We think we can change it all. We think we have the imagination to change it all. We really do. So, to help with the changes, we are throwing an OPTIMISM PARTY! A party by and for desperate optimists. Welcome!
With the price of oil and gas going into the stratosphere funding military aggression against democracy, billionaires firing themselves on rockets into space, rising water levels and a run of once-a-century storms, the viral pandemic (and Boris’ Downing St parties) are hardly even news. Feeling helpless? Wishing someone would tuck you into bed and kiss it better? In 2020, a group of 12 artists came together to imagine better futures. Embracing their commitment to optimism, they’ll spend three hours dreaming it all better for you. Bring hope.
Following an online residency at the beginning of the pandemic, when it felt that everything really might change, this durational performance is a reunion. Like all reunions, it’s uncertain, but the artists are determined to attempt to recapture their sense of optimism for better worlds, better working conditions, better friendships and a better future.
This is a durational performance, you are welcome to drop in and out. Please also be aware the performance is being live streamed.
BSL Interpretation no longer available
We apologise that due to some last minute staffing problems, we are unable to provide BSL interpretation for What if... at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art. We sincerely apologise for this last minute change.
DROP IN TO THE IN-PERSON PERFORMANCE AT BALTIC CENTRE FOR CONTEMPORARY ARTS.
THIS IS A FREE EVENT WITH NO NEED TO PRE-BOOK.
Two Destination Language is led by Katherina Radeva and Alister Lownie. They make bold award-winning performance work which explores ideas of identity, belonging and boundaries. Their work tours in the UK and internationally. It can be seen on theatre stages, in village halls, in libraries, in galleries, in parks, along roads, in abandoned shops. They also create exhibitions, installations and print publications.
Commissioned by The Place and Warwick Arts Centre. Developed with support from the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. Supported by Arts Council England.
Image: Two Destination Language
You can join us for free at the live performance at BALTIC Centre for the Contemporary Arts (Gateshead) or watch the free live stream online via our YouTube channel. There's no need to reserve a ticket to attend the in-person or online streamed performance.
There are two options available to attend What if...
Ticket information and accessing
events in-person & online
This year's GIFT festival is taking place in Gateshead and online providing digital and in-person spaces for us to come together and experience work and participate in workshop activities.
Tickets are limited and Pay What You Decide.
Recommended age rating: 14+
Duration: This is a durational performance (running time approx. 3hrs). You can stay for as long or as little as you like.
Live performance venue:
South Shore Road
For our global audiences, the performance is also be shared live via our YouTube channel so you can tune in from whereever you are in the world.