News Published 9 February 2011

BAC Celebrates 30 Years

The return of Kneehigh and the One-on-One Festival.

Rosanna Hall

The Battersea Arts Centre is 30 year old. To mark the occasion and to celebrate its influence two major events have been announced.

In March, the BAC welcomes the return of Kneehigh’s award-winning production The Red Shoe s. First staged in the venue back in 2000, the work marked the start of Kneehigh’s long and productive relationship with BAC.

Then in April the unique One-on-One Festival returns. A collection of work designed for one audience member at a time, it offered a collection of distinctive theatrical experiences involving coffins, secret doors, foot-washing and being suspended from a height. Its apt strap-line was ‘Face Your Fears.’

This year will see the return of many of the highlights from last year’s festival, including Ontroerend Goed, The festival will also see the launch of the venue’s ‘Artist’s Bedrooms’ scheme, a collaboration with local artists to create six spaces in which the One-on-One performances will take place; the rooms will allow for on-site artist residencies after the festivities.

Over the year’s BAC has supported innovative theatre companies including Frantic Assembly, Improbable, Punchdrunk, Little Bulb and 1927.

The Red Shoes opens on the 3 March and the One-on-One Festival runs from 29 March – 9 April 2011.

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Rosanna Hall is a contributor to Exeunt Magazine

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