Key Feste 2017

Key Feste 2017

Arts and Sports Festival                              

Save the Date! 

2nd & 3rd September 2017

For this year's Key Feste Vivacity Arts are teaming up with Vivacity Sports to create a weekend of performing arts and participatory sports! The event will take place on Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd September with activities and performances on the River Embankment surrounding the Key Theatre, inside the Key Theatre, at the Lido and Athletics Track.

Vivacity is a member of the Without Walls Associate Touring Network, a group of 10 festivals working together to extend reach and benefits of the existing Without Walls programme in areas where there is low engagement with the arts, bringing high quality outdoor work to diverse audiences across England. For more information on the work of Without Walls ATN, please visit:

Vessel by Acrojou

A storm in a tea cup, the cloud that we all carry, a boat-sized piece of one man’s inner ocean...

All at Sea is a theatrical installation set in a boat, which rows gently through the tides of the world around us. In limbo between life and death, a lone boatman traverses a vast ocean of memories and past hopes, accompanied by his own personal storm. 

In a time of social unrest, rising seas and escapes made in unworthy vessels, Vessel is about the value of ‘now’, and whether it is ever possible to leave knowing you did enough. An emotive tale to inspire and uplift, Vessel looks through the lens of death at how to best make use of the phenomenon we call life. How to remember to remember what matters, as we navigate our fast and overwhelmingly complex lives.

NOMADIS two nomads meet with instant recognition. Falling into the force of a vortex that brings them here, shaping the ‘Now’. Merging the bodies in curves and falling into the pulse of the encounter. An animalistic crossing where instinct is the only thing left.

Nomadis by Humanhood

Of Man and Beast by Company Chameleon

Of Man and Beast is a dynamic new outdoor work, choreographed by Co-Artistic Director Anthony Missen for Company Chameleon. A powerful, sensitive and revealing look at male group dynamics, Of Man and Beast uncovers the many faces of man - strength, camaraderie, vulnerability and hostility.
5 exceptional male performers showcase the company's inventive and unique physical style.

Roulette wheel meets juggling: danger, skill and awe-inspiring moments. Aluminium, concrete and motors mix in an unlikely way; Project_Vee takes juggling in a different dimension. Literally.

Project_Vee mixes technique inspired by legendary soviet era circus with a contemporary approach to outdoor performance.

Project Vee by Circus Geeks X Pangottic

Smoke by Plunge Boom

A man moves amongst members of the public. Gradually smoke begins to creep from out of his trouser leg. He gives his leg a shake and the smoke stops. Next, it arises from his collar, then
his sleeves. All the while he acknowledges this with a weary resignation, but what starts as a tiny wisp, ends up as an all-consuming plume. Can you help him out before he disappears completely?
Urban Astronaut provides a glimpse of a future that might be... where problems surrounding air pollution have grown to crisis point, is there any way back? What can the Urban Astronaut learn from audiences now that might change his future?
Combining stunning design, unseen before aerial performance with simple story telling and moving dance performance, Urban Astronaut travels through towns and cities searching for a solution to the environmental disaster that is present in our near future. The answer is found in a simple encounter with a young girl who provides the one thing the astronaut has lost... hope

Culinary Duel by Etta Ermini

Based upon the familiar format of TV cookery shows Culinary Duel combines dance, theatre and one characterful robotic cooker set to create havoc. Recreating the family TV experience and animating its absurdity with physical humour, athletic dance, acrobatics and audience participation, members of the public are encouraged to stir and sprinkle ingredients, engage in egg cracking competitions, learn a simple dance with cooking gestures and help the chefs catch their disobedient kitchen appliance.