The UK Tour: 19 October – 6 November
Every evening, three daring and delightful shows from across Europe.
BE FESTIVAL specialises in adventurous theatre that inspires people of all nationalities. In the Autumn, BE FESTIVAL goes on tour with a triple bill of the year’s audience favourites, each 30 minutes long.
Best of BE FESTIVAL 2012 tour:
L’Absent by Compagnie du Geste qui Sauve (Belgium)
BE 2012 Winner of Best Physicality
Fantasy nº 10;’The Beauty of Life’ by Vladimir Tzekov (Spain)
BE 2012 Winner of Best Mise en Scène
Solfatara by A Tres Bandes (Spain)
BE 2012 Winner of BE FESTIVAL 1st Prize – Audience Prize
Tour dates (follow the links to book your tickets):
19-20 October – 7:30pm – Rich Mix, London
23 October – 7:30pm – Aberystwyth Arts Centre
26 October – 8pm – Unity Theatre, Liverpool
28 October – 6:30pm – South Hill Park, Bracknell
30 October – 7:30pm – BE @ GIFT, Gateshead Town Hall
31 October – 7:45pm – The Public, West Bromwich
1 November – 8pm – North Wall Arts Centre, Oxford
2 November – 7:30pm – The Civic, Barnsley
3 November – 7:30pm – The Carriageworks, Leeds
5 November – 7:45pm – Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry
6 November – 7pm – The Lowry, Salford Quays
Review in The Times:
Best of BE Festival ★★★★
by Donald Hutera, 31 October 2012
The prominent letters in BE Festival stand for Birmingham and Europe, the locations between which this enterprising young organisation has been building bridges since 2010. Funded primarily by Arts Council England, the festival occurs during a handful of summer days in a converted factory in Birmingham. There are more than a dozen works in progress or short finished shows by companies from across Europe competing for awards and support.
Such recognition can go a long way. Previous festival winners include Theatre Ad Infinitum’s acclaimed Translunar Paradise, which has toured the world, and Sleepwalk Collective’s seductive soloAs the Flames Rose We Danced to the Sirens, the Sirens (at the Barbican, London, Nov 13 to 17).
BE Festival’s latest development is a UK tour of some of this year’s prize-winning productions. The evening is structured like a fresh and tasty three-course meal, with a delicate Belgian starter followed by two wildly flavoursome dishes from Spain.
L’Absent, by the Brussels-based Compagnie du Geste qui Sauve, is a wordless, resonant study of grief and letting go. Antonin Descampe plays the lovingly spectral presence animating (and trying to control) everything that Liévine Hubert touches or does. There are shades of the film Ghost in this tender, absorbing and beautifully performed vignette.
Fantasy No 10: The Beauty of Life is a disarming oddity by Compagnia Vladimir Tzekov from Granada. It features a long-haired, delightfully lachrymose and tutu-clad stringbean (Santiago del Hoyo Garcia), a bare-bottomed cultural theoretician (the director, Manuel Bonillo) and a passive-aggressive beauty (Raquel Cruz) who keeps dumping a bleating male (Francisco Muela) out of a wheelchair. This quartet is like the great-grandchildren of the radical French theatre-maker Antonin Artaud. Their work is rhythmical, unsettling and absurdly funny.
The simple yet volcanic premise of Solfatara, by the Catalan collective A Tres Bandes, is that fear — embodied in trickster fashion by the masked Albert Pérez Hidalgo — attends a dinner at the home of the beleaguered Mònica Almirall and the ineffectual Miguel Segovia. The results, communicated via subtitles, are uproariously rude and discomfiting. A smart script is performed with terrific timing.