Performance of Braintown in Royal Docks

Art & Culture

Virtually jump onboard Lightship 93 to enjoy Braintown

Braintown is a new and exciting site-specific performance featuring music, contemporary dance, circus and cinema. It was performed live on the 6 December 2020 via livestream from the atmospheric Lightship 93, now you can watch it back online.

Please note: This piece is rated 15+, it contains brief nudity that is not appropriate for younger audiences.

Braintown was created by performance company Svalbard in collaboration with Deadbeat Films and was produced by Certain Blacks as part of its research and development project, Ship Building. The performance will take place on board the iconic Lightship 93, a former Trinity House lighthouse boat moored in Royal Victoria Dock in the Royal Docks.

Svalbard used their signature blend of live music, contemporary dance, circus, and cinematography to explore the human brain and the architecture of the lightship in this stunning collaborative performance. As the event was live streamed, it can now be relived in your own homes, creating an intimate performance which aims to immerse the watching online audience in the movements of the artists on-site as they embody the hull, navigate the bridge and digitize performances below deck.

We were so excited to be part of the first Join the Docks programme with Ensemble Festival last year and are extremely proud to be back working with the team again in 2020.

Clive Lyttle, Certain Blacks

This performance of Braintown is part of research and development project Ship Building, a large body of creative work being developed by Certain Blacks in partnership with Svalbard and Deadbeat Films commissioned as part of Join the Autumn Programme 2020 by the Royal Docks Team.

Ship Building takes its name from Elvis Costello’s anti-war song and responds to COVID-19, Brexit and Black Lives Matter, all societal events which have been likened to war. The wider Ship Building programme seeks to explore what it is to be British and diverse in these challenging times.

Clive Lyttle from Certain Blacks says:

“We were so excited to be part of the first Join the Docks programme with Ensemble Festival last year and are extremely proud to be back working with the team again in 2020.

“Our project this year will incorporate a number of performances, Braintown is the first of these, and we look forward to bringing the best of contemporary culture to the heart of the Royal Docks community!”