GDIF 2021 | London’s free, annual outdoor performing arts festival 27 August-11 September 2021

Programme

Steli

Stalker Teatro (Italy)

Fusing contemporary art and performance, Steliis an interactive and vibrant installation that invites its participants to build a huge structure made out of colourful wooden sticks. Everyone is then invited to explore what they have created together by walking under, around and through the sculpture, accompanied by a live soundtrack created by Teatro Stalker’s DJ.

Steli has toured to Barking & Dagenham, Hounslow, Leicester and Slough.

Rise!

Compagnie L'Homme Debout (France)

This spectacular promenade performance features three giant wicker puppets and a cast of local people who together tell a story celebrating history, place and the passing on of knowledge across the generations.

Rise! has toured to Doncaster, Hull, Luton and Woolwich.

The Colour of Light

Compagnie Off (France)

The Colour of Light sees enormous colour-wheels rolling through the streets gathering and welcoming everyone on the way. The Colour of Light is a promenade performance that celebrates inclusion and open-heartedness and is set in an epic soundtrack by composer Shri Sriram.

The Colour of Light has toured to Doncaster, Woolwich and Luton.

 

The Clash of Drums

Les Commandos Percu (France) & Deabru Beltzak (Basque Country, Spain)

The Clash of Drums (Le Choc des Tambours / Danbor Talka) is a spectacular fusion of percussion and awesome fireworks. Seemingly out of nowhere, drummers march towards each other in a parade winding its way through the audience. The two teams of drummers, twelve in total, play off against each other in a series of percussive ‘battles’ before joining together in a theatrically staged fusion of sound and pyrotechnics.

The Clash of Drums has toured to Doncaster, Hull, Leicester, Liverpool, Luton, Birmingham and Woolwich.

The Invasion

LJUD (Slovenia)

Featuring an interplanetary expedition of immigrants from outer space, the different alien species of The Invasion have one thing in common – they’re bright pink! This interactive performance is all about difference, inclusion and exclusion, as these newcomers attempt to understand and find their place in our world.

The Invasion has toured to Birmingham, Hounslow and Leicester.

Lost Castles

Olivier Grossetête (France)

French artist Olivier Grossetête works with local communities to build beautiful large-scale monuments and buildings using nothing but human power and many cardboard boxes. Designed to be temporary, the structures are then destroyed by those who make them, in a similarly collective celebration.

In Liverpool Olivier worked with six city communities to recreate real castles from across the city region in the exact places they once stood, giving these communities the chance to think about the massive changes that Liverpool has seen throughout its history.

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Arka

Teatr Ósmego Dnia (Poland)

This Polish theatre spectacular recalls all the refugees and displaced people who travel across continents and warm their souls with memories of home. With a stunning staging including flame-lit structures that move through the audience, as well as a giant winged ship, this production packs an emotional punch in delivering a universal story.

Arka has toured to Hounslow and Doncaster.

Cardboardia

Cardboardia (Russia)

Cardboardia is an independent community of artist performers, event managers and experts from Russia as well as other countries. Together, they invite everybody to explore a realm of creativity, invention and play where cardboard is king. Led by Russian artist, Tyran of Cardboardia, participatory workshops prepare the ground for a final, participatory performance, including everything from a cardboard orchestra to a cardboard parade.

Cardboardia has toured to Barking & Dagenham and Slough.

Chinese Arch

Olivier Grossetête (France)

French artist Olivier Grossetête works with local communities to build beautiful large-scale monuments and buildings using nothing but human power and many cardboard boxes. Designed to be temporary, the structures are then destroyed by those who make them, in a similarly collective celebration.

In Birmingham Olivier worked with local communities to build a Chinese Arch for the city’s Chinatown.

2 B Seen

Osadia (Catalonia, Spain)

Bringing the salon out onto the high street, Osadia create original and provocative exhibitions of sophisticated make-up and hair art set to fantastic music mixes.

Osadia has toured to Barking & Dagenham, Leicester and Luton.

The Audience Orchestra

Lieux Publics (France)

The Audience Orchestra or Symphony on the Streets (Concert de Publics) created by composer Pierre Sauvageot, lets spectators discover the meaning of the word “concert” by acting together for a common goal. The audience participates in a musical game, becoming part of the orchestra and interacting with the conductor to share the pleasure of becoming immersed in live music.

The Audience Orchestra has toured to Barking and Dagenham, Birmingham, and Hounslow.

Peregrinus

Teatr KTO (Poland)

Peregrinus is an emotionally compelling performance inspired by TS Eliot’s The Hollow Men. It tells a familiar 21st century story, with a cast of nine performers wearing striking masks as they embark on a comic and moving promenade journey through an ordinary working day.

Peregrinus has toured to Hounslow and Greenwich.

Joyous Urban Mess

Les Vernisseurs (France)

Joyous Urban Mess brings surprise and delight to high streets, as these spaces are reinvented as playgrounds for 5 ‘workers’ who end up showering themselves and audience in confetti, ribbons and streamers.

Joyous Urban Mess has toured to Barking and Dagenham, Birmingham, Leicester, Hull and Slough and will tour to Leicester, Birmingham and Coventry in August.

Monster Colours

Tombs Creatius (Catalonia, Spain)

Monster Colours (Colors de Monstre) is an array of interactive games to test audiences’ puzzle-solving, cup-stacking and co-ordination abilities, these beautifully designed and handmade wooden games can be played by all ages and skill levels. Audiences can challenge themselves and each other in fascinating games of strategy, accuracy of aim, and problem solving.

Monster Colours has toured to Birmingham, Barking & Dagenham, Hull and Leicester.

The Colour of Time

Compagnie Artonik (France)

The Colour of Time is a beautifully conceived promenade dance performance with choreography which evolved from the observation of everyday urban experience through ritual movement to a climactic joyous celebration inspired by the Indian festival of Holi.

The Colour of Time has toured to Doncaster, Hounslow, Luton, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and Barking and Dagenham.

Tangle

Polyglot (Australia)

Tangle is an unfolding interactive installation, in which children and their families are provided with balls of brightly coloured elastic, which they use to create an expanding and anarchic architectural structure, accompanied by music.

Tangle has toured to Woolwich, Hull, Birmingham and Leicester.

Cristal Palace | Transe Express | Greenwich+Docklands International Festival

Cristal Palace

Compagnie Transe Express (France)

Fusing dance, music, acrobatics and spectacle to create a high-flying, immersive production, this new show from Transe Express transforms public space into a glittering outdoor ballroom, the company’s dancers and acrobats joined by a cast of local people to celebrate dance in all its forms beneath a giant overhead chandelier,

Cristal Palace has toured to Woolwich.

L'Atelier and Friends of Crusoe

Toc de Fusta (Catalonia, Spain)

Suitable for children and adults alike, this Catalan company invites participants to explore and play with a set of intriguing, mechanical puzzles, each beautifully handcrafted from wood. The presentation includes L’Atelier, a new installation based on the ‘workshop’ in which the company’s games are conceived and made.

L’Atelier and Friends of Crusoe have toured to Barking & Dagenham.

i-Puppets | Close-Act Part of Greenwich Fair

i-Puppets

Close-Act Theatre (The Netherlands)

A trio of unusual optical creatures look down from above, curious to find out more about the city in which they find themselves. This intriguing interactive walkabout show encourages audiences to reflect on how we see the world from different perspectives.

i-Puppets has toured to Birmingham.

Dance Me

Theater Ultima Thule (Belgium)

The public is the key to the animation of this giant puppet – in fact, he only exists thanks to the public taking the reins. Standing tall above mere humans, the audience becomes the puppeteer, manipulating him into moving and dancing to a joyful soundtrack.

Dance Me has toured to Barking & Dagenham and Luton.

The Senses

A3 Teatr (Poland)

Surreal and absurd, A3 Teatr’s The Senses interact with whatever and whomever they meet, their family-friendly performance including song, dance and cabaret.

The Senses has toured to Leicester.

Bivouac

Générik Vapeur (France)

Joined by a cast of local people, this processional show features a cast of blue men and women bursting onto the streets in a wave of smoke, sound and mayhem, transporting the city into a punk-infused daydream.

Bivouac has toured to Hull.

Old Homestead

Teatr Wagabunda (Poland)

An old Polish homestead lands on the high street, inviting passers-by to participate in games inspired by past times, from shooting with a catapult and fighting with bags to playing music with saws and exercising in a wooden gym.

Old Homestead has toured to Hounslow.

Big Dancers

El Carromato (Spain)

Six giant illuminated marionette puppets take over the streets, interacting with the entire audience at night. With synchronised lighting and a high-energy soundtrack, this is a bold, fun show for an Instagram generation.

Big Dancers has toured to Hounslow and Barking & Dagenham.

Global Rainbow, Yvette Mattern. Global Streets 2021. A laser rainbow shines out over an illuminated nighttime cityscape.

Global Rainbow

Yvette Mattern (USA)

Described by US-based artist Yvette Mattern as ‘a visual translation of hope and peace’, Global Rainbow has been presented around the world since 2009, its seven rainbow laser beams having taken on a new significance since 2020 with symbolic links to the NHS and the UK’s outpouring of gratitude to and support of key workers.

Global Rainbow has toured to Birmingham and Barking & Dagenham and will tour to Leicester and Doncaster in November.

Freedom Festival, The Vigil Joanne Leighton, WLDN, Global Streets 2021. A man peers out over the city of Hull from The Vigil, a structure with a large window that sits atop a tall city building.

The Hull Vigil

Joanne Leighton, WLDN (Australia/Belgium)

Hull’s year-long Vigil, a thought-provoking, large-scale monumental work by Australian-Belgian choreographer Joanne Leighton from Paris-based WLDN, continues in the city. Every day for a year, at sunrise and sunset, a vigil is keeping watch over Hull from a bespoke structure located on top of the Hull College building. Over the course of the year, 730 people are contributing to the collective vigil, a 365-day silent and peaceful performance, to watch over and to tell the story of a city coming back to life.

The Hull Vigil can be seen in Hull until 3 May 2022.

Light Art Collective, Light a Wish, OGE Group. Global Streets 2020-2021, Liverpool, Festival.org. Two illuminated dandelion heads suspended over a river at night.

Light A Wish

OGE Group (Israel)

Inspired by the moment in which we make a wish and watch the seeds disperse, the artists behind Light A Wish have created a visual representation of collective dreams, desires, and good intentions.  Presented by Light Art Collection.

Light A Wish has toured to Liverpool.

Neighborhood, Sergey Kim, Light Art Collective. Global Streets 2020, Liverpool. An illuminated laundry line hangs in front of a building, lighting up the river below.

Neighborhood

Sergey Kim (USA)

Neighborhood shows glowing white garments such as Turkish pants, a traditional Jewish dress, and a Moroccan djellaba: together these pieces represent the cultural and ethnic mix of residents in the city. Artist Sergey Kim hopes to send a positive message into the world by using something as  universal as drying laundry to represent people coexisting harmoniously.

Neighborhood has toured to Liverpool.

DanAcher_WeAreWatching_Greenwich_GDIF_2021. A flag with a giant eye prinetd on flying against a blue sky.

We Are Watching

Dan Acher (Switzerland)

Offering a timely commentary on the climate crisis, We Are Watching is a striking image of a giant eye flown on a monumental flag, created from digital portraits contributed by people living in 190 countries across the globe. This 10-storey high flag is designed to send a clear message to world leaders with the power to affect decisions about climate change: that the eyes of the world are upon them.

We Are Watching will tour to Greenwich, Hounslow, Birmingham, Doncaster and Liverpool between August and October.

Borealis, Dan Acher, GDIF 2021, Greenwich. COlourful lights fill the sky.

Borealis

Dan Acher (Switzerland)

Borealis is a spectacular installation that recreates in light and sound the experience of the Northern Lights, a mesmerising ‘must see’ moment of awe and wonder.

Borealis will tour to Greenwich and Woolwich in August and September.

Globoscope Collectif Coin, Global Streets 2021. Small balls of light lie in a pattern on the ground outside.

Globoscope

Collectif Coin (France)

Globoscope is an immersive installation made up of 200 luminous spheres that transform each venue into a multi-sensory, changing terrain, inviting audiences to take a surrealist stroll through its illuminated fields. 

Globoscope will tour to Gloucester, Hounslow and Woolwich in November and December.

Luminale, Lichtfaktor, Global Streets 2021. Graffiti light artwork

Luma Paint

Studio Lichtfaktor (Germany)

Luma Paint by Germany-based Studio Lichtfaktor invites participants to create their own transient light paintings. Audiences are encouraged to take part, experiencing how they can create graffiti out of lighting, experimenting with lines, shapes and colour.

Luma Paint will tour to Luton in September.

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