Lighting up Brum

Following the sensory treats of Sounding the River, A magical sound on the river, a final celebratory events of the Midland Arts Centre's (MAC) 50th anniversary, Birmingham is providing another sensory treat for the eyes with Illuminate, free outdoor light artworks in and around the Hippodrome theatre. 

Taking place over three nights, beginning on Friday 25 October, the event features 360 degree film igloo, light inspired dance performances, street projections and the Lanterns of Terracotta Warriors exhibition from Shanghai.

Quite literally Roaming, Mr Wilson's Second Liners are channeling the spirit of the 24 hour party people and will be adding dancing and getting you moving during the event and on Friday they led a glowing procession from the Hippodrome Theatre to the Gallan Car Park for a performance of Echolalia.  

The Lanterns of Terracotta Warriors exhibition is in the Gallan Car Park on Hurst Street, near to Sherlock Street, and runs from 6 - 10pm on Friday 25th and Saturday 26th and from 4 - 8pm on Sunday 27th.

The greater than life size figures are accurate representations of the terracotta soldiers but includes women and children and are lit from within.  
The exhibition was commissioned in 2008 by artist Xia Nan for the Beijing Olympics with the lanterns inspired by the Terracotta Army discovered in 1974.  The figures have six different facial expressions which convey different emotions.

Lanterns are a traditional art form used in celebrations and festivals and each lantern takes 2 days to make by craftsmen whose use their skills to manipulate the bamboo and silk to create the shape.

Next door to the Terracotta Warriors is Echolalia which is a dance piece with light projections in a 'dialogue between layers of movement, gesture, colour, shadow and sound', which provides a sensory treat and which you can participate in following the performance by interacting with the colour and shapes in the performance space.

Nearby on the car park adjacent to the Loft Lounge is Southside Faces by Andy McKeown who has colourised as pop art posters photographs taken of people passing through the Southside area on October 7th.

You can see the work on Saturday from 6 - 10pm.

A summary of the programme reproduced from the programme website is shown below, reproduced from:

Southside FacesSouthside Faces by Andy McKeown
Loft Lounge / Carpark
Fri 25 & Sat 26 Oct 6 - 10pm

Photographs of Southside faces, colourised as pop art posters will contribute to an everchanging stream of local portraits, creating a mind blowing, gigantic wall of colour. Be part of Southside Faces by dropping in to the photoshoot on Mon Oct 7, 12noon till 7pm at Hippodrome Square.
Flame OzFlameOz
Hippodrome Square
Fri 25 & Sat 26 Oct, 6.30 - 7pm, 7.45 - 8.15pm, 9 - 9.30pm

FlameOz will light up your evening with stateof- the-art LED technology and awe-inspiring choreographed fire dancing. These virtuoso circus artists draw complex patterns in the air with stunning kaleidoscopic visuals and fi rebased special effects. Guaranteed to thrill!
Gallan Car Park, Hurst Street
Fri 25 Oct 7pm & 8pm, Sat 26 Oct 6pm, 7pm, 8pm
Sun 27 Oct 7pm Illuminate finale performance
Choreographer Sonia Sabri and new media artist Andy McKeown have evolved a
performance over three days. Projections are layered with movement, gesture, colour, shadow and sound to spark your curiosity and take you to another dimension. Inspired by communication, the word Echolalia means a child’s repetition of sounds uttered by others. After each performance explore the lighting environment and create shadows and shapes of your own.
Performer: Patsy Browne-Hope, live projected colour space: Andy McKeown, music: Sarvar Sabri. Commissioned by: Birmingham Hippodrome with support of DanceXchange.
Body in Motion
Body in Motion 360° Panoramic Cinema Experience
Drop in Fri 25 Oct 1 - 2pm & 4 - 9:30pm & Sat 26 Oct 12 noon - 9pm 
Drop in and be in the middle of the action! Get swept up in a series of amazing films projected in a 360° dome. An immersive experience for all ages, some of the best new 360° films covering sport, dance, music and movement. Curated for Illuminate by Toby Norman-Wright with ICCI, Plymouth University and Igloo Vision. Encompass 360° Digital Dance: Toby Norman- Wright and Chris Vandyke. Dancer: Sonia Sabri. Image: Lloyd Russell, Plymouth University.
Timetable: Body in Motion 360° Panoramic Cinema Experience
Fri 25 Oct
13:00 all ages 1¼ hrs  |  16:00 children & families 45 mins  |  16:45 all ages 1¼ hrs
18:00 children & families 60 mins 
+ interactive tech session  |  19:00 all ages 1¼ hrs  |  20:15 all ages 1¼ hrs
Sat 26 Oct
12:00 children & families 45 mins  |  12:45 children & families 45 mins
13:30 all ages 1¼ hrs  |  15:15 children & families 45 mins  | 16:00 all ages 1¼ hrs 
17:15 all ages 1¼ hrs  |  18:30 all ages 1¼ hrs  |  19:45 all ages 1¼ hrs
Lanterns of TerracotaThe Lanterns of Terracotta Warriors exhibition
Gallan Car Park, Hurst Street
Fri 25 & Sat 26, 6 - 10pm, Sun 27 Oct, 4 - 8pm

These greater than life size figures are accurate representations of the terracotta soldiers; but this ‘army’ includes women and children arranged in families and are lit from within. Grouped together by the artist, Mr Xia Nan over 80 figures create stunning displays to contemplate and enjoy.
Commissioned in 2008 for the Beijing Olympics the lanterns are inspired by the famous Terracotta Army discovered in 1974 in the tomb of the 3rd Century BC Chinese Emperor Qin Shi Huang. The exhibition is kindly supported by Southside Business Improvement District, The Chinese Business Group, The Gallan Group and The Gooch Estate.  
Fri 25 & Sat 26 Oct, 6 - 10pm

Keep an eye out for interactive projections, moving kaleidoscopic illuminations and Andy McKeown’s mobile projection ‘lightBuggy’ wheeling its way down Hurst Street. Watch our artists draw onto buildings and landmarks around Southside and maybe have a go yourself!
Roaming street band Mr Wilson’s Second Liners will channel the spirit of the 24 hour party people and get audiences dancing wherever they play. Paying homage to the diehard days of the Hacienda, 90s club culture and its greatest hero, Mr Tony Wilson. Be prepared for a rave on a street corner.

More information can be found on the Birmingham Hippodrome website:


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