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Jenny Sealey

The Garden by Graeae with Strange Fruit

Graeae and Strange Fruit present a gravity-defying outdoor theatre spectacle.

Co-Directed by Graeae’s Artistic Director, Jenny Sealey in this wonderful tale of a troupe of nomadic story-keepers (the Keeper of Dreams, Keeper of History, Keeper of Song, Keeper of Names) who share three stories of love, innocence and hope.

For a brief moment in time, the Keepers open their garden-ritual – a ceremony of renewal, transformation, and harmony.

Beautifully composed music fills the sky as disabled artists take to the poles to create new stories in the air.

Two 90 second films are now available on The Garden – the original on from the Push Me Collection and the second, on the Journey so far.

The Garden is co-directed by Grant Mouldey, written by Alex Bulmer, designed by Sofie Layton and with music composition by Lewis Gibson.

www.graeae.org/productions/the-garden-2012-festival

The Garden has been commissioned as part of Unlimited, the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad programme, from an original idea by Greenwich+Docklands International Festival.

All performances of The Garden are BSL-interpreted and audio described.

Graeae is a force for change in world-class theatre. Artistically led by Jenny Sealey, Graeae’s signature characteristic is the compelling creative integration of sign language and audio description, which engages brilliantly with both disabled and non-disabled audiences. Championing accessibility and providing a platform for new generations of artists, Graeae leads the way in pioneering, trail-blazing theatre.

Strange Fruit is a Melbourne-based performing arts company that produces and performs a remarkable style of work that fuses theatre, dance and circus, using a unique elevated medium. Their five-metre high sway poles create a large-scale visual spectacle that can play to audiences numbering thousands, while the engaging performances make the work personable and accessible. With a world-renowned repertoire that celebrates a wide variety of themes and stories, the company has achieved near-cult status in almost every continent across the globe.

This project is part of the London 2012 Festival, is a 12 week nationwide celebration running from June 21st 2012 until the final day of the Paralympic Games on 9th September 2012. The London 2012 Festival will celebrate the huge range, quality and accessibility of the UK’s world-class culture, giving the opportunity for People across the UK to celebrate the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. For more details visit www.london2012.com/festival.

Read more biographical information on Graeae.