Art & Culture
Music of the Spheres
Bubbles have been a familiar concept during the pandemic, but this is one you’ve never seen before. Music of the Spheres will see performers in huge transparent globes move through the audience and float on the water of the docks, with musicians, aerial performers, lights and smoke inside them.
Each of the three shows on 4 September begins with dancers and musicians moving through the audience in land-based Spheres. Then, open your ears to performances on unusual and sculptural instruments from around the world as musicians play under a large sculptural canopy.
The grande finale sees Simon Desorgher perform a piece of flute music he’s composed especially for this occasion, based on a theme from Debussy’s La Mer. His performance is transmitted to Eye Music Trust co-Director, Lawrence Casserley who transforms the sound into a whole orchestra on his computer from inside a transparent Dome.
As the music plays, a giant Sphere the size of a four-storey building is launched onto the Docks with aerial dancer Claire Crook inside, spinning and spiralling on silks suspended from the centre. The Sphere performs a ballet on the lake as it moves over the surface of the water controlled by the Eye Music technical team.
A dazzling show that will capture your imagination, this will be a highlight of the summer.
All events and activities will adhere to the Government’s COVID-19 social distancing guidelines. Regular updates are also provided to organisers to ensure all events and activities are adhering to the most recent Government Coronavirus guidance and restrictions
For your visit
Places To Stay
Connaught House Hotel
This Grade II-listed building provides comfortable rooms and classic pub dining.
Royal Wharf Community Dock
From adult ballet classes to dance and drama classes for kids, this new centre in the heart of Royal Wharf has begun with a bang.
Food & Drink
Welcoming wine bar just outside the ExCeL centre, with continental salad, pizza, and sandwiches.
Art & Culture
Doodling the Docks Drawing class
Learn to sketch local landmarks in this fun workshop where you will create your very own dock landscape with local artist Matt Ponting.
Join the Docks
‘Message in a Bottle’ by Queer Zine Library and Queer Newham
Get crafty with ‘Message in a Bottle,’ a collaborative zine-making and trading project organised by Queer Zine Library and Queer Newham as part of Join the Docks autumn programme.