A Small Museum of Displaced Sea

Brighton Fringe Festival - May 2012

What a great Festival it was! Thank you everyone who came to see our show, and who worked hard to make it all happen!

The Karavan Ensemble - A Small Museum of Displaced Sea, Brighton Fringe 2012 (weekend 3)
more photos by Sara Popowa

Working with older people from the South East, recollecting their memories from between coast and sea, and between past and present, this migrating performance carries the sea within

Commissioned by Dip Your Toe A Small Museum of Displaced Sea inhabits one of six bathing machines reconstructed especially for Brighton Fringe festival. The project includes an audio visual installation, made in collaboration with Tristan Shorr, and an outdoor performance, made in collaboration with older people dance project Dance in the Years (run by Linda Remahl and Rachel Champion) and with the participation of Saint Richards Evergreens older people club in Hollingdean, Brighton. The events are free, no need to pre-book - and take place every weekend in May

Installation 12-3pm - Live performance 4pm

5-7th May - Old Steine
12-13th May - Churchill Square
19-20th May - Old Steine
26-27th May - Madeira Drive

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For Brighton Fringe Festival 2012, The Karavan Ensemble were commissioned by Nightingale Theatre for the project Dip Your Toe, in which they turned a reconstructed bathing machine into a museum and an outdoor performance venue.

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As an icon of Victorian British seaside culture, the bathing machine may seem an odd custom to today’s generation of seaside visitors, yet it still holds an important place in the cultural memory of Brighton’s seafront as well as other coastal / sea side cities in the U.K. In A Small Museum of Displaced Sea, the reconstructed bathing machine acts as a metaphor, linking sea to coast and past to present.

The project was aimed at engaging both local residents and visitors to Brighton in a celebration of Brighton's unique seaside culture, from the time when the bathing machine was used to more recent history. Seeing that the heritage of the bathing machine, and the development of Brighton as a sea resort hold a central part in this project, the Karavan Ensemble received funding from The Heritage Lottery Funds, to allow participation in the research, and celebration of this heritage.

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