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Brighton Festival Picks: Heidi Kuisma

We asked a selection of Brighton dwellers, Brighton lovers and Brighton businesses to give us their Brighton Festival picks. Here Brighton based photographer, Heidi Kuisma shares her highlights...

I moved to Brighton in the beginning of March. With Brighton Festival, Brighton Fringe and Artist Open Houses launching today, I could not have picked a better time.

There are so many different events and things I want to see and experience that it’s difficult not to feel little overwhelmed by the incredible choice from Dance and Visual Art to Theatre and Film. It wasn’t easy, but I managed to choose my top 5 picks from Brighton Festival.

Martin Creed Band, Mind Trap
I lived in Scotland for thirteen years and I think I would be breaking some sort of law if I didn’t include Martin Creed in my top Festival Picks. Luckily I’m also keen to see a show which The Guardian describe as 'Like something between Steve Reich and The Ramones’. Surely you can’t go wrong with a combination like that? I guess I’ll find out soon enough.


A film by Wim Vandekeybus, Blush
After seeing the trailer for Wim Vandekeybus’ Blush I knew straightaway it would be a must see for me. What makes it interesting to me is to see how a more traditional dance performance has been translated into a film. The trailer shows a glimpse into a rather dark and moody world which I’m looking forward to immersing myself into during the hectic month of May.


Zimoun (Bern), Sound in Motion
Festival brochure promises that Zimoun’s Sound in Motion will make us ‘re-evaluate the relationship between the visual, sonic and physical elements of a space.’ The work has been specially created for the space it’ll be shown at so I’m really looking forward to seeing and experiencing it. I’ve seen couple of clips of Zimoun’s work online and it’ll be great to see it in a space where I can fully appreciate it. Plus work that combines plastic bags, cardboard boxes, old furniture, ventilators, speakers and microphones is one not to be missed!


Jacob Dahlgren, On Balance
Jacob Dahlgren’s work The Wonderful World of Abstraction reminds me of Nicholas Hlobo’s work I saw in The Bluecoat at Liverpool Biennial 2010. Both artists have used ribbon in a very similar way and seeing it in Fabrica is the only way to determine whose work I like the most. That said, I really like artwork that can be experienced with several senses, touch and experience fully by moving through it.


William Forsythe, Nowhere and Everywhere at the Same Time No. 2
Nowhere and Everywhere at the Same Time No. 2 is another installation the audience can become if not part of at least the force behind it. The work features hundreds of pendulums which move and react to how people move in the room. I’m sure I’ll be visiting this work several times so that I can experience it with different number of people.