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Go See: Lift Festival 2018 – until 22 July 2018

This June, walk a different path and explore what’s on offer at London International Festival of Theatre (LIFT)

 
Every two years LIFT lands in London, bringing a mix of theatre, dance, art and performance to venues across the city. Many of the events and shows involve international performance companies and have been tested and developed through other large-scale biannual events like the Manchester International Festival.

 

Credit: #LIFT2018 Launch Film/London, Summer 2018.

 
There’s a huge cast of performers and locations involved in the festival this year with many shows taking place in and around public spaces in London. Read on for our Top Picks.

 

Session

Credit: Still from ‘Session’. Photograph via LIFT Festival. Described as ‘part-gig, part-social, and part-dance party’, ‘Session’ combines the language and energy of ‘hip-hop, contemporary folk and afrobeats’. Expect something special from Tottenham’s Steppaz Performing Arts Academy and North London’s Afrobeats powerhouse, Empire Sounds who have collaborated with young performers to bring this show into being.

Session
Bernie Grant Arts Centre Courtyard
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Fly By Night

 

Credit: Still from Fly by Night. Photograph via LIFT Festival. American artist Duke Riley’s outdoor performance involves 1500 LED-lit pigeons that will soar above the Thamesmead skyline. Riley’s work is dedicated to some of the First World War’s unsung heroes who helped to convey messages between distant personnel. Duke’s work often combines fictional or mythical elements with inspiration from real events. If you can’t make it to the performance watch Olivia Loomis Merrion’s 2016 short documentary about making ‘Fly by Night’ in New York.

Fly By Night
East Thamesmead
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Fatherland

 

Credit: Fatherland teaser trailer | #LIFT2018. Taking inspiration from real life conversations between fathers and sons, this play holds a mirror up to 21st century living. Words, music and dance are provided by Frantic Assembly’s Scott Graham, Karl Hyde from Underworld and playwright Simon Stephens (‘Punk Rock’ and ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time’). Described as tough, honest and true, this sounds like a performance to be remembered.

 
Fatherland
Lyric Hammersmith
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Taylor Mac – A 24-Decade History of Popular Music: The First Act

Listing image credit and above: A still from Taylor Mac’s ‘A 24-Decade History of Popular Music: The First Act’. Photograph, Little Fang. And lastly, even if you don’t get the chance to catch this show, you should check out the work of Taylor Mac on YouTube – art, music and activism are at the heart of his shows and this performance is an excerpt of a 24-hour piece! For this event at The Barbican, he’s picked out historic and subversive anthems from America’s past and teamed with some pretty fine costumes courtesy of collaborator, Machine Dazzle.

Taylor Mac – A 24-Decade History of Popular Music: The First Act
The Barbican
Thurs 28 – Sat 30 Jun, 7.30pm
Age guidance: 16+
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