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PREVIEW: Swallowsfeet Dance Festival @ The Old Market 24/3/17

The Verse’s Alex Berdugo tells us about Brighton’s independent dance festival, hosting a plethora of international performers at The Old Market this March.

The Swallowsfeet Dance Festival returns to Brighton on the 24th and 25th of March at one of Hove’s most intimate venues, The Old Market. This is Brighton’s critically acclaimed festival of independent dance, christened “The movement of a new generation” by Marina Abib, director of Brazillian dance company Soma. With contributions from esteemed choreographers, artists and performers from across the world, the festival makes a strong comeback for it’s fifth edition. The full festival programme will be running from the 20th to the 25th of March, providing professional dance workshops, classes and social events for every fan of artistic expression.

Ajima is a performance choreographed by Marc Philipp Gabriel, creating a volatile character who is stuck in limbo between being real or fake, public or private, quotidian and theatrical. Working from the perspective of dance and movement, Ajima aims to take its content a step further. Using voice work, architecture and video, this performance is set to be one of the festival’s most dynamic.

Up next is Alice Labrant’s work, Current Biopsy. Labrant produces interdisciplinary performances, merging music, digital and visual artists to create a single, powerful act. Current Biopsy tempts the viewer’s imagination with a mixture of audio and visual textures, exploring the concepts of layers and undoing.

Gavin Coward contributes to Swallowsfeet with A Blighted Life, a work that aims to provide insight into how gender and homosexuality is viewed by certain cultures. Focused around music such as Ethiopian Jazz, African beat, world pop and disco classics, A Blighted Life utilises dance, theatre and film to explore one of the contemporary world’s most serious issues.

Finally, members of the Folkwang Tanzstudio Company and Peculiar Man collective Jan Möllmer and Uwe Brauns will give their performance of When You’re Smiling. This act depicts an unknown man going for a walk with two pairs of shoes, until suddenly he finds himself in an ethereal composition of images. This then triggers shifts between reality and fantasy, displaying the man’s dreams and personal memories.

I will be covering the acts on the evening of the 24th. Don’t miss the Swallowsfeet Dance Festival 2017, it is sure to match the quality of previous years – and then some!

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