Festival season is coming to Brighton on May 3 for three-weeks with Israeli-born dancer, choreographer, percussionist and composer Hofesh Schechter as guest director.
One for the diary is Russian Theatre’s Dmitry Krymov’s Opus No.7, which includes a lyrical requiem for the Jews of Eastern Europe, and the career of Soviet composer Dmitri Shostakovich. Hofesh challenges us to respond to the world’s injustices with his ballets, Sun and Sun Dust.
The historic Theatre Royal will host ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore, and Catch 22, while Globe Theatre on Tour celebrates Much Ado About Nothing at St. Nicholas Rest Garden.
Among the Art and Film events are William Forsythe’s hundreds of delicate pendulums in Nowhere and Everywhere at the Same Time No.2 and Cinema of Childhood at the Duke of York’s Picture House. The Books and Debate Section features Dame Stella Rimington in Spies, Fact or Fiction, and David Aaronovitch in The Immigration Debate.
In classical music KlezMahler celebrates klezmer in Mahler’s 1st symphony with Nicholas Collon conducting the Aurora Orchestra and the She’Koyakh band, while the Philharmonia Orchestra, pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzel and Brighton Festival Chorus, under John Wilson, play Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms.
Brighton Festival Fringe extends until 1st June. From the Moscow State Circus to a comedy about Einstein, and Stephen Sondheim’s Company, there is much to delight, as well as 24 tours and Fringe City, giving a free taster of events every Saturday in New Road, during the Festival.
Brighton & Hove’s historic synagogue at Middle Street will be open for guided tours from 2-4.30pm; and the Open House Scheme invites you to see a dazzling variety of artists’ work.
Finally, at the nearby Charleston Literary Festival, from 16th-26th May, you can see celebrities like Nicholas Hytner and Max Hastings, as well as Alan Bennett and David Hare