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Olympic Commission 2012: Breatheaudio description - commentary for people with sight problems

Battle for the Winds:
The Ceremony of the Winds and Final Battle

With the extraordinary cast of 'Breathe'.
28th July 2012 – Weymouth Beach, 8.45pm.
Audiences may arrive from 7pm.



Diverse City present 'The Breathers' for Battle for the Winds', a cast of 64 disabled and non disabled performers put together in a groundbreaking project commissioned by the Unlimited programme, part of the London 2012 Festival and Cultural Olympiad.


'Battle for the Winds' is a unique theatrical event which tells the story of a quest to gather the winds from across the South West to power the sailing, with the grand finale featuring pyrotechnics, dance and aerial performance, people flying above the crowds and 2012 torchbearers.



The 'Breathe' project has been a life changing experience for artists and cast alike. Created over the last 15 months by leading disabled artists Jamie Beddard, Alex Bulmer and Dave Toole, the 'Breathers' will take their first breath in public together when they perform in the spectacular 'Battle for the Winds' on Weymouth Beach on 28th July 2012. The 'Breathe' cast has been brought together by Diverse City who have created a unique collaboration between two Dorset performing arts companies The Remix (Activate Performing Arts) and Double Act with performers from APAE and Estacao Dancar from Florianopolis, Brazil.

See who we are to read more about the team behind 'Breathe'.



‘Breathe’: Brazil

breathe team on tour in Brazil as aprt of London 2012 Cultural Olympiad

As part of the Unlimited Commission and supported by The British Council, Diverse City have built an international partnership to create the cast of 'Breathe'. In May 2012 fifteen local artists, disabled performers and their support workers flew out to Florianopolis, Brazil to continue a unique collaboration with Brazilian performers from APAE Floripa (learning disabled dance company) and Estacao Dancar (non disabled youth dance company) both from Florianopolis, Brazil.


The group visited Brazil for 14 days during which time they rehearsed with the Brazilian cast to create sections of the show for the 'Battle for the Winds' performance. The combined cast of performers from Brazil and Dorset had already been meeting regularly by Skype developing the story and working together in virtual workshops with the artists. On the 16th July, we welcome 24 Brazilians to Dorset and join the cast of 'Breathe' as we enter our final few weeks of intense rehearsals.


Read more about 'Breathe': Brazil in Tony and Shane's Blog


'Breathe': The story

Seven Wind Gatherers compete in a Battle to see whose wind will be chosen to start the sailing events but the battle is interrupted by the arrival of 'The Breathers', uninvited guests who have washed ashore from many lands. 'The Breathers' see that no one has the power and force needed to set the boats to sea but their ceremony is silenced by the evil Doldrum. 'The Breathers' set out to prove through a stunning performance of aerial work, dance, circus, song and theatre, that they are the force that can set the winds free to allow the sailing events to begin.


'Breathe': Partners

'Breathe' is produced by Diverse City and was initiated by Claire Hodgson CEO of Diverse City and Artistic Director of The Remix. Diverse City has brought together a unique consortium of arts organisations, Cirque Bijou, Desperate Men, State of Emergency and Activate Performing Arts to create 'The Breathers' for 'Battle for the Winds'.


'The Breathe project has shown what a community of people can achieve when they have a dream.'

- Claire Hodgson CEO Diverse City.


'Breathe': Supporters

Supported by the National Lottery through the Arts Council England

The British Council

Dorset County Council

Activate Performing Arts

Commissioned by the Unlimited Programme.

Part of the London 2012 Festival.

Maritime Mix – London 2012 Cultural Olympiad by the Sea


'Breathe': Press

Contact Jenny Gordon 07751 525 200


Breathe has been commissioned for Unlimited, a project celebrating disability, arts, culture and sport on an unprecedented scale as part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad.


The project is principally funded by the National Lottery through the Olympic Lottery Distributor, and is delivered in partnership between London 2012, Arts Council England, Creative Scotland, Arts Council of Wales, Arts Council Northern Ireland and the British Council.



Breathe flyer

Click below to download a pdf of our flyer [1.2mb]:


Breathe flyer, page 1Breathe flyer page 2


Also available as a Word document here (Word 41kb)




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