What makes a dance company perform with a JCB? And how do you turn a giant machine into a graceful dance partner? Motionhouse dance company do just that in their new show, EXO, at Bell Square this week, and tell us a little more about it below.
The phrase that underlines much of the programme at Bell Square is ‘stories that affect us all’. It’s well known that 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem at some point in their lives, so it’s clear that almost all of us will have some experience of mental illness, either ourselves or in someone we know. And we shouldn’t be afraid to talk about it.
One of the most enchanting sights in the night sky is a full moon. For thousands of years, the moon was vital for ancient cultures in tracking the passing of the months and helping them to decide when to plant and harvest crops. But the full moon, especially, has also inspired writers, artists and poets for centuries.
Belly of the Whale is set on a giant, semi-circular, see-saw structure. It is a beautiful wooden sculpture in its own right and the company use it to showcase their signature blend of circus skills, humour and breathtaking moments of risk.
I’m writing this in one of the hottest summers we’ve had in years. It seems barely imaginable that we’ll soon be heading into the cooler autumn days, with the nights drawing in, and through to the crisp, cold days of winter. But we have another 8 great shows for you, so winter won’t be so bad!
Over the years, we have had many events at Bell Square which have involved local people getting directly involved in the show. They are always popular, and usually quite special. On Saturday, I’m looking forward to welcoming Stalker Teatro with their project, Steli. Everyone who would like to get involved can come and help build some beautiful, coloured structures together on the Square.
It’s Sunday night in Krakow. I’ve been here for a few days now, visiting the Ulica festival. Ulica means ‘street’ in Polish and this is a festival of theatre on the streets and squares of Krakow.
I'm always looking for the best shows for next year at Bell Square, and I go to festivals to see around 25 shows in 3-4 days. Festivals, though, are also a great opportunity to meet new artists and talk to other programmers, often from all over the world, and to be inspired by new ideas and new people.
On 14 July, Catalan artists Insectotropics return to Bell Square with a performance of The Legend of the Burning Man. This is a searching investigation into how our understanding of world events is manipulated by media. It follows the story of how a local incident in a small, rural Tunisian town sparked protests and revolutions across an entire region that became known as The Arab Spring.
We’ve got a really great French dance company, Cie Dyptik, coming to Bell Square on Saturday, 30 June. They're quite new to touring in the UK and this will be one of the first chances to see them here, so I’d like to introduce them!
from C-12 Dance Theatre's fantastic show Trolleys
While most people might be out doing their weekly shop on a Saturday afternoon, the shopping trolleys assembled in Bell Square last week were being put to a much better use.
FROM OUR ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
2018 is the 250th anniversary of the circus and we’ll be celebrating with some fabulous events at Bell Square this summer!
The Birth of Circus
Despite circus being mentioned in Greek and Roman times, the word really only referred to the ‘circular’ amphitheatres used for public performances. Circus as we know it started in London in 1768.
On Saturday 2 June, the hugely successful, international touring show, Trolleys, comes to Bell Square. Bizarrely, the idea for this show came out of an advert for Riva Coffee that Australian choreographer Shaun Parker made in 2007!
Well wasn't May 19 just the perfect weather for a Royal Wedding and perhaps even an FA Cup Final? And of course, it was even more perfect for our first event of the year at Bell Square, featuring Akademi and the very popular Sufi:Zen.
You can check out the daytime performance in this Facebook Live video below - unusually the dancers were wearing shoes and the reason was because the black material on the staged area was very hot due to the sun beating down on it all day. The evening event proved to be a bit cooler and we were delighted to host large crowds for both events.
Come to an amazing array of outdoor performance from the UK & abroad. Bell Square returns for 2018 with a packed programme of amazing outdoor performance.
From May to August, you can see 8 world-class shows at our permanent outdoor arts space in Hounslow.
These extraordinary shows come from some of the best artists in the UK and from across Europe – in the first few months, we have shows from France and Italy, Belgium and Catalonia, as well as from the UK. The programme also brings many other influences from around the world, including international choreographers and different cultural styles.
In the depths of winter, the Bell Square events take a break. On these cold, dark February days, my mind often wanders back to the balmy days of summer when we were out on the Square, remembering some of the shows, having chats with the audience, and working with some truly lovely artists. And it also wanders back sometimes to the little things that, just occasionally, didn’t go quite to plan…
Welcome to 2018 and we would like to take the opportunity to share with you another great piece of writing from one of our attendees.
Bell Square Ambassador Catherine watched FlameOz, our last event of 2017, and wrote this joyous, beautiful poem, read it in full below
Our ever popular Winter Lights event was held at Bell Square recently - and as you can see from the photo gallery it's a dazzling and beautiful for everyone that comes along. As always, it's a free event and everyone is welcome.
One of our Bell Square Ambassadors Catherine came along and was inspired to write this beautiful poem, read it in full below
Guixot de 8 took up residence in Bell Square earlier this month and here is the view from the eyes of two of our junior Bell Square bloggers Navya and Thara.