Birmingham events – Illuminate 2013 celebration of light

What is Illuminate? A three-day interactive festival of light organised by Birmingham Hippodrome for multi-ethnic urban community. John and I were meaning to attend earlier but could only make it last night, to the event finale at Gallan car park. I am glad we went!

As usual, the complete gallery of photos from Illuminate is on Flickr, and below is my photo story about this event.

As we entered Gallan car park we were greeted by a stunning display of the famous Chinese Terracotta Army made into multi-coloured lanterns and lit from within. The replica lanterns were commissioned for the Beijing Olympics and unlike the prototypes the ‘warriors’ included women and children. I liked how the terracotta soldiers were arranged in tiers and the impression of being immersed in the forest of figures.

The Lanterns of Terracotta Warriors exhibition

The Lanterns of Terracotta Warriors exhibition

The Lanterns of Terracotta Warriors exhibition

Multi-coloured warrior replicas lit from within

The Lanterns of Terracotta Warriors exhibition

Black and white video displays on the chest of some ofthe terracotta warriors

The Lanterns of Terracotta Warriors exhibition

Grouped into families

The Lanterns of Terracotta Warriors exhibition

The 'army' included pregnant women

There were also plenty of activities for kids.

Illuminate - drawings projected on the wall

Live drawings were projected on the wall

Illuminate space

The dark space of Gallan cark park was illuminated by blue LED lights

Illuminate - Kaleidoscope machine

Kaleidoscope machine allowed to create colourful patchwork out of randowm objects placed on a plate

Illuminate - Kaleidoscope projection on the wall of Gallan car park

Illuminate - Kaleidoscopic projection on the wall of Gallan car park

We also saw Echolalia, Sonia Sabri’s new dance piece performed by Patsy Browne-Hope against the background of a series of projected images designed by Andy McKeown. It’s a hybrid piece made of interplay and juxtaposition of light, colour, movement, gesture and sound evoking defining and re-defining of the self.

Echolalia choreographed by Sonia Sabri

Very graceful

Echolalia choreographed by Sonia Sabri

I like the dialogue between the shape of the body and the projection

Echolalia choreographed by Sonia Sabri

The dancer's figure, her shadow and the light projection unite to produce a powerful effect

Illuminate 2013 Birmingham Hippodrome

Patsy Browne-Hope performs Echolalia

Echolalia choreographed by Sonia Sabri

The line of the body repeted in shadow and light

There was a panel discussing after the show where Andy and Patsy answered the questions about how the piece was conceived and choreographed.

Echolalia choreographed by Sonia Sabri

Echolalia: post show panel