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BROKEN CHORDS

Vincent Dance Theatre
Tue 6 Feb 8pm

BROKEN CHORDS

Broken Chords is a visually striking, hilarious portrait of breaking up and breaking down, performed by an international, multi–tasking ensemble of performers.

Heartbreaking in its honesty, full of dark humour, sublime dancing and playful theatricality, Broken Chords shifts effortlessly between the bleakly comic and beautifully tragic, charting the director’s devastating divorce with rebellious and hysterical results.

Charlotte Vincent directs Jerwood Award Winner Rachel Krische, UK National Dance Award nominee Lee Clayden, Janusz Orlik, Eleanor McDonald, Valentina Formenti and Darren Anderson, with original live music from violinist Patrycja Kujawska and cellist Stefano Fogher.

For video clips, interviews, reviews and a chance to win an Apple iPod nano please go to www.brokenchords.info

Age 15+

Free post show discussion with Charlotte Vincent

Tickets: £12.50 / £10 concessions

SEAN HUGHES LIVE


Fri 9 Feb 8pm

SEAN HUGHES LIVE

Until recently, a sardonic team captain on Never Mind the Buzzcocks, Sean Hughes started his career as a stand–up comedian by becoming the youngest winner of The Perrier Award. Several sell out tours later and two series of Sean’s Show for Channel 4, Sean diversified into writing, presenting and acting, recently co–starring with Peter Davison in The Last Detective (ITV). This new show makes a long overdue foray back into stand–up.





Tickets: £14 / £12 concessions

LIFEBOAT

Catherine Wheels Theatre Company
Tue 13 Feb 2pm & 7.30pm

LIFEBOAT

By Nicola McCartney

Lifeboat is the extraordinary true story of Bess Walder and Beth Cummings. It is a story of courage, a story of survival, a story of enduring friendship.

On Friday 13 September 1940, a ship, The City of Benares, set sail from Liverpool to Canada. On board were ninety evacuees escaping the relentless bombing and dangers of war–torn Britain. Four days into the crossing, the ship was torpedoed and sank. Only eleven of the evacuees survived.

Two fifteen year old girls, Bess Walder and Beth Cumming, spent 19 terrifying hours in the water on an upturned lifeboat. They willed each other to survive. Now, over sixty years later, they remain firm friends.



www.catherinewheels.co.uk

Tickets: 2pm all tickets £7. 7.30pm £8 / £7 concessions

BLESS – Minature Stories of the Saints

Spymonkey
Wed 21 – Sat 24 Feb 8pm

BLESS - Minature Stories of the Saints

Bless is a miraculously divine comedy about the goodness in mankind. Some of the goodness has been exaggerated; some of it is purely accidental.

Hot on the heels of their residency as renegade clowns with Cirque du Soleil in Las Vegas, an international tour of the smash hit Spymonkey Cooped, ITV’s Comedy Cuts, BBC’s Hyperdrive and the Melbourne Comedy Festival comes Bless.

Highlights include appearances by the pious albino dogs of St Francis, an unnervingly direct 60s guitar folk fourtet, an impressive modern recitativo interpretation of the story of Bernadette, how the Butcher of Tijuana got his name, and a number of true miracles.

From writer/director Cal McCrystal (Mighty Boosh, Peepolykus, Cirque du Soleil).

www.spymonkey.co.uk

Age 14+

Tickets: Wed – Thurs preview performances £10 / £7.50 concession. Fri – Sat £12.50 / £10 concessions

NINE YEARS

Lone Twin
Tue 27 Feb 8pm

NINE YEARS

Nine years ago two friends decided to see the world. Mainly on foot and latterly on bicycles the two have since travelled the length and breadth of Europe, Scandinavia, North America and Australia. As they moved around the world the two friends offered theatrical presentations as a gift to the people they met on their journey. Nine years and seven hundred performances later they have returned home, the journey is complete.

This new performance by the internationally acclaimed duo brings together for the first time, their entire body of work in one ninety–minute show.

Age 14+

Free post show discussion (limited capacity)

www.lonetwin.com

Tickets: £12.50 / £10 concessions

AN EVENING WITH JANET STREET PORTER


Wed 28 Feb 8pm

Janet Street–Porter doesn’t mince her words. The former presidnet of the Ramblers Association, I’m a Celebrity contestant and Grumpy Old Woman talks about her recent book Fallout. Outrageous, indiscreet and thoroughly entertaining, the evening is a chance to find out about her new book and what she really thinks about men who cook.

Tickets: £14 / £10 concessions

SPIEGEL

Ultima Vez
Tue 6 – Wed 7 March 8pm

SPIEGEL

In 1986 Wim Vandekeybus founded Ultima Vez. Since then this outstanding company has consistently astounded audiences worldwide. Vandekeybus’ work pushes dancers and technology beyond their limits in a powerful fusion of live action, film and music that seethes with energy, danger, emotion and sensuality.

To celebrate twenty years adn almost as many creations later, Wim Vandekeybus has composed Spiegel (Mirror), an evening featuring some of the most remarkable scenes from his early work as well as more recent productions. The master of movement, film and sound uses nine dancers to press the limits of physical possibility. This retrospective of the energy and emotions behind his work is a journey through the highlights, woven together with music by composers such as David Byrne and Thierry de Mey.

Contains some nudity. Age 12+

Free post show discussion Tue 6

www.SPIEGELtour.co.uk/brighton

Tickets: £16 / £14 concessions

118: THE BIRTHDAY TOUR

People Show
Tue 13 – Wed 14 March

118: THE BIRTHDAY TOUR

The legendary theatre company, People Show take to the road with People Show 118: The Birthday Tour, a promenade performance featuring live music, beauty, tales, multimedia imagery and deception.

Memories are dismantled and stories unfurl, as unexpected narratives meet startling imagery. On the trip, meet the white–faced clown and the melancholy baby. Eavesdrop on dancing boxers, share the fantasies of the roadie, delve through the past of a pregnant singer and ‘live the dream’ with the washed up stand–up comic.

‘I am such an obsessive fan… One dance sequence, inspired by some tramp dancing in a pub has had a formative influence on the way I have moved ever since.’ Bill Nighy, Actor

Age 16+

Free post show discussion Tue 13

www.peopleshow.co.uk

Tickets: £14 / £12 concessions

LITTLE RED (New Work), EXPRESSION LINES, TIGER DANCING & GREEN IN BLUE (New Work with Live Music)

Henri Oguike Dance Company
Tue 20 March 8pm

LITTLE RED (New Work), EXPRESSION LINES, TIGER DANCING & GREEN IN BLUE (New Work with Live Music)

Henri Oguike returns to the Gardner with a mixed bill which promises some grandly expansive dancing and intuitive choreography. The repertoires include the world premières of Green in Blue and Little Red, as well as compositions by Vivaldi, Shostakovich, Ali Farka Toure and two of the UK’s leading composers, Steve Martland and Iain Ballamy.

Green in Blue sees the choreographer’s first foray into jazz and a major new collaboration with the internationally renowned saxophonist Iain Ballamy. The dancers spark off Ballamy’s band to infuse a crisp yet playful energy into the work. By contrast, two of Vivaldi’s magnificent violin concertos breathe fire into Little Red.

Inspired by Blake’s poem The Tyger, the plucked strings and springy lines of Steve Martland’s score are reflected by the dancers’ sinuous and feline movements in Tiger Dancing.

Set to the quietly beautiful Saharan blues of guitarist Ali Farka Toure, Expression Lines sees Oguike evoke the harsh contrasts of equatorial sand and sky in an intense yet reflective solo.

Age 11+

www.henrioguikedance.co.uk

Tickets: £14 / £12 concessions

KINDERTRANSPORT

Shared Experience
Fri 23 – Sat 24 March 8pm

KINDERTRANSPORT

Between 1938 and the outbreak of war, almost 10,000 children, most of them Jewish, were sent by their parents from Germany to Britain. Nine–year–old Eva ends up in Manchester, changes her name and tries to bury all memory of her previous life.

It is only when her own daughter discovers some old letters in the attic that Eva is forced to confront the truth about her past.

Winner of the 1992 Verity Bargate Award, this moving and powerful play receives a timely major revival directed by Polly Teale, winner of the 2003 Evening Standard Award for Best Director, staged by one of Britain’s most celebrated companies Shared Experience whose recent productions include Orestes, Jane Eyre in the West End, Brontë and A Passage to India.

Age 12+

Free post show discussion Fri 23

www.sharedexperience.co.uk

Tickets: £14 / £12 concessions

TAG… ME VS. THE CITY

Jonzi D Productions
Tue 27 – Wed 28 March

TAG... ME VS. THE CITY

After a hugely successful first tour, the UK’s leading Hip Hop Theatre company is back on the road with TAG…Me vs. The City. Fusing all the elements of Hip Hop culture, TAG offers a window into the world of a brilliant but obsessive graffiti writer exorcising his demons in the only way he knows how.

Directed by Hip Hop Theatre pioneer Jonzi D, TAG has a cast of six incredible dancers exploring the physicality of graffiti art lettering through a collage of rap, break dancing and body–popping. It also features beats and sound design by the legendary DJ Pogo, life–size graffiti set courtesy of The Collaborators, awesome on–stage video animation from Ben Wachenje, lighting design by Jonathan Samuels and costume by Shirley Williams.

Age 12+

Free post show discussion with Jonzi D Tue 27 March

www.jonzi–d.co.uk

Tickets: £12.50 / £10 concessions

BUGSY MALONE

sMuTs
Thurs 15 – Sat 17 Feb

BUGSY MALONE

Bugsy Malone always wanted to be a boxer but he had a jaw with more glass in it than Macy’s front window; so he had to make his living doing odd jobs, you know ‘this and that’. He liked to be in the thick of the action, never doing much but always at the centre of it.

With New York at the centre of a mobster turf war, there are many ways a guy can get mixed up with the wrong kind of people, however at Fat Sam’s Speakeasy night club you’re guaranteed to find a friendly face, whether its welcome or not.

So Fat Sam would like to invite you to pull up a pew at the most notorious night spot in town and watch an exciting young cast from Sussex University perform you with this favourite musical, packed full of show stopping numbers.

Tickets: £7

SHOW ME YOURS AND I’LL SHOW YOU MINE

ACAS
Sat 10 March 6pm

SHOW ME YOURS AND I'LL SHOW YOU MINE

Prepare to be captivated by the colour, atmosphere, excitement and dynamism of the highly anticipated Culture Festival. With the theme ‘Show Me Yours and I’ll Show You Mine’, ACAS will be showcasing performances from a plethora of cultures, brought to you by the amazing talents of performers from all genres. From dances to drama, poetry to song, striking special effects and much more, The Culture Festival promises a night of unforgettable entertainment packed full of surprises. Miss it, Miss Out!

Tickets: £8

BRIGHTON AND HOVE YOUTH DANCE PLATFORM


Fri 16 March 7.30pm

This annual event celebrates the rich diversity of dance work young peopleare creating across the city. The evening is a collection of work from secondary schools, sixth forms and local youth dance groups from across the city, including the highly acclaimed Brighton & Hove Youth Dance Company.
The programme will consist of a range of exciting dance pieces showing a fusion of dance forms and styles. Brighton & Hove’s Youth Dance Platform is part of an on–going programme of dance development work taking place in the city led by Lucia Cordani and JP Omari, the Brighton & Hove Dance Development Co–ordinators of Brighton & Hove Music & Performing Arts.

Tickets: £5 / £3 concessions / Family of 4: £13