The brochures are out, posters are popping up in windows and doorways around town, and a fizz of excitement is brewing in Brighton’s artsy air. From the 6th May until 5th June the Brighton Festival and the Brighton Fringe will send the city into a creative crescendo for the 50th consecutive year.
Stepping up to the helm as this year’s Guest Director is one of America’s most daring creative pioneers Laurie Anderson (below).
Writer, director, visual artist and vocalist renowned for her inventive use of technology, the strings of Anderson’s creative bow stretch from the world of art, to theatre and experimental music. Her many accolades include the 1981 hit O Superman, her appointment as NASA’s first artist-in-residence, and most recently the feature film in – Heart of a Dog – which reflects on the deaths of her husband Lou Reed, her mother, her beloved dog, and such diverse subjects as family memories, surveillance and Buddhist teachings.
As always, Festival highlights come to us courtesy of eminent local and international companies, including Spymonkies’ The Complete Deaths (below), and Blast Theory’s and Hydrocrackers joint venture Operation Black Antler. Multi-award winning Czech company Ver-te-dance bring us their truly elevating piece of dance theatre Corrections, whilst the Akrham Dance Lions will set the Dome alight with their arresting new, full-length production Until the Lions.
But what really makes the month of May so special and exciting are the offerings from the lesser known performers and companies that make up the Brighton Fringe . This year there are over 900 events, spanning the sublime and charming to the ridiculous and outrageous.
Several of Evolution Arts’ creative sparklers will be adding their mark to this year’s Fringe. Our wonderful dance tutor, Rosaria Gracia (Dancing For Health & Bollywood Dance) will be gracing the streets with the dance troupe Maracatu Cruzeiro do Sul, who will be performing an exciting new show entitled Brazil: Encounter of Cultures.
Evolution Arts tutor Jonathan Brown (Dig Deep – Unearthing The Actor In You, starting Saturday 18th June) is premiering his new play A Good Jew and co-directing Sarah Charsley in her solo show Ghost Sex. Sarah, who co-man’s Evolution Arts’ busy office two days a week, is also appearing in Rantomime with fellow comedian Andy Thomas.
If you are a budding musician, actor or artist, or if you fancy getting creative in some shape or form, whilst having fun and meeting new people along the way, Evolution Arts has an exciting range of courses and workshops on offer.Book your place on a course