Bridge is an ambitious outdoor experience produced by Coventry-based Imagineer Productions and created by artistic director Orit Azaz in collaboration with a creative team that includes designer Dan Potra, choreographer Corey Baker, writer Nick Walker, composer Peter Reynolds and circus director Paul Evans.
A bridge appears in the centre of town and becomes the setting for a three day programme of free pop-up events and happenings before culminating in an exhilarating live performance with an international cast.
A broken bridge appears in town and is the focus for three days of events
Daytime - Under the Bridge
During the day, visitors to the Bridge can enjoy a programme of free events Under the Bridge, including performances, conversations and workshops from the local artistic community.
Join in the immersive headphones experience Changing Sides. Take a pair of headphones, and listen as you discover how the bridge came to be broken and a community divided. You’ll be encouraged to move around a little and interact with other people – socially distanced – in this fun new take on story-telling. Changing Sides is captioned for those who are D/deaf or hard-of-hearing.
Take a seat under the bridge to listen to the Bridge Stories podcast, our collection of stories of bridge-building and bridge-burning, collected by the people of Barking and Dagenham during 2020.
You're also invited to Put Yourself in the Picture with some nifty creative photography! Can you find fun ways to bridge the gap in the bridge using a camera and a little invention? We’ll be there to help.
During the day the Bridge is home to fun performances and an interactive free headphones experience
Evening - Bridge performance
Bridge culminates in an extraordinary evening performance, with an international cast of performers. With gravity-defying circus acrobatics, parkour, theatre and live music, some unusually agile engineers attempt to bridge the gap and find it much, much harder than they thought.
Bridge culminates in a spectular night-time performance
In each town, local people make their own bridges and share stories of bridge-building (and bridge-burning). People and groups who wouldn't normally meet are invited to assemble a large self-supporting bridge, inspired by Leonardo da Vinci’s design. Visit Building Bridges to find out more.
The Leonardo da Vinci bridge kit is available to community groups
This article about Bridge, published by Burning Man (USA), gives more insight into the project and our aims fo the future.
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