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In photos: Week 3

Brighton Festival 2017 is over! We can't believe what a fantastic month it has been – here's a few photos from events in the last week

Photos by Vic Frankowski and Adam Weatherley

In photos: Week 2

Another amazing week of Brighton Festival 2017 has passed already! Check out these photos from some of the incredible events over the last week.

Photos by Vic Frankowski, Caitlin Mogridge and Lucy Brooks.

In photos: Week 1

The first week of Brighton Festival 2017 has come and gone! We've been really enjoying all the shows, events and happenings – here's a few pictures of what's been going on

Photos by Victor Frankowski and Adam Weatherley.

VIDEO: Choreographer and designer Theo Clinkard talks about This Bright Field

Brighton-based choreographer and designer Theo Clinkard spoke to Vámonos creative agency about dance, design and his new show This Bright Field which has its world premiere at Brighton Festival on 25 May.

'It's important to me as a contemporary artist to not be making work within an arts bubble, but to be responding to the world that we are living in, and this is a time of massive change. With the new work there's been something for me about not taking for granted some of our basic human rights'

In Pictures: Brighton Festival 2016

The 50th Brighton Festival is almost over, so we're taking a look back at the pictures from some of the shows and events we've loved the most. 

Picking out these images put a grin on our faces, and we hope it makes you smile too! 

Why not have a look through some more photos from this year's festival and re-live something special?

Photo credits: Victor Frankowski, Adam Weatherley, John Hunter

Festival Hot Seat... Antahkarna

Gauri Sharma Tripathi is the acclaimed Indian choreographer bringing Antahkarna and the free outdoor dance show Bodyline to Brighton Festival. In this Festival Hot Seat she tells us about the shows and the traditional Kathak form of dance.

Can you tell us what your show is about?

The tradition of storytelling is rediscovered through the Kathak vocabulary in Antahkarna. The piece probes the questioning voices of the past and present, vacillating between the sensuous, the spiritual, stillness and the nomadic.

The expression of love and devotion, from flesh and blood to the abstract presence of the almighty, is present in Vyom. In Timelapse we see a dialogue between the body and the soul, until all dissolves and what remains is dance. Throughout, contrasting attitudes of harmony and discordance are communicated through the various tones of Kathak.

The three episodes, Vyom, Vyuha and Timelapse, permeate into the realms of our innermost core by embarking on an adventurous inner journey — a journey that begins with innovation, expressions and improvisations.

‘Katha Kahe So Kathik Kahai’ He who tells a story is a Kathak.

Where did the idea and inspiration come from?

Kathak is the major classical dance form of northern India. It is derived from the dance dramas of ancient India — ‘Kathak’ means ‘to tell a story’. When patronage shifted from the temples to the royal courts, the emphasis shifted from the telling of religious stories to entertainment. Today, the story-telling aspect of Kathak is usually of secondary importance; the dance is primarily an abstract exploration of rhythm and movement.

Why do you think it’s an important story to tell?

In the words of Martha Graham, ‘dance is the hidden language of the soul’. For me, dance is where happiness comes from. All trials and tribulations are knotted together; thus we need the constant unearthing of ourselves to grow, finding a fleeting moment when we feel elated and alive.

What sort of person is going to love this show?

The versatility, heritage, and reachability of the Kathak form communicates to one and all. Let’s celebrate dance and the festivities together.

What does Brighton Festival mean to you? Do you have a favourite Festival moment?

The excitement of being part of history being made, with 50 years of the Brighton festival itself is a landmark moment. I am really happy to be participating with a traditional Kathak solo, and my favourite being Bodyline performed on the 25th as well. You see the myriad dimensions in which the Kathak dance vocabulary transforms the proscenium space to the outdoor crossroads for Bodyline.

Find out more about Bodyline and Antahkarna

In Pictures: Three Score Dance - Tall Tales

To celebrate the 50th Brighton Festival, Three Score Dance brought together 50 dancers aged over 50 to perform a very special dance piece on the beach. 

On a gloriously sunny day, crowds gathered on West Pier Beach to see Tall Tales, a specially commissioned piece choreographed by Lea Anderson drawing upon the history of Brighton Festival over five decades.

Enjoy these photos of the event! 

Photo credit Vic Frankowski

In Pictures: Week 1

Brighton Festival 2016 kicked off in grand sunny style with the Children's Parade (click to see more photos) on Saturday, and we've been celebrating since then! 

Here are a few photos from the first week, from the touching Portraits in Motion to a very special canine concert in Music For Dogs. 

Photos by Vic Frankowski, Tom Oldham, John Hunter and Adam Weatherley. 

Watch Again - Brighton Festival Live: Smoke and Mirrors

Circus as you’ve never seen it before: audacious and thought-provoking, technically brilliant and profound. The Ricochet Project is pushing the boundaries of contemporary circus using poetic acrobatics, contemporary dance, contortion and high-flying feats to explore the human condition. Revealing the inner workings of the mind and our search to find a place of realness and connection in an enduring culture of illusion, Smoke and Mirrors is a mesmerising and intimate two-hander for grown-ups.

Caution: contains strobe lighting and partial nudity

If you enjoy this live stream, then you might be interested in some of the events still coming up at Brighton Festival:

Thoughts of migration, belonging and the fleeting nature of what surrounds us are subtly provoked by this site-responsive promenade piece, which combines contemporary dance, physical theatre and an unusual use of objects and locality.

Clairière Urbaine
French company Retouramont creates an opening in the dense sprawl of the city – a ‘clairière urbaine’, or urban clearing – for this free outdoor dance performance. Finding outlets for its expressive aerial choreography in the bustle of city streets, its dancers integrate into the architecture and populate the empty spaces between the buildings, monuments and thoroughfares of the urban jungle.

Imagine a world where you can’t progress despite your best efforts to push forward. Multi-awardwinning Czech company VerTeDance presents a beautifully poignant dance piece about our lack of freedom and our power to make decisions.

Dance company brings together 50 dancers aged 50+ for outdoor performance celebrating 50th Brighton Festival

Three Score Dance will present new work Tall Tales celebrating the 50th Brighton Festival in May 2016, featuring 50 dancers aged 50 and over.

Commissioned by Brighton Festival, Tall Tales is choreographed by renowned choreographer Lea Anderson, with audio guide (available to download in advance from the Brighton Festival website) by Steve Blake and design by Tim Spooner.

Tall Tales will be performed on Sunday 8 May, 4pm and 5.30pm, on West Pier Beach, and draws upon the history of Brighton Festival over five decades.

It follows their hugely successful performance of Plans (choreographed by James Finnemore, with music by Joel Harries and commissioned by Hofesh Shechter for the 2014 Brighton Festival).

Choreographer Lea Anderson says, ‘When Three Score Dance invited me to come and work with them, I thought it was a great opportunity to work with a group of people who are impassioned about making work and who have had a lot of experience of life. I knew they would not bat an eyelid when asked to recreate paintings on the beach by the West Pier. I have been using art works, (in this instance artworks by German painter, Oscar Schlemmer), artist’s sketchbooks and feature films as scores to create dance performance now for many years, as well as working with composer Steve Blake who has recorded odd stories from their past for a soundtrack, and designer/performer Tim Spooner who has provided the objects required for the reconstruction. The piece will ostensibly attempt to celebrate some of the historical performances from the 50 years of the festival but the efforts may well become scuppered by the tangential musings and procrastination of the performers.’

Sound design is by Steve Blake, costume design by Tim Spooner, rehearsal director is Jason Keenan-Smith, and project manager Faith Dodkins. Tall Tales is performed by Three Score Dance company members and class attendees.