– all free of charge- 13-15 June
Free outdoor arts festival Fuse Medway Festival is this year presenting a strong and innovative programme of circus, aerial shows and dance alongside its usual mix of street theatre, visual arts and music. Acts include urban dance, physical theatre and aerial spectacular as well as comedy, slapstick and cabaret. The festival’s programme includes, among others, masters of aerial theatre Wired, breaking phenomenon Southpaw Dance Company and local act Black Eagles, who learnt their acrobatic skills aged 6 on the streets of Dar-Es-Salaam.
Creatabot’s very own art vending machine CreataboX will also be there all 3 days!
Circus skills, parkour and dance combine in a new piece for 2014 by C-12 Dance Theatre. Following the runaway success of Trolleys in 2012 and 2013, C-12 has created a captivating new high-octane piece – Market Stall – which uses movement in, around and on top of a fully-functioning stall to inspire and delight its audiences!
In a re-imagining of Goethe’s Faust Southpaw Dance Company continues to redefine the vocabulary of Breaking. In the setting of the Speakeasy Faust is manipulated to both comic and tragic effect, into a deal with the devil where his very soul hangs in the balance. Faust features a unique fusion of world-class breaking and Lindy Hop, Charleston and swinging big band music of the roaring 20s.
Makers of dance theatre Dante or Die and Peut-etre Theatre Company have joined forces to create a brand new outdoor ‘dance-theatre mini-gig’ – CLUNK – specially for the under-5s and inspired by the absurd children’s poetry of Russian Daniil Kharms. The crazy stories are interpreted through Balkan music, song, imagery and movement.
Acrojou Circus Theatre blend street theatre, promenade and circus and in Frantic they draw heavily on the circus traditions of wheel and aerial acrobatics. The show examines our dogged devotion to work and is one man’s journey to change his relationship with the rest of the world.
Fuse’s Saturday night spectacular is provided this year by As the World Tipped – combining dramatic film and visuals with breath-taking aerial performance high in the night sky. The piece is directed by Nigel Jamieson, one of the World’s leading creators of outdoor spectacle (Sydney Olympics, Liverpool Capital of Culture) and created by the pioneering team from Wired Aerial Theatre, known for their gasp-worthy cutting-edge aerial work. Billed as a real life ‘action movie in the sky’ As the World Tipped tells a powerful tale of a world on the edge of ecological crisis
In addition Fuse’s artistic director, Megan Donnolley, has programmed a new and beautiful romantic aerial show from Circle of Two, acrobatics and energetic dance from Black Eagles, the multi-talented performers, actors, jugglers, unicyclists and comedians Garaghty and Thom, eccentric clown and slack-rope dancer from Chicago George Orange, the wonderful madness of Cocoloco’s cabaret and street theatre with a twist and the equally zany young Flemish Collectif Malunés with their cocktail of teeterboard, flying trapeze and Cyr wheel.
Megan says of the injection of circus and dance performance to this year’s Festival; ‘Fuse has a reputation for presenting high energy outdoor dance and circus and 2014 will be no exception. This June, Fuse will expand and present a more cutting edge and interactive dimension and public of all ages will be invited to create work with artists.’
FUSE 2014 will take place from 13 to 15 June. It is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council’s Grants for the Arts Scheme and Medway Council. For more information about Fuse Medway Festival visit the website at www.fusefestival.org.uk, or join them on Facebook or Twitter. For more information about Medway visit http://www.visitmedway.org or for Kent visit www.visitkent.co.uk