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Sense of Unity

Playful puppets and a sensory spectacle.

  • 24–25 September 2021
  • Weymouth

As dusk falls, follow an illuminated parade through Weymouth and discover the puppets of Baby Dundu and the gentle giant, Dundu. Will they find each other? Will they get on?

You’ll hear rhythms and sounds from across the globe. German company, Dundu features West African Kora (a type of harp), while UK-based Worldbeaters bring their dynamic drumming and light show to the performance.

Join the procession in search of the puppets. Lit from the inside, admire the giant puppet’s transparent flexible body as it illuminates against the dark evening sky. Five skilled puppeteers breathe life into the figures as they interact with you. Enjoy dynamic beats and high-energy music. The soundtrack for the evening comes from unique LED-lit drums. 

Expect playful puppets and a sensory spectacle as Weymouth experiences the awe inspiring Sense of Unity.  

An accessible description of Sense of Unity can be downloaded at this link

Two performances only: Friday 24 September and Saturday 25 September

Friday 24 Sept : Start at Swannery Car Park, opposite Palm House, end at Jubilee Clock Tower

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Saturday 25 Sept : Start at St Edmund Street, end at Jubilee Clock Tower

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Produced by Activate Performing Arts, this is a collaboration between German outdoor puppeteers, Dundu and UK percussion ensemble Worldbeaters. It was originally funded by Arts Council England and developed in Newbury Corn Exchange’s 101 Outdoor Arts Creation Space.

 

CAST & CREW

Worldbeaters: Chris Maines-Beasley, Alex Tustin, Brendan Murphy, Mark Johnson, Carly Robertson, Rugile Deveikyte

Dundu: David Weiβ, Stefan Charisius, Sebastian Kutz, Yannis Weβbecher, Philipp Bauer, Heike David

Boom Bike: Dan Fox (Sound Interventions)

 

Sense of Unity is supported by: Arts Council EnglandDCMSDorset Council, We Are Weymouth, Weymouth BID, Weymouth Town Council, Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, The Ashley Family Foundation

Access

This processional performance will take place on hard-standing, pavement with dropped curbs. This is a standing performance, with walking during the procession of approximately 750m.

Please note each performance will be along a different route each night but of similar terrain and length. The route on Friday 24th September includes a short section on Westham Road with a steeper gradient of 9%. A designated access area will be available at key points. This performance includes loud music, drumming and flashing lights.

Further access information can be found through the ‘plan your visit’ link below.

Plan Your Visit

With the current climate crisis, we try to work in a greener way and understand that we all need to be part of the solution in protecting our planet. We encourage you to consider how you get to the festival and adapt to ‘greener’ ways if possible. Follow this link to plan your visit and read full access information.

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