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Monday 14 August 2017

Attenborough Centre For The Creative Arts Brings A Diverse & Eclectic Line-Up To Brighton This Autumn

The new Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts autumn 2017 season brings to the city a rich array of artists, makers, creators and thinkers from both local and international companies and studios, in a season of performance, music, dance, film, visual art, discussion & debate. 

Led by ACCA Creative Director Laura McDermott, the season is a collaborative, curated selection of new commissions, partnerships with local festivals, performances of seminal works as part of nationwide tours and special one-off events.
Argentinian theatre-maker Lola Arias brings Minefield (15-17 November) back to Brighton, after its acclaimed premiere in Brighton Festival 2016 as part of a nation-wide tour spearheaded by Lift.  

A thoughtful, humane work, Minefield unites British and Argentinian veterans from the Falkland Islands/Islas Malvinas war to explore their memories, through archive footage, live feeds, music and projection.  

This is a deeply personal and enduring story about the aftermath of conflict. Meanwhile, Clod Ensemble"s Under Glass (1-4 November) blends imagery, choreography and an original score as it comes to the city for the first time – a rare chance to see this as a full-scale production.

Creative Director, Laura McDermott, said: "Partnerships, participation and collaboration are really important to us and we have been working with some of the most vibrant and passionate artists, festivals and organisations in the city and beyond to bring you this packed, multi-disciplinary programme. 

"It's exciting to increase our music offer this season as well as continue on our journey to bring internationally renowned performance to the city. Pay What You Decide Tickets and assisted performances are part of our latest season as they always are - everyone is welcome and we look forward to meeting new audiences in our venue this season."

Other works mark the anniversaries of significant cultural and social historical moments in 2017.  

The 90-year-old Metropolis (1927) is accompanied by a new score composed and performed live by post-industrial electronic music duo Factory Floor, bringing a new angle to Fritz Lang"s original film, as part of ACCA's Cinecity programme.  

Working in association with The Marlborough, ACCA bring the iconic David Hoyle back to the city with Diamond, a semi-autobiographical show that reflects on the 50 years since the 1967 Sexual Offences Act partially decriminalized homosexuality in the UK.
This year also marks the anniversary of Brighton Rock – the 1947 film starring Richard Attenborough. A special project - Brighton Rock: Redux - is planned, where performance artist Richard DeDomenici will collaborate with local volunteers to recreate sections of the popular film shot for shot, in the original locations, with found props, and lo-fi costumes and effects.  The recreation will be edited and will have its premiere at ACCA on 24 November. 

A curated set of contemporary music gigs has been programmed by ACCA's music producer Laura Ducceschi, to open the season and as part of Brighton Digital Festival. 
Taking place from September 19 – 23, five nights of performance from some of the finest auteurs working in digital art and music will be in our venue, including Plaid and Felix Machines, People Like Us, Oliver Coates (with visuals from Laurence Lek), Holly Herndon, James Lavelle's Unkle sounds and Ryoji Ikeda. Contemporary music continues to play a part in the programme with gigs from Dhakabraka (30 November) and Hidden Orchestra (9 December) later in the season.

As part of their commitment to supporting the development of new work, ACCA hosts artists in residence during the summer months, with the philosophy of giving artists a space for uninterrupted thinking and making.  

Over summer 2017 six artists (Anna Meredith, Selina Thompson, Felix Thorn, Action Hero, The Famous Lauren Barri Holstein and Zoe Svendsen) were hosted in the building. 

One of the artists, The Famous Lauren Barri Holstein, performs Notorious, in their autumn season on 23 November - an ACCA co-commission with Fierce Festival. 

Meanwhile, Zoe Svendsen will present thoughts from her residency exploring alternative economic theories at the Meaning Conference (Brighton Dome, 16 November). New material created by Felix Thorn this summer will be debuted at the Plaid and Felix Machines concert on September 19.  

Working with the wide range of academics and critical thinkers on campus at the University of Sussex is an important strand of the programme. 

With colleagues, ACCA will present two special moments this season. Cultures of Resistance: Babylon (1980) is presented as part of Cinecity on 18 November.  

The film will be introduced by Kelly Foster (public historian and and specialist on Black British music), and will be followed by a round table discussion including Mykaell Riley (former lead singer with Steel Pulse). 

A series of events – As Waves of One Sea – digs into the archives of the University of Sussex, as part of Being Human Festival, a nation-wide festival of the humanities.  The events look at the Harlem Renaissance and the Black Arts Movement and include a performance lecture created in collaboration with Harold Offeh.  

For more information on Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts' forthcoming season CLICK HERE.

by: Mike Cobley


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