Brighton Fringe 2014 Coming Soon! / 2012 Teaser

With Brightons extremely popular Fringe festival coming up, it feels only suiting that we give you a taster of what to expect… With stacks of Art, Theatre, Dance and other visual stimulation being on offer at Fringe it is Englands largest arts festival and lives up to the name! It’s a great way to gain inspiration and creative thoughts + it’s just a cracking day out…
3 May – 1 June 2014

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Nowhere and Everywhere at the Same Time (TRAILER) / William Forsythe / Part 2 can be seen at Brighton Festival 2014

William Forsythe produced ‘Nowhere and Everywhere at the Same Time’ in 2005. The work is based on swinging hanging pendulums and the choreography of people as they progress through the forest of movement, all the time avoiding the pendulums.

The new version of this show ‘Nowhere and Everywhere at the Same Time No.2’ is meant to be a new development in the performance and can be seen at Brighton Festival 2014.

Brighton Festival / 3 May – 25 May 2014

‘Brighton Festival has been at the forefront… an arts festival that makes connections with the real world’ The Times

Brighton Festival is an annual celebration of music, theatre, dance, circus, art, film, literature, debate, outdoor and family events – taking place in venues both familiar and unusual across Brighton & Hove for three weeks every May.

Now in its 49th year, Brighton Festival is an innovative commissioning and producing festival, which continues to win critical acclaim for its ambitious and daring programme. As England’s biggest curated mixed arts festival, Brighton Festival attracts some of the innovative artists and companies (and some of the most adventurous audiences) from the UK and around the world.

In 2014, we welcome the critically-acclaimed choreographer Hofesh Shechter as our sixth Guest Director. Previous Guest Directors have included poet, writer, broadcaster and former Children’s Laureate Michael Rosen; actress and human rights campaigner Vanessa Redgrave; Burmese democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi; renowned visual artist Anish Kapoor; and celebrated musician Brian Eno.

Hofesh Shechter is guest director at Brighton Festival 2014

this video is a mini biography of the choreographers work to date.
Hofesh graduated from the Jerusalem Academy for Dance and Music before moving to Tel Aviv to join the world renowned Batsheva Dance Company, where he worked with artistic director Ohad Naharin and other choreographers including Wim Vandekeybus, Paul Selwyn-Norton, Tero Saarinen, and Inbal Pinto. Hofesh began drum and percussion studies whilst in Tel Aviv and continued later in Paris at the Agostiny College of Rhythm. Subsequently, he began experimenting and developing his own music while participating in various projects in Europe involving dance, theatre and body-percussion. In 2002 Hofesh arrived in the UK.

Swarming bahaviour: Dance and Mathematics

Starlings swarming over the west pier

Starlings swarming over the west pier

You’ve probably seen the starlings swarming over the west pier in Brighton (or elsewhere)…

Swarming bahviour of the kind that creates the starling birdswarm over the pier in the evenings (see Vimeo video from New Orleans below, great example of it 1) looks organised but yet completely random.

It is created by surprisingly simple rules of interraction, comparable to the rules of a dance. Mathematics has been used to create a simple animation to imitate the naturally occuring phenomenon (see wolfram link below 2) based on the idea that each ‘dancer’ randomly chooses one other to follow and one other to avoid, and then ‘randomly’ re-chooses. See wiki link 3 for more info on swarming behaviour and artificial intelligence.

1. http://vimeo.com/18365296

2. http://community.wolfram.com/groups/-/m/t/122095

3. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swarm_behaviour

JAY FUNK | L.A. | SAMSUNG FINGER DANCE

Jay Funk, based in L.A., recently did this advert for Samsung in which he only dances using the top half of his body, and even then it’s primarily using just his hands. At first it just seems that perhaps he just had to much time on his hands, pardon the pun, but the speed and intensity soon picks up, and to top it off the clever use of CG in the clip also really helps bring it to life. It’s a great way of looking at alternative forms of movement.

Unnamed Soundsculpture | Daniel Franke & Cedric Kiefer

This motion creation followers the real movements recorded from a person. The well animated and created figure is a brilliant example of basic human form. As the music plays the figure moves and dances, one minute it can look like a collapsing building, the next it has the unmistakeable form of a person holding a strong figure. Definitely worth a watch as it shows a really interesting example of simple movement.