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Brighton Festival 2011 highlights

  • Date: 13 May 2011
  • Area: South East
man and woman standing on posts on brighton beach

As the World Tipped, A Wired Aerial Theatre Production, 2011. Credit: Photo: Richard Dean

We've selected just a few events and activities from this year's Brighton Festival programme, which runs from from 7 to 29 May. Many are free, some are outdoors, and all are guaranteed to give a taste of great art.

Until Saturday 14 May

Everything Looks Beautiful in Slow Motion: Nic Sandiland's interactive installation offers the night-time passerbye a chance to catch a snapshot of Brighton street life, slowed down and played from within a building's window.

The work is part of the Brighton Festival, co-programmed by Arts Council regularly funded organisation South East Dance, commissioned by DanceDigital and supported with an Arts Council Grants for the arts award.

At 28 Kensington Street, South East Dance, 9pm to midnight, free.

Until Sunday 29 May

Evolution of Fearlessness: Australian artist Lynette Wallworth presents a moving portrait of 11 women from around the world who have survived unspeakable acts of violence. The women originate from places such as Afghanistan, Sudan, Iraq and El Salvador, but reside in Australia; she explains that she chose the women for the project without knowing their harrowing personal stories, which only later emerged as the project developed.

The exhibition brings audience members close to the women in a 'responsive environment', allowing them to connect through the power of touch, sharing their loss, resilience and inner strength.

The video installation Damavand Mountain is also shown, capturing the natural beauty of the Iranian mountain landscape.

The exhibition was co-produced and presented with University of Brighton, curated by Lighthouse, commissioned by New Crowned Hope Festival (Vienna), supported by Forma.

At University of Brighton Gallery, Grand Parade, 12noon to 7pm, free.

The Forty Part Motet: Multimedia artist Janet Cardiff brings to life Thomas Tallis's 1573 40-part choral work, Spem in Alium.

Forty speakers transmitting 40 individual voices quietly fill the former Regency church as though a beautiful, calm concert. Presented by Arts Council England regularly funded organisation Fabrica.

At Fabrica, 40 Duke Street, Brighton, 12noon to 7pm and on Saturday 28 May until 11pm, free.

Mesopotamian Dramaturgies: Brighton Festival and Lighthouse collaborated to produce this exhibition by acclaimed Turkish artist and filmmaker, Kutluğ Ataman. Two video works are displayed in the darkened, disused market: Mayhem is a multi-screen film installation of Iguazu Falls in Argentina, commissioned by Brighton Festival, while Su is two screens of the Bosphorus strait, which was filmed over a year.  

Mayhem is commissioned by Brighton Festival and Vehbi Koc Foundation, Turkey. Su is commissioned by Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts.

At the Old Municipal Market, Circus Street, Saturday and Sunday 12noon to 7pm; Monday to Friday 5pm to 9pm, free.

Monday 16 May

The Fault Index / The Clearing: Contemporary dance choreographer Charles Linehan and his company present an evening of two new works. The Fault Index uses three ensemble pieces to show the interconnectedness of events that appear isolated. In The Clearing, four dancers - including Rahel Vonmoos and Greig Cooke - move to a musical backdrop from Richard Skelton.

The Fault Index was supported with a £44,729 Grants for the arts award.

At Corn Exchange, Brighton Dome, New Road, Brighton, 8pm, £12.50/£15.

Saturday 21 May

Four free events on Brighton seafront, commissioned by national street arts consortium, Without Walls and other partners: Alive!, The Iron Man, Tribal Assembly, and That's the Way To Do It! The free events include:

Alive!: Choreographer Mark Smith and four male dancers from Deaf Men Dancing team up with visual artist Rachel Gadsden for this multi-artform performance. Four corporate types get caught in a carnival parade. What happens? They shrug off the shackles of their capitalist jobs and get to the heart of what it means to being alive - from suit to skin.

Alive! was co-commissioned by Greenwich + Docklands International Festival and Arts Council England regularly funded organisation Dada-South.

The Iron Man: Deaf and disabled theatre company Graeae presents Ted Hughes's tale of The Iron Man who saves a farm community from the arrival of a dragon from outer space. The show utilises integrated BSL, audio description and oversized puppets. The work was also commissioned by Greenwich + Docklands International Festival.

Both at the Old Paddling Pool, Brighton, from 12 noon to 5pm.

Monday 23 May

Working title: Arts Council England regularly funded organisation South East Dance presents work-in-progress from three emerging local choreographers for Brighton Festival: Yael Karavan, Justine Reeve and Charlotte Spencer. The three performances will be followed by a chance for the audience to feedback as part of the works' development.

All three choreographers are currently supported with Grants for the arts awards.

At Pavilion Theatre, New Road, Brighton, 8pm, £6.

Tuesday 24 May

Sense of Freedom: Choreographer Mark Smith and his company of four deaf dancers - Deaf Men Dancing - creates work that uses song lyrics or spoken poetry as choreographic starting points and mixes in sign language and mime in conjunction to create a work that is about music, language and dance.

The work is the launch for Up-stream showcase, which is an Accentuate project and is supported by Accentuate, Dada South, Arts Council England, Legacy Trust, and SEEDA.

At Pavilion Theatre, New Road, Brighton, 7.45pm, £15.

Wednesday 25 May

The Growing Room: The Brighton Festival Platform presents the culmination of three works about a 'handful' of interconnected characters who struggle against their personal limitations to 'make something grow'. The play was written by Rachel Blackman for Stillpoint, which showed its work at last year's Brighton Festival Platform, directed by Emma Kilbey, and produced by Lucy Moore.

The Growing Room is supported by Arts Council England, The Nightingale Theatre and Brighton Festival.

At Pavilion Theatre, New Road, Brighton, 8pm, £6.

Saturday 28 May

As the World Tipped: an outdoor aerial performance where the park becomes a stage for a story about the Copenhagen Conference on climate change, whose secretariat is struggling with increasing paper submissions. 'The performance space tilts, turns and tips, sending aerialists tumbling across a dramatic filmscape of a world in turmoil.'

The play is written and directed by Nigel Jamieson, one of the world's leading creators of outdoor spectacle, and produced and performed by Liverpool company A Wired Aerial Theatre Production.

As the World Tipped was created with support from a £98,073 Grants for the arts award, co-produced by Without Walls, commissioned by Brighton Festival.

At Moulsecoomb Wild Park, Brighton, 9pm for 9.30pm start, free.

Sunday 29 May

Freedom Picnic
: Brighton Festival invites the public to come together for a liberty-loving picnic with friends and family in one of Brighton's loveliest parks.

At 3pm, artist Monica Ross and others will perform a collective recitation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights 1948, from memory, in a variety of native tongues.  
If you would like to join Monica to learn and recite one or more of the Articles from the Declaration in your own language please email .

At Queens Park, Brighton, 2pm, free.