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IBT Wildness

Posted on May 20, 2022

InstantDissidence SlowMo Credit JemmaStein

Over one weekend from June 17 to 19, IBT Wildness, a new programme from Bristol-based organisation In Between Time, invites audiences, visitors and participants into the forest, both literally and metaphorically. IBT Wildness comprises three key events. June 17–18 sees human installation Woods, created by Brazilian artist Clarice Lima, alongside an international collective of performance artists. A cast of 40 Bristolian participants will create a physical forest amidst concrete and glass in Bristol’s busiest shopping district, representing an array of trees as headstands are performed around swathes of recycled material.

Also on June 18, Bristol-based artist Sylvia Rimat invites audiences to become forest divers as they journey through Leigh Woods. Utilising Sylvia’s bespoke geo-located app at this atmospheric location, Sylvia’s experiential piece Some People Climb Up traverses deep into woodlands, both real and imagined. Back in Bristol city centre on the same day, dance artist and activist Rita Marcalo’s company Instant Dissidence share choreographed stories from Bristolian travellers as they dance through the streets in Slow Mo.

Each event is produced via a sustainable approach. For example, Instant Dissidence is travelling across Europe to reach Bristol by boat and train, passing through Cyprus, Italy, Sweden, Denmark and France. As they take the slow path towards Bristol, they’ll collect stories from people they meet on the way, turning them into dances. Each dance performed on Bristol’s streets is to be inspired by local storytellers about countries they’ve travelled through. The route Slow Mo takes through Bristol will map the route Instant Dissidence has taken through Europe, allowing audiences to emulate and celebrate their journey.

At IBT Wildness, artists are working responsibly with recycled materials and without power. In Between Time was founded by artist Helen Cole and its biennial festival has seen international and local artists create and present work in Bristol for over two decades. Cole says: “I am beyond excited to share IBT Wildness with everyone. A weekend that invites us to come together with artists whose wild imaginations are finding new ways to make incredible art sustainably, rewilding the centre of Bristol, whilst connecting us with nature and the environment. I can’t wait to see what happens when we bring Bristolians together to plant our temporary forest in the city and perhaps even for a moment to re-find the wildness in each of us.”

IBT Wildness has been developed in collaboration with Festival of Nature, Trinity Arts and Perform Europe. For booking and information please click here. 

Photograph: A promotional image for Instant Dissidence’s Slow Mo. Credit: Jemma Stein. 

Nicola Rayner was editor of Dance Today from 2010 to 2015. She has written for a number of publications including The Guardian, The Independent and Time Out Buenos Aires, where she cut her teeth as a dance journalist working on the tango section. Today she continues to dance everything from ballroom to breakdance, with varying degrees of success. Her debut novel, The Girl Before You, was published last year in paperback, ebook and audiobook.

Nicola Rayner was editor of Dance Today from 2010 to 2015. She has written for a number of publications including The Guardian, The Independent and Time Out Buenos Aires, where she cut her teeth as a dance journalist working on the tango section. Today she continues to dance everything from ballroom to breakdance, with varying degrees of success. Her debut novel, The Girl Before You, was published last year in paperback, ebook and audiobook.

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