Cristal Palace - RAD London
Duration: c. 75 minutes
Type: Circus, Dance, Music, Spectacle, Theatre
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As a dynamic new business district takes shape at RAD London, our closing ceremony captures the outward looking spirit of East London. The Royal Docks are once again on the move and Transe Express celebrates this renewal by transforming RAD London into a glittering outdoor ballroom by means of an awe inspiring, high flying chandelier. Join hands with international and local dancers in an evening of celebration followed by spectacular fireworks, bringing this year’s Festival to a euphoric conclusion.
There is step-free access in and around the performance site. We highly encourage audience members to use public transportation to Royal Albert Dock, as Beckton Park DLR station is fully accessible and conveniently located near to the performance site (app. 5 minutes). Look out for our GDIF volunteers, who will be directing audience members from station to site.
Our photo route details the most accessible route between the nearest public transportation and performance locations. Download our photo route.
Accessible toilets will be on site.
What to expect
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- Make some noise
- Sensory spectacle
- Family friendly
- Speech free
Where to find it
Cristal Palace will be performed at RAD London, Royal Albert Dock, E16 2YP.
How to get here
The closest DLR station is Beckton Park
- Canning Town 6 minutes
- Stratford 13 minutes
- Bank 24 minutes
The Royal Docks has been a global centre for innovation and industry since the 1800s: established as the largest enclosed port in the world, it facilitated the movement of hundreds of thousands of cargoes and passenger ships, spawning settlements such as Canning Town and North Woolwich, and despite heavy bombing during the Blitz, remained open during the Second World War and kept Britain supplied with food. As its industry was transformed by the containerisation of cargo, the area fell into decline, resulting in high levels of unemployment and social deprivation. The Royal Docks is now experiencing significant change. It is London’s only Enterprise Zone and one of its largest regeneration projects, managed by the Royal Docks Team, a joint initiative by the Mayor of London and the Mayor of Newham.
Royal Albert Dock is a new international district that will enable people to accelerate the journey of their business. At RAD, we have designed workspaces that range from 1,300 – 120,000 sq ft on highly flexible terms. RAD has been masterplanned by world-famous Farrells Architects to create a waterfront community with a vibrant high street, shops and other amenities. RAD is situated between three DLR stations, London City Airport and the new Crossrail station at Custom House. RAD is a central part of London’s newest and most exciting destination, the Royal Docks. Phase One 600,000 sq ft delivered Q1 2019.
About the show
Founded in 1982 by Brigitte Burdin and Gilles Rhode, Transe Express produces enchanting urban and street performing art. They have built a repertory of 26 plays and the Transe Express crew has introduced their creations to over 62 countries with spectacular shows and gigantic and sophisticated installations.
Cristal Palace idea and staging by Rémi Allaigre, Matthieu Neumann. Choreography by Yasminée Lepe Gonzalez and Amélie Kourim
Cristal Palace was co-produced by the Kimmel Center of Performing Arts, Philadelphia.
Image credits: Juan Robert / Cynthia Lexpert