InTRANSIT Festival 2011

Wolves, clowns and opera stars run amok in London

When: 8:00pm, 14 July, The old Commonwealth Building, Kensington

Main Festival: 22-31 July

After a ten year long refurb project the Commonwealth Institute reopens to become a major tourist attraction. In 2014 the Institute will become the New Design Museum and is the dramatic stage for next months performances by Akademi, the Opera Holland Park and the Rambert Dance Company.

The two day InTRANSIT festival will run 15-17 July while the main festival will be 22-31 July. Fifty-three Commonwealth Nations are represented by a myriad of artistic works like the birdsong from 53 species. These specially commissioned pieces directed by Harry Ross shed light on the most secretive building in the borough before it returns to the public realm.

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Summary of InTRANSIT 2011 (15 to 17 July)

Now in its fourth year, InTRANSIT events are mainly free. Take part in three days of music and dance with roving urban arts events scattered across Kensington and Chelsea’s public and hidden spots. Creatives from Rambert Dance Company, Opera Holland Park and others will showcase new music and dance works in reaction to this historic building – closed for the last ten years and soon to be transformed as the new Design Museum.
Rampage with WOLF through Brompton Cemetery as part of a pack. WOLF will sing, howl and cajole your inner animus with their storytelling.
Board the N11 Night Bus from Liverpool Street for a journey like never before. On board artists bring the route to life.
Subversive duo ‘Il Pixel Rosso’ put you in a wheelchair with video headset dressed as clowns. The rest you need to see for yourself.
Beautiful Holland Park Orangery is the setting for performance based on Honore de Balzac’s “La Peau de Chagrin”. Think gambling dens and sordid boudoirs of 19th Century Paris in this Faustian tale of gratification and desire.

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