Welcome to SPILL Festival: On Surrender

Wed 29 Oct 2014

“Welcome to SPILL 2014, an international festival of live performance, installation, film, discussions, and parties. Across 5 days we are bringing you over 100 uncompromising events, taking place at a range of great sites and venues across my beloved hometown of Ipswich.

In the programme are exciting SPILL Commissions, world premieres, and the SPILL National Platform which is generously supported by the Jerwood Charitable Foundation. You’ll find it happening all over Ipswich in theatres, galleries, civic buildings, cinemas, an old church, the police station, and even a nuclear bunker.

For this, its sixth edition, the festival presents artists hailing from England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, India, Iran, Israel, Italy, Japan, Romania, Serbia, Sweden, Thailand, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, and the United States of America.

The theme of this year’s SPILL is Surrender – physical surrender, surrender to law, sex, power, death and dying, religion, economics, the impact of mass culture, and more. But are giving up, giving in, or simply going under really our only choices?

The turbulent times in which we live also demand resistance, and a strong spirit of defiance forges this year’s SPILL. From the clarion call of Ray Lee’s opening event ‘Siren’ to the charged howl of Scout Niblett, the smash of bodies against hard surfaces in the work of Sander & Bowers, to the charge of cultural trespass in that of both Sarah-Jane Norman and Keijaun Thomas, from the transformative brilliance of Ron Athey to the sheer guts of Mouse, this festival amplifies its contempt for our increasingly homogenised world.

As ‘fringe theatre’ becomes ever more mainstream, countless galleries continue to privilege predominantly white artists, and our bodies, civil liberties and incomes remain fiercely contested ground, SPILL seeks to agitate and find radical new alternatives for how we might move forward, together. I hope you find it ‘arresting’.”
Robert Pacitti
Artist, Festival Director & Curator


Please kindly note that SPILL has a strict NO PUBLIC PHOTOGRAPHY policy in place for the whole festival. You may not take photographs or video of any live performances, including the use of camera phones, and you may be asked to leave if you try to. SPILL Photographers and film crew will be shooting it all for SPILL TV.

SPILL Festival of Performance is produced in-house as an initiative of Pacitti Company

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SPILL Festival is a member of Live Art UK, the national network of Live Art promoters. www.liveartuk.org