When: 5th October 2014 at 3pm
Where: Market Square, Deptford, London SE8 4AG
What is it?
See circus, dance, theatre and cabaret artists perform in Market Square, Deptford, on 5th October, courtesy of Cirque Bijou and Nutkhut. Source is a stunning outdoor circus show bringing to life the extraordinary story of six forgotten underground rivers of London.
As London faces up to significant population growth and the need to update the aging sewer system created by Sir Joseph Bazalgette, this tale of underground artists rediscovers the summer of 1858, the year of the ‘Big Stink’, when London’s rivers filled with sewage, forcing the House of Commons to stop sitting because of the smell.
Using S.O.U.R.C.E, the Scientific Orienteering Universal River Charting Engine, six performers representing six waterways in outer London boroughs tell stories and historic moments connecting Victorian London to pioneering philanthropists, social reformers, artists, inventors and engineers from a diverse social spectrum.
The company and vehicle will be in residency for five days to engage with the community, rehearse, and run workshops, culminating in a final outdoor performance of circus, street theatre and live music. The company will work with members of the local community, drama students, and young people, introducing participants to a variety of outdoor performance techniques ready to take part in a bespoke performance on the final day of residency, on 5th October.
Gangs of tunnellers buried with the rivers have been living underground for over a hundred years, living off stories and music that have seeped and dripped through the earth. As cracks appear in the ground, rivers start to explode into the overground world carrying away the carefully collected stories and music of London’s past and present. The ancient tunnellers are forced to travel into the light to enlist the help of the overgrounders to plug the leaks of music and story.
Source has been commissioned by Circulate Consortium, a partnership of six arts centres based in outer London boroughs. Nutkhut was formed in 2003 by leading British Asian artists Simmy Gupta and Ajay Chhabra. They create work mixing performance, dance, film, participation and a distinctly British comedic sensibility and eccentricity.