Tuesday 5 March 2013 – Media Release
Culture Vessel MS Stubnitz sails into Wood Wharf
Cold war relic and culture ark MS Stubnitz has sailed into a mooring at Wood Wharf, the waterfront area earmarked for future development immediately east of Canary Wharf in Central London.
MS Stubnitz is an 80m long former East German fishing ship, and will be in place until 16 May to host an exceptional spring programme of arts and events: from contemporary circus and trapeze workshops to acoustic Egyptian Oud music and the amusing intricacies of the Cabaret of Mechanical Theatre.
Weighing over 2,500 tonnes, MS Stubnitz is a cultural heavy-weight in more ways than one. At previous locations she has played host to some of the biggest names in art and music – including Ramstein, Grandmaster Flash and Laurel Aitken, bringing decades of northern European counter-culture to some 570,000 visitors. Her crew of 15 artists and engineers is captained by founder Urs ‘Blo’ Blaser, and will bring a host of exciting events to Wood Wharf before sailing on to Dunkirk for the next leg of its journey.
From 5 March the creators of the Underground and Download Festival hit ‘Madame Pain’s Boudior Circus’, Aircraft Circus unveil their exciting new production ‘Midnight Circus’. Aircraft Circus will launch with a free, outdoor circus show on deck on Thursday 7 March at 3pm. Recently premiered at the Greenwich Circus Festival, the troupe invite budding acrobats to take part in a series of challenging and exhilarating workshops inspired by the show. Ranging from one-hour lunchtime taster sessions to six week courses, those keen to run away with the circus can try their hand at Static Trapeze, Circus Conditioning and Acrobatic Balancing.
On 12th March, the crew of MS Stubnitz will reveal the impressive automata of the Cabaret of Mechanical Theatre. This one-off exhibition of precious and intricate machines offers the opportunity to learn more about their ingenious engineering and amusing, unexpected performances. A collection of global renown, this exhibition has travelled the world, from Australia to Bangkok, Seoul, Tokyo and the US. It includes pieces by well known artist-engineers such as Paul Spooner, Keith Newstead, Pierre Mayer and Matt Smith. Alongside the exhibition, experts will offer day-long workshops for those keen to try their hand at creating their own mechanical masterpiece.
Concluding the first few weeks of the MS Stubnitz programme is Egyptian Oud in Concert: Mohammed Abozekry and HeeJaz on 6 April. During this evening of atmospheric acoustic music, oud player Mohammed Abozekry and his group HeeJaz will take the audience on a trip to the heart of ancient Egypt. While the HeeJaz quartet of oud, guitar double bass and percussion form a strong rhythmic and harmonic backing, Mohamed will delight crowds with his famous improvisation across a wide range of musical styles, all contained within the ship’s sound proof steel hull.
Katy Doggett, at Canary Wharf Group said: “MS Stubnitz is the flagship for a great array of cultural arts and events at Wood Wharf in the coming year. We are very pleased to welcome the MS Stubnitz as it brings something completely different to Wood Wharf, showing that this place attracts the best cultural minds, as well as commercial ones. It gives a nice hint of the future use of Wood Wharf, which will have world-class technology, arts and cultural experiences embedded into the development from the very start.”
Aste Amundsen from the MS Stubnitz said: “We are delighted to present a short but action packed season of arts and events at Wood Wharf this spring. It’s a striking setting for the ship worthy of a visit in and of itself. This new mooring is also very central and easily accessible by public transport. Events will include the high quality, eclectic music programming the ship is famed for as well as circus, kinetic arts, maker workshops and much besides. Check back often, events will be announced on a rolling basis.”
Wood Wharf is a 20 acre waterfront site immediately east of Canary Wharf, set for future mixed-use development by Canary Wharf Group. One of Central London’s most exciting waterfront sites, ahead of development Canary Wharf Group is using the site for a range of cultural activities, including lunch markets, yacht moorings, ice sculpting festivals and more.
Aircraft Circus – classes/workshops
1 hour taster sessions of Static Trapeze or Acrobalance – Tuesday 19th March to Friday 22nd March 12.30-1.30pm
Classes: 6 week course of weekly 1 hour classes:
Static trapeze from Monday 25th March, 12.30-1.30pm for £100
Acrobalance from Wed 27th March, 12.30-1.30pm for £100
Aircraft Circus – Midnight Circus
Midnight Circus: Thursday 7 – Sunday 10 March: doors 8pm; show 8:30pm Thursday 14 – Sunday 16 March: doors 8pm; show 8:30pm
Sunday 17 March matinee: doors 2:30pm; show 3pm
For more information and to book please visit www.aircraftcircus.com
Midnight Circus: £20 concessions £16; tickets on the door £25
Taster workshops: £20
6 week course: £108
Cabaret of Mechanical Theatre
12th March -12th April – Weekdays 12pm-2pm & 5pm-7pm Weekends 12-5pm (Exhibition closed 27th-31st March)
Cost: Admission – Adults £5; Children £3.50 (children under 5 free and cash only on door)
Exhibition launch (including Ensemble Workshop) £10
One Day Introduction to Automata-making £95
Mechanical Art Workshop for Families £10 per kit
Egyptian Oud in Concert: Mohammed Abozekry and HeeJaz
Sat 6th April Doors 7:30pm; concert 8pm
Cost: £12 online; £15 at Box Office
For more information or to book please visit www.stubnitz.com
For further information, please contact:
The Communication Group plc
T: 020 7630 1411
Canary Wharf Group plc
T: 020 7418 2326
M: 07779 888 075
Website: www.canarywharf.com; www.stubnitz.com
Twitter @yourcanarywharf; @MSStubnitz
NOTES TO EDITORS
About Canary Wharf Group
Canary Wharf Group plc is an integrated property development, investment and management group of companies.
Canary Wharf has a working population of nearly 100,000 people in a diverse range of sectors for some of the world’s leading companies. It has paved the way for the regeneration of London’s Docklands and one in five Canary Wharf workers now lives in a local East London borough. It has helped London and the City consolidate its position at the centre of the business world.
The Group has plans in place to continue to develop Canary Wharf in the coming years in parallel with other central London developments including the Shell Centre on the South Bank (in a joint venture with Qatari Diar) and 20 Fenchurch Street in the City of London (in a joint venture with Land Securities). The Group has completed the construction phase of the Canary Wharf Crossrail station ahead of schedule and on budget.
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