The Sky Dome, a spectacular new outdoor finale took place in Hove Park on 16th July.
After following a procession of “Skynauts”, spectators gathered outside the giant translucent dome and witnessed it come to life with a futuristic story. The show seamlessly combines real and virtual images, interweaving light sequences, dance, digital projections, shadow performance, and a dynamic audio-score, to explore what the young people of tomorrow would come back to tell us if they had the chance.
The show is created by Brighton art charity, Same Sky, has a strong environmental message and takes its inspiration from films including The Terminator trilogy, cult film Koyaanisqatsi, and WALL-E. The team of performers includes members of Same Sky’s youth program, Young Same Sky, which encourages young people to shape their future, express themselves creatively and connect with their community. The young people, from Brighton, Uckfield and Rye, working on the project have also been involved with filmmaking, designing shadow shapes and working as technical operators.
John Varah, Same Sky’s Artistic Director, said: “We’re very excited to launch the Sky Dome. The production uses innovative new technology for both the unique translucent “single-skin” dome and the multimedia “brain” that sits inside it.”
The show will acted as a finale to a family fun day celebrating the Olympic Flame’s arrival, organised in partnership by Same Sky with Brighton & Hove City Council. Families are invited to bring picnics from 4pm onwards and enjoy free sports and arts activities while waiting for the Olympic Torchbearer to come running through at 6.06pm. The parade will began at 9pm and, at 9.30pm, when night had fallen, the Sky Dome activated.
Special “make-your-own-torch” lantern kits are currently on sale in the Royal Pavilion Shop and the city’s libraries (including Jubilee, Patcham, Portslade, Rottingdean, Woodingdean, Whitehawk, Moulscoombe, Hangleton & Hove). People who bring their lanterns to the event will have them electrically illuminated and be invited to take part in the Skynaut procession. The kits are being sold to raise money for Same Sky, Brighton’s community art charity. Each pack costs £18 and contains two lanterns.
Sharon Mee, Same Sky’s Community Manager, said: “We need people’s support so that Same Sky can continue to work with disadvantaged young people and vulnerable adults. The Sky Dome will be a spectacular event to be part of and, of course, the kits are great fun!”
Same Sky has been helping people to celebrate their neighbourhoods and their lives since 1987. The charity currently produces two of Brighton’s best-loved events – Burning the Clocks and the Brighton Festival Children’s Parade – and specialises in working with special needs groups, disadvantaged communities and vulnerable young people.
Sky Dome is supported using public funding by Arts Council England. Sally Abbott, Regional Director, South East, Arts Council England, said: “We’re really pleased to be supporting Same Sky’s imaginative Sky Dome through our National Lottery funded Grants for the arts scheme.
The project will give young people across Sussex a once in a lifetime opportunity to take part in the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad celebrations. This is a really special moment for all of us, and we hope that as many people as possible can get down to enjoy the Olympic Flame celebrations at Hove Park.”