December 12 2013 Latest news:
Saturday, September 14, 2013
Shopping trolleys became graceful dancing props and soft toys were butchered.
And thousands of people flocked to see the unusual displays, as all things orthodox were cast aside for the Out There Festival 2013.
It is the sixth year of the international celebration of circus and street arts in Great Yarmouth, and the festival’s relationship with the town is stronger than ever.
Joe Mackintosh, director of Seachange Arts, explained it is the first festival since SeaChange’s permanent base in Yarmouth - the Drill House - celebrated its first anniversary.
“Now there’s quite a lot coming out of us producing work,” he said. “We’ve got a lot of new stuff this year.
“We’re really the only place in the country getting artists to do this and we want to establish Out There as a national festival.
“It’s the biggest of its kind in the UK now.”
Among the homegrown talent on show were Circus Geeks, sharing their juggling skills in St George’s Theatre, and Ode Rosset - with an English musician in fusion with a French pole artist.
Acts performed in St George’s Park, St George’s Theatre and also at the Hippodrome Circus.
And the festival was also chosen as the perfect moment to unveil the new pavilion and plaza at St George’s Theatre, completing the centrepiece of a £9m scheme.
Deputy mayor Colleen Walker cut the ribbon before a breakdancing display on the plaza.
Among the other eye-catching offerings were Belgian butchers Pikzpalace, who - dressed in bloodied overalls - used mallets and knives to prepare meals from soft toys.
And C-12 Dance Theatre used five shopping trolleys to hold a crowd’s attention for 20 minutes - with elegant dance manouevres set to music.
The festival continues on Sunday.
For more photos of the action, see Monday’s EDP.