/Hounslow: Bell Square London’s Performance Art and Dance Festival 2017

Hounslow: Bell Square London’s Performance Art and Dance Festival 2017

Summer warmth and longer days have finally arrived in London. This is the time to set up your calendar for an eventful summer filled with outdoor events. If you live in the Hounslow area, known for its all-week diverse and multicultural market stalls, why not take a seat at Bell Square (Hounslow High Street) for FREE to see amazing dance, theatre, acrobatic and circus-inspired performances?

Bell Square London launched in 2014 in the heart of Hounslow to bring performance art to the local community. Residents of Hounslow have returned each year to see exciting, international world-class acts which have toured at prime theatre venues. All first-timers to Bell Square London are welcome, and there is no age restriction. Whether you are a two-year-old or a ninety-year-old, there’s something for all audiences to enjoy!

Southpaw Dance at Bell Square in Hounslow_201 ®VipulSangoi
Past performer’s Southpaw Dance at Bell Square, Hounslow (2015) ®VipulSangoi

“Bell Square London is loved by the local community and brings visitors into the area to experience this cultural extravaganza against the backdrop of Hounslow’s busy town centre… As always, audiences can expect an eclectic mix of work this year from diverse organisations and nationalities. We look forward to welcoming our audience regulars back, and many new faces too, over the coming months.”  Jan Lennox, Director of Bell Square London.

Bell Square London – The Outdoor arts space has 17 outstanding new shows for 2017. The remarkable variety and range of international performers for Bell Square make for an inspiring and creative programme for the year.

2017 has already begun with Polish group Teatr Osmega Dnia and their performance of Arka, shaping flame-lit structures in and out of the audience and a giant winged ship to share their universal story. Highly Sprung have also performed their walkabout piece of physical performance, Urban Astronaut, with an aerial performer suspended at up to 20ft in the air, without any strings.

Just last week, hosted by Watermans, outdoor South Asian dance company Akademi gave the Bell Square audience a tantalizing performance of Paradiso, a man’s journey through obstacles and boundaries. Six agile and talented dancers wowed the audience with their dancing bravado. (Review post coming soon.)

Akademi performs Paradiso, Bell Square London 2017
Akademi perform Paradiso, Bell Square London, 2017®Simon Richardson

Next week Joli Vyann shall be performing Lance Moi en I’Air which is a combined work of dance and circus art. Through acrobatic skills, the performers display a physical dialogue of sensitivity and connectivity through the use of their athletic bodies.

Joli Vyann perform Lance Moi en I’Air, Bell Square London, 2017
Joli Vyann perform Lance Moi en I’Air, Bell Square London, 2017®Moving Productions

French extraordinaire circus group Cirque Rouages give Bell Square audiences Sodade, conjuring imagery of nostalgia, happy memories and reveries through performance art, accompanied by two singers.

Mem Morrison is a one-man artist who shall recreate live art and installation before your very eyes. Lewisham-based company Levantes’ Dance Theatre will also stop by, to showcase some playful and comedic performances.

In August, inspiring dance company Candoco, who pride themselves in including disabled performers to their projects, shall present a romantic duet, You and I, made up of a series of scenes on a set timeline.

Candoco perform You and I, Bell Square London, 2017
Candoco perform You and I, Bell Square London, 2017®Camillia Greenwell

Silence, a variety piece utilising fire, physical theatre and puppetry is directed by Polish director Teatre Biuro Podrozy. He shall share stories of the reality of many conflict and war zone victims. Performance group Cia Ignifuga provide sound and music for the Bell Square audience as they allow them to plug in and listen to their performance of A House Is Not A Home.

A House is Not a Home performed by Cia Ignifuga, Bell Square London, Aleix Melé ©
A House is Not a Home performed by Cia Ignifuga, Bell Square London, Aleix Melé ©

The 2017 programme goes on until December and shall include more thrilling performances by Iron Skulls Co., Human Hood, Guizot de 8, Same Sky and Ray Lee.

All Bell Square London performances take place on a Saturday. Some take place from 13:00. Some night performers begin at 19.30 and beyond (when the sun is still out!), but please check the website for more details, here.

I’m a Bell Square Blogger in Residence for 2017.


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