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Surveillance: Dance like no-one is watching, an action-packed weekend of performance, comes courtesy of Newham Council and arts organisation Certain Blacks as part of the Newham Unlocked summer programme. From 14 to 16 August Surveillance travels virtually to Newham locations, enabling audiences to experience an exciting array of London-based artists from anywhere in the world. Please use the links below for the full program and to learn about the artist.

Friday 14th August

16:00

Crying in the Wilderness presents: Conundrum

THEATRE

Conundrum gives us a unique insight, during lockdown, into the incredible mind of a man trapped in a society that has not yet evolved.

17:00

The Clay Connection presents: Voices from the Kiln

THEATRE

Voices from the Kiln unearths fragments of lives, both real and imagined, which silently leave their imprint on clay and the human body.  The performance draws on stories of dirt, displacement, and toil, revealing our need to belong.  Bharata Natyam performer…

19:00

Marv Radio

MUSIC

Marv Radio is a groundbreaking musician and sonic scientist. He has been hacking his own voice to use as a tool for music, art and therapy for over 18 years. Marv is known for his out-of-this-world live music and theatre…

20:00

Nwando Ebizie

MUSIC

Nwando is an award-winning, neurodiverse artist noted for her performative, musical and artistic skills plus theatrical alter-ego, the Afrofuturist Lady Vendredi. Nwando presents new work promising both glamour and transformation. Expect “a rebirth, a celebration of blackness, fabulousness and of…

21:00

Addictive TV presents: Orchestra of Samples

MUSIC

“Orchestra of Samples” is the performance project based on sampling recording sessions Addictive TV filmed with over 200 hundred musicians around the world, splicing them together to create a digital super group of international artists who never met but are…

Saturday 15th August

14:00

Upswing presents: Catch Me

OUTDOOR ARTS

Upswing is a leading circus company founded by Victoria Amedume. Catch Me is an intimate and surprising take on age and gender, combining risk-taking, trust and collaboration. Part installation, part performance, Catch Me asks how we see each other and who we…

15:00

Orphy Robinson & Rowland Sutherland

MUSIC

Jazz musicians Rowland Sutherland (flute) and Orphy Robinson (vibraphone, marimba and percussion) join folk luminaries Emily Portman and Alasdair Roberts for an exclusive concert. Solo sets plus the musicians as a quartet celebrate Nick Drake’s seminal album, Bryter Layter, ahead…

17:00

Ingrid Pollard

VISUAL ART

Ingrid Pollard is a photographer, media artist and researcher. She is a graduate of the London College of Printing and Derby University. Ingrid  has developed a social practice concerned with representation, history and landscape with reference to race, difference and…

18:00

The Brownie Club

CIRCUS

The Brownie Club is an autobiographical aerial theatre show on the themes of race, identity and fitting in.  Based on the lived experiences of three artists of colour, it explores assumptions made about women of colour as they choose when,…

19:00

Colectiva

MUSIC

Colectiva explore the spaces between Afro-Latin music and Jazz while reflecting on themes of sisterhood and female empowerment. Blending deep Latin groove, experimental textures, wild horn lines and thoughtful arrangements, Colectiva’s fresh compositions are rooted in the sounds of Africa, Latin…

20:00

Tito Bone

CABARET

Blind, non-binary drag king Tito Bone showcases their signature skills of song, dance and audio description. Wearing eco-glitter and proving accessible art is the epitome of cool, expect wit, sparkle and physical dexterity with a dash of satire thrown in.

Sunday 16th August

12:00

Youth Programme

MUSIC

The festival will feature a programme of films and performances from young artists across Newham. These may include work from Rosetta Arts, Theatre Royal Stratford East and Newham’s Youth Zones and will include poetry, visual arts and environmental projects reflecting…

Sample Artist

13:00

Lyrix Organix

MUSIC

Lyrix Organix are a collective working with live performance and arts education exploring the art of words through spoken word, hip hop and live music. A crowdfunded, youth-focused, live music, poetry, visual art, augmented reality and literature experience, this performance…

14:30

IROKO Theatre Company presents: Kindness Unbound

MUSIC

Kindness Unbound A spellbinding story of a friendly chicken that fell into a deep hole while trying to be kind to others.  A mischievous monkey saw the chicken fall into the hole, but did nothing.  Kindness Unbound is a poignant…

15:00

Dot Comedy presents: Lost on Earth

OUTDOOR ARTS

They have arrived.  Out of the nether-regions of Orion’s Belt…not knowing where they are, or who we are, or what is going on. The alien vanguard…do they come in peace or shall we prepare to be turned into pizza?! Take…

16:00

Mimbre presents: In the Park

CIRCUS

This new socially distanced show has been created specifically for the Thames Barrier Park.  Three acrobats will play and move around its beautiful landscaped features and explore what happens when they can’t touch, reinterpreting how their bodies relate to each other…

17:00

Yola Kudela presents: We Are All in the Same Boat

VISUAL ART

Yola Kudela: “From my early days, art was a way of escaping for me.  I was born in Poland, in the time when that side of the world was grey and the Berlin Wall was in a very good shape…

20:00

Nutkhut

DANCE

Ideas-led and art-focused, Nutkhut fuse performance, film and participation with comedic sensibility whilst “reimagining the told and telling the new”. Led by British Asian artists Simmy Gupta and Ajay Chhabra, Nutkhut have been commissioned to create new work set in…

21:00

Emergency Exit Arts presents: Peace Poem

OUTDOOR ARTS

Arji Manuelpillai is a poet, performer and creative facilitator based in London. For over 15 years Arji has worked with community arts projects nationally and internationally. Recently, his poetry has been published by magazines including Prole, Cannon’s Mouth, Strix, The Rialto and The Lighthouse…

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