‘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
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.
‘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
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 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!
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)
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)
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.
GDIF2015 Photo Ambassador and winner of our GDIF2014 photo competition Toby Hawkes took on Greenwich Fair yesterday. We had a bit of rain, but soon enough the sun came out and the fair came to life once again.
Monotone Man by The Human Zoo. Photo by Toby Hawkes
Camping Delight by TinCanCompany. Photo by Toby Hawkes.
Pendula Fantastica by Travelling Light Circus. Photo by Toby Hawkes.
Dynamite & Poetry by 15ft6. Photo by Toby Hawkes.
Île O by Barolosolo. Photo by Toby Hawkes.
Born in Hamilton, New Zealand, Toby Hawkes discovered his passion for landscape photography in 2007. It was an opportunity to combine an interest in technology with his love for the great outdoors. After a few years of mastering his craft, he had his first successful exhibition in Turangi in 2010. Toby Hawkes now has work on permanent display in various locations around the central North Island. Toby Hawkes is currently overseas taking a break in Europe.
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