In the second of her countdown to bOing! articles, Natalie Tipping takes a look at RIDE.
A production featuring at this year’s festival that is definitely one for petrol heads with a wild imagination is RIDE. Recommended for adults and children alike, RIDE will be performed at 12.30pm and 3.30pm on both days of the festival.
This outdoor spectacular tells the story of three strangers whose lives collide on a journey in Stanley, a 1980s Ford Orion. The performance uses dance to explore man’s reliance on machines, which is sure to strike a chord with many audience members.
As the characters embark on their journey in Stanley, they come to realise that the car has a life of its own. Described as a mix of Transformers and Herbie, the team behind RIDE has worked for over 200 hours in five weeks to make the show as surprising and compelling as possible for audiences of all ages. Despite such long rehearsal times, the crew is relatively small, with just three dancers, a production manager, and a tow man.
The production has been put together by ZoieLogic Dance Theatre, a theatre company that gets men dancing and challenges perceptions of men in dance. Zoie Golding, the company’s Artistic Director, said: “We are very much looking forward to bringing the show to the bOing! festival. “It is exactly the kind of festival that RIDE was made for.”
Co-commissioned by The Gulbenkian and Dance Village at Bristol Harbour Festival, RIDE is sure to attract crowds to the outdoor space at bOing! RIDE’s appearances at bOing! are the culmination of a summer tour which has also seen the production at Eastleigh Unwrapped in Hampshire, and the Bristol Harbour Festival.
The performance is free to watch and will take place in the outdoor space at The Gulbenkian.