Listings: Greenwich+Docklands International Festival 2014 highlights

By Rachel Bishop on June 18, 2014 4:00 PM |

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As the Greenwich+Docklands International Festival launches this week, we find the highlights from this year's line-up that should not be missed.


1. Muaré Presented by Voalá

This large scale spectacular creates a psychedelic world where aerialists descend from giant revolving "optical art" mobiles accompanied by electrifying live music from Duchamp Pilot.
June 20, 10pm, National Maritime Museum, Greenwich.


2. Greenwich Fair

An intensive three day showcase of free outdoor theatre, dance and games featuring 26 UK and international companies, with highlights including Full Stop from Light the Fuse, which takes you through an anarchic 24 hours at a very unusual bus stop and Land from Marc Brew Dance Company, a story of the struggle for survival of three people stranded on a desert island.
June 20-23, Old Royal Naval College and Cutty Sark Gardens, Greenwich.

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3. War Correspondents Presented by Helen Chadwick Song Theatre

In a fusion of testimony, music and physicality the stories and life-changing experiences of war journalists are brought to life.
June 20 and 21, 8pm, June 22, 3.30pm, Skittle Alley, Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich, booking required.


4 Arka Presented by Teatr Ósmego Dnia

Polish theatre company Teatr Ósmego Dnia recalls all those refugees and displaced people who travel the continents and warm their souls with memories of home. Arka will take place in Woolwich on the 100th anniversary of the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand in Sarajevo - the event that is often cited as the reason for the breakout of the First World War.
June 28, 10pm, Royal Artillery Square, Woolwich.

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5. The Legend of Hamba

In The Legend of Hamba, set in 1914, young Hamba sets off to war. He wins and loses empires, becomes a king, a beggar, an oligarch and a thief. But 100 years later he is no closer to home and his spirit lives on in a strange and powerful mask.
June 23-26, 8.30pm, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Stratford, booking required.


6. Opus II from Fanfare Le Snob (France)

An ensemble of musicians perform as they glide in swan-like formation on hidden electrical Segways beneath their costumes
June 20-23, Greenwich Fair, Greenwich.

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7. Cape (Computer Animated Personal Environment)

Audiences in technologically ground breaking masks and headphones experience an omnidirectional video and sound immersive journey into another time and place.
June 20-23, Greenwich Fair, Greenwich.


8. Deblozay Presented by Rara Woulib

A look at how Haitian culture deals with death in a much more upbeat way than we do.
June 20-21, 9.10pm, location tba, booking required via festival.org.

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9. Kadogo, Child Soldier

Chilean company La Patriótico Interesante presents the UK premiere of this gripping, poignant and visually stunning story highlighting the plight of child soldiers.
June 23-27, 9.30pm, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Stratford, booking required via
festival.org.


Go to festival.org for the full programme.