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1/9/18

Defying gravity: Substratum

Last night, Hull College was the stage for the world premiere of multimedia aerial spectacular Substratum and it did not disappoint.

In partnership with Freedom Festival and Limbic Theatre, Full Tilt Aerial Theatre combined acrobatic dance with specially created 3D projections, pushing the limits of technology to create this mesmerising, unique spectacle.

As the audience stood beside William Wilberforce’s memorial, looking expectantly up at the side of the Hull College building, the atmosphere buzzed with anticipation.

Projections began the performance, manipulating the familiar college façade, distorting the windows, teasing the crowd with hints of what was to come. The building’s rooms appeared to bulge in and out, before the first dancer descended from the top of the seven-storey building.

Suspended upside down, the dancer appeared to defy gravity, spinning around in time to the video projection playing out on the building, moving in harmony with the visuals and contemporary electronic score.

The visual story morphed from abstract shapes and beams of light to a concrete jungle cityscape, from a delicate rainfall scene to a galaxy spinning out of control, before returning to the familiar Hull College façade.

Effortlessly graceful, it was hard to remember the dancers were suspended from above as they mesmerised their audience with Substratum – a stunning show for all ages to enjoy and a testament to the artistic potential of digital technology.

A performance not to be missed – today at 9:30pm at Hull College (Map Ref. 10).

By Will Taylor, Freedom Festival Media Team Volunteer

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