Streets of Stockton will be full of music, dance and colour as its annual festival rolls into town
DANCING skeletons, sensory adventures and flying acrobats are all coming to Stockton for the 27th Stockton International Riverside Festival (SIRF).
From spectacular large scale shows to intimate experiences, the four-day festival returns in July with more than 100 theatre, dance and music productions.
On July 31, SIRF 14 will launch on Thursday evening with Safe House, a large-scale performance by award-winning contemporary arts organisation, Metro-BoulotDodo, in collaboration with Wired Aerial Theatre. See acrobatic performers scale the walls of a mysterious house against a backdrop of beautiful visual projections on Trinity Green.
On Friday August 1 hairdresser and street theatre performer duo, Osadia, set up their unique hair salon on Stockton High Street. The pair will create hair sculptures on audience members, turning them into walking works of art.
Friday will also see Catalan performing arts company Ponten Pie launch its sensory adventure, Artica. Temperatures inside Trinity Church will be dropped while visitors are greeted by a host of curious characters and offered a beautiful recycled coat to wear. Indoors, moving visuals and poetry will transport you into a world of memories and nostalgia.
A highlight this year at SIRF will be The Roof, a thrilling suspended reality show presented by Fuel. The audience will listen in on the mind of a hero through headphones as performers mix free running and dance to tell this fast-paced tale of survival.
Councillor Ken Dixon, Stockton Council’s Cabinet Member for Arts, Leisure and Culture, said SIRF is one of the highlights in Stockton’s programme of events. He said: “We are thrilled to bring the unique, creative festival back to Stockton for its 27th year and will be presenting more than 100 exciting and challenging shows.”
The festival will close with an unmissable finale of Les Tambours de la Muerte on the evening of Sunday August 3. Stockton’s High Street and Riverside will be brought to life with dancing skeletons, giant puppets, music and pyrotechnics – inspired by Mexico’s ‘Day of the Dead’ festivities. Tangos, tarantellas and rumbas will be played by the band as the figure of leading lady Belladonna dances through the streets.
SIRF 14 will have up to 30 individual shows per day, from noon until 11pm at night. Trinity Gardens will have food stalls, small shows and installations people can view, as well as the after-dark spectaculars.
Entry is free. Tickets for ‘Artica’ will be available on the day of the performance from SIRF Trinity, the festival information point on Trinity Green.
SIRF is supported by Arts Council England.
For the full festival programme visit www.sirf.co.uk.