Sense of Unity

Sense of Unity

Worldbeaters and Dundu - a new Outdoor Performance, produced by Activate

Remember the ear and eye-popping spectacle of Worldbeaters (the troupe of high-energy LED-lit percussionists) in Harbourside Park, Poole? They finished off the day's festival entertainment in spectacular fashion as the closing performance of Up In The Air, the all-day circus event which formed part of 2016 Inside Out Dorset Festival.

The feedback we received from the public about their performance was so overwhelmingly positive, we just knew that we needed to work with them again, with a view to bringing them back to Dorset in the future.

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This association is made possible because of Activate's role in Coasters (An Arts Council England, nationwide, strategic touring-fund project) Activate are partners along with other organisations who deliver projects in seaside towns with the aim of developing the arts in these coastal areas and, in turn, improving well-being and boosting the local economy.

Activate partnered with 101 Creation Space in Newbury allowing Worldbeaters to create an all-new night-time spectacle in collaboration with outdoor arts specialists, Dundu from Germany. Their association introduces Dundu's large scale, illuminated puppet and a smaller 'Baby Dundu'. We are absolutely delighted at the outcome.

The gentle giants, Dundu (and a baby Dundu!) premiered in Newbury's town centre on Friday 30th June when thousands of people lined the streets and walked with the ensemble to its spectacular climax.

The day after Saturday 1st July, the whole group gathered in Roman Road, Bow for Greenwich and Docklands Festival (GDIF) and this time, ended the performance deep in a local housing estate with a firework finale. 

The performance itself is a convergence of different musical worlds  - Dundu features ethereal West African Kora and when combining with the drama of Worldbeaters dynamic rhythms and makes for a real crowd-pleasing spectacle.

The performance comes to Dorset as part of Bournemouth Arts By The Sea Festival on October 21st (details here) but if you cannot wait, see them at Out There Festival in Great Yarmouth on 16th September.

Here's a taster; this was the improvised first collaboration between the German DUNDU Ensemble and the British Worldbeaters at the first edition of Illuminate in Oldham. Click to view video

Dundu and Worldbeaters collaboration is commissioned by Coasters, produced by Activate Performing Arts and developed at a residency at Newbury Corn Exchange's 101 Outdoor Creation Space. Both companies have excellent international reputations and have enthralled and entertained spectators all over the world. 

Supported by Arts Council England’s Strategic Touring Fund, Coasters is a three year project that brings world-class circus and street arts work to coastal towns across England.

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Written by Irene
Published on 26th April 2017