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Best of BE FESTIVAL | 23 FEBRUARY – 18 MARCH 2018

Travel across Europe in one exhilarating night

A triple bill from three countries: performance, dance & theatre

“It is difficult to imagine a more enjoyable and rewarding night out” – ***** What’s On Stage

BEST of BE FESTIVAL’s tour showcases three of the festival’s favourite shows. Birmingham’s BE FESTIVAL features a genre-bending selection of European theatre, dance, comedy, circus, live music & DJs, food, visual and performing arts.

Some theatres provide the opportunity to take part in workshops with the artist. Check with your local theatre for information.

Includes interval & post-show discussion / Age guidance 14+

Légende by Romain Teule (France/Portugal)

Romain Teule opts to deconstruct language, and through the literal examination of words we observe how subtle changes can easily cause miscommunication.

What Does Stuff Do? by Robin Boon Dale (UK)

BE FESTIVAL 2018 – ACT Festival Prize

Robin Boon Dale uses language systems to decode and deconstruct the complex structure behind juggling; he explores how the smallest adjustments can completely change the meaning and the structure in performance.

André and Dorine by Kulunka Teatro (Spain)

A moving story of the relationship between an old couple, beautifully told through mask.

Légende by Romain Teule (France/Portugal)

Choreographer / Director
Romain Teule

Cast
Romain Teule

Sound Design
Romain Teule

Creative Assistant / Rehearsal Assistant
Lucie Lintanf

Dramaturgical Support
Inês Campos

Translation and Adaptation (from Portuguese to English)
Jamie Allan and Romain Teule

Website
http://supercabras.hotglue.me/

A performance lecture on the nature of language, Légende unpicks the different kinds of questions produced by words.

Beginning with a fictional language of the birds, Romain Teule’s show probes the different possibilities to be found in words. Living and working between France and Portugal, his show was originally performed in Portuguese; adapting it for BE 2017, his existential questions will now be posed in English. Uncovering the instances where words fail, and what powers they have, it’s a thoughtful show prompting re-evaluations about what things we take for granted.

Romain Teule is a French-Brazilian choreographer. Following his studies in critical design at Toulouse Fine Art School, he studied performance at the Fine Art School of Nantes. In December 2014, he completed PEPCC (Program of Study, Research and Creation in Choreography) in Lisbon where he worked with Vera Mantero, Patricia Portela, Lia Rodrigues, and Loïc Touzé.

What Does Stuff Do? by Robin Boon Dale (UK)

Choreographer / Director
Robin Boon Dale

Website
https://www.facebook.com/RobinBoonDale/


Using innovative juggling, physical comedy, and almost-philosophy to guide you through Robin Dale’s mind and body of research.

Featuring pouring, ping pong, and a motivational speech delivered by a man in swimming trunks, this is a charmingly rhetorical debut show. Please, suspend for the next 30 minutes any scepticism about the value of the totally obvious. A recent graduate from Circomedia in Bristol, Robin has been training in object manipulation and physical theatre. He performs in a wide variety of styles, including contemporary circus, stand-up comedy, and cabaret/burlesque.

André and Dorine by Kulunka Teatro (Spain)

Director
IÑAKI RIKARTE

Assistant Director
ROLANDO SAN MARTÍN

Cast
JOSE DAULT
GARBIÑE INSAUSTI
EDU CÁRCAMO

Dramaturgy
GARBIÑE INSAUSTI
JOSÉ DAULT
IÑAKI RIKARTE
EDU CÁRCAMO
ROLANDO SAN MARTÍN

Set design
LAURA ELISEVA GÓMEZ

Lighting Design
CARLOS SAMANIEGO “SAMA”

Cast Design
IKERNE GIMÉNEZ

Masks
GARBIÑE INSAUSTI

Video
AITOR DE KINTANA

Original Music
YAYO CÁCERES

Production
KULUNKA TEATRO


A funny, cantankerous couple at odds with each other until a sudden Alzheimer’s disease forces them to find ways to remember what once joined them together

Kulunka Theatre is a company created in Guipúzcoa in 2010 by Garbiñe Insausti and José Dault: two young actors with academic training at the Royal Superior School of the Dramatic Arts in Madrid and with an extensive career in the theatre. A lively, modern, committed collective capable of moving and amusing in equal measure. The company’s history goes hand in hand with the success of its first show. Since André and Dorine began its international tour in October 2010, Kulunka Theatre has visited over 25 countries in six years, including the United Kingdom, the United States, Turkey, Nepal, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Argentina, Cuba, China, Panama, Russia, Norway, Finland, Chile, France, Malaysia, Portugal, Taiwan, Mexico, … and its performances number over 450.

DATES & VENUES

Feburary

23 – Liverpool Unity Theatre, Liverpool

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26 – Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry

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March

1 – The Drama Studio, Sheffield

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2 – Square Chapel, Halifax

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6 – GIFT @ Caedmon Hall, Gateshead

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8 – Barnsley Civic, Barnsley

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9 – Harrogate Theatre, Harrogate

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10 – Slung Low’s HUB, Leeds

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14 – Jacksons Lane, London

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15, 16 – Circomedia, Bristol

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18 – The Gulbenkian, Canterbury

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