In May 2016, the Moving Gallery came to the Ipswich Waterfront!
A unique collaboration between DanceEast and photography students from UCS, the Moving Gallery was a choreographed gallery of specially-commissioned photographs representing the Festival theme ”Of Time and Place”. Ipswich’s first Moving Gallery journeyed from Jerwood DanceHouse along the Waterfront to UCS Plaza.
For more information about the festival, visit PhotoEast.
Taking place annually, Pulse is a part curated, part open application ten-day festival focusing on new and innovative approaches to theatre, offering bright and inspiring snapshots of contemporary theatre.
2016’s festival included new work from internationally-celebrated Gecko Theatre, and the Suitcase Prize, where performers were challenged to bring an entire show to the festival on public transport in one suitcase. The festival opened with Mmm Hmmm, a new piece of a cappella song theatre. Mmm Hmmm is a playful, poignant musical journey shaped by three exceptional female voices jumping between sound worlds and lyrical styles.
Using intricate vocal techniques and rich harmony, Mmm Hmmm holds a magnifying glass up to snapshots of everyday life. One moment a fragile apology, the next a perilous trip to the First Great Western buffet car…Verity Standen’s original a cappella songs evoke the awkward, heartrending and hilarious moments that characterise what it means to be human.
To find out more, and book tickets for the next Pulse Festival, visit the New Wolsey Theatre.
2016 saw the launch of the first ever PhotoEast Festival. Set to take place over five days every year, the festival boasts a huge programme of free events, including a jam-packed lineup of talks and workshops. The PhotoEast talks are all free, but booking is recommended.
At the inaugural festival, visitors attended talks from professional photographers on a variety of subjects, including what makes an iconic news photo (from Guardian Picture Editor Fiona Shields), and how to photograph urban landscapes (from photographer George Georgiou).
After the success of beautiful video portrait Margarete at Norfolk & Norwich Festival in 2015, Polish artists Janek Turkowski & Iwona Nowacka returned in 2016 with a World Premiere commission. It’s Happening in Norwich was an intimate video-storytelling performance presented in a medieval merchant’s house on Elm Hill.
Every place has its own biography, it carries a story that wants to be told. It’s Happening in Norwich explored the collection of amateur films made by Charles Scott from the 1930s to the 1970s. For over 40 years Scott chronicled the city with the two film reels he could afford a year. In the performance, Turkowski and Nowacka created a homely environment as they recounted the stories of Scott’s films and their own experiences carrying on his work in a performance about observing everyday life.
Writers’ Centre Norwich at Dragon Hall opened its doors in May 2016 for the City of Literature Weekend as part of Norfolk & Norwich Festival.
The weekend invited audiences to join some of the most original thinkers, activists and writers of our time, and explore ideas ranging from the cutting edge of neuroscience to unimaginable stories of human perseverance. The series of events promised to leave audiences with a deeper understanding of pressing political, economic and social questions and an idea of how change might be possible.
Throughout the weekend a live drawing performance, capturing key ideas, took place in the Great Hall. On the Saturday, this was performed by Dr. Ian Williams, whose weekly cartoon in The Guardian, Sick Notes, captures the trials and tribulations of working in the NHS.
Vocal Invention was a one-off packed weekend of vocal adventures celebrating the creativity and inventiveness of the human voice held as part of Norfolk & Norwich Festival in May 2016.
Poets, singers, improvisers, composers, talkers and thinkers came together for performances, workshops, talks and surprise pop-up performances in the city. From exquisite song to experimental vocal installations, 8-part harmony and performance poetry, the weekend was a chance to see and take part in a huge range of vocal events.
On the Friday night, Helen Chadwick took to the Norwich Arts Centre stage with her latest solo show that investigated the need to be out of one’s comfort zone in order to create and lead, using over-dubbed sung improvisations on fragments of Greek poetry.
19th May 2016 saw the world premiere of Wild Life come to Norfolk & Norwich Festival. Wild Life was an extraordinary collaboration between Pol Heyvaert of Belgian arts centre CAMPO, Kim Noble and ten young singer songwriters aged 15-22 from across Norfolk.
The stories that were shared are all real, organically developed from the lives of the performers, the songs that they write, and what science tells us about how teenagers’ brains work.
Funny, beautiful, angry and honest, Wild Life explored the lives of young people and the universal experience of how music makes you feel.
After 2015’s phenomenally successful Wolf’s Child, Norfolk & Norwich Festival returned to Felbrigg Hall in 2016 for Walk With Me.
Visitors were invited to wander through woods and fields creating their own cinematic experience. With the landscape as their screen, headphones provided a soundtrack of music, words and sound effects. Moving through the grounds, moods changed, time flitted from past to present and an intriguing narrative by novelist Megan Bradbury recollected the past of Felbrigg Hall and reframed the estate as a place of stories and wonder.
Strijbos & Van Rijswijk’s walkscapes are present across the world, in locations including Paris, Istanbul, New York and Glasgow. Using GPS technology to superimpose site-specific compositions, natural sounds and narrative onto the surroundings, they invite audiences to choose their own path and tempo to create their own soundtrack.
Walk With Me ran from May-October 2016 at Felbrigg.
Step into the Story Machine is an immersive literary event like nothing experienced before. Powered by literature and oiled by theatre, it’s a truly immersive experience where stories from world-renowned writers seduce at every turn.
Having appeared as part of Norfolk & Norwich Festival’s City of Literature programme in both 2016 and 2017, in collaboration with Writers’ Centre Norwich, the event sees the historic Dragon Hall transformed into the Story Machine. Visitors can pick and choose a path through 18 stories, including live performance, video installations and soundscapes.
Stories from Jon McGregor, Claudia Rankine and Etgar Keret were among the offering in 2016, while in 2017 the theme was ‘Under Surveillance’, using the power of words to take festival-goers behind the North Korean iron curtain, to the wild frontiers of everyman-for-himself America, and to the early years of the printing press.
Over the course of just one day in May 2016, the Norwich Theatre Royal presented a trilogy of extraordinary theatre at the Norwich Theatre Royal, as part of Norfolk & Norwich Festival. The James Plays explored three generations of Stewart kings who ruled Scotland from 1406 to 1488.
Created by the National Theatre of Scotland, National Theatre and Edinburgh International Festival, the trilogy offered an exhilarating and vividly imagined perspective on a country tussling with its past and future.
It was a mammoth day of theatre, with the three plays starting at 11am, 3pm and 7:30pm.