RED REBEL BRIGADE
Red Rebel Brigade symbolises the common blood we share with all species,
That unifies us and makes us one.
As such we move as one, act as one and more importantly feel as one.
We are unity and we empathise with our surroundings, we are forgiving
We are sympathetic and humble, compassionate and understanding,
We divert, distract, delight and inspire the people who watch us,
We illuminate the magic realm beneath the surface of all things and we invite people to enter in, we make a bubble and calm the storm, we are peace in the midst of war.
We are who the people have forgotten to be!
We are an international performance artivist troupe dedicated to illuminating the global environmental crisis and supporting groups and organisations fighting to save humanity and all species from mass extinction.
Join Us as we draw a Red line around the world!
Red Rebel Brigade was devised by Doug Francisco and Justine Squire from Bristol’s Invisible Circus for the Extinction Rebellion Spring uprising April 2019 in London.
These ethereal otherworldly beings came from a slow motion mime show called Blanco that Invisible Circus toured for many years as a street show in the 90’s. Red Rebel Brigade is an evolution of these ghostly all white characters that first processed for the Anti Iraq war demonstrations in 2003.
This show had a very powerful mesmerising effect on audiences with slow motion movements synchronised and performed in static tableaux, utilising existing architecture and reclaiming public spaces.
The choice of red as the colour was part aesthetic and part symbolic, creating a very strong contrasting visual and resonating with emotive responses to the colour, red symbolising blood, danger, passion, stop signs etc.
The response from the public and press was far more than we ever imagined as we became a mobile photo shoot on the one hand, as well as a calming de-escalating presence in more front line situations.
We parade between different locations improvising with our environment to create tableaux moments as well as beautiful disruptions / distractions taking over streets, the troupe formed with who ever was available both from our Bristol networks as well as people we met at the rebellion.
Keeping it slow and simple created a mournful and engaging spectacle that resonated with the moment in such a way as to become symbolic of the rebellion itself and was featured a lot in global media.
Red Rebel Brigade has now expanded with groups forming in many different countries as well as towns and cities all over the UK.