Guildhall School and Tower Bridge present Terra Incognita - Here be Dragons in the Bascule Chamber
Guildhall School students will showcase specially-commissioned work for 16 performances in Tower Bridge's unique Bascule Chamber.
Thursday 16 February, 6pm & 8pm (press performances)
Friday 17 February, 3pm, 5pm, 7pm & 9pm
Saturday 18 February and Sunday 19 February, 11am, 1pm, 3pm, 5pm, 7pm & 9pm
The Guildhall School and Tower Bridge present Terra Incognita - Here be Dragons, a site-specific light and sound installation in the unique setting of the Bascule Chamber of Tower Bridge. The Chamber is the operational area that houses Tower Bridge's huge counterweights used during lifting. When the Bridge is at rest, this huge brick-lined space stands empty: a dramatic, subterranean Victorian space normally out of bounds for everyday visitors. The Chamber’s unique space will be showcased by specially-commissioned new works created by artists from the Guildhall School’s Video Design for Live Performance and Performance and Creative Enterprise (PACE) degree programmes. This hour-long installation takes place across 16 performances on 17 to 19 February.
The Bascule Chamber, located in the belly of the Bridge, is becoming known as one of the most exciting cultural spaces in London. Terra Incognita - Here be Dragons is the third public event to take place in the Bascule Chamber, and follows on from the success of the Bascule Chamber Concerts with Totally Thames.
Terra Incognita and Here be Dragons are terms used to identify areas on a map that are yet to be charted and this event centres around the theme of ‘unchartered territories’. The new commissions take inspiration from the atmospheric Bascule Chamber itself – a secret space hidden in the depths of the world’s most famous bridge. Audience members will be given headphones as they descend from road level to the Chamber for a unique immersive experience combining light, sound, and projected imagery. The installation aims to challenge the audience to look beyond the surface and to ‘review’ and ‘re-evaluate’ their relationship with the city and its landmarks and their perception of its history and its character.
The Guildhall School’s Video Design for Live Performance programme is a three year, full-time, BA Honours degree for students interested in the fast-changing exciting world of digital video design and production and has been shaped by and upholds the practical, hands-on ethos of the Guildhall School’s Technical Theatre Department. The programme is led by multi award-winning director, designer and audio/visual specialist Dan Shorten. Most recently the department has presented work at Guildhall Yard for the Shakespeare 400 Festival, the British Museum as part of the ‘Day of the Dead’ celebrations, the opening of Arts Centre Pontio in Bangor, Cambridge Science Festival and at Glastonbury. The Performance and Creative Enterprise (PACE) degree is a three-year programme run in association with the Barbican Centre. Open to musicians, composers, theatre makers, devisors, spoken word artists, beatboxers and poets, it is intended for those who want to develop their performance, production, collaboration and leadership skills for employment in the arts industry.
A partnership initiated by Guildhall Library.
£30 per person. Or for £35 guests can enhance their visit and step inside Tower Bridge Exhibition to explore its iconic structure, Glass Floor and magnificent Victorian Engine Rooms including the latest exhibition from renowned photographer, Martin Parr.
Please note that tickets are limited due to the capacity of the Bascule Chamber.
The Bascule Chamber houses moving mechanisms for raising the Bridge to river traffic. Ticket holders should be aware that the event includes outdoor areas; spaces that are naturally dirty as part of the Bridge operations and damp, cold spaces beneath the river, all exposed to the elements. All ticket holders should wear appropriate footwear and practical warm clothing.