On Sunday 24 June the Festival is delighted to programme one of the
first free access public events to be held under The O2’s iconic roof.
Four vast open public spaces, situated in the Entertainment Avenue, will
host some of the best, most daring and visually ravishing street theatre
companies in the world. This exhilarating event will include thrilling
new work, and return visits from several of Greenwich+Docklands
International Festival’s most talked about companies from previous
years, including Plasticiens Volants, Sarruga, Aeroplume, Factoria
Mascara and many more.
On 23 June, Oposito, France’s leading outdoor theatre company, will
present one of the largest processional performances ever staged in
London, across Mile End, Victoria Park and Roman Road. With a cast
of 40 performers, Mirage evokes the landscapes, sounds and visions
of Africa – inspired by Oposito’s travels in Ethiopia and South Africa.
Breathtaking mirages will be revealed across the streets and parks of
Bow, including an extraordinary caravan of camels created by a team of
London based artists in collaboration with Oposito and local people and
Two radically different events, each with their own resonance, will
take place against the magnificent backdrop of Wren’s Royal Naval
College in Greenwich. At sunset on Friday 22 June, a breathtakingly
dreamlike vision will be created by eight fearless aerialists and bungee
performers from award winning Spanish/Argentine Grupo Puja. And
to close the festival, as the sun sets on Sunday evening, Mass Carib, a
moving and emotionally charged ritualised choral performance by Nitro,
one of Britain’s leading Black theatre companies, will mark the 200th
anniversary of the abolition of the transatlantic slave trade.
Dancing City, on Saturday 23 June, is an exuberant celebration of
outdoor dance filling the squares, piazzas and stairways of Canary
Wharf. This year’s programme has the theme of “inside out” –
encouraging new choreographers and dance companies into the
outdoors for the first time. Performance by UK artists Hofesh Shechter,
Maxine Doyle and Felix Barrett, Gandini, Upswing, Nina Rajarani
and Motionhouse will be complemented by international al-fresco
dance from feted Catalan company Sol Pico with their extraordinary
mechanical structures, and Les Ballets Grooms, with a street theatre
interpretation of the great nineteenth century Russian ballets as the
spirit of Les Ballet Russes lives on!
And to open the festival on Thursday 21 June, Woolwich’s Beresford
Square will be transformed with five UK premieres from a range of
international street theatre companies, including Australia’s sway pole
virtuosi Strange Fruit. Stilt apparitions will glide through the streets
and an eccentric 18 strong brass ensemble will play music from Handel
to Hendrix in surprising locations. The Square will be wrapped in a
blitz of ribbons and confetti, whilst ritual performance will be created
with huge swathes of paper, all punctuated with dazzling pyrotechnic
fanfares from the UK’s celebrated The World Famous.