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"Dreams of Flying turn into Reality"
2002-03-01 until 2002-04-19
Arts Catalyst, the Science-Art Agency
London, , UK United Kingdom

In the last two years, an extraordinary mix of artists, dancers, scientists and musicians have joined forces with Russia's space programme to create work in a zero gravity world where there is no up or down: a modernist laboratory for making art for the cosmos.

From afro-futurism to oriental fantasies of flying carpets, datasuits to dance movement analysis, the Arts Catalyst, the science-art agency, rounded up the best projects for floating in air and transported them to the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Centre in Star City, Russia, in collaboration with Projekt Atol, Slovenia, to turn dreams of flying into reality.

Now London audiences have a chance to sample the art of weightlessness as practised in space conditions - not computer simulations, but in a large jet aircraft converted into an artists' studio - diving at 25,000 feet.

With cosmonaut hero Sergei Krikalev - one of the longest term inhabitants of MIR - he was the 'last Soviet citizen' stranded aloft during the coup against Gorbachev - and now building the International Space Station, a performance by Kitsou Dubois, the first ever zero-G dancer, and an Anglo-Russian mix of performance, video and lectures, this season gives London audiences a taste of the art of tomorrow.

Artists and Cosmonauts has been enabled with the generous support of London Arts Board and Visiting Arts. The Arts Catalyst's space programme is supported by London Arts Board, the Arts Council of England, the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, SciArt Awards, Imperial College Visual Arts Programme, Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine.

Friday 1 March, Saturday 2 March, Friday 19 April 2002
Lilian Baylis Theatre, Sadlers Wells, Rosebery Avenue, London EC1
Nearest tube: Angel

Friday 15th March only: Institute of Physics, 76 Portland Place, London W1
Nearest tubes: Regents Park, Oxford Circus

All events begin at 8PM.

March 1 BODIES IN SPACE
Ansuman Biswas and Jem Finder, Anna Alchuk, Masha Chuikova, Anthony Bull, Kevin Fong, Morag Wightman and Craos Mor

March 2 ARTISTS & COSMONAUTS
Alexei Blinov, Andrew Kotting, Marko Peljhan, philosopher Mikhail Ryklin, Andrey and Julia Velikanov, the Zero Genies, music by Hallucinator

March 15 SERGEI KRIKALEV at Institute of Physics
Cosmonaut Sergei Krikalev in conversation with artists (at Institute of Physics),

April 19 A DANCER IN WEIGHTLESSNESS
Kitsou Dubois, Nick Davey and colleagues, Biodynamics Group, Imperial College

ZERO GRAVITY WORKSHOP - 2 March, 11 am - 3 pm

Take part in zero gravity workshops to gain a better understanding of how gravity forms and influences our bodies and the world and cosmos around us. Experience moments of zero gravity, challenge your balance and orientation, try the freedom of aerial suspension and explore the history of gravity, with zero gravity dancer Morag Wightman and performance artist Tim Millar.

Join the new futurists, book all three Lilian Baylis events for UK 15 (UK 12 concessions) or UK 6 (UK 5 concessions) each night.

Krikalev talk UK 5 (UK 3 concessions)

Zero gravity workshops UK 8 (UK 6 concessions)

Box office (all events) tel: 020 7863 8000


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