GDIF2014 Photo Competition Award Announcement!

This year GDIF held a Street Theatre photography competition, our second year running a photo competition with the amazing Award.io.

We saw a record 687 submissions, giving our judges Tony Othen of The Greenwich Gallery and GDIF’s marketing manager an amazing portfolio of work to choose from!

All of the below winning photos along with selected one’s will be exhibited on a digital screen atThe Greenwich Gallery in the coming weeks.

Toby Hawkes with his Muaré @ GDIF 2014 entry is the overall winner of this contest and will be GDIF 2015 Photo Ambassador. As Photo Ambassador, Toby’s photograph will be used for any photography competition materials in 2015 and he will be invited to GDIF2015 as an accredited photographer and photo blog contributor.

'Muaré@GDIF 2014' by Toby Hawkes‘Muaré @GDIF 2014’ by Toby Hawkes.

Judge’s comments:

Captures the heart and soul of GDIF including the color, the passion and the energy of the festival.

A riveting photograph the brings the work to life and engrains the performance in one’s memory.

�'Laundry'‘Laundry’ by Debbie Bevan.

2nd Place Judge’s comments:

Superb timing gives us a memorable moment in the act.

Enough of the props are shown to give us an idea of what is going on and the reaction from the audience(of all ages) shows that the performance is appreciated.

�'Opus‘Opus Music’ by Campbell Skinner.

3rd Place Judge’s comments:

An inventive and inspiring photograph that combines performer, audience and instrument into one lovely piece of art.

It tells the story of this show from multiple perspectives and there is always something new to discover every time you look at it.

�'Flood‘Flood 20’ by Przemyslaw Szyduk..

4th Place Judge’s comments:

Superb composition and timing.

The expression on the faces of the two performers shows how careful the timing has to be and the expressions on the faces of the audience shows engagement, apprehension and amusement.

�'Clown‘Clown Impression’ by Campbell Skinner.

5th Place Judge’s comments: A mesmerizing photograph which pulls at the heartstrings.

The color and facial expression invoke an amazing level of emotion and passion, and one is left wondering whether to find the photo heartwarming, sorrowful, nostalgic, or a little bit of all of the above.

Many thanks to everyone who contributed, Tony and The Greenwich Gallery and of course the ever-amazing Award.io team!

 

Arka Photo Blog – Stu Mayhew

So I had spent an enjoyable, if occasionally wet, day in Canary Wharf it was time to get home and charge my batteries. My camera batteries naturally ! I made the short trip from where I live in Shooters Hill down to Artillery Square in Woolwich where Teatr Osmega Dnia would bring and end to GDIF 2014 with Arka.

GDIF2014 Arka by Theatr Osmego Dnia ; Photo by Stu Mayhew

GDIF2014 Arka by Theatr Osmego Dnia ; Photo by Stu Mayhew

This Polish theatre group began their performance amongst the large gathered crowd, winding their way up on to the main stage. It looked like a wedding celebration but was soon interrupted by a military invasion symbolised by fire eating men who being wheeled through the square on wood and metal contraptions spitting flames high into the night sky, drawing cheers and gasps from everyone.

GDIF2014 Arka by Theatr Osmego Dnia ; Photo by Stu Mayhew

GDIF2014 Arka by Theatr Osmego Dnia ; Photo by Stu Mayhew

Meanwhile the stage had turned into a scene of huge burning windows , silhouetting the crowd. This large flaming structures were then moved through the crowds and the scene was strange yet beautiful to behold.

GDIF2014 Arka by Theatr Osmego Dnia ; Photo by Stu Mayhew

GDIF2014 Arka by Theatr Osmego Dnia ; Photo by Stu Mayhew

The performance is about war and refugees being displaced from home. It was quite a moving piece and visually captivating. GDIF has really discovered Artillery Square as a great performance venue and bring the Arts right into the the center of Woolwich has to be applauded, there is always a really big, highly appreciative crowd and tonight was no exception

GDIF2014 Arka by Theatr Osmego Dnia ; Photo by Stu Mayhew

GDIF2014 Arka by Theatr Osmego Dnia ; Photo by Stu Mayhew

As a huge ship gently sailed into the crowd the show ended and the curtain was closed on GDIF 2014. It is a real privilege to be apart of it, in my own small way. Over the years I have met many of the performers and photographers and its nice to see old faces. A massive effort goes into to bringing such a prestigious event to Greenwich Borough and long may it continue.

GDIF2014 Arka by Theatr Osmego Dnia ; Photo by Stu Mayhew

GDIF2014 Arka by Theatr Osmego Dnia ; Photo by Stu Mayhew

If you live locally and enjoy photography or want to learn how to get more out of your camera then visit http://www.woolwichphotographic.com and find out more about Greenwich’s award winning camera club!

See you next year

Stu

Inside Out

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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

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GDIF2014 starts today with Awardio photo contest!

GDIF2014 starts today – join us on in Cutty Sark Gardens for a giant circus wheel, street games, musical men on segways and our opening night spectacle Muare with aerialists, live music and mobile op-art in front of the Queen’s House next to The National Maritime Museum.

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In collaboration with Award.io we are running a photo contest for the second year in a row for this year’s Festival, which also starts today! So, if you came to GDIF2014 and take some great shots with your camera, mobile phone or tablet upload them onto the portal and get a chance to win an incredible series of prizes.

The theme this year is “Street Theatre”

1st Place: 

2nd place:

3rd Place:

Runner-Up:

All photos from winners will be displayed during a digital exhibition at The Greenwich Gallery on their plasma screen in Fall 2014. Details TBD.

The contest closes August 31, 2014. To submit your entry go to award.io/GDIF. Participation in the contest is free. GDIF will also pick a selection of submitted photos to feature in GDIF2014’s photo galleries.

Tony Othen from The Greenwich Gallery will join a representative from the GDIF team on the judging panel.

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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.

Nuno Silva on ‘Soul of Fado’

Choreographer & Dancer
Soul of Fado – GDIF 2014 (June 20 & 21)
Soul of Fado is the sister show for A Darker Shade of Fado. Whereas the latter is more intimately poetic (for indoors), Soul of Fado is more explosive and dynamic (we’re also using fire to enhance the story visually).

 

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When devising it I tried to concentrate mainly on the most important elements of the action: a love story filled with passion with a sinister twist, gorgeous contemporary dancing and live music (both the music and my singing are modern and original, inspired in traditional Fado).
A Darker Shade of Fado by Chris Nash

A Darker Shade of Fado by Chris Nash

When we started making the piece I dreamt a lot about it. And part of those dreams involved a portuguese poet (the wonderful Fernando Pessoa, now deceased), the Sandman comics, and a story about a forbidden love affair between a musician and a Moorish princess. Pessoa used to spend his nights writing standing up, creating heteronyms with the might of his pen. The Sandman inhabits the dreams of mere mortals, and the princess is transformed into a violin that her lover will play for all eternity.

A Darker Shade of Fado by Chris Nash

A Darker Shade of Fado by Chris Nash

I wanted to create a story filled with similar poetry, but this time instead of a pen, because I wanted to create a show about Fado, it would be a portuguese guitar. And inside the guitar a Spirit would reside (a malevolent and jealous Spirit of Fado!), coming out whenever the guitar is played.

A Darker Shade of Fado by Chris Nash

A Darker Shade of Fado by Chris Nash

I tried finding a portuguese guitarist here in the UK but it was proving a near impossible task (and although we had Arts Council funding, the thought of bringing a portuguese guitarist over from Lisbon was just a financial unrealistic dream because we were making a show from scratch, and their regular presence in rehearsals would be the ideal scenario) so I decided to get two (amazing) dancers who can also play the acoustic guitar. Little did I know that, half way through the rehearsal process, we all found out that they could also play the portuguese guitar (not as experts obviously, but enough for us to use the portuguese guitar instead of a normal acoustic one!). So now we have a show where dancers, apart from dancing, play the portuguese guitar and we have a fado singer who, apart from singing fado, also dances.
A Darker Shade of Fado by Chris Nash

A Darker Shade of Fado by Chris Nash

We’re poetically breaking traditions!

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.

Explore love relationship with HURyCAN

Spanish company HURyCAN’s stunning duet Te Odiero represents the meeting point between love and exasperation, which boost love relationships and lead to sentimental ups and downs. A place where movements and desires clash with the clumsiness of the bodies they inhabit. Confrontation and union merge and the performers embark upon a dazzling dance that is both volatile and uniting.

We asked ourselves what does our fantasies look like when we live them out? We decided to experiment who we are, to search for the particularities, specific features that could bring us to actions and expressiveness.

How to build a concrete and physical language able to communicate with humor and emotion? We tried to draw our experience, as a living journey through love relation : different, similar, learned and invented. The unstable balance of an evolution process – a process of life.

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Burning our feet on a fiery blazing floor at midday, sinking under rain’s waterfalls at dusk, chock and caress, sometime nobody, sometimes not even a space left…  caching the attention of empty squares, bringing people almost from their homes, across their windows and balconies… or inventing a space to perform, between legs, shopping bags, pets and willchairs, when the thick crowd covers the hole stage.

Te Odiero is a place to coexist, a place where we cling to each other to survive, it is not always easy or pleasant, it is what it is : potential, limits, passion, exasperation, uncontrollable life.

SHOW TIME: 
Sat 21 June 15:50, 18:10
Sun 22 June 14:10, 17:25
Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich, SE10
FREE (Runs approx. 20 mins)