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STROUD FRINGE 2017 43 COLOURSCAPE
WITH ITS BUBBLE-LIKE ARRANGEMENT OF PRIMARY COLOURED INFLATABLE PODS, COLOURSCAPE IS ONE OF THE COUNTRY’S MOST VISUALLY STRIKING PUBLIC ART INSTALLATIONS, A UNIQUE TEMPORARY PERFORMANCE VENUE RESEMBLING A GROUNDED HOT AIR BALLOON – OR RECENTLY LANDED SPACECRAFT. ORIGINALLY DESIGNED BY ARTIST PETER JONES, WHO HAS BEEN CREATING SIMILAR AIR-FILLED STRUCTURES SINCE THE EARLY ’70S, THEY WERE DESIGNED TO PROVIDE AN EXPERIENCE OF PURE COLOUR WITH SUNLIGHT FILTERING THROUGH THE THIN NYLON SHELL TO CREATE STARTLING OPTICAL EFFECTS.
a computer-controlled set-up which radically alters the sound of his instrument. “But the one
Yet over the past 25 years Colourscape has evolved from a purely visual experience into an interconnected multimedia event under the guidance
of composers Simon Desorgher and Lawrence Casserly, who met at the Royal College of Music in 1970 and staged
Eye Music’s  rst Colourscape Festival on Clapham Common, south London, in 1989. Uniting music, dance and theatre inside luminous coloured spaces, the festival has proved an increasingly popular attraction – today there are four separate structures touring the country at any one time.
“The original Colourscapes were really installations of pure colour and didn’t have separate spaces for music,”
says Desorgher, a  autist who often performs inside the Colourscapes using
coming to Stroud is our newest structure which features 25 separate chambers and a large silver dome for performances – though the musicians will also have radio microphones so they can wander off around the structure and lead visitors on a journey of colour and music.” According to Desorgher this latest incarnation of Colourscape is the team’s most ambitious staging to date, building on both the interactive nature of the event (visitors don special coloured capes which blend and contrast with the coloured light inside the space) and the presentation of contemporary music. Colourscape will be situated at Stratford Park from Saturday, Sunday and Monday 12:00 - 17:00, for further info visit eyemusic.org.uk


































































































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