Bournemouth Arts by the Sea Festival is celebrating life ‘on the edge’ of the south coast with two weeks of arts and events on the cultural peripheries, from 26 September – 12 October 2014.
In its fourth year, Bournemouth Arts by the Sea Festival thoughtfully brings together spectacular UK premieres, new commissions and international artists. Inviting people to venture close to the edge and feel free to jump into the heady mix of exhibitions, performances and events.
For the festival kick off, immerse yourself in sound, dance and free running as theatre company Fuel present The Roof. Following 2011’s Electric Hotel, Fuel bring this spectacular outdoor panoramic performance to Bournemouth seafront in a purpose-built arena designed by Jon Bausor, set designer for the Paralympics opening ceremony. After seven years Carabosse returns with their extraordinary Fire Gardens, transforming the Bournemouth Lower Gardens into a magical fiery landscape for the opening weekend of the festival. From firestarters to total blackout, as Fuel present Fiction – an aural journey exploring the architecture of our dreams in absolute darkness.
For the festival finale – the imitable band British Sea Power are on the edge of the horizon as they play a gig on the National Trust’s Brownsea Island, home of the red squirrel and Baden-Powell’s scout camp, to perform alongside the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra – Brass Quintet. To open their 2014/2015 season the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra present Piano Virtuoso featuring BBC Young Musician of the Year Martin James Bartlett. There is also a chance to get behind-the-scenes of the BSO and discover the story of the orchestra’s young and dynamic Ukranian born principal conductor, in Kirill Karabits in Conversation.
On the 80th birthday year of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Pavilion Dance South West join with the BSO New Music Ensemble and Kokoro musicians to revive Vesalii Icones – his iconic and controversial music theatre work of the late 1960s. The workfeatures distinguished Italian cellist Vittorio Ceccanti alongside local hip hop dancers producing an edgy arresting piece of visceral force. The world renowned jazz musician Robert Mitchell performs his first truly large-scale cross-genre work – Invocation. The choral premiere features his quartet Panacea, Bournemouth Symphony Chorus and local young music students from Avonbourne College and Harewood College.
Playwright John Foster premieres Shot at Dawn, a compelling and emotional World War One courtroom drama telling the story of two young men from the Dorsetshire Regiment on trial for cowardice. Based on fact and drawn from first-hand eyewitness accounts, the play is evocatively staged in the Bournemouth Council Chambers. The Trench Composers features works from notable composers who served their countries during World War One including Butterworth, Vaughan Williams, Ravel, Hindemith and Kreisler. With specially commissioned poetry from Bournemouth’s Poet Laureate, James Manlow.
The Shelley Theatre hosts The Dodge Brothers, who return with their rootin’ tootin’ skiffle band, featuring bass-slappin’ film critic Mark Kermode. The dilapidated theatre also welcomes the return, in rather more mysterious circumstances, of artist Zeralda Sinclair’s atmospheric art performance, The Brides. The Resurrection of the Sea Brides continues the spooky tale of fated women who vanished out to sea at the end of last year’s festival. Expect to be on the edge of your seat.
Also not for the faint hearted, the first UK appearance of Canadian all-female rockers Vag Halen. After taking last year’s Venice Biennale by the proverbials, these fiercely feminist hard-rock heroines are here to perform classic tunes as only Vag Halen can. Comedian and storyteller, Rosie Wilby – Nineties Woman re-explores her time at the feminist newspaper through music and video. For more of a rounded edge, Slightly Fat Features in Variety Soup is tipping the scales towards comedy as they showcase their riotous cabaret for all ages, shapes and sizes.
Carol Maund, Arts and Festival Manager said, “There’s a great eclectic mix of art, literature, dance, music and family entertainment– this year’s programme is edgier than ever with some great premieres and really fantastic performances, I hope art enthusiasts and art lovers alike are equally as inspired.”
Bournemouth Arts by the Sea Festival is a fantastic fusion of dance, music, poetry, cinema, theatre, art, literature, family and outdoor events – taking place at venues, both familiar and unusual across the UK’s leading resort.
Discover art ‘on the edge’ between 26th September and 12th October 2014.