Bridge is an ambitious outdoor experience produced by Imagineer Productions and created by artistic director Orit Azaz in collaboration with a creative team that includes designer Dan Potra, choreographer Corey Baker, writer Nick Walker, composer Peter Reynolds and circus director Paul Evans. During 2019 Bridge visited Grantham and Coventry, and returns in 2021 to Barking & Dagenham, Liverpool and Stockton.
A bridge appears in the centre of town and becomes the setting for a three day programme of free pop-up events and happenings before culminating in an exhilarating live performance with an international cast.
Visitors to the Bridge can enjoy a programme of free daytime events Under the Bridge, including performances, conversations and workshops from the local artistic community; an immersive headphones Experience in Two Parts; and the Bridge Stories podcast, our collection of stories of bridge-building and bridge-burning.
Bridge culminates in a new and extraordinary evening performance, with an international cast of performers. With gravity-defying circus acrobatics, parkour, theatre and live music, some unusually agile engineers attempt to bridge the gap and find it much, much harder than they thought.
In each town, local people make their own bridges and share stories of bridge-building (and bridge-burning). People and groups who wouldn’t normally meet are invited to assemble a large self-supporting bridge, inspired by Leonardo da Vinci’s design.
This article about Bridge, published by Burning Man (USA), gives more insight into the project and our aims fo the future.
Funding partners include: Arts Council England Ambition for Excellence Award, Great Places, City of Culture Trust, The Foyle Foundation, Coventry City Council, Creative Barking and Dagenham, William Cadbury Trust, Garfield Weston and Foyle Foundation.
Visit our project website www.imagine-bridge.co.uk.
Claire Maddocks Claire@imagineerproductions.co.uk