Ringing the Changes at Canary Wharf

Thursday 20 and Friday 21 May 2010
1 pm and 6 pm
Canada Square Park, Canary Wharf, London E14

The European premiere of Ringing the Changes by Strange Fruit comes to Canary Wharf on 20 May.

The spectacular outdoor show features performers moving through the air perched on flexible, 16-foot tall poles striking more than 20 elevated bells and gongs, to perform an extraordinary, synchronised musical score. It combines elements of theatre, dance, music and circus to create an unique and dramatic event beneath the famous Canary Wharf towers in Canada Square Park.

The show is by Strange Fruit, one of Australia’s most celebrated performance companies, and is a preview event for the annual Greenwich+Docklands International Festival which opens on 24 June 2010 with a programme of spectacular, free outdoor events inspired by the “Earth” theme, encouraging audiences to see familiar East London locations in a new light.

Bradley Hemmings, Artistic Director Greenwich+Docklands International Festival said “Bells have an important place in the popular history of East London, not only through the association of Bow Bells with Cockney ancestry, but also in the rich local heritage of the Whitechapel Bell Foundry. It’s therefore particularly fitting that this wonderful new outdoor spectacle, in which bell-ringing plays such a key role, should receive its UK premiere in the heart of contemporary East London.”

The performance begins with a clarion call to assemble, moves through an atmosphere of quiet meditation and culminates in a crescendo of massed percussion, with the audience encouraged to participate throughout. Ringing the Changes debuted at the Melbourne International Arts Festival 2009 and is directed by Sue Broadway, designed by Michael Baxter and shaped by sonic artist Neil McLachlan. The music is composed by Graeme Leak.

Sian Astrop, Arts & Events manager at Canary Wharf Group plc said:

“Ringing the Changes is unique and visually impressive. Britain’s tallest buildings, the architecture of Canada Square Park and the buzzing bars and restaurants make this a tremendous backdrop for outdoor performing arts. It is a great kick-start to the summer series of arts and events, which features world-class sport, music, dance and more.”

For further detailsplease contact:

Hamish McDougall
Press Office
Canary Wharf Group plc
Tel: +44 (0) 207 418 2326
Mobile: +44 (0) 7779 888 075
Email: hamish.mcdougall@canarywharf.com