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The Voyage at The London 2012 Cultural Olympiad

Media Release: May 1, 2012 in Dance, Music, Theatre |

Legs On The Wall prepare to set sail for Birmingham to take part in
The Voyage, one of the biggest events of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad

The Voyage with 1920s ocean linerThe Voyage is a major cultural project with a production budget of almost £700,000. It is one of the key events of the opening weekend of the London 2012 Festival.

A massive free outdoor spectacle with an anticipated audience of 10,000 people per night and a cast of over 200 performers and musicians.

Legs On The Wall peformers

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The production of The Voyage transforms Birmingham’s Victoria Square, taking the audience on an epic visual and aural journey over a series of six scenes that follow the adventures of a group of passengers who set sail upon an ocean liner to an unknown land.

In talking about the production, Patrick Nolan, Legs On The Wall’s Artistic Director and co-director of the production says, "The production turns the city centre into a massive film set, in which the audience becomes key players in the action. Starting out as the passengers on the docks, they set sail across the seas, get swept up in a huge storm, help rescue passengers washed overboard and finally become the welcoming party in the new land."

Legs On The Wall aerialist

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Motionhouse and Legs On The Wall are the co-creators of The Voyage with the production being co-directed by Patrick Nolan and Kevin Finnan the respective Artistic Directors of each company. It is produced by the Birmingham Hippodrome, with original video design by the multi award winning Logela Multimedia.

Legs On The Wall aerialist

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The cast includes 20 dancers from Motionhouse, 6 performers from Legs On The Wall, a choir of 40, a brass band of 35 and 120 community dancers and performers.

The central element of the set is an enormous ship, roughly 15 metres high, 45 metres long, and 6 metres wide, which serves as the main performance area for the aerialists and dancers. The projections by Spanish Basque company Logela Multimedia, utilise the latest in 3D video mapping technology, transforming the Town Hall into the various locations the ship journeys through.

Legs On The Wall aerialist

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Music is being composed by Sophy Smith and Tim Dickinson, under the direction of the artistic team. Sophy and Tim are working directly with the 4 community choirs in the lead up to the production.

  • Artistic Directors: Kevin Finnan, Motionhouse, Patrick Nolan, Legs On The Wall
  • Quest Participation Dance Project: Louise Richards, Motionhouse
  • Video design: Karlos Gomez Lersundi, Imanol Garaizaeal Pileain, Logela Multimedia
  • Composer: Sophy Smith (UK)
  • Set: Simon Dormon (UK)
  • Costume: Sofie Layton (UK)
  • Lighting: Mark Howett (Australia)
  • Executive Producer: Stuart Griffiths, Birmingham Hippodrome
  • Producer: Sarah Allen, Birmingham Hippodrome

The Voyage Victoria Square, Birmingham in front of the Town Hall. Free performances: 10pm on June 21, 22, 23, & 24, 2012.

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1 Review

May 1, 2012

To be invited to perform in Birmingham as part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad — the largest cultural celebration in the history of the modern Olympic and Paralympic Movements — is a great honour and richly deserved. The Australian Government is very proud to sponsor the tour. Federal Arts Minister, Simon Crean