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Opportunities on offer to get involved with SIRF's big birthday

31 May 2017

People of all ages and backgrounds are being encouraged to join the party and help Stockton International Riverside Festival (SIRF) celebrate its 30th birthday later this year.

Image of SIRF's 30th year setup

One of the opportunities on offer is the chance to be part of SIRF's spectacular finale for this year which is Fire Wire by Cirque Bijou. The ground-breaking show brings together four renowned international circus artists on two high wires in front of Trinity Church in Stockton.

Accompanied by live music, stunning special effects and professional dancers, the performance will also require 50 volunteer dancers to add their energy to the finale. People taking part will use Cirque Bijou's LED umbrellas to display a rainbow of changing colours while projecting striking shapes and mesmerising movement.

Jan Doherty, SIRF's Artistic Director, said: "SIRF's big thirtieth birthday promises to be a very special event and it will mean even more to people thanks to these opportunities for members of the public to take part.

"The festival carries a worldwide reputation so this is a fantastic chance for local people to not only take in the breath-taking performances but to also perform as part of them too."

Another opportunity on offer requires eight performers to work with South Korean company CCOT on their wonderful show, 'Massager'. Volunteers will take part in pre-show workshops during which they will receive training to become 'paper massagers'.

They will be shown how to cover selected audience members in paper to create copies of the body known as 'paper humans' in a show that is part art therapy and part outdoor performance. On the day of the shows, volunteers will help create the paper humans, which will then be animated before succumbing to the elements of wind, fire and water. The minimum age requirement for this opportunity is 18.

Volunteers interested in simple acting and dancing are also needed for a number of the fun and friendly daytime shows.

SIRF takes place between Thursday 3 and Sunday 6 August and anyone who volunteers will need to be available for rehearsals shortly before these dates.