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All Aboard As The Voyage Sets Sail

Posted by: Chris Brown on

In celebration of the London 2012 Festival, last night Birmingham’s Victoria Square hosted the World Premiere of The Voyage which embarked on its maiden journey in front of a delighted audience. An estimated audience of 4,500 people were treated to the first performances of The Voyage, an epic tale that tells the dramatic story of passengers aboard the HMS Olympia, a 50ft passenger liner.

Crowds were swept away with delight as they watched incredibly physical dance and daring aerial acrobatics performed aboard the ship. This unique storytelling experience kept spectators hooked as they became part of an interactive dance and film spectacle with a talented cast of over 150.

Birmingham’s prestigious Town Hall provided the perfect backdrop to the free performance, which was complemented by stunning projections, and brilliant musical performances from the Town Hall Gospel Choir, live music from the Birmingham Conservatoire and amateur performers from Birmingham Ormiston Academy, Stratford Upon Avon College, Playbox Theatre, Solihull, Nova and Coventry Youth Dance Groups and the Motionhouse Adult dance group.

Produced by Birmingham Hippodrome, The Voyage is a fantastic cultural collaboration between one of the UK’s leading outdoor dance companies Motionhouse based in Leamington Spa and Australia’s acclaimed physical theatre and aerial company Legs On The Wall, from Sydney.  The music is specially written and composed by Sophy Smith and Tim Dickinson. The set is a life-size cruise liner designed by Simon Dormon with stunning film projection from Logela Multimedia from the Basque region of Spain.

The first performance of The Voyage was a truly fantastic way of celebrating the Olympic and Paralympic Games, the City of Birmingham, and the amazing talent that the dance and theatre world has to offer.  Remaining performances of The Voyage are only performed on Saturday and Sunday at 10pm – make sure you don’t miss it!

The London 2012 Festival is a 12-week nationwide celebration bringing together leading artists from across the world with the very best from the UK, opening on Midsummer’s Day, 21 June, and running until 9 September 2012. It forms the finale of the Cultural Olympiad, the four year programme of arts and cultural events celebrating London 2012.

In total, over 70 arts and cultural events will take place over the summer in the West Midlands as part of the London 2012 Festival and Cultural Olympiad.

Principal funders of the Cultural Olympiad and London 2012 Festival are Arts Council England, Legacy Trust UK and the Olympic Lottery Distributor. BP and BT are Premier Partners of the Cultural Olympiad and the London 2012 Festival.

The Voyage is FREE and will be performed nightly at 10pm until Sunday 24 June.

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