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Thursday 16 February 2017

Attenborough Centre For The Creative Arts Partners With Brighton Festival On Multiple Events In May 2017

Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts (ACCA) is pleased to partner with Brighton Festival as a co-producer on multiple events in the 2017 edition of the festival.

ACCA will host a wide range of international dance, theatre and poetry during the month of May, including the UK Premiere of The Gabriels – a trilogy of plays written around the US Presidential election in 2016.  

The programme also includes a debate on the future of democracy involving politicians, academics and journalists.  

Laura McDermott, Creative Director, ACCA, said: 

"The programme of events at ACCA for Brighton Festival 2017 reflects our commitment to a diverse and international year-round programme across the art forms. 

"We are particularly proud to host the UK premiere of Richard Nelson"s topical trilogy of plays about the US election, The Gabriels. Meanwhile, with The Democracy Debate, we aim to provide a space for critical reflection, with brilliant and engaging thinkers, who will be considering the global political moment in which we find ourselves."

The programme includes:

The Public Theater. The Gabriels: Election Year in the Life of One Family 
(UK premiere) 

Richard Nelson"s The Apple Family Plays was the theatrical highlight of the 2015 Brighton Festival.  Now the Tony Award-winning playwright and director follows up with The Gabriels, a landmark series that follows one extraordinary, imperfect American family in real time, tracking their lives throughout the turbulent election year of 2016. History, money, politics, art and culture are all on the table in this moving three play cycle about a family celebrating, remembering and waiting for the world to change. Each of the three plays can be enjoyed individually, and you can also watch all three in one glorious sitting over the weekends.
 
Yinka Kuitenbrouwer. One Hundred Homes. 

How do we define what makes a "home"? Belgian theatre maker Yinka Kuitenbrouwer visited over 100 people to find out – from newborns to pensioners, natives to immigrants, farmers to squatters. With the help of snapshots, quotes and a plate of biscuits, Yinka recalls her encounters in tellingly encyclopaedic detail in this disarmingly simple and quietly impactful performance Taking place at The Bevy (the UK"s first community owned estate pub), One Hundred Homes is a lovingly conceived intimate performance full of warmth and insight that won rave reviews at the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe. This is part of ACCA"s off-site artistic programme.  

Joan Clevillé Dance. Plan B for Utopia

 Plan B for Utopia is a playful dance theatre work by Dundee-based company Joan Clevillé Dance. Charismatic performers Solène Weinachter (Scottish Dance Theatre, Gecko) and John Kendall (balletLORENT) explore the notion of utopia and the role that imagination and creativity can play as a driving force for change in our personal and collective lives. 

 
Democracy Debate: What Comes Next?

 Following the Brexit vote and the election of Donald Trump, the rise of the right in Europe and the refugee crisis, Western societies are looking more polarised than ever. Is the system capable of tackling the real economic and environmental threats we face? And what comes next? Guardian columnist Polly Toynbee chairs a panel of top thinkers and politicians to debate the future of our political system including Caroline Lucas MP, Diane James, formerly UKIP leader elect and now independent MEP for the South East, the New Statesman columnist and author Laurie Penny, Vice Chancellor, University of Sussex, Adam Tickell, and David Runciman, University of Cambridge.
 
Kat Francois. Raising Lazarus

 Poetry slam champion Kat Francois is a regular performer on BBC Radio and London"s poetry scene. She brings her critically acclaimed one-woman play to ACCA following sell out performances at The Roundhouse. Raising Lazarus tells the true story of Francois" relative Private Lazarus Francois from Grenada, who joined the British West Indies Regiment in 1915 to fight for Britain in the First World War.  Charting this young soldier"s journey from the Caribbean first to the Sussex coast, then on to Egypt and East Africa, Francois shines a light on the thousands of West Indian soldiers who volunteered for King and Empire.
 
Probe. Now You See It

 Antonia Grove, artistic director of Brighton-based dance theatre company Probe, presents her brand new solo: co-directed with Sue MacLaine, the piece is full of evocative imagery that features a searing central performance by Antonia herself. Now You See It portrays a woman contemplating her past and reconsidering her strategies for survival. A dialogue between wonder and reason, reality and imagination, small ideas and mammoth consequences, this powerful performance marries straight-talking dance with storytelling, anecdotes and a little bit of magic.

ACCA is a fully accessible venue. To see more on this visit www.attenboroughcentre.com


by: Mike Cobley




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