Tangled Feet Took To The Streets
Summer 2012 was Tangled Feet’s busiest ever as we mounted our first ever season of free outdoor work – Tangled Feet Take To The Streets.
Tangled Feet grew to its biggest ever size – 30 artists, 115 participants, 6 interns and over 18,000 audience came together over four politically-provocative pieces of free performance.
We had a wonderful time touring 4 productions to some amazing festivals, including The National Theatre’s Watch This Space Festival, Greenwich + Docklands International Festival, Lyric Hammersmith’s Theatre in the Square, Imagine Watford, Latitude Festival, FUSE Festival, Games Time Animation, Birmingham Hippodrome’s Six Summer Saturdays, Angel Canal Festival and Disco Loco.
As part of the season, a company of young theatre-makers came together in a programme of intensive workshops to learn about making outdoor work. You can read about their experiences here
Over at our dedicated ‘Take To The Streets’ website, www.tangledstreets.com, audience, participants and artists shared responses to the season, uploading blogs, comments and photos to create a digital archive.
Miraculously, despite the worst summer England has seen for decades, we only lost one performance out of more than 40. The weather gods must have ben smiling on us.
Our new show, Inflation, attempted to solve the financial crisis on a bouncy castle, bringing the tricky quadrillion dollar question of derivatives trading onto the high street with a blend of clowning, bouncing and David Cameron.
“Inflation should be mandatory viewing for everyone” Audience member, Watford
(We now think we are perhaps the only theatre company in the UK that comes with its own inflatable fortress).
All That Is Solid Melts Into Air grew bigger and more spectacular. We were joined by a flashmob of 50 volunteer performers for our finale at the National Theatre.
The Hide refined its special brand of people-watching with our ‘expert on humans’ Robin (and survived a zombie attack and an under-5s invasion in the process)
Rantbox took verbatim opinions on climate change – from local people and world leaders alike – and turned them into pop-up performance. Ever wondered what Barack Obama would look like dancing to Europe’s The Finale Countdown?
Alongside the productions we created a dedicated online space to document and discuss the work. Have a look at www.tangledstreets.com for a combination of blogs, audience comments, photos and feedback.
Thank you to all the people who became part of Tangled Feet this summer and helped make the season such a success. We hope to see you again for the next part of the journey.