across a breadth of choreographic research to … Continue reading