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Hofesh Shechter to guest direct Brighton Festival 2014

Posted on October 3, 2013

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hofesh-shechterChoreographer Hofesh Shechter (pictured) is to be the guest director of Brighton Festival 2014. Since 2009, the festival has invited artists to guest direct each year’s programme. Past directors have included artist Anish Kapoor, musician Brian Eno, Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi, actress Vanessa Redgrave and author Michael Rosen.


Hofesh Shechter Company has been associated with Brighton since 2008, when it became the first resident company at Brighton Dome and Brighton Festival. His works The Art of Not Looking Back (2009) and Political Mother (2010) both had their premieres there, while the festival has also commissioned the youth community project Bangers and Mash and the collaborative film and dance project Nomad Land. Shechter’s new work Sun, which was co-commissioned by the festival, will end its first world tour at the opening weekend of Brighton Festival 2014.


Shechter said: “Brighton has a magic to it that no one can explain. Finding a place where one can develop and grow artistically is a delicate thing, an important thing. Brighton Dome and Brighton Festival have been an inspiring, energising and encouraging place for my company and me in the last five years. We’ve enjoyed the buzz, the lightness, energy and the unexplainable essence of Brighton. We have resided in its cultural heart – Brighton Dome – and the pulsating artistic heart of the Dome is the annual festival. I’m so excited and honoured to have been invited to lead on this inspiring event and I feel a rush of excitement about the ideas I can contribute. To be asked to lead this amazing event in 2014, to be asked to inspire, energise, encourage… well, delighted is just a boring word.”


Andrew Comben, chief executive of Brighton Dome and Brighton Festival, said: “Hofesh’s instinctive understanding of Brighton and our festival has been a great starting point for our planning, and I feel it’s particularly pertinent that he steps into the role in 2014 following a highly successful five years of working together. Hofesh’s appointment as guest director continues a trend set by his predecessors – his work and creative vision contains that rare quality and sense of adventure that sparks the imaginations of a much wider audience beyond his own discipline. With such an eclectic artist at the helm, Brighton Festival 2014 is set to be a very exciting one indeed.


Brighton Festival will run from May 3 to 25, 2014. Shechter’s Sun has its world premiere at the Melbourne Festival on October 12, with the UK premiere at Sadler’s Wells, London on October 30. See for tour dates. 


Zoë was born in Edinburgh, and saw her first dance performances at the Festival there. She is the dance critic of The Independent, and has also written for The Independent on Sunday, The Scotsman and Dancing Times. In 2002, she received her doctorate from the University of York for a thesis on “Nationhood and epic romance: Ariosto, Sidney, Spenser”. She is the author of The Royal Ballet: 75 Years and The Ballet Lover’s Companion.

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