Venue: The Lake
Artist(s): Studio Festi
devisers: Ami Jade Cadillac and Monica Maimone
Reviewer: Glen Pearce
Henham Park’s lake has always been a central feature of the Latitude Festival. The 10thanniversary edition may have seen swimming allowed in the lake for the first time but the lake also provides a fluid stage for the return of Studio Festi.
Studio Festi are renowned for their waterborne spectaculars, having previously wowed Latitude festival goers with their late night illuminated tableaux.
Un Mondo Pieno Di Songi (A World Full of Dreams) has been created especially to mark Latitude’s 10th Anniversary. As the lights dim across the waters, the assembled crowds thronging the banks and bridges in anticipation are treated to the surreal sight of a white grand piano floating down the middle of the lake – a ballet dancer slowly pirouetting on its lid.
It’s the first of a series of striking images that enchant the eye. Oversize illuminated dolls, seahorses and the moon all sailing across the black waters as an evocative score fills the air. As the midnight hour approaches, it’s an appropriate dreamlike atmosphere, partly inspired by the illustrations of Arthur Rackham.
The narrative may not have tugged the heart as strongly as their 2013 visit with Water Dance but the magical atmosphere and strong visuals linger long in the mind. The size of the crowds gathering ahead of each showing show the group are now an established Latitude favourite and the combination of spectacle, music and setting seem ideal for this most unique of festivals. This festival is all about capturing dreams and, in Un Mondo Pieno Di Songi, we’re offered a tantalising visualisation
Photo: Victor Frankowski