The Inside Out Dorset festival returns in 2016 with more extraordinary events in extraordinary places - Nearly all of it FREE!
From 16 to 25 September, Inside Out Dorset animates some of the region's most remarkable landscapes with art and perfromace. The fetival has commissioned a range of artists to respond to Dorset's natiral and cultural heritage alongside a programme of family-friendly circus and performance.
Festival locations include Weymouth, Poole, Hengistbury Head and Portland along the coastline, Littlebredy on the South Dorset Ridgeway and Gillingham in the north of the county.
Artists Mandy Dike and Ben Rigby – who work together as And Now: - are creating an installation on a hilltop near the village of Littlebredy from 17 to 21 September. Wayfaring explores the tensions and balances in a contemporary landscape rich in evidence of early human occupation, including earthworks, barrows and a probable hill fort. Each day audiences are invited along both ancient and modern pathways to discover the unexpected and themselves contribute to the growing installation. A major Inside Out Dorset commission, Wayfaring culminates on the evening of 21 September, the autumn equinox, with a performance including movement, sounds, smells and the transformative power of fire.
Another major Festival event for 2016 is Hengistbury Headlines from 22 to 25 September where eight artists and companies have been commissioned to create work for an installation and performance trail through the nature reserve at Hengistbury Head, a haven for wildlife, home to over 500 plant species and 300 types of birds. The artists have rooted their work in this important conservation site to explore the effects of climate change.
The Festival opens on 16 September with Ray Lee’s monumental Chorus at Portland before moving to the seafront at Weymouth Pavilion on 17 and 18 September. Like UFOs landing at nightfall, these kinetic sound and light sculptures tower above the audience. As they spin, they trace beautiful orbits of light and sing out a hypnotic siren call to all those present.
International circus collective Le Cirque du Platzak brings Kermiz to Gillingham on 18 September. A darkly-comic circus adventure for all the family, with eastern European folk music played live, its characters include a man with a fascination for lawnmowers and lettuce, a temperamental Italian aerialist fighting with a Spanish toreador and an acrobat obsessed with staplers.
Up in the Air on 24 September presents contemporary circus against a backdrop of sea and sky at Harbourside Park in Poole. Shows include Circus Geeks’ Project_Vee, Acrojou’s All At Sea, World Beaters’ Spark, The Bullzini Family’s Equilibrius and Carré Curieux’s Petit Frère.