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Athina Vahla

Photo by Benedict Johnson

A site-specific work for the foyers and public spaces to celebrate the re-opening of the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre.

Athina worked with dramaturg Pete Brooks to create a large-scale work that took as its starting point the Festival of Britain in 1951 and traced post war British society to the present day.

The six floors of the Royal Festival Hall became the decks of a ghost ship journeying along the Thames bringing the past to the present and anticipating a future that is about to unfold. Athina collaborated with Candoco Dance Company, Central St Martin’s School of Art and Design, Newham Sixth Form College and Guildhall School of Music to create a promenade performance incorporating seven simultaneous journeys with a cast of 150 performers and an audience of 1000 for each performance.

Commissioned by Southbank Centre, London.

Photo by Benedict Johnson