On Sunday November 4th 2012, we teamed up with space creatures, art babes and long standing collaborators, the Volkov Commanders , to create a brand new concept event outside of our annual May Day Festival. Dreamt up over the long summer months, the result was a “ORBIT: A Show in Seven Parts”, a mysterious and magical walkthrough musical event that lent itself as much to live theatre as it did to music festival. This is the first showing of a short video made by Tobias Longmate that captures a little bit of the mood and atmosphere of the day.
Orbit featured specially commissioned one-off performances that saw DFA’s Planningtorock playing under a sea of blue light in St Philips Church, Ed Schraders Music Beat emerge out of smoke filled perspex box at Islington Mill, Queer’d Science attacked by naked test-tube dancers at the Old Pint Pot as well as fantastical and challenging sets from N. Racker, GNOD, Yola Fatoush & Tranarchy.
Along the way the audience moved as one, to the sound of a drum, from venue to venue, united together in an orbital journey knitted together by a series of narrative vignettes orchestrated by the Commanders. This included a mass, masked luminous box dance at the Salford war memorial, a candle lit waltz on the grassy knoll, the 20 strong Northern Quarter Boys choir singing David Bowie from the roof of St Philip’s Church with special silver moon heads and analogue amplifiers, a balloon-filled, saxophone dance within Islington Mill’s gallery as well as blue smoke signals filling the crisp, cold air of a magical night on the streets of Salford.
We would like to say thanks to everyone who helped make this event possible, particularly all the volunteers, the performers, Andy Salmon at St Phils, all at the Pint Pot, everyone at Islington Mill, Noisebox Sounds Productions, who stay faithful to the festival and all that we throw at them, the Arts Council, University of Salford for enthusiastically supporting the event and most importantly you, the audience.
Look out for news of another ‘Orbit’ and other special SFTOC events over the summer months