Wheee! and Jump In Festival in the East Midlands
I went to the press launches for two really amazing children’s arts events recently, and as a result I have a once in a lifetime opportunity for some bloggers to be part of a team making part of an incredible, international piece of art, read on.
Firstly let me wax lyrical about, Jump In Festival, an East Midlands wide children’s festival featuring totally awesome, cutting edge and mind blowing children’s theatre and dance. Basically the cream of worldwide children’s theatre, the stuff that sold out and five starred out at the Edinburgh Festival, is landing in theatres across the Midlands.
I saw White by Catherine Wheels last year, it’s a beautifully shiny white world where two egg keepers keep birds and their white eggs in little houses. All is well and ordered until colour appears. Perfectly poised to enchant and enthrall 2-4 year olds with a beautiful finale.
When I saw a film preview of Kindur, for 5-8 year olds, it hooked me in and wrapped me up in its curly fleece. It’s the story of Kindur, an adventurous Icelandic sheep. Those who have been following my theatre blogs will know I rave about children’s theatre that takes interaction and audience participation to new places, well Kindur invites the children to actually come on stage, and interact with the digital imagery.
For those 6+ who don’t mind a bit of a scare, Swamp Juice has just got to be the most awesome piece of fiendishly clever shadow puppetry, with a stunning 3D finale. My jaw dropped like a puppet at the sight of the preview video.
Nubes, for age 4 plus looks like a striking and surreal piece of dance. Nubes is Spanish for Clouds and the piece is inspired by surrealist artist Rene Magritte so it looks destined to float you and your little ones away somewhere magical.
See the shows previewed here:
Jump In Festival 2012. 18 May – 16 June. Tickets from venues: Buxton Opera House; The Core at Corby Cube; Deda, Derby Theatre; Lakeside Arts Centre, Nottingham; Lincoln Drill Hall; Northampton Royal and Derngate; South Holland Centre in Spalding and Spark Children’s Festival across Leicestershire.
As if that’s not enough, as well as offering all the Jump In Festival shows, Lakeside Arts, Nottingham also has Wheee! it’s very own children’s festival. It’s happening simultaneously with Jump In, thus offering even more amazing arts events so you can really make a day of it. It culminates in a family weekend on the 9 and 10 June, with free craft, art, spontaneous performance and fun in the parkland around the arts centre, plus even more shows to choose from. Book shows now, the weekend attracted over 4,000 visitors last year.
I want to see The Amazing Book Eating Boy, based on the book by Oliver Jeffers, theatre in a booth for an adult and a child. Your child sits on your knee and there’s a performance just for the two of you, how magical and special is that? And fellow Nottingham Bloggers Amanda, Becky, Louise and I got a sneak preview of the amazing new Luminarium by Architects of Air, EXXOPOLIS which is a huge feature of the festival.
I have a once in a lifetime opportunity for 11 bloggers to join the blogger team here in Nottingham, to make one of 12 windows in this beautiful inflatable sculpture that will tour the world. More info to follow, but contact me now if you are interested in joining us or finding out more. There’s rumours the BBC will pop in.