_Event: Dive - Submerge Festival

 _Event: Dive - Submerge Festival

Ahead of the Festival, Inter:Mission met up with Curator, Mike Pony. It seemed only fitting that we checked out Submerge’s Friday night’s opening shows.

Gil Dilendro, 'Earth Tide'. 

Gil Dilendro, 'Earth Tide'. 

Koreless and Emmanuel Biard’s collaborative act followed. Following our Interview with Mike, who told us ‘the Festival creates experiences which can be beautiful and overwhelming’ - the criteria was certainly met. ‘The Well’ combined music, lasers, smoke to do just that. Their use of a large mirror installation to create something entirely immersive needs to be witnessed. A highlight was when the central disk of the installation resembled the water’s surface. Endorsing a sensation of descending below water level.

Musician and Composer, Koreless. 

Musician and Composer, Koreless. 

After a heart-warming speech of gratitude from Mike, the two acts which constituted ‘Dive’ were underway.

First on the line-up was multidisciplinary artist Gil Dilendro. His performance combined live music act and installation, creating sound with raw materials. ‘Earth Tide’ had an eerie quality which pervaded The Lantern at Colston Hall. Difficult to describe but definitely worth hearing, his use of water justly signified the ‘Dive’ into the ocean the opening event sought to symbolise.

Koreless and Emmanuel Biard, 'The Well'. 

Koreless and Emmanuel Biard, 'The Well'. 

While, ‘Earth Tide’ use of raw materials to generate sound embodied the start Submerge’s journey, it could have been supplemented with visuals. Musician, Koreless, and Biards live visual artistry endorsed this downward trajectory in an what can only be called an experience.

The Festival creates experiences which can be beautiful and overwhelming
— Mike Pony

SUBMERGE FESTIVAL’S CROSS-CURATION OF MUSIC, PHYSICAL PERFORMANCE AND AUDIOVISUAL ART CONTINUES TODAY WITH ‘GHOSTS’ AT ST. THOMAS THE MARTYR’S CHURCH. WHILE, TONIGHT ‘THE ASCENT’ WILL BE TAKING OVER THE OLD CORONERS COURT


Elena Angelides (Theatre Editor)