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PERIPLUM

  

Nationality:    British
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Where can you witness a gigantic flaming bell rising out of the earth? How can you become one of a hundred Spartacii staging a modern day slave uprising? Where will you be immersed in a dystopic society, and witness acts of sacrifice & freedom? How can you stage a revolution to find the heart of your city? Welcome to the ever changing world of Periplum. . .

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        451         1000 revolutions         arquiem         Artaud in Wonderland         bell, the         crowley         Devil Came to Kentish Town         globe         homecoming         imaginarium         navigator         Rasputin         spartacus         Water



451

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451 combines immersive sound and sensory theatre to depict a dystopic society where literature is outlawed and acts of violence are rewarded. Inspired by Ray Bradbury's visionary novel Fahrenheit 451, this incendiary outdoor performance recounts the story of a society in which books are banned and firemen are employed to burn them. Bradbury's classic text has proven prophetic, reflected in the rise of the ipad, surveillance, interactive media, the televised pursuit of fugitives, and the continuing radical power of the written word. As we witness a rise in monitoring and attacks on freedom of expression we might even believe that there could be a future where books may once again hold a secret knowledge. . .

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Inspired by Ray Bradburys visionary novel Fahrenheit 451

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Greenwich & Docklands Festival, London    27 Jun 2015

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1000 revolutions

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This city-specific performance trail celebrates musics role as an agent of change in our lives and the places we live  from the sacred space of the teenage bedroom to the communal bliss of a gig. Periplum collaborate with local communities, musicians & artists to build a Sonic City, a mass participation event exploring musical revolution in the home, on the radio and in your street. Sign up for this odyssey celebrating local music scenes, social history and all that makes your neighbourhood unique in a thrilling search for the heart of the city.

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arquiem

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Night is falling. A riotous procession wheels into town. The streets resound with the fury of an avenging crowd, hunting out the fugitive as a young man recants and cries for innocence lost. This is Arquiem: a story of first love, murder ballad and cautionary tale - a powerful outdoor promenade performance inspired by Blake's Songs of Innocence & Experience and Browning's poem Porphyria's Lover. Periplums timeless & moving elegy to the agonies of youth features pulsating live music, stilts, pyrotechnics, acrobatics and beautifully crafted mobile structures. The company use vibrant text and a dynamic visual performance style to tell this simple story of a boy who murders his love to preserve the memory of one moment forever.

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Artaud in Wonderland

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Antonin Artaud died at the foot of his bed with a shoe in his hand and a thousand ideas in his head. This show was allegedly created in collaboration with the great, dead, mad Frenchman by means of a sťance. Enter the Theatre of Cruelty where every sound that Artaud hears he bends to the beginnings of a new adventure to transform himself and the rest of the world.

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devised by Damian Wright. Artaud in Wonderland was originally devised and privately performed at the Metway Studios of The Levellers in Brighton.

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bell, the

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The Bell is a theatrical spectacle and 360-degree surround performance for audiences of up to 5,000 people. A sensory extravaganza, The Bell takes inspiration from the visceral imagery of films by Akira Kurosawa (Ran) and Andrei Tarkovsky (Andrei Rublev), creating a potent tale of hope and redemption. The show features dynamic promenade action, mobile structures, pyrotechnics, stilts, aerial performance and soaring music to explore timeless themes of war and peace in a spectacle of fire, light and humanity re-born from the ashes. The Bell tells a simple and moving story of striving to transcend conflict and find resolution through shared struggle. The action moves around and through the audience who are in the centre of the performance space and are included through promenade movements and vocal interactions. The show features fire & pyro designed by The World Famous & delivered by Lightfires.

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crowley

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Whisper 6-6-6 and invoke the infamous occultist, laughing Buddha, black magician, insatiable lover, purple priest, King of Depravity, a man youd like to hang, Englands worst, his very name a curse on the human race: the Great Beast, Aleister Crowley. This promenade performance was an invitation to witness the explosive life & mind of the Wickedest Man in the World, from a boyhood in hell to a deckchair in Hastings.

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Devil Came to Kentish Town

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Blues junk opera about the day Lucifer came to North-West London.

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globe

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This magical sphere transports a twisted fairytale landscape. Within, a captured soul trudges through the wilderness of this frozen world. Holding a single red rose he strives to shatter his isolation and share human warmth with a stranger. Will you be the one to transform the lonely wanderers world, sharing long-lost memories of Spring and ultimately melting his heart? Globe celebrates the resilience of the human spirit through elemental hardship as it travels in mesmerising orbits. This promenade performance is also accompanied by a series of beautifully crafted free-standing interactive audio-visual installations. The miniature globes can be commissioned for special adaptation, including text, design & music to reflect local architecture, landscapes & history.

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homecoming

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This large-scale surround performance tells the stories of our ancestors on the home-front and front-lines during the First World War. Homecoming explores the impact of war on communities  the changing roles of women, the heartbreak and loss to families, and the unique stories of individuals  from acts of bravery and kindness to the tragedy of teenagers shot at dawn. Homecoming is a touring project adapted and localised for each new town. It is designed for major local participation, and collaboration with local researchers, museums and archivists to tell the real stories of local people. It features dynamic 360 degree action, pyrotechnics and silent film-style digital projections showing original footage and photographs from the time and the locality.

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imaginarium

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Enter into the Imaginarium and unlock secret stories from Wonderland. Housed in a 7m Bell Tent, this delightful immersive experience is a series of 5 interactive installations merging digital technology, short Ipad films, natural surroundings and traditional parlour games. Inspired by Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, the films and installations explore the hidden stories and journeys of Wonderlands unsung heroes. The Ipad becomes your magnifying lens, zooming in on the minutiae of natural plants and flowers to shrink you to the eye-view of a hedgehog about to become a croquet ball and a dormouse stirring up a storm in a teapot. The films contain clues to help you find games hidden in the installations, which include a floating Mad Hatters tea party, a chess board with live plants as chess pieces, hanging birdcages with imprisoned roses, an overgrown croquet table and a beach scene captured within a suitcase. The films are beautifully shot in the English landscape. Imaginarium can also take place in indoor settings. New films, installations and games can be commissioned specially for your event.

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navigator

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Discover a parallel universe as Navigator guides you into the labyrinth where digital and physical space interweave. . .An Ipod becomes your navigational device, with films that lead you on a dramatic journey of discovery, leading you towards mysterious encounters on unexpected pathways. As you physically explore a site, following where the films lead, you also follow a story specially created for the location, meeting characters both on screen and in reality. The journey mixes film & live action with a trail of visual clues & installations. Created site-specifically, Navigator imaginatively interprets the psycho-geography of a location, producing a unique immersive experience that can take you through secret doors and into different time-zones. It is an adaptable concept available for commissioning for special events and can take in both indoor & outdoor settings. It is ideal for heritage and learning projects, as well as theatrical and festival contexts.

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Rasputin

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The myths & images still surrounding the mad monk fuelled this exercise in relentless mesmerism. From his miraculous healing hands to legends of debauchery, we followed his mysterious relationship with the last Empress of Russia right up to the death throes of a dynasty. Through hypnosis we took a leap into the hearts & minds of a dying breed, into a royal world gone wrong with the workings of a revolution. Monumental Russian dolls swung like pendulums and opened up to reveal the heart of the mystery.

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devised by Damian Wright

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spartacus

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Overnight, a prison appears in the city centre surrounded by elite Caesar Security guards. The prison contains an anonymous captive, pacing behind bars, as digital screens relay public safety messages. But in the recesses the Spartacus movement is planning an action. The movement cannot be contained and will not see one of their number remanded for no reason  Expect us: we will act. . . This modern retelling of the slaves uprising explores the ownership of public space, surveillance and security in the interests of public safety, with live physical action, digital media, audience participation and a cast of thousands.

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Water

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The sequel to Fire, set one generation on under the Nazi occupation of Eastern Europe.

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devised by Ian Postre

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