What is the longest hug you’ve ever had?
Group Hug (2018) is a intergenerational performance installation that gently invites the audience to stop, watch, listen and maybe even join in. Celebrating human connection, the work explores loneliness, intimacy and the joy of being part of something bigger than yourself. Group Hug was first imagined as part of the PUSH (over)protection Lab in Belgium. In response to thinking about taking risks, creating connections, public space and touch.
Edinburgh International Children’s Festival 2018 at National Museum of Scotland.
Concept & Choreography – Hannah Venet
Sound Design – Caitlin Mulgrew
Performers – Lyra Young Artists, PRIME, Lou Brodie, Mark Bleakley, Misa Brzezicki & Claricia Kruithof
Choir – Primary 5 pupils from Bun-sgoil Taobh na Páirce (Edinburgh’s Gaelic School)
Song – ‘Postcards from Italy’ by Beirut
Print Design – Valerie Reid
Group Hug was Funded by The City of Edinburgh Council, The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo & Imaginate with support from & Dance Base and Lyra.
Thanks to all the performers, staff and parents at Bun-sgoil Taobh na Páirce, Chaperones, Philip Pinsky and Joel Venet. Thanks also to the other PUSH artists and Jasper Džuki Jelen who helped spark the idea.