Nathaniel Robin Mann at SPILL Festival

The SPILL Festival of Performance has returned to Ipswich and runs for five days at eleven venues, presenting an international array of cutting-edge visual and performance art, installations, music and opportunities for discussion on this year’s theme of “surrender”. Curated by the Pacitti Company, the festival is one of the highlights of the Suffolk cultural calendar and has a well-deserved reputation for presenting radical and uncompromising art.

To fit the theme, this year the festival has taken over and repurposed the abandoned police station as its HQ. They have also secured the proposed site of a new Ipswich arts centre, the semi-derelict St. Clement’s Church, for an audio-visual installation by award-winning sonic artist Ray Lee, which will run for the duration of the festival.

There are some intriguing prospects lined up for Thursday night, kicking off at 6.30 at the Jerwood Dance Studio. Sonic alchemist JM Bowers collaborates with Mehmet Sander, a dancer drawing influences from physics, modern architecture and Mondrian, in Animate Objects in Sonic Action. Thursday night’s programme also features the long-overdue return to Ipswich of our bewhiskered chum, Nathaniel Robin Mann, who will be supporting Scout Niblett at the Town Hall from 9pm.

We have been unable to confirm whether either performer will be competing for people’s attention by stripping naked and shoving a firework up his arse, or whether that’s so SPILL 2013.

Check out the full festival programme here: http://spillfestival.com/all-events/

Photo by Eléonore de Bonneval