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SPILL Festival

SPILL Festival of Performance is marking its 9th edition with the theme On Time.

Over 11 days the work of exceptional artists from around the globe, featuring live performance, sound, music, film and video, plus projects exploring heritage and place appear in various venues and on the streets in Ipswich. With the large scale soundscape Clarion Call, a major co-commission with 14-18 NOW, marking the centenary of the end of World War One, the festival is looking to the past, present and future and the notion of being timely.

Robert Pacitti, Artistic Director, explains, ‘It’s time to see Ipswich anew. SPILL is bringing a packed, bold and adventurous festival to town, with art from around the world for everyone to enjoy. Large scale outdoor sound will sing out daily from the Waterfront, live performances will take place in unexpected locations, kids will reclaim an area of the town just for themselves, and there will be gigs and films and parties galore. Think the arts aren’t for you? Think again friend, SPILL Festival has been lovingly crafted right here in Ipswich, for us all to share together.’    

‘Imagined Touch’, an installation at DanceEast is a collaboration between artist Jodee Mundy and two deafblind women, Heather Lawson, a performer, and Michelle Stevens, a pianist. Audiences watch a short introductory film and are then provided with goggles and headphones to be guided through to an unseen promenade installation. With light and sound distorted and restricted, it is touch that becomes integral to connection ensuring this immersive event shares the humour, grief, beauty and profound isolation of stories as experienced by deaf blind artists.

Also at DanceEast ‘Diamond’ by David Hoyle is a bittersweet journey into LGBT liberation from 1957 to current day.

SPILL also marks the first public exhibition of Artichoke’s ‘Processions’, featuring 100 banners produced by invited artists and women and girls’ community groups which were taken to the streets of Belfast, Edinburgh, Cardiff and London on June 10th.

At New Wolsey Theatre, Le Gateau Chocolat storms the stage with ‘Icons’,the first time this work has been performed with a seven piece band. Walking the tightrope between public and private personas, Le Gateau Chocolat explores the people, the moments, the relationships, the art that have come to shape us.

There are events for children ‘Block Magic’, a piece devised by young locals in partnership with local architectural practice EDRM which creates a constantly shifting playground structure made from coloured crates. ‘Eaten’ by Mamoru Iriguchi sees Lionel the Lion inviting children to the fascinating world of food chains and digestion. Lionel’s just eaten Mamoru for lunch but hasn’t chewed his food well, so Mamoru’s alive and well in his stomach, and now wants to say hello!

There’s music woven into the fabric of the festival, including a specially-created show by Carter Tutti (ex-Throbbing Gristle); Eve Libertine and Penny Rimbaud (of Crass fame) joined by Charles Webber; English Heretic and more.

There’s film too, ‘The Mirror’ a live audio-visual performance which splices together movie snippets with unique sample-based music, allowing the viewer to discover hidden stories through familiar images. This joins a film strand including works by David Lynch and Ai Wei Wei.

Over nine days, internationally-celebrated theatre-makers Forced Entertainment condense every Shakespeare play ever written, one by one, into a series of 36 intimate and lovingly made miniatures, played out on a one metre table-top using a collection of un-extraordinary everyday objects.

SPILL OPEN saw 688 applications from around the world for 20 opportunities for artists or groups, regardless of age, to present exceptional work which may have been overlooked. Working between or across forms, and with something meaningful to say, the commissions are interspersed across the 11 days of the festival in venues and on the street.

Sitting, brooding, on Ipswich Waterfront for 11 days the Pyre Parade bad news effigy will be waiting to receive the gripes, grumbles and genuine grievances of visitors, who can post notes into the structure. ‘Pyre Parade’ invites everyone to procession through the town to Christchurch Park holding aloft the effigy, which will be unveiled at the launch event, stuffed with the bad news of festival goers and Ipswich residents. Once there it will be set alight as part of the town’s Bonfire Night celebrations taking all the bad sentiment with it.

This only gives a taste of the work you can see, feel, and take part in at SPILL in 2018, with over 120 different artworks across more than 20 venues, the hands of the festival sweep to the outskirts of the town and back again giving something for everyone as it counts down the hours across 11 days.

SPILL Festival runs from Thursday 25 October to Sunday 4 November 2018 across Ipswich. For more information on the SPILL Festival of Performance visit www.spillfestival.com.