With creative icon, inspiring thinker and all-time genius Brian Eno at the helm as Guest Artistic Director, Brighton Festival 2010 is bound to be even more fabulous than ever; 242 performances, 16 exclusives, 14 premieres, and 8 Brighton Festival commissions from internationally acclaimed artists visiting the UK for the first time! All that as well as Brighton-based artists making waves on the world scene. A highlight of the international cultural calendar, this year it boasts some serious style credentials with the crash-landing of HQ at Brighton Dome.
HQ at Brighton Dome comprises a spectacular installation by Gary Card, a daytime canteen featuring a seasonal menu by Bistrotheque, and a programme of performance.
Commissioned by Brighton Festival, set designer and young Londoner on the rise Gary Card has created a 3D floating collage, featuring shards of transparent acrylic to form a sharp-faceted abstract chandelier, backlit by the existing skylight to create a stained glass window effect.
Card has designed his own line of watches for Swatch, regularly contributes to NY Times T Magazine having shot with Paolo Roversi and Sølve Sundsbø, and is currently immersed in Lady Gaga’s new music video, as well as being himself a focus of Levi’s latest ad campaign. Phew!
Card has also been invited by West Sussex brewery Dark Star, to design a limited edition bottle, which will be on sale exclusively at Brighton Festival 2010.
The HQ’s daytime canteen menu featuring local Sussex ingredients is designed by London’s East End eatery Bistrotheque. Bistrotheque co-owner David Waddington worked with the Brighton Dome and Festival bars team to put together an imaginative cocktail menu that features many classics reworked exclusively for the 2 bars at HQ.
JONNY WOO’S MIDNIGHT GAY BINGO – BANK HOLIDAY SUNDAY 2 MAY
East London’s cult superstar Jonny Woo presents bingo like you’ve never seen it before; spoken word, song, dance, and of course points means prizes. Having enjoyed a residency at London’s ICA, Gay Bingo has gained a reputation for being one of London’s most unpredictable events.
BOURGEOIS & MAURICE – FRIDAY 7 MAY
The musical double act with a style as sharp as their wit. Part cabaret, part theatre, part catwalk freakshow, their songs blend unashamedly catchy pop hooks with bitingly satirical lyrics, performed on piano by the effortlessly glamorous femme fatale Maurice Maurice, with Georgeois Bourgeois on vocals.
BISTROTHEQUE SUPPER CLUB WITH BOURGEOIS & MAURICE – SATURDAY 8 MAY
Bistrotheque take over HQ in its entirety to host one of their legendary suppers.
MATTHEW STONE PRESENTS ‘HARD FUTURE’ – FRIDAY 21 MAY
Featuring: The Theo Adams Company, Alex Nikiporenko, Pandora’s Jukebox, Chris Flatline (ENDURANCE), Pony-Girl (ENDURANCE), LVR (ENDURANCE) and Matthew Stone.
Artist and shaman Matthew Stone presents a curated evening of collaborative performance, projections, and classical/electronic body music. Recently placed top of a ‘most influential under 30s in the arts’ power list compiled by The Sunday Times, art critic and curator Normal Rosenthal compares his energy to that of a young Hirst. His work was recently exhibited simultaneously in galleries in London, Paris, Copenhagen and Tokyo.
Alex Nikiporenko and Matthew Stone will be presenting a collaborative musical performance. Born and raised in Moscow, Nikiporenko began composing at the age of 7, realising his true passion while studying at Moscow Conservatory’s Junior Department, moving to England at 13, reaching high acclaim as BBC/Guardian Young Composer of the Year in 2008, and last year held the position of Creative in Residence of The Hospital Club in London.
Theo Adams / The Theo Adams Company will present new work stemming from his large-scale multi-disciplinary theatrical production ‘CRY OUT’, which recently premiered in Tokyo, including visuals and projections directed by Matthew Stone. A self-taught, 20 year old director, performer and visionary, Adams recently featured in an epic portfolio shot by David Sims for W Magazine.
Pandora’s Jukebox is Yasmina Dexter who will present an exclusive DJ set. Originally from Slovenia, this striking, London based polymath is known for her sexy and distinctive DJ sets, intricate catwalk soundscapes for designers such as Preen and Christopher Kane, and her iconic style as a muse to shoe designer Nicholas Kirkwood
ENDURANCE is the brainchild of producer and DJ Chris Flatline and will be providing an expert selection of Electronic Body Music, New Beat and Aggrepo for the latter half of the night. Chris Flatline will be joined by his resident DJ’s Pony-Girl & LVR.
JUSTIN BOND – SATURDAY 22 MAY
Star of John Cameron Mitchell’s Shortbus, and one half of Tony-nominated duo Kiki and Herb, Justin Bond presents a show of original songs combining witchcraft, a punk attitude and neo-folk glamour, promising tears, glitter, and a rollicking good time.
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