Day 3 already! We are now midway through the festival. There’s classical music wafting through the air in the festival hub as our artists arrive for another full day.
Last night saw the start of this year’s competitive programme; each year audience members and our jury of international theatre experts get to cast their votes and nominate their favourite shows for one of our festival prizes. Our evening began with the trampoline extravaganza Collage by Bot Project, which wowed crowds in Centenary Square as the performers leapt to dizzying heights and tumbled through the sky. Staying up in the air we then saw Acrophobia by Liv & Tobi, featuring daring trapeze work and charming storytelling. Translating Lola from Margo van de Linde and co. presented a fascinating exchange between two very different women, and included singing, flamenco and much more besides.
After more delicious food cooked by Blanch and Shock and served during the interval we gathered once more in the packed-out studio for the dark and powerful Atávico, from Cía Poliana Lima, in which performers displayed impressive athleticism in their portrayal of dictatorships and how citizens cope with violent repression. The final show of the evening was O no! by the wonderful Jamie Wood. After making his way around the Studio in a kimono inviting audience members to play his pipes, Jamie proceeded to encourage us all to share a little love in a show that featured fluffy clouds and a giant inflatable sun, bag wearing and a transformation into a John Lennon/Yoko Ono hybrid.
Today we had the first of our Feedback Cafés, where audience members and artists can give feedback on last night’s performances.
Tonight we have 4 more 30 minute shows to look forward to, beginning with Tristissimo by C&C Company, a dance portrait of a couple seeking contact but find that they repel each-other’s every move. Tristissimo will be followed by Dévoration by Théâtre du Balèti, a hard-hitting visual piece that explores our relationship with violence. After the interval we’ll return to Riccardo Buscarini’s Athletes, featuring a trio of other-worldly dancers in a beautiful futuristic landscape, posing questions about the competition between man and machine. Our final show of the evening is Tortured Mind, by InPulse, a topsy-turvy tale that follows the attempts of a psychiatrist to treat his patients using creative games.
Following tonight’s shows we welcome back to the festival the wonderful Mellow Peaches, who will be performing live in the festival hub till late.
BE NEXT – A PERFORMER PROFILE
Our BE Next young performance company are still hard at work preparing for their show on Friday. Linda, one of the BE Next group, will be profiling some of her fellow performers over the rest of the week. Here’s the first:
Name: Sadikur Rahman
Languages: Bengali and English
Favourite performer : Chris Hemsworth (Thor, The Avengers, Home & Away)
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