‘Instead of forever hovering above I’d like to feel a weight grow in me to end the infinity and to tie me to earth.’ – Damiel, Wings of Desire (1987)
The angelic will combine with the everyday in Victoria Square this week, as the 2012 International Dance Festival Birmingham comes to a close with an epic adaptation of Wim Wenders Bafta-winning film, Wings of Desire. This world premiere performance will see angels, acrobats, aerial performers, professional dancers, community groups and Brummie legend Goldie, join forces, talents and stories, to tell an epic love story that spans heaven and earth.
Angels will descend from the Birmingham skyline, appearing and disappearing on rooftops and raised stages, from where they will watch the action unfolding far below. Whilst music resounds all around, community participants will move in sections, directing the audience’s attention.
Bringing the story to life, professional circus and dance performers will dazzle with their breath-taking skills and daredevil antics, whilst personal testimonies as told by the people of Birmingham themselves are presented on screens across the square. In the role made famous by Peter Falk in the original movie, Goldie will act as MC, sharing his experiences of growing up in the city, and explaining how it helped him become who he is today.
Surprises come from all corners of Victoria Square as intensity builds to the ultimate final moment, when a series of glorious technicolour projections will bathe Town Hall in magical moving imagery.
This free outdoor spectacular will take place over four consecutive nights, at 9.30pm, starting tomorrow (Wednesday 16 May).
No need for tickets – just turn up and prepare to be amazed!