Whether you like to put on your dancing shoes or sit and spectate, the city is set to become a dance floor for many during Brighton Fringe 2018. Hip hop, ballroom dancing, ballet, dance theatre, contemporary, spontaneous flash mob - it's all heading to Brighton. The dance scene swings both ways – from witty pastiche to serious political statement, you are spoilt for choice. Here are some of the highlights to look out for:
Ceyda Tanc, a Brighton-based choreographer draws on her Turkish heritage, creating an expressive piece to represent the fusion of diverse cultures across Britain. Whether you are born and bread British or come from another part of the world, Tanc’s performance strives to be accessible for people of all ages and backgrounds, to provide an inclusive way for audiences to interact with dance and with others in their community. Head down to Brighton Spiegeltent on May 9 to find out more.
If you want to get in touch with your celtic roots or simply feel like letting your hair down then join the Brighton Ceilidh in a wild gathering of ceilidh dancing on June 1. This is certainly an evening for you to get on your dancing shoes. They don’t care if you have never ceilidh’d before, or if you have two left feet, the dance floor welcomes all.
If celtic isn’t funky enough for you, join Guru Dudu at New Road on May 11 and 12 in his spontaneous flash mob dancing through the streets where dance meets comedy. If 70s, 80s, 90s and 00s music provide the soundtrack to your life then he is your dance partner. You are given headphones and a serious warning that cheeks may hurt from smiling. There is no doubt you will be leaving this event saying ‘yes sir, I can boogie’.
In case you hadn’t seen it all...‘Migrations’ incorporates hip-hop,contemporary, Indian and Flamenco. The show features pioneers Jill Parker (United States) and Tjarda Van Straten (Netherlands), alongside many more local and international performers. This will be their last performance of their fusion belly dance, so get down to The Warren on May 25 to see their final spectacle.
Get the ball rolling with Brighton Fringe’s Finnish Season 2018. Although it looks all glam, Blackpool leads the audience through the gruelling and competitive lifestyle of competitive ballroom dancing. Choreographers Milla Virtanen and Jaakko Toivonen draw on their challenging experiences of Finnish ballroom dance to reveal the trauma and competitiveness underneath their glossy guise.
If you are anywhere near the Brighton Spiegeltent on May 12 and 26 you had better warm up those hips. The Brighton Lindyhoppers will certainly twist your arm into staying for a boogie on what they claim to be the best dance floor at the festival.
The dance acts at the Brighton Fringe will either provide captivating performances to hold your gaze or get you up and dancing.
Guest blog by Katharine Hay from Journalist Works