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GOlive Dance and Performance Festival

Curated by Donald Hutera

Inaugural Festival Patrons: Rosemary Butcher, Siobhan Davies.


Giant Olive at the Lion and Unicorn Theatre launched the first GOlive Dance and Performance Festival, running for three weeks in September 2013 and curated by Donald Hutera.

GOlive is an exciting and ambitious new festival with an emphasis on risk, intimacy and play. The diversity of the programme ensures a fresh and wonderfully eclectic experience each evening.

Donald Hutera is a veteran arts journalist whose writing has appeared in The Times, Time Out, Dance Europe and many other publications and websites world-wide. 'For me one of the most enticing things about the festival is the chance it gives a range of gifted people - both recognised and emerging, youthful and mature - to show what they can do up-close and outside of normal dance-based channels.' 

Spread across 21 consecutive days, and comprising over four dozen individuals or companies, the 2013 GOlive Festival featured work by Darren Ellis, Ella Mesma, Renaud Wiser, Anusha Subramanyam, Daniel Hay-Gordon/Eleanor Perry, 70/30 Split, Shane Shambhu, Nuno Silva, Moreno Solinas, Peta Lily, The Dangerologists, Stephanie Schober, Anna Williams, Stopgap's Sg2, Angela Woodhouse, Dog Kennel Hill Project, Avatâra Ayuso,  Mickael Marso Rivière, Jennifer Jackson/Susie Crow, Annie Lok, Zoi Dimitriou and Fred Gehrig amongst many others. Between them they have worked with the likes of Complicite, Richard Alston, Siobhan Davies, Shobana Jeyasingh, Russell Maliphant, The Royal Ballet, Wayne McGregor|Random Dance, Rambert Dance Company, Henri Oguike, Arthur Pita and Fiona Shaw.

George Sallis, artistic director of Giant Olive and The Lion & Unicorn Theatre, said: ‘We believe that Donald has curated a groundbreaking roster of performances. The result is an incredibly bold and unique collaboration between a cultural expert, a stellar line-up of artists and one tiny but mighty venue.'

In April 2014, GOlive returned for three weeks with an extended edition of GOlive, bringing back some of the artists from the inaugural festival for an extended run, with additional guest artists.

In September 2014 GOlive returned as GOlab.




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