BE Festival: Fourth annual festival of innovative European theatre returns to the Jewellery Quarter

@ AE Harris, Birmingham, Various Times, 2nd to 6th July 2013

Twenty-three performances from twelve different countries will run alongside exhibitions, discussions, workshops and home-cooked food this summer, as Birmingham’s annual festival of European work returns to the city for a fourth year. With an emphasis on collaboration, participation and exchange, the performance programme is built around participatory events and a communal meal, and each of the pieces presented have been selected for their capacity to transcend cultural and linguistic boundaries.

The main programme consists of four 30-minute shows each night @ AE Harris. Before and after the performances the festival also offers live music, visual art and the chance to attend workshops, while each day opens with Feedback Café, a session that enables audiences to meet and discuss work with those who make it. The communal dinner, served after the second of the four performances each night, provides further space to share ideas and experiences over a freshly cooked, Mediterranean-inspired meal.

Highlights from this year’s programme include the 2012 Total Theatre Award-winning (remor) by Spanish company Res de Res & Artigues, a site-specific work that pieces together the death of a relationship through an innovative blend of circus and physical theatre.  Returning to the festival are joint first-prize winners Teatro Sotterraneo (Italy) with their audience-focused laughter experiment Homo Ridens_Birmingham, and ATRESBANDES with Solfatara, an inventive and comic study of fear rising to the surface.  Danish company Out of Balanz return to Birmingham having won Best Performer prize in 2010 with their new production Next Door, while performances receiving their UK premiere include An Opus for Seven Generators by Random Collision (Netherlands), an exploration of youth identity that blends echoes of Spring Awakening with pop music melodrama.

For full programme details and to book visit: www.befestival.org

 

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