Dominoes

Station House Opera  

Dominoes takes as its starting point the simplest of ideas... a line of dominoes. Thousands of breezeblocks are used to create a moving sculpture which runs across the city, unfolding over the course of the day.

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On streets, through parks, buildings and even on water, occasionally disappearing and then resurfacing, sometimes pausing for sculptural performances, the domino line threads its way through historical and everyday parts of the city, linking its diverse communities in a symbolic as well as physical chain of cause and effect.

Creating a celebration across the whole city, Dominoes transforms the rhythm of the city for one special day. Hundreds of volunteers and audience members gather together to make this exceptional and unique event.

Dominoes takes a simple concept and uses it to create an alternative vision of the city, counterpointing, complementing and playing with the architecture, and for a brief moment reclaiming the city streets for the inhabitants and the public.

Dominoes has the power to bring communities together through participation and engagement. Large numbers of people have the opportunity to become involved in the project and to be responsible for a major art event in their city. Participation in Dominoes doesn’t require particular skills or significant time investment; everyone has the opportunity to take part and to be at the centre of this memorable event.

“It was exciting and madness at the same time, making it a very memorable event, also it was incredible the amount of people who were involved and as one of the volunteers I want to thank everyone for a rather unique Sunday.”

"People are still talking about it, and the project really made an impact on a lot of people. I think we've never reached such a diverse group of people with a project."
KIT, Copenhagen

Dominoes is a site-specific installation, a moving sculpture with possible performative elements, which can be recreated and adapted for different cities and contexts.

Winner of the Bank of America Merrill Lynch CREATE09 Art Award, Dominoes was originally created in London on 26 July 2009, linking the five ‘host boroughs’ for the 2012 Olympics. It was then re-created in many different scales:

  • 750 metres in the medieval streets of Dijon, France for the opening of Diese festival on the invitation of Entre Cour et Jardins in July 2010
  • 1km and a live screening for the opening of Mladi Levi Festival produced by Bunker in Ljubljana in August 2011
  • 4km live run and a film linking different areas in Helsinki for the Night of the Arts in August 2012 produced by Helsinki Festival
  • A double bill joining 2 towns on each side of the French and Belgium border, Bailleul and Poperinge, for the new Biennale Nord Magnétic in May 2013
  • 3km live run and a film linking other features of Copenhagen for the opening of Metropolis festival, produced by KIT, in August 2013



For promoters: download touring pack.

For more information on this project, please contact Ania Obolewicz at ania@artsadmin.co.uk

 

PREVIOUS EVENTS

01-02.10.16
Festival International des Arts Bordeaux Metropole
SAINT-MEDARD & BORDEAUX France
03.09.16
LONDON UK
16.07.16
IF: Milton Keynes International Festival
MILTON KEYNES UK
20.03.16
Festival de Keuze
ROTTERDAM Netherlands
06.02.16
Arts Centre Melbourne
MELBOURNE Australia
26.09.15
CLUJ Romania
15.08.15
Stockholms Kulturfestival
STOCKHOLM Sweden
05.07.15
Les Tombées de la Nuit
RENNES France
14.05.15
La Ville en Jeu(x), Mons 2015
MONS Belgium
28.09.14
Lieux Publics
MARSEILLE France
19.07.14
Scenes de Rue Festival
MULHOUSE France
26.05.14
Coventry Mysteries Festival
COVENTRY UK
01.08.13
Festival Metropolis
COPENHAGEN
17.05.13
Festival Nord Magnetic
BAILLEUL & POPERINGE France & Belgium
23.08.12
Helsinki Festival
HELSINKI Finland
19.08.11
Mladi Levi Festival
LJUBLJANA Slovenia
18.10.10 -22.01.11
Aberystwyth Arts Centre
ABERYSTWYTH
15.07.10
DIJON France
26.07.09
East London
Photo by K Stewart.

Photo by K Stewart.

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Dominoes in Copenhagen film

Watch Dominoes move through the streets of Copenhagen.

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Blog Post:

Dominoes in Coventry

Re-live Station House Opera's Dominoes as part of Coventry Mysteries festival.

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Dominoes in Marseille: film

Watch Station House Opera's Dominoes topple through Marseille.

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Photo Gallery:

Station House Opera, Dominoes Melbourne 2016: A photo story

See the latest installation of Dominoes unfold in Melbourne. 

Dominoes in Copenhagen, 2013. Photo by Thomas Seest.

Dominoes in Copenhagen, 2013. Photo by Thomas Seest.

Dominoes in London, 2009. Photo by Simon Corder.

Dominoes in London, 2009. Photo by Simon Corder.

Dominoes in London, 2009. Photo by Simon Corder.

Dominoes in London, 2009. Photo by Simon Corder.

Dominoes in Helsinki, 2012. Photo by Simo Karisalo.

Dominoes in Helsinki, 2012. Photo by Simo Karisalo.

Dominoes in London, 2009. Photo by Simon Corder.

Dominoes in London, 2009. Photo by Simon Corder.

Dominoes in Dijon, 2010. Photo Jonas Jacquel.

Dominoes in Dijon, 2010. Photo Jonas Jacquel.

Dominoes in Dijon, 2010. Photo by Marine Thévenet.

Dominoes in Dijon, 2010. Photo by Marine Thévenet.

Dominoes in Bailleul, 2013. Photo by Annie Andry.

Dominoes in Bailleul, 2013. Photo by Annie Andry.

Dominoes in Copenhagen, 2013. Photo by Thomas Seest.

Dominoes in Copenhagen, 2013. Photo by Thomas Seest.

Dominoes in Copenhagen, 2013. Photo by Thomas Seest.

Dominoes in Copenhagen, 2013. Photo by Thomas Seest.

Dominoes in Ljubljana, 2011. Photo by Urska Boljkovac.

Dominoes in Ljubljana, 2011. Photo by Urska Boljkovac.

Dominoes in Copenhagen, 2013. Photo by Thomas Seest.

Dominoes in Copenhagen, 2013. Photo by Thomas Seest.

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