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Thursday, 02 July 2015

Lakes Alive announces dazzling 2013 events

International outdoor performers and artists are set to dazzle audiences across Cumbria in this year's Lakes Alive programme.

International outdoor performers and artists are set to dazzle audiences across Cumbria in this year's Lakes Alive programme.

With shows that include captivating musical installations, breathtaking fireworks, traditional Spanish street parades, giant puppetry, modern dance, and French cabaret and circus, this year’s Lakes Alive line-up will bring a fantastic variety of outdoor art to Cumbrian audiences. The finale of the programme will be Mintfest, Kendal’s International Festival of Street Arts.

Whitehaven August 9 and 10: The action begins at the historic Georgian harbour of Whitehaven, which will be transformed by the Catalan theatre company Xarxa, as they perform their amazing show ‘Fire of the Sea’.

In this imaginative and captivating show, the company creates giant characters, inspired by the work of the great artist Miro. Through the magic of the performance, the characters step off the canvas and are transformed into dazzling firework figures. The audience will be able to enjoy the atmosphere of a traditional Spanish street celebration as they join the parade with the giants around the fiery harbour side.

Brockhole from August 10 - August 12: visitors to the Lake District Visitors Centre will be spellbound by Audible Forces, a soundscape of musical installations powered by the wind. The audience will be able to wander among the sound installations, and listen as the wind creates unique musical and visual experiences.

The installations have been created by seven different sound artists. They include Max Easley, whose work inspired the project, and who has built a towering musical structure in the form of a set of bow shaped instruments. Cumbrian, Dan Fox, has installed a Howling Wire”. An12 metre high structure made from recycled military and orchestral hardware. This electro-acoustic wind harp uses weathervane whistlers and sirens to create its howling sounds. Kathy Hinde’s Sonic Reed Beds are inspired by the movement of reeds in the wind. Her installations re-imagine natural reeds using steel topped with metal or stone. Audible Forces is presented by OCM and Sonic Art Research Unit.

Here's a clip from Youtube to give you an idea of just how good it will be:



West Cumbria August 14, - August 16: Lakes Alive is on tour. There will be evening shows in Millom, on the 14th, and Cleator Moor on the 15th. And there will be an afternoon performance in Whitehaven on the 16th.


Performances on the tour are a two-part event. The first is La Famille Goldini, a French act that provides a family-friendly cabaret which is an atmospheric mixture of traditional circus, cabaret and fairground amusement. La Famille Goldini includes tap dancing, hand balancing, rola bola, acrobatics and feats of strength.

The other part of the show consists of an athletic performance called Captive by British dance company Motionhouse. Captive, which is performed by four dancers within a giant cage, is inspired by Rainer Maria Rilke’s poem The Panther and considers how a human, like an animal, can be plucked from normal life and plunged into captivity.

Kendal August 30 and Sept 1: Mintfest, Kendal's International Festival of Street Arts will feature a kaleidoscope of the very best performance artists from across the world lined

Julie Tait, director of Kendal Arts International, which creates Lakes Alive, said: “We are really happy that we are again able to attract some of the best performance artists in Europe to Cumbria and the Lake District. “We have pulled together an exciting and eclectic programme of shows this year that we hope will bring music, laughter, excitement and inspiration to people living in, and visiting, Cumbria this summer.”

For more information about Lakes Alive visit www.lakesalive.org



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