Following its successful Six Summer Saturdays outdoor event programme, the Birmingham Hippodrome will this year be presenting Summer in Southside, two weekends of outdoor performance and entertainment in Birmingham’s Southside area.
Amongst a range of other things, the programme will include dance, physical theatre, puppetry, storytelling and circus acts, all taking place on Saturday 3rd August and Saturday 24th-Sunday 25th August – and all entirely free!
Said Paul Kaynes, Director of Creative Programmes at Birmingham Hippodrome,
“For the last three summers we have brought unusual outdoor performances across the city enjoyed by thousands of people. This year we are delighted to be producing two big weekends of free performances especially for visitors to Southside. Whether shopping, eating or theatre going people will not be able to miss some of the best outdoor theatre in the country.”
The artists taking over the city’s Hippodrome Square, Arcadian, Inge Street and Hurst Street will range from the local to the international, with performers from Warwickshire and across the UK, and further afield from Trinidad, Switzerland and Tanzania.
Full listings are shown below.
Saturday 3 Aug 12 noon – 7pm
NOCTURNE – Marc Brew Company
An intimate bedtime story about restless nights, draws viewers into the home lives of four exquisite dancers as they share their hidden dreams.
Bodies fly, fall, stack up and carry each other in this spectacular physical show featuring four strong women who refuse to conform to stereotypes.
Follow eight Swiss dancers through the streets of Southside as they create dynamic shapes and interact with the architecture, weaving together elements of their surroundings to create an extraordinary display.
DON’T DRINK AND DANCE – Joli Vyann
Girl meets boy. A playful, witty cocktail of dance and energetic acrobatics set in a bar.
Get in the carnival spirit with this strolling street band from Trinidad’s Indian community. A spicy mix of guitars, horns and percussion, their music brings together influences from Asia and the Caribbean.
TROLLEYS – C-12 Dance Theatre
Part street dance, part ballet, part supermarket sweep, this is a high-energy, acrobatic performance on wheels.
H2H – Joli Vyann
A dance performance about how we express ourselves and what our hands say about us. Hands hold on and keep us from falling. But what happens when we let go?
Saturday 24 – Sunday 25 August 12 noon – 7pm – August Bank Holiday
Two days of outstanding live events in areas surrounding the Hippodrome, including astonishing stunts, dance, aerial performers, acrobatics and much more. Plus, participatory workshops for all the family to enjoy.
Back by popular demand, Nofit State Circus explode from their caravans for a series of circus taster workshops, impromptu stunts and professional circus performances. All ages are invited to run away with the circus for a few hours and train alongside Nofit State’s professional performers or simply sit back and watch as the spectacle unfolds.
A captivating show that kids and adults adore with puppetry, signing, storytelling and live music based on Ted Hughes’ lovely book. A fully animated 20 ft iron giant tells a compelling story against the backdrop of Southside’s urban skyline. It will be interesting to see if and how this performance will interact with Anthony Gormley’s Iron: Man.
Mixing ancient Chinese magic, the Charleston and a cup of tea, this is a pit stop to remember!
Originally from Tanzania, East Africa, this dynamic acrobatic trio learnt their skills on the streets of Dar-es-Salaam.
Inspired by grim and glorious fairytales, using dance, Chinese pole and other circus techniques, dancers journey through a forest where strange people live and strange things happen!
Emotional and highly-physical dance and aerial work, inspired by Rainer Maria Rilke’s poem, The Panther. Four dancers are confined within a steel cage, their world is turned upside down as they fight for survival.
THE LION KING ARTS AND CRAFTS WORKSHOPS
A range of family-friendly arts and crafts activities will take place over the weekend, inspired by The Lion King Musical, now showing at Birmingham Hippodrome all summer.