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!

Dancing City Photo Blog by Dave Flynn

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Photo blog from GDIF2014 Photo Ambassador Dave Flynn  

Sit Back, Hold Tight!

A blog written by Sarah Blanc, Artistic Director of Moxie Brawl, a fresh and currently all-female dance theatre company. ‘Sit Back’ evokes the spirit of the 1940’s through music, text and dance, this new dance theatre piece recalls the role of women at times of war.

photo by Bruno Rodrigues

I believe dance is for everyone so making and presenting work outdoors gives me a great opportunity to reach as wide and diverse an audience as possible.

Last year Moxie Brawl won the Gone In 20 Minutes 2013 Jury Prize following performances at over 5 festivals in the UK. Since then we have gained the support of Watermans, investment from Arts Council England and producing support from Candoco Dance Company (with whom I have been an Associate Artist for over 3 years).

Being part of GI20 was fantastic as we were able to learn how to adapt our work for the outdoors in a supportive way, gaining feedback along the tour. It was such an invaluable experience. I am excited that this year we have been able to develop the piece further with the help of all partners and festival presenters.

We used our 2 weeks of development time in the studio to go into more detail for certain sections of choreography and revisit costume, props and even the British Trollyebus Museum as part of our research.IMG_8473a

We worked with Mark Smith of Deaf Men Dancing to help make the piece more accessible for Deaf audiences and those with hearing impairments.

We have just returned from our first performances at Fetes Tour de la Blanche in Issoudoun, France and it is exciting to see audience reactions to our work and seeing it all come to life!

As a choreographer I have been so privileged to work with some gorgeous performers for Sit Back. First up is Lucy Starkey whose character Alice during the piece gets accepted to the Women’s Volunteer Service. Katie Cambridge, new to the moxie line up, plays Agatha whose fiancé is away at war and constantly dreams of his return. Josephine played by Kimberley Harvey is the most maternal of all the characters, constantly looking after everyone but during the piece she receives some devastating news. Winnie, played by Jenny Reeves, is younger more innocent and with her Dad being away in the war working as a doctor, she wants to follow his footsteps and study medicine.

It has been such a great few weeks and we are more than buzzing to get this show on the road. Looking forward to seeing you along the way at GDIF and hope for you to meet Alice, Agatha, Josephine and Winnie- four trolley bus clippies working in London of 1942.

Hold Tight Please!

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Show time:

Sat 21 June 14:05, 17:10
Sun 22 June 13:15, 15:00
Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich, SE10
FREE (Runs approx. 20 mins)

Click here to watch the highlights of Sit Back at Gone In 20 Minutes.