The Swallowsfeet Collective

OOPS Festival

22 Mar 19–24 Mar 19

Main House: Seated / Standing

OOPS is a movement to be different, to stand up and make bold choices. The festival brings together exceptional contemporary performance and visual artists from all over the world, lifting the voice of the artist to the forefront in these unsettled times.

The festival is a place to talk, watch, taste, exchange, create, listen and move; for artists and audiences to build a sense of community and collectively reflect on what moves us now and what will move us in and towards the future.

Performances are presented and intersected by the Swallowsfeet Collective, a spirited alliance of five independent artists and performers, who are returning to The Old Market for their fourth year. After receiving over 540 proposals from all over the world, they have curated the best on offer for this exciting programme. OOPS Festival will inhabit an array of locations in our venue, bringing together genre-defying performances with collaborations across dance, visual design, music, technology and film.

Be sure to visit the OOPS Festival website or follow Swallowsfeet on social media for all the latest festival updates.

Friday 22 March:

THIS IS HOW WE DO IT Oded Zadok (Israel) and Kazuyo Shionoiri (Japan)

Oded Zadok (Israel) and Kazuyo Shionoiri (Japan)

These two energized performers have an extraordinary presence, hysterical humor that manages to maintain good taste, a rare sense of timing and a penetrating artistic expression; tight and consistent, as only mature artists can do.’ DANCETALK

A hyperactive duet which toys with the meaning of life and – consequently – death.
Using radical physicality the pair wander about their daily existence, carrying out actions and chores until they drop, moving between the extremes of life, death and other delusions. Zadok and Shionoiri are associate artists at Clipa Theatre, based in Tel Aviv, where their creative process emphasises multidisciplinary work.

Saturday 23 & Sunday 24 March:


PHRASES Lewis Holt (UK)

Lewis Holt (UK)

What do you do when dealing with miscommunication and confusion is unavoidable? Big questions, but don't worry Lewys Holt is here to help with his PowerPoint, well Keynote, presentation. Using projections of stream-of-consciousness writing, improvised movement and discussions, Lewys stands united with the anxious, the confused and those who overthink to face awkwardness head-on in this subtly humorous yet unnerving piece.

BONI SANTÉ Tickson Mbuyi (DR Congo) and Cleophee Moser (France)

Tickson Mbuyi (DR Congo) and Cleophee Moser (France)

'Every time they perform respectively as well as jointly... they are able to move one another with simple gestures but significant and deep situations.'
Cindy Olohou, Director of the Agency Wasanii Ya Leo, Paris

Dance intervention Boni Santé, by Condom Man (Mbuyi) and Condom Girl (Moser), is a witty roaming laboratory that invites the audience for a 'consultation' and ensuing 'art-cure'. The masked counterparts first collaborated in Kinshasa, and have gone on to spread their message which questions boundaries and violence in relation to gender and diversity.



McIntosh Jerahuni (Zimbabwe)

‘Even the air I was breathing felt sacred. It is beautiful beyond expression; the water so still, calm and so inviting, but don’t dare to go near it. This is the famous Chirorodziva or The Sleeping Pool’. Mclntosh Jerahuni

Chirorodziva, or The Sleeping Pool, is choreographed and performed by Mclntosh Jerahuni, former artistic director of Tumbuka Dance Company. Using his ‘jerahuni-technique’
he explores the body without any judgement of its abilities and disabilities.

This striking solo performance is derived from Zimbabwe’s mysterious Chinhoyi Caves.


ANVERSO Iria Arenas (Spain)

Iria Arenas (Spain)

Anverso is a daring work by Iria Arenas, a Spanish multidisciplinary artist based in Germany. With its first UK performance, Anverso uses movement to imagine a dystopian world, and three performers represent its citizens living in a dehumanised state.


Saturday 23 March (evening):

MAPS Sivan Rubinstein (UK)

Sivan Rubinstein (UK)

Commissioned by Creative Europe and The Place, London

‘A visionary piece that brings the world on to one stage’ London Jewish Chronicle

'Every moment encloses the reality of all the places in the world' ABCDance

Maps is dance inspired by the theatre of the world, which explores a desired world without borders. All maps are a snapshot in time, a fixed interpretation of our world, unable to capture the ebb and flow of people, places and politics. In collaboration with Kings College London, cartographers and 50kgs of salt, MAPS takes the antique map of the world and fuses it into a culturally mixed, rhythmic and musical grove, revelling in a new cartography of the world.

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Upcoming Performances

OOPS Festival
Dates & Times:
Fri 22 Mar, 7pm (doors, unreserved seating)
Sat 23 Mar, 4pm (doors, standing)
Sun 24 Mar, 2pm (doors, standing)
Tickets: £15-£18
TOM’s Friends: 15% off
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1625 tickets: £5 (limited availability)
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Festival Pass:
£40 (limited availability - select day tickets individually and discount will apply at the checkout)