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Travel across Europe in a night

Birmingham's genre-bending European arts festival takes to the road and shines a light on the continent's diverse and emerging talent in theatre, dance and performance art.

Experience the highlights of the 2016 festival with three exceptional shows from Italy, Germany & Switzerland each lasting 30 minutes. BE FESTIVAL shakes up the idea of conventional theatre by crossing borders, disciplines and blurring traditional boundaries between audience and artist. The annual summer festival invites European performers to perform at Birmingham REP, and celebrates European culture and community.

Cie Philippe Saire
A transcendental performance created by Philippe Saire, one of Europe’s leading exponents of experimental choreography where movement and visual arts converge and bodies weave through black holes and shards of dazzling light. The slo-mo optical canvas mesmerises as two male forms float through a vacuum created in space. The show has been programmed at the 2016 edition of Internationale Tanzmesse Düsseldorf and is part three of the Dispositifs (stage devices) series by Philippe Saire who has played a significant part in developing contemporary dance in Switzerland.

Situation with Outstretched Arm
Oliver Zahn
The saluto Romano, the olympic salute, the Bellamy Salute or in its most common form, the Hitler Salute. One of the most powerful and violent symbols of the twentieth century is re-contextualised on stage through physical performance and essay. The German production takes a unique cross-disciplined approach to a controversial subject, one that has re-emerged across Europe in extremist organisations. Oliver Zahn was nominated in the ‘Best Emerging Artist’ category in Theater Heute’s 2015 critics poll.

Winner of the ACT Festival Price at BE 2016

Teatro Sotteraneo

Central to Samuel Beckett’s well known philosophy of the benefits of failure - fail and then fail better - is the idea of interruption where human processes and experiences are broken. The show evolves through a series of stage interruptions using physical theatre, analysing the feeling triggered by something ending prematurely, reassembling and adding new scenes in a witty and sometimes controversial manner. Teatro Sotterraneo are a multi-award winning theatre collective born in Florence in 2004 and previously won the 1st Prize at BE FESTIVAL 2012 with Homo Ridens.

‘It is difficult to imagine a more rewarding and enjoyable night out’ What’s On Stage
“Ground-breaking new theatre from across Europe” The Guardian
“The evening is structured like a fresh and tasty three course meal” The Times
“ A bonanza of European performance” The Stage


You reserve your tickets in advance for free, you enjoy the show. Then on exit you pay what you decide you want to, or can afford to pay, based on your overall enjoyment of the performance.
date: Fri 21 Apr 2017, 7:30pm venue: Theatre

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