Swallowsfeet, the much-loved festival showcasing original contemporary dance, is returning to town for its fifth year next weekend. Between Friday, March 24 and Saturday, March 25, there will be a total of 18 thought-provoking performances at the Old Market in Hove.
280 keen dancers submitted applications to take part in the 2017 edition of Swallowsfeet, but just nine were selected to represent a snapshot of the world’s current dance practice. Among those selected for what promises to be the festival’s most diverse line-up yet are Berlin-based performance artist Marc Philipp Gabriel, Italian dancer Masako Matsushita, and London-based choreographer Joe Garbett.
The two-day festival will explore today’s most current issues, focusing on issues of identity, disability, gender and culture.
Jessica Miller, Swallowsfeet founder and festival organiser, said: “We’re really excited to bring our programme of independent dance to the city for its fifth consecutive year.
“Contemporary dance can sometimes seem like an intimidating experience, but in reality it’s a fun, creative and playful art form that’s available for everyone to enjoy. We’re committed to making dance as accessible as possible, both for dance lovers and artists, as well as for anyone who might be discovering dance for the first time.
“The festival is an outlet for us to bring cutting-edge performances to our home city of Brighton and to support other professional dance artists and choreographers showcase their work.”
Highlights include Joe Garbett’s NO.COMPANY, a performance that explores the outcome of rehearsing alone, and tests how different people respond to the same instructions. The rehearsals for the final creation are described, discussed and practiced via instant messaging. The first time the audience see the performers is also the first time they see each other.
Another interesting performance is Gavin’s Coward’s A Blighted Life – a world dance piece that examines the conflicting attitudes towards gender and homosexuality from around the globe.
Berlin-based performance artist Marc Gabriel will also present his piece Ajima. The show is a solo work, performed by dancer Maija Karhunen, who was born with glass-bone disease and usually uses a wheelchair. The performance seeks to playfully explore themes of community, disability and isolation.
The Swallowsfeet brochure is now available across the city.
To book tickets and find out more about the event, click here. Tickets cost £10 for the 7 pm Friday performance and £15 for the 4 pm Saturday performance, with weekend tickets available for £20.
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