News: Nowhere and Everywhere... and in Brighton

Friday 9 May 2014 by Carmel Smith

'Nowhere and Everywhere at the Same Time No.2'. William Forsythe. Brighton Festival 2014. © Victor Frankowksi

With Hofesh Shechter as its Guest Director, dance is high on the agenda in Brighton Festival, running from now until the end of the month (25 May).

One of the highlights is to be found throughout the month in the old Circus Street market, close to the city centre (and easily found from the rail station). The derelict building is graced by a unique choreographic art installation by the internationally acclaimed choreographer William Forsythe. In Nowhere and Everywhere At the Same Time No. 2 hundreds of delicate pendulums swing in differently timed sequences and the ‘audience’ are invited to navigate their ways through the shifting field of movement without touching the pendulums, their own movements becoming a kind of choreography.

The installation has been co-programmed by the national dance agency South East Dance as part of the festival – and has the added significance that it is on the site destined to become a new purpose built centre for the art form – The Dance Space. “William Forsythe is a giant of international dance, one of its most celebrated and innovative artists and to have his work here for the duration of the Festival is incredible,” says Cath James, Programme Director at South East Dance and Dance Programmer at Brighton Festival. “Brighton Festival audiences have the unique opportunity to see this beautiful work in a place that we hope will become synonymous with dance for them in the not too distant future”.

The installation is open daily from 11am – 7pm (8pm on Thursdays) and entry is free. (Forsythe is in Brighton on Sat 10 May and will be ‘In Conversation’ with Hofesh Shechter in an event which has already sold out) More details

Elsewhere in the festival, this week Belgian choreographer – and one of Shechter’s inspirations – Wim Vandekeybus presents the UK premiere of 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.

The last weekend 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 – 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.

Full details and more reasons to head south this month:

Photo: Nowhere and Everywhere at the Same Time No.2. William Forsythe. Brighton Festival 2014. © Victor Frankowksi

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