Brighton Festival

Brighton Festival 2014 guest director Hofesh Shechter gets excited

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We had some info through about the three-week Brighton Festival– there’s so much going on that we gave up collecting sticks to shake at it. Instead, we decided to share this film from the Brighton Festival’s guest director Hofesh Shechter.

The Brighton Festival will explore many of Hofesh’s interests and passions in a ‘wide-ranging programme which spans music, theatre, dance, visual art, film, literature and debate and comes from a wide range of national and international companies and artists’.

With Hofesh at the head we’re told his year’s programme is particularly genre defying – from the UK premiere of Opus No 7 from Russian theatre director Dmitry Krymov, to William Forsythe‘s hypnotic Nowhere and Everywhere at the Same Time No.2, and there’s a new co-commission by Yinka Shonibare called The British Library.

2014 also heralds the return of international theatre companies Berlin (Antwerp) and Glasgow’s Vanishing Point (bringing a world premiere) to Brighton.

The festival will also host an eclectic mix of names across contemporary music from Peaches to Cat Power to Emmylou Harris.

Hofesh challenges us to respond to the world’s ugly injustices in Brighton Festival co-commission Sun which “comes home” to Brighton after touring globally, while one of his inspirations – and fellow choreographers – Wim Vandekeybus interrogates the misuse of power and the abuse of social media as we host the UK premiere of Ultima Vez’s Talk to the Demon.

These are just some of the events. But there are more… many, many more. Pop over to the Brighton Festival site to dip your toe in and make your plans – it runs from May 3 to May 25.