SPILL: On Proximity

Tonight is the launch night for the latest SPILL Festival of Performance. This year, for the first time, it takes place in Ipswich and I’d be lying if I didn’t say it feels good to see the SPILL branding emblazoned across Ipswich Town Hall.

SPILL will now alternative between Ipswich and London, or at least that is the plan. As Robert Pacitti, SPILL Festival Artistic Director explains;

‘This year SPILL launches in Ipswich, my home town. This exciting development sees the festival become an annual event alternating between London and Suffolk. SPILL is opening a range of sites and venues in Ipswich that haven’t been used for live art before. The size of the town means these are all within walking distance of each other, and a truly packed programme means there’s a huge amount to see and do. This year SPILL has been curated around notions of proximity. What does it mean to place experimental performance in a town like Ipswich? Are we near to, or far from London or Europe? And as we launch on Halloween, what will it mean for audiences to encounter so much radical work in such a tightly packed five day hit? When the membrane between the living and the dead, the body and the spirit is at its thinnest. The only way to find out my friends is to get up close and personal. For sure it’s a risk, but one very worth taking.’

Good luck to all involved.

The images below show a couple of pages from the brochure highlighting the launch night programme along with the spread of front and back covers.

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