As The World Tipped / 21 - 22 June 2013
Presented by Wired Aerial Theatre
Fri 21 & Sat 22 June, 10pm, FREE
National Maritime Museum, Royal Museums, Greenwich, SE10 9NF
Opening the Festival, Wired Aerial Theatre, UK masters of bungee assisted aerial dance, directed by Australia’s Nigel Jamieson, create an exceptional piece of epic outdoor storytelling on a vast 12m square screen high in the sky.
As governments fail to come to grips with climate change the world slides, literally, towards catastrophe. Conceived as a real life disaster movie in the sky, this spectacular production delivers one breathtaking image after another.
Running for two consecutive nights in the heart of Royal Greenwich, where the Prime Meridian straddles the planet, this extraordinary show’s messages and staging will have particular power and resonance at GDIF.
Watch a taster video of the show featuring some exclusive insights into the production by Nigel Jamieson, Writer & Director of As The World Tipped and Wendy Hesketh-Ogilvie, Artistic Director of Wired Aerial Theatre.
“This outdoor show is a lot more than mere spectacle. It does that rare thing - it makes you gulp with astonishment, but also think.” - The Stage
Supported by: Royal Borough of Greenwich, Royal Greenwich Festivals
Commissioned by: Tipping Point, Without Walls, Brighton Festival, Norfolk & Norwich Festival, Liverpool City Council, GDIF, Mintfest, Stockton International Riverside Festival and XTRAX
Greenwich Fair / 21 - 23 June 2013
Fri 21 – Sun 23 June, various times, FREE
Old Royal Naval College & Cutty Sark Gardens, Greenwich, SE10
This packed weekend of outdoor theatre, circus, dance, installations and sideshows offers a European style festival experience and celebrates the 40th anniversary of Britain joining the European Union.
Companies from Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Spain and Sweden will join British artists in a feast of free outdoor arts. A programme of over 20 productions will include giant interactive puppet games from Itinerània, an evolving overhead web in Dutch site-specific theatre company Aardlek’s playful piece Growth, an imaginary menagerie in a caravan from Les Enfants Terribles and a fire-fuelled retelling of the Faust myth from Bad Taste Company. There will also be contemporary dance in giant steel cage from Motionhouse, Bollywood influenced juggling from Magmanus and compelling physical theatre in a rusted steel container from Res de Res & Artigues.
Don’t miss GDIF’s uproarious transformation of Royal Greenwich as you soak up the very best of British and international street arts.
Artists include: Compagnie d’Outre Rue, Nutkhut, Bad Taste Company, Compañía Itinerània, Max Calaf, Les Enfants Terribles, Motionhouse, Fatalia, Fet a Ma, Res de Res & Artigues, Molly Orange, Metta Theatre, Rag and Bone, Aardlek Theatre, Stefano di Renzo, Magmanus, Bicycle Ballet, Levantes, RashDash, Pins and Needles, Pin the Tale & Tangled Feet.
Supported by: The Royal Borough of Greenwich, The Royal Greenwich Festivals, Without Walls, Arts Council England, Old Royal Naval College, Embassy of the Netherlands, Flanders House
Island Fair / 21 - 23 June 2013
Fri 21 – Sun 23 June, various times, FREE
Island Gardens, Tower Hamlets, E14
One of London’s most beautiful riverside parks hosts a weekend of street arts, dance, theatre and circus featuring new outdoor shows with unusual and inventive staging.
Highlights include Fragile, an other-worldly fusion of dance, tightwire and trampoline artistry on a roof garden from Tilted Productions, an astronomical fantasy using an ingenious pivoted structure from Pif-Paf and The Limbless Knight – A Tale of Rights Reignited a bold new theatre production exploring human rights, integrating aerial and sway pole choreography from Graeae.
The Island Fair has been created to coincide with the Greenwich Fair, so why not cross the river through the Greenwich Foot Tunnel to enjoy the best of both worlds?
Companies include: Graeae, Tilted Productions, Pif-Paf, Dizzy O'Dare, Fevered Sleep, Compagnie D'Outre Rue & Nutkhut
Supported by: Tower Hamlets Council, Without Walls, Arts Council England, George Green School
Commissioned by: GDIF, Graeae, Awards for All, PASS – Circus Channel, ERDF
Word on the Street / 22 - 23 June 2013
Sat 22 – Sat 29 June, various times, FREE
Cutty Sark Gardens, Old Royal Naval College, Island Gardens, Greenwich Park & Woolwich Town Centre
For the second year running GDIF hosts original new work from exciting, cutting edge British theatre artists.
Fresh and invigorating new approaches to outdoor arts include a startling journey through water requiring wellingtons and umbrellas from Pin the Tail; Scoop a production featuring an anarchic ice cream van from Pins and Needles; a quintet of exhausted pram pushers from Tangled Feet and Frenzy a street reimagining of Euripides’ The Bacchae from RashDash.
Artists include: RashDash, Pin the Tale, Pins and Needles, Tangled Feet, Uninvited Guests, Fevered Sleep and Inspector Sands
Supported by: Royal Borough of Greenwich, Royal Greenwich Festivals, Tower Hamlets Council, Without Walls, Arts Council England
Commissioned by: GDIF, Lyric Hammersmith, Watford Palace Theatre & Latitude
Audible Forces / 21 - 23 June 2013
Presented by Oxford Contemporary Music & Oxford Brookes University Sonic Art Research Unit
Fri 21 & Sat 22 June, 12pm-8pm, Sun 23 June 12pm-6pm, FREE
Greenwich Park, SE10
Capturing the power of the wind at the crest of Greenwich Park Hill, leading sound artists create an intricate landscape of musical installations powered by the wind. Intriguing kinetic, sonic sculptures produce other-worldly sounds as nature’s unseen force breathes life into them.
This captivating collection is inspired by Max Eastley’s explorations into Aeolian (wind driven) instruments. Six of the finest sound artists around today (Mark Anderson, Jony Easterby, Kathy Hinde, Dan Fox, Nathaniel Robin Mann and Mike Blow) join Max in conjuring up an evocative and timeless world.
Supported by: Royal Borough of Greenwich, Royal Greenwich Festivals, Without Walls, Arts Council England
Commissioned by: Brighton Festival & Without Walls
Dancing City / 24 - 29 June 2013
24-28 June, 12pm & 1.30pm
29 June, 1 – 5pm, FREE
Canary Wharf, various sites, E14
Exhilarating, thought-provoking and fun, GDIF’s annual outdoor dance extravaganza is back – bigger, better and for longer.
From Monday to Friday why not indulge yourself in a daily lunchtime feast of bite-sized, alfresco dance delights from a cheeky choreographic interpretation of the perils of drinking and dancing, to close encounters with classical ballet?
Then dive in to our traditional Saturday programme which will take you on a journey across the parks, piazzas, open spaces and waterfronts of Canary Wharf. On the way you’ll encounter exquisite Sufi whirling dervish choreography, energising urban moves from France, contemporary dance from Candoco and a rare outdoor performance from English National Ballet.
For the first time ever Dancing City is also delighted to be hosting an inspirational back to back programme from The Big Dance featuring hundreds of talented young dancers and youth dance companies.
Artists include: Studio Eclipse, Cie Massala, English National Ballet, Candoco Dance Company, Joli Vyann, Motionhouse, Acrojou, i19, Ziya Azazi, Grounded
Browse the online version of our Dancing City leaflet here.
Supported by: Arts & Events Canary Wharf, Big Dance, Without Walls, Arts Council, Flanders House
Commissioned by: Without Walls
One Million / 28 - 29 June 2013
Presented by Tangled Feet
Fri 28 & Sat 29 June, 10pm, FREE
Royal Artillery Square, Woolwich, SE18
There are 1 million unemployed people under 25 in the UK, an untapped powerhouse of energy and imagination. This daring new show from Tangled Feet is the story of the ladder they have to climb to find that elusive job.
A fusion of aerial spectacle, a gig and a live music video, the action takes place around and above the audience. Musicians, performers and local young people interweave with the audience as ingenious moving structures are animated by aerialists, dancers, musicians and pyrotechnics to an original score by Nick Gill of Monroe Transfer and Guy Connelly of Clock Opera. One Million will provide the speactacular finale to GDIF2013.
“Tangled Feet are probably the most accessible and original physical theatre company working in the UK today… A must see.” The Stage
Arts Council England, The Coutts Charitable Trust, Mercers' Company, Foyle Foundation, GLL, CREATE.
PRS for Music Foundation.
Commissioned by: GDIF
A High Street Odyssey / 28 - 29 June 2013
The High Street is a familiar place, snaking through the town centre; a valley of bollards, benches and big brand names.
But what histories lie behind the concrete thoroughfare? Who was Mr Boot? And Mr Smith? Who is Claire? And when did she get so into accessories?
Award winning Inspector Sands take us on a witty and surprising tour of Woolwich High Street to reveal the secret lives that lie just beneath its surface.
Lemn Sissay: Writer in Residence / 21 - 23 June 2013
This year GDIF will have a writer in residence for the first time. Author, poet and broadcaster Lemn Sissay will take up residency at the Old Royal Naval College as part of this year’s Greenwich Fair (21 – 23 June).
Back in the 19th century Charles Dickens captured the energy of the Greenwich Fair in his Sketches by Boz. Lemn will be soaking up the atmosphere of the Fair’s 21st century reinvention, capturing all the atmosphere, wonder and surprise of London’s largest annual outpouring of free, outdoor arts.