Exceptional performance from Europe’s four corners: Archive and Memory
This summer, Birmingham European FESTIVAL is celebrating its 10th festival - bringing cutting edge dance, theatre, circus and visual arts to Birmingham.
From 27 June until 6 July BE FESTIVAL turns Birmingham Repertory Theatre on its head, turning the rarely seen backstages into a lively festival hub, filled with interesting people from all over Europe, and beyond, enjoying performances, food, workshops, talks, and delicious Raspberry Mojitos.
Birmingham, and the wider world, has changed exponentially since 2010, and this year’s artists will be helping us to reflect on how we move forward and contribute more and challenge the status quo.
To kick the celebrations off in style we are bringing Deadtown to Birmingham for its UK premiere from 27th - 29th June. Created by the sons of Oscar-winning Director of One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest Miloš Forman. This spectacular theatre piece brings together a cast of 20 acrobats, dancers, singers and musicians to perform an incredible Wild West tale, and is a co-production with The REP.
The main programme takes place from 2nd - 6th July; highlights include Brussels-based Moroccan choreographer Radouan Mriziga performing using his body as a tool to discover and draw hidden perspectives in his mesmerising solo 55. German choreographer Paula Rosen returns to BE FESTIVAL with her show PUNK‽; a lively and energetic homage to punk and contemporary dance, complete with a live band and pogo sticks. In Silence, Catalan company Ça Marche explore a world of improvised chaos, with a cast of local children, fake snow and giant blow up monsters, that exists when parents aren’t watching.
Other highlights include the award winning Sotteraneo and their full length show Dies Irae: 5 episodes around the end of the species (Italy). Tongue in cheek, uncanny and provocative this show explores how humans archive our 'collective' memory of our past, present and hypothetical future.
Sometimes, particularly if you are wielding an axe, you only get one shot to get it right. Luckily Belgian duo Maxime Dautremont & Foucauld Falguerolles have got it down to a fine art (thank goodness!). In their show One Shot, they present amazing feats of acrobatics amongst axe throwing and chinese pole technique, set to a live rhythm and blues score.
As in previous years there is a free programme of live music and DJs to keep festival goers grooving into the early hours. From award winning DJ and local legend Glyn Philips with his GlobalSoundClash, Brummy electric-pop trio Lycio and the funk, fiddle and jazz fusion sounds of Gathering Tides.
documentary theatre meets auto-fictional work around the evolution of post socialists countries meeting occidental and liberal Europe