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Your complete guide to London’s FREE outdoor arts festival festival.org  @GDIFestival

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‘AN EVENT WHOSE ANNUAL CONTRIBUTION TO THE HAPPINESS OF THE PEOPLE OF LONDON IS UNRIVALLED’ The Guardian

FREE ENTRY

HOW CAN I SUPPORT GDIF?

Most events at GDIF are free and do not require tickets.

Thank you for asking! GDIF is a registered charity and, in addition to annual funding grants (which represent 28% of our income), we rely on the generosity of our audience and supporters. Our volunteers collect cash donations at almost every event, so, if you can, please make a contribution to the collection buckets after a show, and help us continue to deliver high quality, free, outdoor arts events year after year.

Tickets for A View from the Bridge, Museum of the Moon, Rear View and BELONGING(s) can be bought online at gdif.eventbrite.co.uk. There will be a limited number of free standby tickets available on the day at all ticketed events. Free Personal Assistant tickets can be booked by emailing tickets@festival.org.

JOIN US ONLINE Join us online for programme updates, videos, photos, blog posts and more festival.org.  @GDIFestival  GDIFestival hello@festival.org #GDIFestival

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You can also make a one-off donation of £1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10 by text. Text GDIF17 and the amount to 70070 e.g. GDIF17 £10. To give a higher value donation visit justgiving.com/gdif. If you would like information about the benefits of joining our patrons scheme please email support@festival.org.

Part of the Royal Greenwich Festivals


Welcome to the 2017 Greenwich+ Docklands International Festival, which brings together a fantastic programme of outdoor theatre and performing arts over three summer weekends. Greenwich, the centre of time and space, has a distinguished scientific and cultural tradition of reflecting on our place in the scheme of things, and I’ve been particularly mindful of this in putting together this year’s programme, which sets out to offer ‘something different’.

Belgian collective De Roovers bring their radical adaptation of Arthur Miller’s tragic masterpiece A View from the Bridge to a dramatic Thameside location, offering a stunning cinematic setting for these UK première performances. For a completely different view of the world, VR Playground will transport you inside a virtual reality ride on a playground swing. Greenwich Fair and Dancing City are packed with surprising and intriguing shows, including a special focus on South Korea.

There’s also an unusual bus journey in reverse through Eltham, an exuberant illuminated parade in Bow, thought-provoking dance in Thamesmead and a programme of pop-up performances in Woolwich, now emerging as a major new cultural destination. Thanks to all our funders and partners for their support. Have a wonderful time at GDIF 2017. Bradley Hemmings MBE Artistic Director

ACCESS Outdoor shows welcome all audiences and we work with partners to provide free captioned and audio described performances to make GDIF as accessible as possible. All events are wheelchair accessible and have viewing areas. Processional shows have an assisted route with vantage points. For large print, photo routes, or any queries email access@festival.org. festival.org @GDIFestival

KEY BSL interpreters Captioned performance Audio described performance Assisted route Wheelchair accessible For more info visit festival.org/access.

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WHAT’S IN STORE FIERS À CHEVAL 23 JUNE

DANCING CITY 1 JULY

Cutty Sark Gardens See page 03

Canary Wharf See page 16

MUSEUM OF THE MOON 23–25 JUNE

SENSE OF UNITY 1 JULY

GREENWICH FAIR 23–25 JUNE Greenwich Town Centre, Cutty Sark Gardens, Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich Park See page 06

A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE 22–25 JUNE Meridian Quays, Greenwich Peninsula See page 12

Roman Road, Bow See page 22

BELONGING(s) 6–8 JULY Thamesmead See page 24

ALL ROADS LEAD TO WOOLWICH 6–8 JULY Woolwich See page 26

THE COLOUR OF LIGHT 8 JULY Woolwich See page 30

REAR VIEW 29 JUNE–2 JULY

Robert Burns

Eltham See page 14

‘ WEEL DONE, CUTTY-SARK! AND IN AN INSTANT ALL WAS DARK’

Old Royal Observatory Garden, Greenwich Park See page 04

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FierS à Cheval COMPAGNIE DES QUIDAMS FRIDAY 23 JUNE 10PM CUTTY SARK GARDENS SE10 9LW ALL AGES FREE Runs c. 45 minutes

Prepare to be amazed as, under the gaze of the Cutty Sark’s famous figurehead, a team of illuminated white horses appear, accompanied by a symphonic soundtrack. GDIF is delighted to welcome acclaimed French street theatre Compagnie des Quidams for what promises to be the most spectacular equestrian display in Greenwich since 2012.

GETTING HERE The nearest public transport stations are Cutty Sark DLR, Greenwich and Maze Hill rail stations and Greenwich Pier. Bus routes 129, 177, 180, 188, 199 and 386 all stop close by. Parking in Greenwich is limited so we recommend you travel by public transport if possible. There’s pay-and-display and Blue Badge parking at Cutty Sark Gardens Car Park and at car parks on Park Row and Burney Street.

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MUSEUM OF THE MOON LUKE JERRAM

The London première of Luke Jerram’s stunning artwork touches down in Greenwich Park. Come and gaze at this incredible internally lit moon sculpture, featuring detailed NASA imagery of the lunar surface. A surround sound composition, created by BAFTA and Ivor Novello award winning composer Dan Jones (who wrote the music for last year’s GDIF opening night production The House), features archive audio from moon landings.

FRIDAY 23–SUNDAY 25 JUNE FRIDAY 23 JUNE 6PM–9PM, 10PM, 11PM SATURDAY 24 JUNE 2PM–9PM, 10PM*, 11PM* SUNDAY 25 JUNE 12PM–7PM THE OLD ROYAL OBSERVATORY GARDEN, GREENWICH PARK SE10 8XJ Tickets £10 Friday 10pm, 11pm Saturday 10pm, 11pm Buy online gdif.eventbrite.co.uk Daytime visits are FREE Capacity is limited so you may need to queue.

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Museum of the Moon has been co-commissioned by a number of creative organisations brought together by Luke Jerram and Norfolk & Norwich Festival. These include: At-Bristol, Bristol International Balloon Fiesta, Lakes Alive, Provincial Domain Dommelhof, Greenwich+Docklands International Festival, Brighton Festival, Without Walls and Les Tombees de la Nuit, Rennes. The artwork has also been created in partnership with the UK Space Agency, University of Bristol and The Association for Science and Discovery Centres.

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Part of the London Festival of Architecture.

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*Dance duo Humanhood perform their new piece Orbis by the light of the moon on Saturday 24 June (10pm & 11pm shows only).

Supported by Greenwich Park.

Luke Jerram is known worldwide for his large-scale public artworks. Since 2008 his celebrated street pianos installation Play Me, I’m Yours has been presented in over 50 cities and been enjoyed by more than 10 million people worldwide. In 2014 his giant water slide installation Park and Slide transformed a street in Bristol capturing a whole city’s imagination.

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Bring a blanket, grab your friends and enjoy a spot of moonbathing. Museum of the Moon runs late into the night, giving you a rare chance to experience Greenwich Park after dark.

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‘ I KNOW FAMILIES WHO MARK OFF THE GDIF AND GREENWICH FAIR DATES ON THEIR CALENDAR IN THE SAME WAY THEY DO FAMILY BIRTHDAYS THEY WOULDN’T WANT TO MISS’ Lyn Gardner, The Guardian

An incredible mix of theatre, dance, street arts and circus from the UK, Europe and further afield in the beautiful outdoor spaces of Maritime Greenwich. New for 2017 – head to the top of Greenwich Park hill for a range of performances celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Maritime Greenwich World Heritage Site. On Sunday join us in the traffic-free town centre of Greenwich for Out In The Streets, GDIF’s own Pride programme marking the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in England and Wales.

FRIDAY 23–SUNDAY 25 JUNE GREENWICH TOWN CENTRE SE10 9HY CUTTY SARK GARDENS SE10 9LW OLD ROYAL NAVAL COLLEGE SE10 9NN GREENWICH PARK SE10 8XJ ALL AGES

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GREENWICH FAIR FRIDAY 23–SUNDAY 25 JUNE

Greenwich Fair is GDIF’s annual ‘festival within a festival’, offering three, jam-packed days of familyfriendly art, circus, games, installations and street arts. 160 years after being banned for its disruption of Victorian Greenwich, GDIF’s contemporary reinvention of this nineteenth century knees-up returns with more than 30 productions. This year’s programme has a special focus on artists from South Korea, alongside the best of UK and international outdoor arts. Pick up the Greenwich Fair Guide with details and schedules of all shows when you arrive on the day, or visit festival.org.

FRIDAY 23 JUNE 6PM–9PM SATURDAY 24 JUNE 1PM–9PM SUNDAY 25 JUNE 12PM–7PM GREENWICH TOWN CENTRE CUTTY SARK GARDENS OLD ROYAL NAVAL COLLEGE GREENWICH PARK ALL AGES 

FREE BSL on Sunday 25 only — visit festival.org/access for details. Some shows have limited accessibility — details online and in the Greenwich Fair Guide.

Part of the London Festival of Architecture.

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The nearest public transport stations are Cutty Sark DLR, Greenwich and Maze Hill rail stations and Greenwich Pier. Bus routes 129, 177, 180, 188, 199 and 386 all stop close by. Parking in Greenwich is limited, particularly at weekends, so we recommend you travel by public transport if possible. There are off-street pay-and-display car parks in Greenwich Park and on Park Row and Burney Street.

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WORLD HERITAGE SITE 20TH ANNIVERSARY This year Maritime Greenwich is celebrating the 20th anniversary of its inscription on the UNESCO World Heritage List. This is a unique group of the most important cultural and natural places on earth – special places to be cared for and preserved and which people are encouraged to visit, explore and enjoy now and for generations to come. In celebration of the 20th anniversary, GDIF is heading up the hill in Greenwich Park for an incredible programme of outdoor arts, giving you the chance to experience the home of time and space in a whole new dimension. Full details can be found online or in the Greenwich Fair Guide (available on the day) but in the meantime, here’s a preview of some of what’s in store...

THE INSIDIAN

CAPTAIN BOOMER COLLECTIVE

The rediscovered Insidian line, established in the mid-18th century, will be temporarily open to visitors during Greenwich Fair. This rickety old lift shaft takes you hundreds of feet down towards the centre of the earth and is an experience suited only to the most adventurous and bold amongst us. Not suitable for explorers under 7 years old, nor those prone to claustrophobia or vertigo.

VR PLAYGROUND THRILL LABORATORY

Don a VR headset, jump on a playground swing, and be transported inside an experimental virtual reality ride created by the world’s only Thrill Engineer, Professor Brendan Walker. VR Playground Commissioned by Without Walls, Greenwich+Docklands International Festival and Norfolk & Norwich Festival. Principal funder and production partner: Horizon Digital Economy Research. Supported through Arts Council England’s Grants for the Arts.

Supported by Maritime Greenwich World Heritage Site.

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GREENWICH FAIR

FRIDAY 23–SUNDAY 25 JUNE GREENWICH TOWN CENTRE CUTTY SARK GARDENS OLD ROYAL NAVAL COLLEGE GREENWICH PARK ALL AGES 

FREE

KOREA/UK 2017–18 Three outdoor arts companies from Korea showcase a trio of outstanding performances as part of the Korea/UK 2017-18 initiative. The Border of the Water; The Song of the Wind by Creative Group SUM BI is an entrancing duet performed within a column of water set against a backdrop of Maritime Greenwich, the Thames and Canary Wharf beyond. Metamorphosis by People in Backpack is a puppetry performance inspired by Kafka’s great work. You are the co-creator in CCOT’s Massager where you can be trained to give paper massages to others, creating ‘Paper Humans’ whose susceptibility to wind, water and fire reminds us of the fragility of life. Supported by the Ministry of Culture, Sport and Tourism, Republic of Korea, Korea Arts Management Service, Centre Stage Korea, the Korean Cultural Centre UK and Arts Council England. See page 18 for Modern Table — a Korean dance company appearing at Dancing City.

Above: The Border of the Water; The Song of the Wind Below: Massager

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Take part Massager is one of several GDIF events where you can get involved with the performance. To find out more and to register to take part visit festival.org/about/involved. festival.org @GDIFestival


OUT IN THE STREETS SUNDAY 25 JUNE 12PM–7PM

We’re taking to the traffic-free roads of Greenwich Town Centre for the absolutely fabulous Out In The Streets – GDIF’s very own Pride programme marking the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in England and Wales. Share your memories of London’s lost pubs with Ida Barr, submit to the planet’s most outlandish hair stylists in the happiness-inducing OSADIA, and create your ideal partner in sock-puppet form with Puppet Paramour. The London Gay Big Band raise the tempo later on, getting you dancing in the streets and, if that doesn’t lift your spirits, we guarantee the Strong Lady will. Literally. Traffic-free Sunday supported by Royal Borough of Greenwich and Arts Council England.

Clockwise from top: Flagrant Délire, OSADIA, Strong Lady and Ida Barr.

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Arthur Miller’s

A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE DE ROOVERS UK PREMIÈRE THURSDAY 22 JUNE PREVIEW FRIDAY 23–SUNDAY 25 JUNE 9PM MERIDIAN QUAYS, GREENWICH PENINSULA SE10 AGE 12+

Runs c. 90 minutes Tickets £15 Concessions £12 Buy online gdif.eventbrite.co.uk Limited number of FREE standby tickets on the door. Queue from 8pm.

Arthur Miller’s tragic masterpiece comes to a dramatic Thameside location in the UK première of acclaimed Flemish company De Roovers’ adaptation, in a new English translation. A story of dock workers and illegal migrants in search of the American dream is given new resonance against the backdrop of the 21st century London riverscape. De Roovers, founded in 1994, is a theatre ensemble that works without a director. Starting with challenging textual material — either classical or contemporary — the actors make and perform theatre that, through compelling text, innovative approaches to design and an urgent performance style, examines issues that are socially relevant. Supported by Greenwich Peninsula. Commissioned by Greenwich+Docklands International Festival.

Saturday & Sunday performances captioned and audio described.

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The show takes place next to Greenwich Peninsula Golf Driving Range and is c. 10 minutes’ walk from North Greenwich underground station. The route will be clearly signposted as will a drop off point on Tunnel Avenue. There’s paid public and Blue Badge parking in Car Parks 2 and 3 both accessed off Edmund Halley Way.

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‘WE SETTLE FOR HALF AND I LIKE IT BETTER’

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‘ IF AT 65 YOU COULD SAY SOMETHING TO YOURSELF AT 23, WHAT WOULD IT BE?’

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REAR VIEW IOU THEATRE THURSDAY 29 & FRIDAY 30 JUNE 5PM, 6.30PM, 8PM SATURDAY 1 & SUNDAY 2 JULY 12PM, 1.30PM, 3PM, 4.30PM BEGINS AT THE ELTHAM CENTRE SE9 1HA AGE 11+

Runs c. 70 minutes Standard fare £10 Buy online gdif.eventbrite.co.uk A limited number of FREE standby tickets will be available on the day on a first-come, first-served basis. An additional allocation of tickets will be made available to Eltham residents via a local ballot. There’s one wheelchair space per performance and captions are available on tablet. Please book in advance by emailing tickets@festival.org. For details of audio-described shows visit festival.org/access.

The streets of Eltham become the stage as you take a tour aboard IOU’s custom-made open top bus for an unforgettable journey. Beginning in a life-drawing class, Rear View becomes a moving adventure about a woman’s life led by performance poets Cecilia Knapp and Jemima Foxtrot. Reflections, predictions and observations blur the line between reality and fiction. IOU has a 40-year tradition of creating performances that combine many art forms presented in unusual indoor and outdoor spaces, festivals, venues, galleries and digital worlds. Cecilia Knapp and Jemima Foxtrot will perform alternate shows. Part of the London Festival of Architecture.

GETTING HERE The Eltham Centre, 2 Archery Road, Eltham SE9 1HA. There is limited parking at the centre, including Blue Badge parking. We recommend you travel by public transport if possible — buses B16, 124, 126, 132, 160, 286, 321 stop close by. Alternatively it’s a short walk from Eltham rail station. There’s also bike storage on site. Rear View is funded by Arts Council England. Co-commissioned and presented by Batley Festival, Festival of Thrift, Greenwich+Docklands International Festival, LeftCoast, Blackpool, Fleetwood Festival of Transport featuring SpareParts, Norfolk & Norwich Festival, Out There Festival, The Piece Hall, SO Festival and Stockton International Riverside Festival. R&D supported by Without Walls. Supported by Dean Clough, Community Foundation for Calderdale, Squire Patton Bogg and SSP-UK.

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GDIF’s much-loved annual dance event showcases incredible performance from the UK, Europe and beyond in the parks, piazzas and waterfronts of Canary Wharf. This year’s programme includes full-throttle dance on a red 1980s Ford Orion, an epic stilt-based performance exploring female identity, and a must-see performance by South Korean company Modern Table. Supported by Canary Wharf Arts + Events.

SATURDAY 1 JULY 1PM–5PM CANARY WHARF ALL AGES

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DANCING CITY

MEN OF STEEL MODERN TABLE

A striking performance exploring confrontation through a series of rhythmic and highly physical interactions, drawing on contemporary dance, Pan-sori, rock and hip-hop. A rare UK appearance from this all-male company from South Korea as part of the Korea/UK 2017–18 initiative.

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CIA.MADUIXA Powerful stilt-based contemporary dance from Spain. In tribute to women oppressed through the centuries, MULÏER explores female identity, a woman’s right to live freely, to have freedom of expression and, if she wishes, to run uninhibited through the streets.

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SATURDAY 1 JULY 1PM–5PM CANARY WHARF ALL AGES

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RIDE explores the relationship between man and machine through the story of a car (affectionately known as Stanley) that seems to have a life of its own. Dynamic, innovative and great fun for all the family.

An intimate, dramatic and passionate work that explores the limits of what it is to be both physically and emotionally lost. Motionhouse’s trademark athletic precision is fused with raw emotion as one dancer desperately pulls the other back from the precipice.

Moving and hilarious, this heartfelt pastiche explores notions of national character from a bygone era through the evocative music of Edward Elgar, Noël Coward and Percy Grainger, amongst others. Country is an early work by superstar-choreographer Sir Matthew Bourne.

BUG N’ BUZZ

SECRET ENCOUNTERS LES ACHILLES C12 DANCE COMPANY

TANGO SUMO

Organic, robotic dance movements are paired with an ephemeral soundscape created from tabletop items in a local café in a duet that challenges the boundaries of private and public space.

A series of short dance pieces inspired by first encounters that last forever, choreographed by Tony Adigun, Sally Marie, Annie-Lunnette Deakin-Foster & Corey Baker.

This hypnotic trio choreographed by Olivier Germser is inspired by martial arts and hand to hand combat. The three dancers are in constant motion, weaving together a performance based on a balance of strengths.

ZOIELOGIC DANCE THEATRE

COMPAGNIE CONCORDANCE

MOTIONHOUSE DANCE

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DANCING CITY Time

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Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures 5   Westferry Circus

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DANCING CITY JOURNEYS Get the most out of your day at Dancing City by following our curated routes.

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RIVERSIDE JOURNEY

Begins at Upper Level Riverside 1pm 1pm 1.25pm 2.20pm 3.30pm 4.15pm 4.35pm

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There is step free access across Canary Wharf. Join the BSL/assisted Jubilee Journey. Meet outside Canary Wharf station (on the left hand side as you leave the station) at 12.45pm for a 1pm start. It’s not necessary to book in advance, but if you need assistance in finding our volunteers email access@festival.org.

GETTING HERE Visit TFL to plan your route to Dancing City via Jubilee Line or DLR. Buses: D3, D7, D8, 135, 277. River Bus to Canary Wharf pier. If coming by car, there is plenty of paid public and Blue Badge parking at Canary Wharf. Coming by bike? Please note the docking station at Jubilee Plaza will be suspended on Saturday 1 July.

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SENSE OF UNITY DUNDU AND WORLDBEATERS MUSIC

Sense of Unity brings the illuminated large-scale German puppet Dundu together with the UK’s LED-lit, high-energy, percussion ensemble Worldbeaters Music for the first time. As dusk falls, follow the band as they parade through Roman Road and discover both baby Dundu and the gentle giant Dundu. Will they find each other? Will they get on?

SATURDAY 1 JULY 9.45PM ROMAN ROAD, BOW E3 5JL   FREE

Enjoy the music of the West African Kora and the drumming riffs and rhythms of Worldbeaters in this moving and spirited processional event.

This is a promenade performance. GDIF Volunteers will lead an assisted route — meet at the market gate on St Stephen’s Road at 9.30pm for a 9.45pm start. For more information visit festival.org/access, email access@festival.org or ask one of our friendly volunteers on the day. Supported by Tower Hamlets Council. Sense of Unity is commissioned by Coasters Touring Partnership with support from Arts Council England. It was produced by Activate Performing Arts and developed in a residency at Corn Exchange’s 101 Outdoor Arts Creation Space.

Both companies have enthralled and entertained audiences worldwide and this is the first opportunity to see them perform together in London.

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‘ HUGE, FREE, EYE-POPPING, ANARCHIC – A FEAST OF FREE OUTDOOR ARTS!’ The Independent on GDIF

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BELONGING(s) MARESA VON STOCKERT, TILTED PRODUCTIONS

Tilted Productions’ promenade piece BELONGING(s) subtly provokes thoughts on migration, the notion of belonging and the fleeting nature of what surrounds us. Different in each place and responding to its environment, the piece turns local spaces into illusionary worlds.

THURSDAY 6–FRIDAY 7 JULY 7PM SATURDAY 8 JULY 3PM & 6PM BEGINS AT DEAL COURT, OFF YARNTON WAY, SOUTHMERE DRIVE, THAMESMEAD SE2 9AS AGE 8+

Created by Maresa von Stockert in collaboration with an intergenerational cast of eight performers, BELONGING(s) combines contemporary dance, physical theatre and an integral use of objects and locality.

Runs c. 75—85 minutes Tickets £10 Buy online gdif.eventbrite.co.uk

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The route is wheelchair accessible and a limited number of light-weight seats will be available for use during the event. Visit festival.org/access or email access@festival.org.

Supported by Peabody as part of a long term cultural programme for Thamesmead as it develops into London’s new town.

THAMESMEAD y Wa ern

Please note this is a promenade event with at least 40 minutes of walking.

Presented in association with Greenwich Dance.

The piece unfolds in several scenes, each set in a different location across Thamesmead.

Limited number of FREE standby tickets available first-come first-served on the day. An additional allocation of tickets will be made available to Thamesmead residents.

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Led on a journey from one site to the next, audiences encounter pop-up performance vignettes and installations created with and performed by local community participants.

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As Woolwich embarks on a new chapter, with plans for a creative district larger than the Southbank Centre, GDIF uncovers past and present stories, and future hopes. Dance theatre in the atmospheric ruins of a chapel conjures Woolwich’s proud military traditions, hip-hop around a giant table will whet appetites for Woolwich Town Centre’s diverse restaurant scene, and a concert in a former ammunition factory will explore an exciting new arts space.

THURSDAY 6–SATURDAY 8 JULY GENERAL GORDON SQUARE SE18 6EU BERESFORD SQUARE SE18 6AY ROYAL ARSENAL SE18 6ST ST GEORGE’S GARRISON CHURCH SE18 6XJ ALL AGES FREE 26

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TABLE MANNERS

AVANT GARDE DANCE COMPANY

THURSDAY 6–SATURDAY 8 JULY THURSDAY 6 JULY 12PM & 2.30PM FRIDAY 7 & SATURDAY 8 JULY 12PM & 4PM BERESFORD SQUARE Runs 40 minutes Avant Garde’s new outdoor show is loaded with choreography more inventive and raw than the latest foodie craze. Hip-hop and contemporary dance are on the menu in Table Manners, which explores the complexities of human relationships to dining and our different cultural connections with sitting down to eat. Commissioned by Without Walls, Hat Fair, Out There International Festival of Circus and Street Arts and Stockton International Riverside Festival.

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GENERAL GORDON SQUARE Runs c. 45 minutes Namlo’s music is a unique blend of beautiful melodies and irresistible rhythms inspired by the diverse folk traditions, cultures and landscapes of Nepal. Join the band, led by Ganga Thapa, for a performance that fuses precious musical memories of home with new creative influences and ideas.

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ALL ROADS LEAD TO WOOLWICH AULENKO: THE SOUND FOREST

ARENSKY CHAMBER ORCHESTRA CONDUCTED BY WILLIAM KUNHARDT

THURSDAY 6 JULY 8PM

‘ MOVING IN THE EXTREME’

BUILDING 41, ROYAL ARSENAL Next to Greenwich Heritage Centre Runs c. 70 minutes

The Independent

This is an orchestral concert, just not as you know it. Each piece is performed three-dimensionally, with the musicians dispersed around different parts of this former ammunition factory. For John Cage’s Williams Mix, a 4-minute long space-age blend of recorded cityscapes and electronic noises, we invite you to listen blindfolded so that you can get lost in the buzz of traffic and the whisper of winds. From the silence, the orchestra emerges to perform Charles Ives’ beautiful The Unanswered Question for strings, wind and solo trumpet. Poems depicting Aulenko, the Finnish forest that inspired the symphony, have been set to music by former BBC Young Composer of the Year Alex Woolf. These fade into Sibelius’ 5th Symphony, which has one of the greatest melodies ever written – an arc of swans flying home to nest, captured in music. As you sit amongst the musicians, with everything sounding so clear and electrifying, you’ll feel like one of the performers.

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ROSIE KAY DANCE COMPANY

FRIDAY 7– SATURDAY 8 JULY FRIDAY 7 JULY 1.45PM & 5.45PM SATURDAY 8 JULY 1PM & 5PM ST GEORGE’S GARRISON CHURCH Runs c. 25 minutes

‘ PACKS A PUNCH…TAUT, VISCERAL, COMPASSIONATE’

An outdoor version of Kay’s thrilling and humane portrait of army life telling the stories of five men and women serving on the front line, inspired by input from serving and former soldiers. This moving, dramatic dance piece, which looks at how the human body remains essential to war, is presented in the evocative ruin of the bombed-out St George’s Garrison Church opposite Woolwich Barracks.

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THE COLOUR OF LIGHT COMPAGNIE OFF

Enormous colour-wheels roll through the streets of Woolwich gathering and welcoming everyone on the way. Join a promenade performance that celebrates inclusion and open-heartedness set to an epic soundtrack by composer Shri Sriram.

SATURDAY 8 JULY 9PM BEGINS AT THE ASSEMBLY STATUES, ROYAL ARSENAL RIVERSIDE SE18 6ST ALL AGES

FREE Runs c. 90 minutes Take part Would you like to take part in the finale as a performer or behind the scenes? Find out more and register at festival.org/about/involved.

Founded by Artistic Director Philippe Freslon in 1986, Compagnie Off started by creating small outdoor shows and has since grown into one of France’s most respected outdoor companies. Last seen at GDIF in 2011 with their iconic production Les Girafes, this finale promises to be a night to remember. This is a promenade show with at least an hour of walking. There will be an assisted route with vantage points — meet by the Assembly Statues. For more information visit festival.org/access, email access@festival.org or ask a GDIF volunteer on the day. Commissioned by GDIF and Global Streets.

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The starting point is a short walk from Woolwich Arsenal DLR and rail station. Several bus routes stop close by including the 51, 96, 99, 177 and 422. By tube take the Jubilee line to North Greenwich and then bus 161, 472, 422 or the DLR to Woolwich Arsenal. Or take the Woolwich Free Ferry from North Woolwich or the Thames Clipper to Royal Arsenal Pier. Visit tfl.gov.uk to plan your journey. Coming by car? There’s limited on-road parking in the nearby streets – usual restrictions apply. There’s also pay and display and Blue Badge off-road parking at Powis Street car park.

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FESTIVAL FINALE

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THANK YOU Thanks to the commitment of our funders and supporters thousands of people are able to experience extraordinary free events, many of whom attend the arts for the first time at GDIF. We would like to extend our deepest thanks to all funders, sponsors, venues, partners, volunteers, patrons and friends, who together help us to deliver London’s leading festival of free outdoor theatre and performing arts. We couldn’t do it without you! If you would like to support GDIF or join our patrons scheme please email support@festival.org.

GDIF

GDIF PATRONS

Bradley Hemmings MBE Artistic Director Michelle Walker Executive Director Matthew Jones Special Projects Manager Jacqui Gavin Festivals Manager Ellie Dragonetti Marketing Manager Rosanna Lowton Festivals Administrator Cleo Ingham Volunteers Coordinator Niamh Mulcahy Administration Assistant Sarah Hoyle Participation Manager (The Colour of Light) Chris Beer Warehouse Manager Sarah Edwards Bookkeeper Dayna Jeynes, Sarah Vickery, Emilie Rokkestad GDIF Placements

We are extremely grateful to our Patrons for their continued support: Felicity Lane, Lew Hodges, Maggi Knights, Grant Wilcock, Maxine Room, The Robinson Family in memory of Ron Robinson, Jean Lebrecht, Richard White and Geoff Pine.

GDIF BOARD Chair: Geoffrey Pine, Cllr Amina Ali, Cllr Barbara Barwick, Paul Hanrahan, Marcus Hughes, Oliver Hughes, Antony McBride, Maxine Room, Deepa Shastri, Dr Margaret Sheehy, Claire Gevaux

Greenwich+Docklands Festivals is a Registered Charity No 1037878. Company reg no 287 6062 Published by Greenwich+Docklands Festivals, The Borough Hall, London SE10 8RE Designed by Ross Shaw Printed by Trade Winds Photo credits: Cover: Marc Ginot. Page 1: Warren King. Page 3: Marc Van Canneyt. Page 5: Luke Jerram. Page 6/7: Lumen Lineas. Page 8: Jorge de Araujo. Page 9: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, Captain Boomer Collective, Thrill Laboratory. Page 10: Creative Group SUM BI, CCOT. Page 11: Marc Ginot, OSADIA, Strong Lady Productions, Warren King. Page 13: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, Stef Stessel. Page 14: IOU Theatre. Page 16: Juan Gabriel Sanz. Page 18: Modern Table, Jan Gabriel Sanz. Page 19: ZoieLogic Dance Theatre/Matt Bartram, Motionhouse Dance, Johan Persson, Philippe Hanula, C12 Dance Company, Loïc Lostanlen. Page 21: Warren King, Motionhouse Dance. Page 23: Edgars Blumbergs. Page 25: Dean Buckfield, Tilted Productions, Sylvain Marchand, Peabody. Page 26: Stu Mayhew. Page 27: Avant Garde Dance. Page 28: Arensky Chamber Orchestra, Stu Mayhew. Page 29: Colin Hattersley/Rosie Kay Dance Company, St George’s Garrison Church. Page 31: Nicolas Costil, Inside back cover: Ben Broomfield/GLA, Back cover: Warren King.

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MORE INFORMATION HERE TO HELP

PHOTOGRAPHY & FILMING

GDIF’s friendly and dedicated volunteers are on hand to help you get the most out of the Festival. You will find them at every event and you won’t miss them in their brightly coloured T-shirts. They can help with information and directions and will be delighted to receive your completed GDIF feedback form and bucket donations! To join GDIF as a volunteer visit festival.org/about/involved.

GDIF has photographers and a small film crew at various events to take footage for the festival archive, to share on digital platforms and for use in future promotional materials. Please wear a sticker, available for free from any event Info Point, if you do not want to be featured.

WHAT IF IT RAINS?

pause to allow bad weather to pass and in some situations may be cancelled at the discretion of the Festival. Follow us on Twitter @GDIFestival for up to the minute show info.

SO, WHAT DID YOU THINK? Win a 16GB iPod nano by taking part in our short feedback survey. Pick one up at any Info Point, ask a GDIF volunteer or fill it in online at festival.org.

Performances will continue as long as it is safe to do so. Shows may be delayed or brought to a temporary

BEYOND GREENWICH+DOCKLANDS Bringing this festival to you is just one of the projects the small team behind GDIF works on each year.

supported by Arts Council England, is The Colour of Light by Compagnie Off.

GLOBAL STREETS

WITHOUT WALLS

We are a founding partner of Global Streets, an initiative to support the development and delivery of free international outdoor arts productions in towns and cities around the UK. We work with partners in Hounslow, Birmingham, Doncaster, Barking and Dagenham, Liverpool, Hull, Leicester, Luton and Slough to coordinate performances, giving local audiences a chance to experience world-class arts right on their doorstep. This year’s new Global Streets show,

As a member of the Without Walls consortium, and with support from Arts Council England, we collaborate with other leading UK outdoor arts festivals to promote artistic excellence amongst UK artists by co-commissioning ground-breaking new productions.

presenting work by Deaf and disabled artists. This year’s Liberty Festival, which is completely free to attend, will take place on Saturday 15 July at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Find out more at festival.org/specialevents — we hope to see you there!

LIBERTY FESTIVAL The GDIF team produce one-off events including the Mayor of London’s Liberty Festival which is the UK’s largest event exclusively

All information correct at the time of going to print but is subject to change. Please check festival.org for updates.


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