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Dance in Brighton at the Fringe & Festival



it started withIt's not long until Brighton erupts with its own Festival and Fringe Festival, with a lot of unmissable dance shows on offer, so below is a list of reasons to get to Brighton in May, if you can.

Similar to Edinburgh, there's the informal Fringe programme, which takes over the streets of Brighton for the month of May, which features a number of local dance artists, and then the main Festival, which also includes the Caravan showcase for international presenters, festival organisers and programmers, and featured artists include Lost Dog, Sue MacLaine, Still House and Andy Field.

This isn't a full roundup, but our selected highlights - including two non-dance shows - and at the top of our list is Sarah BlancLost Dog and Liz Aggiss!

And if you'd like to see what's happening where and when, here's a calendar we've prepared for you (and ourselves), colour-coded to indicate what's in the Festival and what's in the Fringe: icon Dance in Brighton May 2016

 

Brighton Fringe

Sarah Blanc - 'It Started With Jason Donovan': 9, 11 & 12 May
The Warren: Theatre Box
Details: www.brightonfringe.org/box-office/shows/view/it-started-jason-donovan
Website: sarahblanc.com
Trailer: www.youtube.com/watch?v=MKxE_PJISaY

A huge success at last year's Edinburgh Fringe, Sarah brings her personality, humour, relationship memorabilia and a lifelong passion for Jason Donovan to share important lessons on life, dating and relationships. If you enjoy New Art Club, you'll love this.

 

Moxie Brawl - 'Windibops': 28-30 May
The Warren: Main House
Details: www.brightonfringe.org/box-office/shows/view/windibops
Website: sarahblanc.com/project/moxie-brawl
Trailer: www.youtube.com/watch?v=F_xNS848n_Y

There's even more work by Sarah Blanc on offer at this year's Fringe, and Windibops is her new work for children (5 - 9) where science and dance come together... to learn all about farts. Described as "a rib-tickling, inclusive and fun dance theatre experience complete with moving lab tables, fart jars, cows and test tubes", it's a lot of fun, and children will love it!

 

Ceyda Tanc Dance: 10, 11 & 14 May
Brighton Spiegeltent
Details: www.brightonfringe.org/box-office/shows/view/ceyda-tanc-dance
Website: www.ceydatancdance.com

Brighton-based Ceyda Tanc's movement language draws on her Turkish folk heritage and contemporary dance training, and at this year's Brighton Fringe, you can see three different programmes of her work.

 

The Dance Trail: 3-5 May
Meeting place: Royal Pavilion Gardens
Details: www.brightonfringe.org/box-office/shows/view/dance-trail
Website: www.brightondancenetwork.co.uk

Back for its second year, Brighton Dance Network's Dance Trail takes audience members on a journey around Brighton to explore contemporary dance by local artists in unusual spaces.

 

The Hiccup Project - 'It's Okay, I'm Dealing With It': 11-14 May
One Church Brighton
Details: www.brightonfringe.org/box-office/shows/view/its-okay-im-dealing-it
Website: thehiccupproject.com

One of Brighton's up-and-rising dance theatre companies - their first piece 'May-We-Go-Round?' won The Pebble Trust Brighton Fringe Award, the Fringe Review Award for Outstanding Theatre and South East Dance's Space to Dance Award - and mentored by Ben Duke, Tim Casson and Lou Cope, this is their new work exploring how we cope with our imperfections and vulnerabilities.

 

Brighton Festival

Lost Dog - 'Paradise Lost (lies unopened beside me)': 17 May
Brighton Dome Corn Exchange
Details: brightonfestival.org/event/8134/paradise_lost_lies_unopened_beside_me
Ben's blog from the Edinburgh Fringe: www.wow247.co.uk/2015/08/25/ben-duke-god-is-handing-out-flyers-just-like-the-rest-of-us/
Website: lostdogdance.co.uk
Trailer: www.youtube.com/watch?v=HZg8kF2jVkg

Sadly, there's only one chance to catch Lost Dog's genius Paradise Lost, which has been an enormous success since its premiere last May - including being shortlisted for a Total Theatre Award for Innovation, Experimentation & Playing with Form during last year's Edinburgh Fringe Festival (Portraits In Motion, listed below, was one of the two winners). Paradise Lost is Ben Duke's retelling, reenactment, paraphrasing of and commentary on Milton's Paradise Lost, interweaving his own life with Milton's. Wonderfully funny and imaginative, go see this for Ben Duke's wry performance and humour.

 

Liz Aggiss - 'Slap and Tickle': 19 & 20 May
Brighton Dome Studio Theatre
Details: brightonfestival.org/event/8164/slap_tickle
Website: www.lizaggiss.com
Trailer: vimeo.com/151371749

Don't see Liz Aggiss if you're expecting a conventional dance show. Or maybe you should go if that's what you're expecting, as you'll be all the more unprepared for her unique "feminist soup lurching from word to movement, music hall to radio nostalgia, costume change to prop manipulation". Slap and Tickle is a dark and ribald physical commentary on cultural mores and sexual taboos: a disorientating display of interpretations and contradictions about women, girls, mothers and pensioners. Refreshingly original, Liz Aggiss's Slap and Tickle is unlike anything else you're likely to see... till the next Liz Aggiss show you see.

 

Charles Linehan Company: 7 & 8 May
Brighton Dome Corn Exchange
Details: brightonfestival.org/event/8125/charles_linehan_company

Charles Linehan offers a new double bill: My Mother’s Tears mines the personal history of William Trevitt and Michael Nunn (BalletBoyz) performing classical ballet mime from The Royal Ballet repertoire with unpredictable consequences, while in A Quarter Plus Green, six performers are slowly submerged in an escalating wall of sound and distilled environments are undone by the overlapping of choreographic episodes.

 

Nederlands Dans Theater 2: 13 & 14 May
Brighton Dome Concert Hall
Details: brightonfestival.org/event/8147/nederlands_dans_theater_2

Arguably the contemporary dance world's most successful company for young dancers (18-23 years old), NDT2 returns with a programme including Sol León & Paul Lightfoot, Edward Clug, Hans van Manen and Alexander Ekman's Cacti. If you want to be dazzled, catch this show.

 

Akram Khan - 'Until The Lions': 26 & 27 May
Brighton Dome Concert Hall
Details: brightonfestival.org/event/8148/akram_khan_company_until_the_lions

Having announced his retirement in 2018 from full-time performing, Until The Lions is one of the few remaining opportunities to watch Akram Khan perform. Until The Lions is a collaboration with lighting designer Michael Hulls and visual artist Tim Yip, and the London press unanimously cited Hulls's and Yip's designs as the highlight of this show.

 

Do Not Miss These (not-dance)

Portraits in Motion: 7 - 11 May
Brighton Dome Studio Theatre
Details: brightonfestival.org/event/8102/portraits_in_motion

An enormous success at last year's Edinburgh Fringe, Portraits In Motion is a touching and heartwarming show where Volker Gerling, 'an intrepid traveller and passionate creator of photographic flipbooks' shares his photos, encounters and memories with his audience. This completely sold out in Edinburgh, so don't leave it too late to book your tickets for this.

 

Complicité - 'The Encounter': 11-15 May
Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts
Details: brightonfestival.org/event/8107/the_encounter (currently sold out)

Like its London run at the Barbican, this show is already completely sold out, but as these are the final scheduled dates for The Encounter, do what you can to get a ticket, if you'd like to see Complicité's exploration of a solo journey deep into the Amazon jungle, sing binaural technology to build an intimate and shifting world of sound.

 

For further shows on in May, visit www.brightonfringe.org/box-office/shows/search/category/14 for the Fringe's dance & physical theatre listings, and brightonfestival.org/whats_on/dance for the Brighton Festival's dance listings.