News: Hofesh Shechter to Direct Brighton Festival next May

Thursday 26 September 2013 by Carmel Smith

Hofesh Shechter at Brighton Dome. Photo: Matthew Andrews

Choreographer (and composer, musician, dancer) Hofesh Shechter is following in the footsteps of visual artist Anish Kapoor (2009), musician Brian Eno (2010), Burmese democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi (2011), actress and human rights campaigner Vanessa Redgrave (2012) and poet, author and former Children’s Laureate Michael Rosen (2013) in taking on the role of Guest Director of the Brighton Festival in 2014. His new work Sun (which premieres at Sadler’s Wells next month) will open the festival on 3 May next year, with the final dates of a world tour.

“Brighton has a magic to it that no one can explain,” says Shechter, who has been based there since his company became resident artists at the Dome five years ago . “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 the Dome is the annual Festival. I’m so excited and honoured to have been invited to lead on this inspiring event and I feel a rush of excitement about the ideas I can contribute. To be asked to lead this amazing event in 2014, to be asked to inspire, energise, encourage… well, delighted, is just a boring word.’

Andrew Comben, Chief Executive of Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival said: “We’re very pleased that Hofesh Shechter is our Guest Director for Brighton Festival 2014. As the artistic director of our resident company Hofesh Shechter Company, it has been exciting for us and our audiences to experience first-hand his ascent to becoming a major force on the international contemporary dance scene. Hofesh’s instinctive understanding of Brighton and our Festival has been a great starting point for our planning, and I feel it’s particularly pertinent that he steps into the role in 2014 following a highly successful five years of working together. Hofesh’s appointment as Guest Director continues a trend set by his predecessors – his work and creative vision contains that rare quality and sense of adventure that sparks the imaginations of a much wider audience beyond his own discipline. With such an eclectic artist at the helm, Brighton Festival 2014 is set to be a very exciting one indeed.”

Brighton Festival – an annual celebration of music, theatre, dance, circus, art, film, literature, debate, outdoor and family events – will take place in venues across the city and beyond from 3 to 25 May 2014. Full programme details will be announced on 25 February 2014.

Shechter’s new work Sun opens at Sadler’s Wells on 30 October.

Hofesh Shechter at Brighton Dome. Photo: Matthew Andrews

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