Eyes down for Bingo Lingo at GDIF

Hiya one and all in that there London,

Let us introduce ourselves.. I’m Beryl – 4ft 10 with blonde wavy hair, brown eyes wearing a leopard print suit

Beryl

and this is Cyril – he’s 5ft 4, dark brown hair, brown eyes wearing a dapper oil slick colour jacket and black trousers.

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It’s been a bit of a year I can tell you. September 2016 saw us playing Bingo Lingo at the Liberty Festival in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park down in London and it appears that we have created a bit of a buzz with our Bingo. We have gone Grande (according to Cyril that means large on that there incontinence).

Our Bingo Lingo (we added the lingo bit ourselves) is our attempt to make Bingo an official Paralympic sport. We were sat in the Labour Club in Barnsley in 2012 watching the Paralympics and it was such a wonderful opening ceremony, all about being equal, inclusive and creative…

But then the games began and they started going on about being Super Human and we don’t like that. I’ve never felt super human even with a few G&T’s inside me. No, we don’t want people excluded. Everyone should be able to participate and feel amazing!

We had been running our regular Bingo nights at the Barnsley Labour club for many years. It’s how we met. And the nights do get a good turnout. So, put two and two together… we decided to play Bingo on a Paralympic scale for the Non-Super Humans.

As charisma and style are our middle names our mobility scooters got pimped up – Cyril’s has a large red cage for his balls and I have hooks for me prizes to dangle off.  We enlarged our bingo cards to help them who are visually impaired and we also got loud speakers to help the ones you have to shout at. In no time at all, Bingo Lingo was born! It’s a team game where you support each other and have to share a prize… now that’s what we call inclusion.

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We even pimped up our Bingo calls and they inspired by the lives of ordinary people who are all just a little bit different. Bingo Lingo is a game for everyone, where disability politics meets cheeky end of the pier humour.

Bingo Lingo, a reinvention of a great British tradition. So it’s eyes down for a game like you’ve never played before. … eh and Just remember when you’re stuck indoors and feeling quite low, get off your fat arse and come and play Bingo Lingo!

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In 2017 we have already played Brighton Festival and Norfolk and Norwich Festival. Beautiful weekends away and made us realise that people in the South do actually have a sense of humour. It’s been great and we look forward to many more games of Bingo Lingo.

This is what people have been tweeting on that there Twitter thingy:

Bingo Lingo at the @NNFest Garden Party was absolutely hilarious, I laughed til I cried”

Awesome bingo calling @BingoCyril @LingoBeryl “Amputee: 83” “Theresa’s Den: number 10” “Guide Dog Poo: number 2”

I looooved this! A fun game for kids but also so many political and adult jokes thrown in. Highlight of my day”

Best Game of Bingo I have EVER played”

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Keep updated with all things Bingo Lingo, follow us on that there Twitter using @LingoBeryl and @BingoCyril or like on our FaceBooklet page @BingoLingoBingo


Come and play Bingo Lingo at Greenwich Fair on Saturday 24 and Sunday 25.
Find out more at festival.org

 

 

Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures to perform at GDIF

This post from Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures is the first in a series of guest posts from companies and artists performing at GDIF 2017. Enjoy!


Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures are very excited to be performing at Greenwich+Docklands International Festival on 1 July.

We will be performing an adaptation of Country from Town and Country which has been touring as part of Matthew Bourne’s Early Adventures since February 2017. Early Adventures is a collection of hit pieces that launched Matthew’s career and first toured in 2012, as part of our 25th year anniversary. This year it has toured to celebrate 30 years of New Adventures and we’re looking forward to giving even more people a chance to see Country.

new adventures 2Country is the second part of Town and Country, first created in 1991 and where we in fact received our first Olivier Award nomination for Outstanding Achievement in Dance. Moving and hilarious, this heartfelt pastiche explores notions of national character from a bygone era, through the evocative music of Percy Grainger. With an unforgettable clog dance and recognisable images of rural Britain, Country is a much-loved piece of Matthew’s. Quintessentially British, Country portrays all the quirky characteristics of Brits in the countryside, drinking tea, milking cows, sowing seeds and farm life with the intense wildness of the English moors.

In conversation with Alastair Macaulay, renowned dance critic, in his book Matthew Bourne and his adventures in dance, Matthew said:

“although it’s very frivolous at times and I was much less mature when I made it – by the end I am much more moved. I feel very, very connected to all the things in that piece. I’m like that now when I watch it on video, and was like that in 1991 when I was dancing it. I wasn’t on in the last section, and I would stand in the wings, and always shed a little tear. I love the music so much, as well.”

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During the Early Adventures tour a Spotify playlist of the music that is inspired by the world of the production was put together with Matthew.

You can listen to it here: http://new-adventures.net/early-adventures/news/early-adventures-spotify-playlist

What the critics say:

★★★★★ “Unmissable” THE OBSERVER

★★★★ “A witty delight” SUNDAY TIMES


See Country at Dancing City on Saturday 1 July 
Westferry Circus, Canary Wharf

Performance times 2.20pm and 3.45pm

Chloe Loftus Dance: Loneliness and an Act of Strangers

I spent my formative years growing up in New Zealand, a place with plenty of space where people say hello as they pass you and doors are left open. I’ve lived in the UK for 20 years now and I can’t help but notice the steady shrinking of our sense of community, where social engagement is replaced by screen time. George Monbiot refers to it as ’the age of loneliness’ and describes the tragic and sometimes fatal result of this loneliness as seen through increased anxiety, depression and addiction. “Social isolation is as potent a cause of early death as smoking 15 cigarettes a day. Loneliness is twice as deadly as obesity.”

Chloe Loftus Dance 'Act of Strangers' (Image 1 - James Merryweather)

It is this lack of interpersonal communication that is inspiring my current work. ‘Act of Strangers’ looks at the potential of the stranger standing next to you and seeks to encourage you to look up and engage with the world. An unexpected conversation and smile from a stranger has the power to shift your mood and lift your spirits.

Outdoor work is wonderful in its ability to access all walks of life so it feels an ideal platform for this work. It’s been a really interesting process developing this work… the challenge of how to deal with a serious subject matter including mental health issues in a way which engages and lifts audiences. Through wonderful directorial support from Gerald Tyler and the physicality of my fellow dancer Hugh Stanier, we have created a work that I believe is touching but also physically dynamic and engaging, hopefully leaving audiences uplifted and inspired.

Chloe Loftus Dance 'Act of Strangers' (Image 2 - James Merryweather)

We’re really looking forward to bringing our work to GDIF.

Cubitt Steps, Canary Wharf
Saturday 2 July | 15:00 & 16:15
More information here

Act of Strangers was commissioned by Articulture and the Wales Outdoor Arts Commissioning Consortium and is touring throughout Summer 2016. For more info see www.chloeloftus.co.uk

GDIF2016 – Deaf Men Dancing

We’re highlighting some of the companies and performances scheduled for this summer’s festival. First up is an introduction to Deaf Men Dancing and their show TEN, written by Deaf Men Dancing’s Choreographer and Director Mark Smith

Deaf Men Dancing is an all-male deaf dance company with a fusion of different styles of dance incorporating British Sign-Language into movement. The essence of my work is to use sign language as an inherent part of the creative process and integrate it into the movement vocabulary, rather than use it as a commentary to the performance.

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The ideas I developed for TEN, were inspired by double acts like Laurel & Hardy, Flanagan & Allen, Morecambe & Wise, Abbott & Costello and Gilbert & George. I was also inspired by vaudeville & music hall acts.

When I was a kid, Charlie Chaplin was my idol. I grew up watching Chaplin’s films. The silent film format was accessible for me to watch because it was very visual and even had “subtitles” or just “titles” for me to read. That’s where I got the idea of getting the dancers to hold printed cards with text to the audience during the performance. While I was researching for TEN, I discovered that Chaplin was good friends with a deaf actor Granville “Red” Redmond, who appeared in Chaplin’s films. Chaplin admired the natural expressiveness of a deaf person using American Sign Language. Chaplin’s interest in Deaf Culture gave me the idea to incorporate a deaf awareness course into TEN but in the form of Ten Commandments.

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In the 60s, Gilbert & George famously created a live-art performance called Singing Sculpture where they stood on a table for eight hours. Gilbert held leather gloves & George held a walking stick. Their faces were painted in silver. They mimed to an old music hall song called Underneath The Arches – a song in which two tramps describe the pleasures of sleeping rough. It was a telling choice, harking back to prewar England and traditions of vaudeville, while also identifying with the fringes of society. Singing Sculpture gave me the idea for TEN. I’ve collaborated with designer Ryan Dawson Laight, who designed DMD’s previous outside performance, Alive!, and he’s designed a table for two dancers to perform on and deliver “speeches” to the audience in a form of Speaker’s Corner or Soapbox such as those that used to to be located on the corner of Park Lane and Cumberland Gate. The table is also a kind of Pandora’s Box, containing surprise props for the dancers to use for the performance.

I collaborated with deaf musician and composer Sean Chandler to develop ten different tracks and I was lucky to have sound designer Syd Funnell onboard to provide the soundscape for TEN.

Deaf Men Dancing will perform TEN at Greenwich Fair on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 June. Times & location tbc.

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Follow Mark Smith on Twitter @DeafMenDancing1
Deaf Men Dancing on YouTube
Deaf Men Dancing website

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

Opening Weekend Programme Announced

GDIF is delighted to announce programme highlights for the opening weekend of this year’s Festival.

As part of the Royal Greenwich Festivals, kicking off on Friday 26 June at 20:03 precisely, La Compagnie Oposito will be making a welcome return with their latest processional production Kori Kori.

On Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 June, Greenwich Fair will be unpacking a massive two day programme of outdoor arts, with a particular focus on circus for 2015, whilst across the river in Tower Hamlets the London premiere of a new outdoor production, 451, will feature inventive storytelling, fire and special effects.

More details of our opening weekend programme appear below. We’ll be revealing further exciting plans for the rest of this year’s GDIF (26 June – 5 July) later this month, so save the dates in your diary now!

 

La Compagnie Oposito - Kori Kori

La Compagnie Oposito – Kori Kori

Kori Kori
Fri 26 June, 20:03
Greenwich, SE10
Presented by La Compagnie Oposito

This UK premiere leads audiences on a theatrical journey through Greenwich packed with colour, music and passion.
[Part of Royal Greenwich Festivals]

 

Gandini Juggling - 8 Songs

Gandini Juggling – 8 Songs

Greenwich Fair
27 June (12:00 – 21:00)
28 June (13:00 – 18:00)
Cutty Sark Gardens, Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich Park,
Greenwich, SE10

This weekend of European style outdoor street theatre and dance features artists from the UK, Belgium, France, Denmark and Spain.

15feet6 - Dynamite & Poetry

15feet6 – Dynamite & Poetry

Companies include: Southpaw Dance Company, Avanti Display, Artizani, Stefano di Renzo, Gandini Juggling,  Cathy Waller Company, StopGap Dance Company, Baroloso, Plunge Boom, TinCanCompany, Emergency Exit Arts, Travelling Light Circus, Toc de Fusta, The Human Zoo, 15feet6 and Collectif Malunés.

Collectif Mallunes - Trailler Sens Dessous Dessous

Collectif Mallunes – Trailler Sens Dessous Dessous

Offering the largest and most intensive programme of street arts in the capital, Greenwich Fair is an overload of unconventional theatrical experiences, from a musical performance on a stage filled with water, to juggling reinvented to 8 classic Rock & Roll tracks, a choreographed fairground Carousel and an explosive acrobatic experience.

[Part of Royal Greenwich Festivals]

 

Periplum and Corn Exchange Newbury - 451

Periplum and Corn Exchange Newbury – 451

451
Sat 27 June, 22:00
Bethnal Green Gardens, E2 9PA
Commissioned by GDIF and presented by Periplum and Corn Exchange Newbury

This spectacular, immersive show, inspired by Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, depicts a society where reading is forbidden and books are burned.

UK premiere to open GDIF2015

La Compagnie Oposito

La Compagnie Oposito

Kori Kori

La Compagnie Oposito

UK premiere to open GDIF2015
20:03pm on Friday 26 June
Part of the Royal Greenwich Festivals

Last seen at GDIF in 2007 with their visually stunning production which evoked the streets of Africa, this year, the Festival welcomes back Compagnie Oposito, one of France’s most highly regarded street theatre companies.

Kori Kori_Cie.Oposito_course@_web Rarely seen in this country, Compagnie Oposito are famed for their virtuosic approach to processional performance. For GDIF’s opening night they will present the UK premiere of “Kori Kori”, featuring a chorus of actors and musicians carrying chairs. This very topical production, takes inspiration from the idea of community, and how by acting together, it’s possible to create a better world.

Photo by Xavier Cantat

Photo by Xavier Cantat

Accompanied by an energising musical score combining rock, waltz, tango and classical music, this entrancing promenade production is an opportunity to catch street theatre at its very best.

Photo by Xavier Cantat

Photo by Xavier Cantat

Unlike previous GDIF’s opening nights, “Kori Kori” will be presented in daylight with the simplest of staging, to create a stripped back, yet emotionally compelling experience.

Conceived as a journey, the production will start at 8.03pm precisely.

We’ll see you there!
The GDIF Team

Chris Pavia of StopGap on Outdoor Dance

Chris Pavia
The Awakening choreographer StopGap Dance Company 

Credit StopGap Dance Company

Credit StopGap Dance Company

I’ve had a lot of experience doing outdoor arts because I’ve performed with Stopgap Dance Company in SPUN Productions and Tracking both of which were part of GDIF. I learnt from this experience that it’s important to make dance material actually outside and not in a studio because we have to get used to the gravelly concrete floor, the sun in our eyes and the wind in our faces.

Credit StopGap Dance Company

Credit StopGap Dance Company

And the atmosphere of the outside is different to working inside. All of these things change the way we dance. We also have to think about the audience and how they surround the performance. The dancers can be seen at all times in the outdoors because there are no wings.

Credit StopGap Dance Company

Credit StopGap Dance Company

 

But the audience being so close is exciting because I get to see their faces and I get to interact with them. It’s harder to do this in theatres where it’s dark, and I enjoy being close to the audience when I perform.

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Check out StopGap Dance Company in ‘The Awakening’ at Dancing City!

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Artistic Director, Tiata Fahodzi

For a mostly building based company like Tiata Fahodzi, the making of Hamba, our first outdoor show, has very much been the ultimate ‘back-to-basics’ challenge. The bricks, tricks and mortar of theatre buildings offer a degree of certainty: audience there, actors here, share a drink over there.

Outside on the street you are literally and figuratively at the mercy of the elements; yes, there are codes and understood rules of engagement but there
is no guarantee that they are espoused and respected in the same way by everyone else.

The fundamental need of the performer in this zone however is the same: to demand, engage and hold the attention of an audience. So how do I move someone to
tears as they run to catch the bus or chat or daydream? For us the answers began with questions from within: what makes you stop/ turn your head/ pay attention/ engage in the park/street/bus/motorway tailback etc.? When a car backfires or tyres screech, we react viscerally. There is something unguarded and honest in it.

In other words, the more honest and unapologetic the subject or object is the more likely we are to pay attention. The Proscenium Arch of a theatre justifies our  great and magical games of complicit make believe; doing so in your local park or high
street demands that you justify yourself! In other words the concept of certainty has to come from within.

This was our cue to buckle down and tell the story honestly, openly, enthusiastically and with integrity. Storytelling, make-believe and theatre existed long before the West End. Architecture, technology and lyricism never trump the truth: a good story, told with invention doesn’t need a huge budget to work. Now is our time to be honest and courageous and hope you are transfixed!

Catch The Legend of Hamba one more time tonight (Thursday, June 26) at 8:30 at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park as part of Global Streets

GDIF2014 Photo Ambassador – Dave Flynn

GDIF is very excited to have Dave Flynn, winner of last year’s Awardio.io photo competition, as this year’s photo ambassador for 2014. Make sure to follow our blog for photo updates from Dave during this year’s festival!

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I am Dave Flynn, I became interested in digital photography in 2010 after being made redundant from a 15 year retail career.  Since then I’ve achieved several photographic distinctions ranging from gold awards and highly commended achievements with the society of wedding and portrait photographers (SWPP).  My highest accolade was winning Nature & Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2012, again with ‘the societies’.

I lived in Greenwich for 15 years and I attended the GDIF festival for the first time last year.  I just went along for the photo opportunities and ended up staying there for most of the first day of the festival. The atmosphere was fantastic when I arrived and the  buzz continued to grow throughout the day.  I remember it rained on and off but that didn’t dampen anyone’s spirits!

There were huge crowds and loads of fun.  Wherever you looked there was loads going on. The beached whale was a highlight and attracted plenty of onlookers.  The Orblys (huge eyeballs) on stilts were my personal favourites, they entertained everyone and the kids were excited and scared of them.  I also loved the interaction between the performers and crowd which added to the amazing atmosphere.  I’m excited to shoot this years festival and looking forward to capturing the atmosphere once again.  I can’t pinpoint who I’m looking forward to seeing the most but I’m exited to catch the highlights of the opening and closing ceremonies as those artists are there for one performance only.

Come rain or shine, I’m sure this year’s event will be the best yet and personally I’m delighted to be a part of it officially.

GDIF2013 - Credit Dave Flynn

GDIF2013 – Credit Dave Flynn