Dip Your Toe: Small-Scale Venues for a Large-Scale Event
Dip your Toe is an arts event produced by the Nightingale with Brighton Fringe and The Marlborough Theatre, to take place in the streets of Brighton to celebrate the arrival of the Lone Twins boat in Brighton and from the idea to build one bathing machine has been developed into an art project with six of them and has involved artists in South East, particularly Brighton.
What the project is…
Six bespoke Victorian-style bathing machines have been created and they will appear throughout May at iconic Brighton landmarks from the West Pier to Madeira Drive. Each bathing machine will be the inspiration and the venue for a series of specially commissined performances by South East artists. These fascinating replicas will be brought to life as beautifully customised, mobile mini-theatres to house performances every weekend during Brighton Fringe.
The events in Dip Your Toe will form a multi-faceted, interactive performance trail, there will be 5 projects in total.
1. Vivascope from Seth Kriebel and Zoe Bouras will take the audience inside a working camera obscura, and view live performance in the streets outside;
2. Kissing The Gunner’s Daughter from Grist To The Mill, people can peep through the walls of a bathing machine to glimpse a mysterious world of shadows, dragged from the depths of the sea;
3. With Swimming in the Persian Gulf, Bandbazi will create an exotic antechamber where you can borrow a human book and learn about the freedom of swimming, as they explore the woman’s view from East and West. They will be working with a group of Iranian Women and will see the old generation vs the new generation.
4. Karavan Ensemble’s roving installation A small museum of displaced sea will form a miniature museum of the remembered ocean as they work with older people from the Hollingdean area who rearly get to see the sea. Those memories will be relayed via audio.
5. Boogaloo Stu gets up close and personal with his audience, in his Puppet Paramour and Sock-Puppet Side Show, inviting them into his bathing machine for a one-to-one craft session, where he will make each individual a sock puppet in the image of their real or ideal life-partner.
The sixth bathing machine will host a range of performances from various award winning artists and companies: Strandline – a giant kaleidoscope from Avis Cockbill and David Parker; Green and Pleasant Land – an epic adventure fusing live music and physical story-telling for children aged 10 and upwards from fanSHEN; the Department of Unreliable Memories from Rachel Blackman and Emma Kilbey of Stillpoint; and a bewitching piece from Matt Rudkin of Inconvenient Spoof, The Terrible Shaman.
Steven Brett, the Nightingale’s Artistic Director Steven Brett says: “I believe in giving artists free rein and DYT is a perfect vehicle for artists to take the sprk of an idea and create something truly unique inspired by these little venues and their remarkable history”.
We look forward to seeing it.