Event: Fire Garden, Stonehenge, Amesbury, until July 12 2012
© Boris Abalain
Folkloric for being aligned with the rising and setting of the sun, things are about to get more fiery at Stonehenge.
Compagnie Carabosse, a bunch of French fire exhibitionists, are about to turn Wiltshire’s finest Neolithic stronghold into a glowing fairytale as part of London 2012, with dancing pyrotechnic sculptures, flaming pots animating the stones, candles cascading around the pathways and huge fireballs.
“Carabosse are one of the world’s most celebrated outdoor theatre companies,” says Ruth Mackenzie, the Festival Director for the forthcoming Olympic stampede.
“Stonehenge is one of the world’s most loved tourist attractions. Salisbury International Arts Festival are brilliantly bringing the two together – it will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience for those who see it live, and an amazing sight to millions more around the world.”
The cultural calendar of events accompanying the games can feel bewilderingly dense, but this combination of historic site and eye-catching performance seems certain to rival anything taking place on the tracks in faraway London.
“Stonehenge has been a place of celebration for thousands of years,” says English Heritage’s Simon Thurley, keeping an eye on the druidic past.
“It is fitting that it plays a role in this major cultural celebration.” His team are advising visitors to spend an hour taking in the Garden, promising a “beautiful and unique artistic endeavour”. Their French accomplices have a toasty treat in store.
- Runs 9pm-midnight. Tickets £3-£6, advance only. Book online.
© Vincent Muteau
© Sylvie Monier
© Sylvie Monier