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SPILL Festival lineup announced with tickets on sale

  • Date: 16 October 2012
  • Area: South East
Lady running in a storm

The Coming Storm, 2012. Credit: Hugo Glendinning

With just under a month until the SPILL Festival gets underway, the official lineup up of artists performing at the event has now been announced with tickets now on sale

Innovative work from 46 emerging artists and companies is set to shape this year's SPILL Festival of Performance when it comes to Ipswich for the first time.The 46 artists were carefully selected out of 272 applicants from across the UK and Ireland for the National Platform, which is the UK's largest open submissions platform for emerging experimental performance makers.

Developed by Pacitti Company, an Arts Council funded National portfolio organisation, generously supported by the Jerwood Charitable Foundation and presented in partnership with Live Art Development Agency, the Platform is aimed at artists and companies at the beginning of their practice, and offers them practical and professional support as well as the opportunity to showcase their exciting and daring pieces at this internationally renowned festival, which will be in Ipswich from October 31 until November 4.

Since its inauguration in 2007 in London, SPILL Festival of Performance, created by performance maker Robert Pacitti, has achieved national and international recognition from industry experts and is known worldwide for supporting radical new work. Pacitti has also enjoyed success with his On Landguard Point film which was part of the Arts Council's Artist taking the lead project for London 2012 Olympics and Paralympic Games and Cultural Olympiad in the East.

This year SPILL becomes an annual festival, alternating between Ipswich in October 2012, and London in April 2013. Pacitti said: "At the festival's core are over 60 uncompromising live works, many by artists selected from an open call-out generously supported by the Jerwood Charitable Foundation and presented in partnership with Live Art Development Agency for the SPILL National Platform. Prepare to be challenged and amazed."

Robert Pacitti said: "I am really excited about bringing SPILL to my home town -Ipswich- this year. It will be inspiring to showcase work of this calibre and international renown, and I'm looking forward to challenging people's conception about live performance and experimental art. I'm also really pleased with the artists we have chosen for the National Platform. This will be an opportunity for them to explore their talents and present their work to a wider audience."

Among the National Platform artists performing are:

Political artist Rosana Cade, who presents 'Walking: Holding' - a walk through the town, in the hands of a group of strangers; Amy Sage, who has just completed a BA (Hons) Fine Art degree at University Campus Suffolk, explores metaphors about gender in her piece, 'Click your heels / A woman is like a teabag she only knows her strength when put in hot water / Out of the frying pan and into the fire.'; 11:18, a theatre and performance company formed in London in 2011, explore the journey of the commuter through a new light.

Other acclaimed artists to feature at the festival are Forced Entertainment with their show 'The Coming Storm', Empress Stah with 'Empress Stah In Space', and Subject to change with 'home sweet home'.

As well as the National Platform performances, there will also be SPILL Think Tank events, SPILL Feasts every day, and a SPILL party to celebrate the end of the festival, with a special guest appearance from the incredible Temper Temper.

Other acclaimed artists to feature at the festival are Forced Entertainment with their show 'The Coming Storm', Empress Stah with 'Empress Stah In Space', and Subject to change with 'home sweet home'.

For tickets to National Platform events, there are several SPILL packages available, which you can access by clicking here or call 01473 295900.