When: 26th May – 3rd June 2017
Where: City of Liverpool College – The Arts Centre and Hope Theatre, Liverpool
£: Ticket prices vary, depending on the event
What is it?
Physical Fest 2017 will take place in Liverpool from Friday 26th May to Saturday 3rd June. Now in its 13th year, Physical Fest is the only festival in Europe specialising solely in physical theatre.
As part of the festival, there will be ten days of physical theatre with visually stunning performances from Finland’s Kallo Collective, Belgium’s premiere physical theatre company Chaliwaté, and Tmesis Theatre Training Company’s premiere of Daydream Believers.
Levantes Dance Theatre will showcase their latest work The Band, while Sean Kempton and Jo Tremarco present a double bill with Stuff and Dying on My Feet, Tmesis Theatre presents Happy Hour and Jamie Wood closes the festival with I Am A Tree.
Fest Live will showcase a selection of extracts of new work from local, national and international artists. This year’s lineup will include Lauren Silver, Duncan Cameron, Physical Fest/MDI Bursary winner Katy-Anne Bellis and Izumi Ashizawa.
Kallo Collective’s award-winning show, Only Bones, uses body manipulation and a contemporary approach to clowning. Performed by an off-the-wall character, Only Bones is a solo show using one light, one performer and no text.
Belgium’s premiere physical theatre company, Chaliwaté, present Jetlag at the Arts Centre on Saturday 28th May. In between airports, from a crowded transit zone to a confined aeroplane cabin, a man is trying to keep his loneliness at bay. Lost in exhilaration and confusion, as he moves from one place to the next, space and time are blurred; he dreams of a new start. But as he steps forward on his quest, he realises that things might not turn out the way he expected. Jetlag promises a physically impressive, poetic and beautiful spectacle.
Head down to Invisible Wind Factory on Monday 29th May to celebrate Street Theatre Day with food, drink and entertainment. This is followed by Levantes Dance Theatre, who will be showing their latest work The Band. After the show there will be live music and dancing, with the bar open till late.
Tmesis Theatre will present Happy Hour at the Arts Centre on Friday 2nd June. The workers on Level 3 are racing against the clock to reach their quota of Smiley Faces, but are they really happy enough? Happy Hour is a poignant, fast paced, comedy exploring our 21st century obsession with happiness and success, combining Tmesis’ trademark physicality with text from long-term collaborator Chris Fittock.
Finally, Tmesis Theatre Training Company will be premiering Daydream Believers, a psychedelic immersive experience inspired by the 1967 ‘Summer of Love’.
More info: www.physicalfest.com