News: Hofesh Shechter's Brighton Festival programme announced

Monday 10 March 2014 by Carmel Smith

The programme for Brighton Festival 2014 – this year Guest Directed by choreographer Hofesh Shechter – is on sale now and full of enticing reasons to visit the south coast city in May. Crossing all art forms, the programme includes contemporary and classical music, theatre, visual arts, literature, family and site specific events – as well as several dance performances, some UK premieres and some exclusive to Brighton Festival.

Belgian choreographer – and one of Shechter’s inspirations – Wim Vandekeybus presents the UK premiereof his company Ultima Vez’s new work Talk to the Demon (13 & 14 May) which looks at childhood and the multi-faceted ways it is understood, presented and manipulated by society and media across cultures. Shechter and Vandekeybus will also be in conversation in an event on 11 May.

A site specific installation by renowned choreographer William ForsytheNowhere and Everywhere at the Same Time, No.2 will be in the Old Municipal Market (3-25 May) – a Brighton landmark which is destined to become a new Dance Space for the city. In a new re-invention of this work, Forsythe will fill the space with hundreds of delicate pendulums, swinging in timed sequences. As you move around without touching the pendulums, your strides and side-steps will produce your own choreography. Forsythe will also be in conversation with Shechter on 10 May.

The programme also includes a performance by Les Slovaks (25 May), a dance collective made up of five Slovakian friends who, since regrouping in Brussels in 2006, have sought to find themselves again and redefine their relationship through moving and thinking collectively – as well at the final performances of a UK tour by Shechter’s own company in his most recent work Sun (3 & 4 May) – and Brussels-based Swiss choreographer Thomas Hauert’s first piece for younger audiences – a solo Enhanced Dance to Disguised Music (Danse étoffée sur musique déguisée) (17 & 18 May) with a live performance of John Cage’s Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano.

Hofesh Shechter’s company has been resident at Brighton Dome & Festival since 2008. “Brighton has a magic to it that no one can explain,” he says. “Finding a place where one can develop and grow artistically is a delicate thing, an important thing. Brighton Dome and Brighton Festival have been an inspiring, energising and encouraging place for my company and me in the last 5 years. We’ve enjoyed the buzz, the lightness, energy, and the unexplainable essence of Brighton. We have resided in its cultural heart – Brighton Dome, and the pulsating artistic heart of Brighton Dome is the annual Brighton Festival. It’s been a privilege to have been part of the planning for this inspiring event and I feel a rush of excitement about sharing our programme with audiences in Brighton and beyond.”

brightonfestival.org

In Good Company 2014 – new choreography by five company dancers – Maeva Berthelot, Sam Coren, Frederic Despierre, Bruno Karim Guillore, Kim Kohlmann and Sita Ostheimer is touring the UK, previewing at South Hill Park, Bracknell (25 April); Dance City, Newcastle (10 May); The Old Market, Brighton Festival (14 May), Dance House Ipswich (16 May) arriving at The Place, London for performances on 6 & 7 June.
www.hofesh.co.uk

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