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Docklands to witness aquatic spectacular

Published 18 May 2009

The 2009 Greenwich And Docklands International Festival, which comprises four days of free outdoor performance, is to feature a host of artists presenting work linked by a common theme, water.

The event, which runs from 25-28 June, is the first of four annual Greenwich And Docklands International Festivals to take its inspiration from the elements. Future festivals will explore earth, fire and air.

The festival’s highlight is the premiere of French company Ilotopie’s Fous De Bassin (Water Fools), which is actually performed in the Millwall Docks. The Gallic company makes cars and caravans float on water and streetlamps emerge from the depths in this spectacle of aquatic performance.

Other acts taking part in the festival include the next generation of acclaimed dance outfit Ballet Boyz, which features a quartet of young male dancers performing at Canary Wharf and British theatre company Graeae which, with Australian counterparts Strange Fruit, presents an aerial performance in Cutty Sark Gardens.

Elsewhere the festival has a variety of performances staged at the Royal Observatory, National Maritime Museum, Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich Park and the Royal Arsenal.

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