Illuminating Southside…

Press & PR Assistant, Ben Wooldridge (@benwooldridge) writes…

Here’s a big thank you from everyone at Birmingham Hippodrome to the thousands of people who attended this weekend’s Illuminate.

The weekend saw Birmingham’s Southside district come alive with shining sculpture, projection, dance and family fun!

One of the highlights and main draws of the weekend was the incredible Lanterns of the Terracotta Warriors Exhibition featuring over 80 glowing sculptures in Gallan Car Park at the bottom of Hurst Street.

Fire dancers and flame throwers also took to the streets to entertain families whilst a 360 degree igloo invited poeple for an immersive cinematic experience.

Thanks again to those who came along and take a look at our image gallery below for more photos from the event…



Stretch your imagination at Birmingham Hippodrome with FREE interactive exhibition

Sarah Allen, Creative Programme Manager, on the theatre’s recent addition to our Illuminate winter exhibition

The opening of (re)Stretched.  Picture by Martin Pickard. If you’re looking for something to inspire and move you this New Year why not visit us and experience an exciting new installation as part of the current Illuminate winter exhibition in the theatre,  (re)Stretch by artist Sophia Clist in collaboration with Nick Burge.

The interactive sculpture is made from an incredible four miles of shearing elastic –  the type you find in the top of your socks!    Hundreds of strands of elastic stretch from wall to wall to create a beautiful tactile screen.  Sophia consciously created a sculpture that people of all ages can touch, pull, pluck and lean upon which combines with sound and light to provide a multi sensory experience.    Users are encouraged to let their imagination run free!

This week over 90 children from local Birmingham schools will be popping in to experience the exhibit before taking their seats for matinee performances of Dick Whittington.   We look forward to welcoming them.

Come and have a play!    (re)Stretch is exhibited in The Patrick Centre at Birmingham Hippodrome.    Open for one hour ahead of all performances of Dick Whittington and Saturday 15 Jan, 12 – 5pm.

It’s Free of charge and Suitable for all ages. Children absolutely love this experience so don’t miss out!

Picture:  The opening of (re)Stretch by Martin Pickard.

CLICK HERE FOR IMAGES  of  Ragnhild Olsen, dancer and teacher sharing her experience of working with the sculpture over ten years; Artist Sophia Clist and theatre staff at the recent opening.   Images  by Martin Pickard.

 The original sculpture Stretch was conceived and designed by Sophia Clist and has developed in collaboration with Craig Vear, Nick Burge and Ragnhild Olsen, Sarah Cameron, Anouk Llaurens  and Jonathan Eato.  Stretch was commissioned by Crying Out Loud as part of its PIP programme.  (re)Stretch is presented by Birmingham Hippodrome in association with DanceXchange.

Dick Whittington runs until 30 January.