When: 20 July 2013, 9:30pm
Duration: 45 minutes
Where: On the Manchester Ship Canal between The Lowry and MediaCityUK, now home to BBC North
Internationally acclaimed theatre company, Ilotopie performs on the waters of the historic Manchester Ship Canal, giving audiences a magical experience of light, laughter and lasting memories after wowing audiences in Europe, Asia and the US.
A car appears to float effortlessly on water as it tows a caravan behind, a giant bed is rowed gracefully by a person in their pyjamas and a refuse collector glides across the shining surface with his wheelie bin beside him. These visions, the stuff of incredible dreams, will be made real as Ilotopie’s Water Fools brings spectacular theatre and thrilling pyrotechnics to the open water of The Quays, Greater Manchester’s waterfront on Saturday 20 July at 9.30pm.
For the first time, a breath-taking theatrical performance will take place directly on the surface of the Manchester Ship Canal as Water Fools invites audiences into a world of waterborne magic between The Lowry and MediaCityUK, now home to BBC North. The action starts as a man’s head inexplicably appears to burst into flames, simultaneously catapulting him from his humdrum life and triggering a dreamlike sequence of extraordinary happenings with each scene staged on the shimmering water.
Devised by innovative French artist, Bruno Schnebelin, the entire performance will be punctuated by stunning fireworks, introducing audiences of all ages to a series of mysterious, playful characters as they float into the action. The backdrop of the dark night sky will give Ilotopie’s pyrotechnic experts a blank canvas on which to devise their rapid-fire light show, whilst Schnebelin's range of characters ride bikes, parade floating islands and walk giant paddle wheels across the water.
With sincere thanks to our funders and supporters; AGMA (Associated Greater Manchester Authorities), Visit Salford, MediaCityUK and The Lowry