Brighton Festival 2014 Launches with Guest Director Hofesh Shechter
Brighton Festival Returns with critically acclaimed choreographer Hofesh Shechter at the helm.
The three week festival, May 3rd – 25th, returns with a wide ranging programme spanning music, theatre, dance, visual art, film, literature and debate from companies across the globe. With 448 performances, 147 events, 34 venues, 37 premieres, exclusives and co-commissions and 26 free events this year looks to be the best yet!
This years festival comprises of a truly genre defying programme thanks largely to this years Guest Director Hofesh Shechter. With Russian theatre Director Dmitry Kymov’s premiere of ‘Opus No.7’, the hypnotic ‘Nowhere and Everywhere at the Same Time No.2’ by William Forsythe and Yinka Shonibare’s (MBE) new co-commission ‘The British Library’.
2014 also welcomes a host of international theatre companies with the return of Berlin and Vanishing Point to our City plus a wealth of eclectic contemporary musicians such as Peaches and Emmylou Harris.
Hofesh also brings his production ‘Sun’ home to Brighton after it’s world tour, a piece which challenges us to respond to the worlds’ ugly injustices. Plus fellow choregrapher and inspiration to Hofesh, Wim Vandekeybus focusses on the abuse of social media and misuse of power in the UK premiere of Ultima Vez’s ‘Talk to the Demon’.
As usual the Festival kicks off with the annual Children’s Parade, produced by ‘Same Sky’, the largest event of it’s kind in Europe. This years programme also plays host to a number of shows for the whole family including the UK premiere of Tanzfuchs Produktion’s ‘Munch’ a dance extravaganza for the under 4’s plus another UK premiere in the form of ‘Zoo’ accompanied by a prepared piano soundtrack by John Cage. Also there’s film with ‘Cinema of Childhood’ curated by Mark Cousins which looks at the depiction of children in cinema.
After many years of working with Brighton Dome and Brighton Festival from his company being named the first resident company for Brighton Dome in 2008 to his appointment as this years Guest Director, Hofesh has expressed how he believes Brighton is the perfect place to create art. At today’s launch he stated that our City has just the right balance between a buzzing centre where everything is happening at once to the peaceful and quiet places where one can truly think and breathe.
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