UTOPIA Digital R&D
20 July, 2016
UTOPIA Digital R&D To mark the 500th anniversary of the publication of Thomas More’s radical, influential political tract Utopia; LIFT has supported three artists to undertake the research and development of an idea that would utilise digital technology to address ideas of Utopia from their own perspectives. In partnership with Watermans Arts Centre and Somerset House, LIFT supported short residencies by Station House Opera, Hannah Nicklin and Mary Paterson to develop ideas responding to the refugee crisis, resident-organised resistance to London’s housing crisis and life in Gaza. Station House Opera undertook a two week residency at Watermans Arts Centre developing At Home in Gaza and London, a project which follows the lives of a dozen people living in two locations separated by great political, economic and physical divides. By using a mix of live-streaming and recorded video, a single performance space is created where artists work together in new ways. Hannah Nicklin’s residency ...
2016 WINNERS of the prestigious Children's Choice Awards
8 July, 2016
Last Friday The Unicorn was taken over by 30 Tottenham schoolchildren armed with chocolate coated trophies and fistfuls of glitter. They were of course our fabulous upLIFTers who had graciously agreed to be the prestigious festival jury for the last 5 weeks. Huge congratulations to all the winners!! The Epic Award by Prav MEETING by Antony Hamilton and Alisdair Macindoe (Australia) The Best Touching Your Hand Performance by Maria Everything by my side by Fernando Rubio (Argentina) The Best Pom Poms Award by Richelle Miss Revolutionary Idol Berserker by Toco Nikaido (Japan) The It was so crazy it almost gave me epilepsy (in a good way) Award by Dayna Miss Revolutionary Idol Berserker by Toco Nikaido (Japan) The Hasn’t Seen Any Shows Award by Sunjeedah Sunjeedah The Best Naked Dancers Award by Simar Miss Revolutionary Idol Berserker by Toco Nikaido (Japan) The Dirtiest Act ...
EAST WALL 2018
29 June, 2016
Announcing a major dance and music production to be performed in the Tower of London moat during LIFT 2018. East Wall will be a large-scale, spectacle of dance and live music, which will take place at the Tower of London, one of the capital’s most iconic buildings, in summer 2018. Directed by world-renowned choreographer, Hofesh Shechter, East Wall will bring together a large cast of dancers, musicians and community participants to celebrate East London’s rich cultural heritage. East Wall will see Hofesh Shechter working in collaboration with a group of up-and-coming choreographers, alongside artists and young people. Shechter will create a score for, and direct, the final production which will seek to explore the modern realities of race, diversity and cultural identity alongside the rich history of the Tower of London and Tower Hamlets. East Wall’s genesis came in 2014 as a long-term talent development project by East London Dance ...
New International Voices residency rehearsal blog
25 June, 2016
New International Voices is a partnership between LIFT and Battersea Arts Centre connecting a new generation of international artists through a two week residency at the Battersea Arts Centre, concluding with an informal Scratch showing of new work and ideas. Ahilan Ratnamohan’s Michael Essien I want to play as you… was part of LIFT 2014. In 2016 he will work with Aloys Kwaakum and Etuwe Bright Junior on Reverse Colonialism in which two migrants, from Cameroon and Nigeria, present a European audience with a controversial plan to tempt European Africans back to their motherlands. Interested in place and live performance, Dutch visual artist Nick Steur’s new piece will respond directly to the building, exploring ways in which his work can inhabit and transform space. Ahil and Nick will be sharing some of their rehearsal updates on the blog: DAY THREE, SOME WORDS FROM AHIL: We've just finished day 3 of ...
9 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW IF YOU'RE GOING TO SEE DEPART
15 June, 2016
We’re looking forward to welcoming you into the underworld at Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park for DEPART this week - below is some important information about your visit so please make sure you read it in advance of your trip. Please arrive between 8 – 9pm at the Cantrell Fields entrance to the Park - parking in the area is extremely limited so we recommend using public transport. This Google Map shows the best route on foot from Mile End station to the entry point, it will take around 10 minutes. Please bring the email confirmation you were sent when you booked your tickets with you. When you arrive, you will be given a wristband – this will determine your journey through DEPART and it’s possible that your group may be divided for part of the performance. Please make sure you arrive in plenty of time to collect your performance wristband from the ...
13 June, 2016
Japanese Subcultures + Uniformed Rebellion An essay by Josephine Rout, Curator at the V&A museum 'In their seemingly incongruous mix of festival costume and school uniforms, manic movement and raucous noise, Miss Revolutionary Idol Berserker is a glorious celebration of Japanese Idol culture.' DOWNLOAD THE ESSAY