3 photographs that show the event control bus, stage of event and characters using event bus

International Dance Festival 2012, Birmingham. Hosted by Dancexchange

International Dance Festival is a bi-annual arts festival held in Birmingham which showcases amazing performances with dancers from all over the world at many venues across the city. For the 2012 event the festival culminated in  ‘Wings of Desire’  which was performed in Victoria Square, Birmingham. We have been involved in this event over the last 6 years and this year through a tender process we were awarded the contract for Site Management and Event Support !

There is no better way to describe this event than the promotional writings from Internal Dance Festival:

A love story bridging heaven and earth will unfold before your eyes in this outdoor spectacle, featuring the most amazing transformation of a Birmingham building ever seen. Angels gather on rooftops as the whole of Victoria Square comes alive with jaw-dropping circus acrobatics and exhilarating dance. Music resounds and surprises come from all corners as the intensity builds to the ultimate finale moment – a sequence of glorious technicolour projections, bathing the beautifully-restored Town Hall in magical moving imagery. Australia’s world famous Circa meets Britain’s urban hot ticket 2Faced Dance Company in this dramatic and awe-inspiring production, starring internationally-renowned film and TV star Goldie and featuring interactive performance experts seeper

Event control bus branded for Wings of Desire with information about event
Photograph of works constructing stage for Wings of Desire event

As part of our contract for the official site management we provided from Commbus directly a full time site manager, secondary site manger when required. The event office is the form our double deck event control bus and a backstage hospitality trailer incorporating a dressing room for Goldie. We managed the provision of the site facilities including toilets, fences, crowd barrier and plant equipment. We managed the site during the build up phase working closely with health and safety officers on site to ensure it was a safe and secure place to work. Co ordinating the daily site requirements with the production manager and liaising with the other crew teams of projectionists, sound and lighting to ensure that all the performance areas (those on the outdoor stages and those on top of buildings) were ready for the opening night. The weather was not ideal for the opening night, but the rain held off leaving us just enough time to clear the stage before the performance began. An amazing spectacular for Birmingham’s city centre and 3,500 people watched the performance in just one evening.

During the build the event control bus worked as the production office on the lower deck ensuring all the key team could work together and in one place – and more importantly were all directly in the middle of the site! The bus gives a multi functional space to use on site and the lighting for the performances was operated from the upper deck. During Show days we maintained the site and took responsibility for the stages and other performance areas. We managed the de-rig after the final performance and as all site facilities were under the control of Commbus all contractors worked together and to the schedule.

Having buses and coaches for all occasions lead us to one of our final duties which was to take the performers to local stations and the Airport for their onward journeys in one of our Executive coaches.

Hannah Sharpe Festivals Producer for DanceXchange said:

“I am just writing about another event, but before I do I just wanted to say again a MASSIVE thank you for all of your work on Wings of Desire! You do an amazing job and it gives me so much confidence knowing that you are there and on it all of the time! We Love Blakey and Commbus!”

Selection of images provided by DanceXchange – www.idfb.co.uk