Greenwich + Docklands International Festival (GDIF) organisers have revealed their line-up for the festival of free outdoor arts and theatre.
Peter Hudson’s Charon, a 32ft high artwork featuring Zoetrope technology at a new festival site in the Royal Docks.
House of Suarez, present House of Oak and Iron, a powerful response to colonial history through contemporary dance and voguing at the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich.
In a UK premiere, German artist Stephanie Lüning will unleash a tidal wave of multi-coloured foam at Greenwich Peninsula with Island of Foam: Version XVIII in a sublime and entrancing transformation of public space.
Innovative participatory theatre company Fevered Sleep premiere The Sky is Filled with Thunder, an immersive audio promenade experience in Thamesmead.
The Royal Ballet and dancer Joe Powell-Main present Sleepwalker which takes place across the public spaces and waterfronts of Canary Wharf.
Using stilts and choreography, Spanish company Cia Maduixa tell the story of female migrants fighting for a place to call home in Migrare, against the backdrop of the Thames at Canary Wharf.
Afro street moves collide with technology in Crowd_CTRL, a dance and digital collaboration between choreographer AndroidX, scenographers MHz and London’s Dragonsquad busking crew.
GDIF’s full programme of outdoor theatre, installations, dance and circus includes a total of 25 premieres (12 UK premieres and 13 new to London) and a spectacular opening headline event which will be revealed in June.
This year’s festival theme of Common Ground sets out to remind us of the importance of shared values, rituals and togetherness.
Artistic director Bradley Hemmings said: “As we emerge from the pandemic, with growing economic challenges at home and terrifying events on our doorstep in Europe, I want this year’s festival to offer audiences a moment of sanctuary from the anxious times that we’ve been living through. It’s heartening that many of the incredible artists we’re working with this year are using the outdoors to offer us a glimpse of collective possibility and purpose.”
Greenwich + Docklands International Festival (GDIF) Various sites from August 26 to September 11. Website: https://festival.org/gdif/