Gentle giants of light will be brought to life in Newbury town centre at the end of the month courtesy of specialist outdoor puppeteers.
Dundu will be accompanied by high-octane live music from renowned percussion ensemble, Worldbeaters, in their premiere performance of Sense of Unity.
Presented as part of the Corn Exchange’s expanding outdoor arts programme, Sense of Unity on Friday, June 30 will combine visual spectacle, live music and snippets of audience interaction, to bring the community together for an evening of free outdoor theatre.
At 9.45pm, the Worldbeaters will lead the audience through the town in search of the puppets, performing beats on their unique LED-lit drums and setting the atmosphere for the performance.
Once discovered, the audience encounters the world of Dundu. The puppet’s transparent, flexible bodies, made up of a weave of individual fibre strands, will be lit from the inside, illuminating them against the darkening evening sky.
Dundu will be handled and steered by a team of five skilled puppeteers who collectively breathe life into the figures as they interact with the audience.
Audiences are invited to enjoy the different musical worlds: from the West African Kora of Dundu, to the drumming riffs and rhythms of Worldbeaters, whilst accompanying the puppets on their unique journey through Newbury.
Fabian of Dundu and Chris and Alex of Worldbeaters say: “We are really happy to be working together with the Corn Exchange and 101 Outdoor Arts Creation Space on Greenham Common, and look forward to sharing the light and shaking it out loud with this new creation and the people of Newbury.”
Both Dundu and the Worldbeaters have already captivated the imaginations and hearts of audiences across the world, and now come to Newbury for this exciting world premiere performance of Sense of Unity.
For further information on Sense of Unity, please visit the Corn Exchange website at cornexchangenew.com/senseofunity or call the box office on 0845 5218 218.